Free days for Lake County residents:
March 18, April 6, 15 (Valid ID required • No groups)
2014 Farmpark newborn births
January 18: Jersey Yoko
March 3: Large Black
January 20: Finn cross lamb January 23: Quadruplet Finn cross January 25: Twin Shropshire x Suffolk January 27: Triplet Jacob x Ramboulliet February 4: Twin Jacob X Navajo lambs February 27: Triplet Border Liester cross March 1: Twin Cheviot cross March 3: Triplet Corriedale cross
Escape to the country to
discover where your food comes from!
Visitors to Lake Metroparks Farmpark can experience milking hands-on with our dairy cows. Machine-milking is also demonstrated. Learn how cheese is made and on weekends and during special events you even may help make ice cream the old-fashioned way! Discover pigs, sheep, chickens, rabbits and even a turkey In the Well Bred Shed.
Well Bred Shed
Horse- or tractor-drawn wagon rides are
the mode of transportation throughout the park. Meet dozens of breeds of livestock including llamas, alpacas, chickens, pigs and goats in the Barnyard.
The arena is home to the horses at Farmpark. We have all sizes including draft horses, light horses and miniatures.
Explore the Plant Science Center which houses the Great Tomato Works hydroponic exhibit, and a greenhouse.
Plant Science Center
Watch the border collie at Farmpark help to keep the sheep together as they move from one end of the field to the other in our sheep herding demonstrations (offered mid-April through mid-October, weather permitting).
The fleece from the sheep is used for its fibers to make sweaters, fiber-art, and other wearables. Watch the sheep be shorn and touch the fleece and feel the lanolin on your fingers during sheep shearing demonstrations (offered mid-May through Memorial Day).
Discover modern and antique tractors and farm equipment used on the farm in the Farm Technology building.
Sheep Herding (Seasonal)
Sheep Shearing (Seasonal)
Harvest activities take place in Field Crop. Discover corn fields, wheat fields, and learn how apple cider is pressed and taste apple butter seasonally.
See hands-on how the soil is tilled, wheat and corn fields are cared for and harvested by the the farmer.
Put your sense of direction to the test as you wind your way through a multitude of twists and turns through a three-acre corn maze. The maze is open daily mid-August through mid-October, weather and field conditions permitting.
Woodland Center Visit the Woodland Center for the history of maple sugaring and what it takes to produce maple syrup. Come see the sugar house in operation on weekends from
middle of February through March.
Farmpark's own pure maple syrup is
available for sale in the Farmpark Gift Shop.
Visit the Farmpark Gift Shop for unique gift ideas. Enjoy lunch or a snack at the J&J Cafe at Farmpark.
Click hereto learn more about membership benefits and categories.
February 14 through March 26, 2014 •
9 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Sunday
Open Presidents' Day (February 17)
One of Ohio’s finest quilt shows, with more than 200 quilted works on display. Features works from internationally acclaimed visiting artists and a judged show of quilts completed by regional artists from Northeast Ohio and around the United States. Featured artists are Charlotte Angotti and Bonnie McCaffrey. To heighten an appreciation for the art of quilting, quilting workshops and lectures are offered. Visitors vote for People’s Choice award. Farmpark admission applies.
Quilt Vendor Days (February 28 through March 2) • 9 am to 5 pm
Join us for a jam-packed weekend of quilts, demonstrations and shopping at quilt vendor booths with demonstrations and shopping for all your quilting needs. Farmpark admission applies.
Visitors take a wagon ride to the Woodland Center to witness the entire maple process as sap is collected, boiled, and turned into maple syrup and other products. Discover how trees are tapped and see the network of tubing that connects the 1,000 taps that provide sap for the Farmpark’s maple syrup production. Sample maple syrup & candy, make a maple craft, help gather sap and learn how to make maple syrup in your own backyard! Farmpark’s own maple syrup and other maple items will be available for sale. Farmpark admission applies.
J & J Cafe at Lake Metroparks Farmpark
Weekends February 22 through March 30, 2014
Pour fresh maple syrup made at Farmpark on your pancakes.
Breakfast: $7 ages 12 and older; $4, ages 2 – 11.
Farmpark admission is required.
Railroads in the Parks
May 3 & 4, 2014 • 9 am to 5 pm
The Visitors Center will be filled with operating model train exhibits. Both HO and N-Scale modular layouts will be on display. Other featured exhibits include G-scale trains, Lionel O-gauge trains, Lego train layout, Farmpark’s G-scale Garden Railroad layout in the Courtyard and displays on agriculture and the railroad. Children may build a wooden train for an additional $2 fee. The wooden train interactive play area lets the youngest railroad enthusiasts play engineer. Farmpark admission applies.
