When my family arrived at Happy Day Farm in Manalapan, I knew we had come to the right place—this 130-acre farm is filled with farm activities for every age. From climbing onto one of their tractor rides and feeding the animals to getting lost in the giant corn maze or hitting the target with one of the pumpkin blasters, you’ll find a full roster of fall activities here. And then there are those fantastic Insta-worthy photo ops, thanks to the eye-catching and stylish displays around the property. The best part is that Happy Day Farm is run by a family who truly embodies the name. When you spot the owner (he goes by Farmer Tim) out and about smiling at each memory-making moment, you can see why every day here is a happy one. We spent the most glorious fall day visiting this gem—read on to learn more about it, and for more fall fun, check out our guide to family-friendly farms in NJ. (featured photo credit: Happy Day Farm)
My boys couldn’t wait for the tractor ride, and there were big smiles when that big green John Deere pulled up. After you have your fill of the ‘agritainment activities, the tractor ride gives you an overview of the farm grounds and brings you down to the pumpkin patch and sunflower field, where you can pick your own. The sunflower fields are a nice relaxing break to take in all the beauty, and they are filled with unexpected and charming touches that make for some beautiful pictures, like colorful doors and cool vintage cars nestled amidst the sea of yellow and green.
What to Know Before You Go
The biggest things to remember are planning ahead and coming ready for an action-packed fall day. More than 35 activities are included with admission for Fall Festival Days, which are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and select other dates through October 29. You need to buy tickets online ahead of time for Fall Festival Days, and fair warning—they will sell out. The farm is cash only, so remember to bring some for anything you buy on-site.
There is a lot to do here, so you’ll want to be prepared for a full day of fun and pace yourself (and the kiddos) accordingly. While more than 35 activities are included with admission ($27 per person), a few other things cost extra, like the paintball and pumpkin blasters.
Because the property has uneven terrain, the farm is not wheelchair accessible, but we didn’t have any issues navigating our strollers. There are porta-potties and hand-washing stations throughout the farm, and we loved seeing the nursing stations for mamas and their babes—truly a family-friendly addition.
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