May 17 & 18, 2014 • 9 am to 5 pm
Discover the magical beauty of horses at this two-day equine extravaganza showcasing the versatility and history of the horse. Watch as many different breeds of horses participate in a variety of activities and demonstrations for all ages to enjoy. HorseFest features training techniques, riding disciplines and a variety of uses for these versatile animals. The event will include Mounted Unit team, driving breeds, dressage, Horse & Hound challenge, exhibitors, children’s activities, pony rides ($4), and much more! Farmpark admission applies
May 24 & 25, 2014 • 9 am to 5 pm
Join us as we shear our sheep of their winter coats and process it into a variety of fiber products. Learn how to spin and weave and make felt. Watch our Border collie in action herding sheep. Farmpark admission applies.
Working Dog Weekend
June 7 & 8, 2014 • 10 am to 5 pm
Join us as canines of all shapes and sizes demonstrate the many ways they have assisted and entertained humans throughout the years. See demonstrations by Buckeye DockDogs, police canine units, the Horse & Hound challenge and much more. Once you’ve seen the skill with which these canines work and play, kids (of all ages) can try their “paw” at guiding the blind or Flyball, Frisbee and agility.
Hey kids! Bring your favorite stuffed toy dog and march with it in the toy dog "parade of breeds." Take your favorite toy pooch to the “Working Dog Weekend Pet Hospital” for a check up. All kids may create a dog toy to take home. Meet the breeds, talk to handlers and trainers plus discover the many sports and activities you can enjoy with your four-legged friend. Farmpark admission applies.
Ice Cream Month
July 4 through 27, 2014 • 9 am to 5 pm • Tuesday through Sunday
Celebrate National Ice Cream Month at Lake Metroparks Farmpark!
This July, help us make ice cream and meet our dairy cows. Discover how the ingredients in ice cream come from the farm to you in the Factory of Frozen Fun. Farmpark admission applies.
Ice Cream Weekends
July 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20, 26 & 27, 2014 • 9 am to 5 pm
Try your hand at making ice cream and meet the dairy cows that produce milk and cream. Find out where your favorite ice cream flavor comes from. Discover how the ingredients in ice cream come from the farm to you in the Factory of Frozen Fun. Enjoy an old fashioned ice cream social and participate in old fashioned games, crafts, and more. Farmpark admission applies.
Lake Metroparks Farmpark
August 1 & 2, 2014
1:00 to 10 pm
More than 20 wineries offer samples at this festival of wine. Event also features arts and crafts, demonstrations, music, food, children’s entertainment/play area and a carryout store.
Special admission fee applies; tickets may be purchased in advance.
Call 1-800-227-6972 for ticket information. Farmpark activities included with ticketed admission to Vintage Ohio.
Lake Metroparks Farmpark
August 15 through October 19, 2014 • Tuesday through Sunday
Maze open 11 am to 4 pm Farmpark admission applies.
Lake Metroparks Senior Day
Lake Metroparks Farmpark
September 10, 2014 • FREE Day for EVERYONE ages 55+ • 9 am to 1 pm
Lake Health will offer free health screening from 9 am to 1 pm. Screenings include blood pressure, body mass index, osteoporosis and cholesterol testing. Screenings available by registration only. To register, call Lake Health at 440-953-6000 or 800-454-9800. Event also features Lake County Probate Court presentations and a vendor showcase featuring products and services important to today’s seniors.
Senior Day admission: Lake County Residents and seniors 55+: Free w/ valid ID
Out of county visitors: $6; Youth 2 – 11, $4; younger than 2, Free;
Farmpark members, Free
Village Peddler Festival
Saturday, September 13, 2014 • 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday, September 14, 2014 • 10 am to 5 pm
Enjoy a fall afternoon in the country at this outdoor marketplace filled with more than 150 craftsmen, music and the aroma of food cooking outside. Also enjoy our harvest market of apples, jams, and jellies and our bulk foods country store. Admission: $7; ages 60+, $6; Youth 2 – 11, $4; younger than 2, Free;
No discounts apply; Farmpark members, Free
Fall Harvest Weekends
Fall Harvest Antique Tractor Show
September 20 & 21, 2014 • 9 am to 5 pm Farmpark admission applies.
Fall Harvest Music Weekend September 27 & 28, 2014 • 9 am to 5 pm Farmpark admission applies.
Fall Harvest Apple Butter Weekend
October 4 & 5, 2014 • 9 am to 5 pm Farmpark admission applies.
Fall Harvest Corn & Pumpkin Weekends
11 & 12, 18 & 19, 2014 • 9 am to 5 pm Farmpark admission applies.
Family-oriented fun. Rated PG-5 on the “scare meter.”
Halloween Hayrides feature a narrated hayride along a trail filled with family-oriented thrills, chills, and adventures. Encounter upside down skeletons, falling spiders, and a lagoon with a mysterious creature! Many “fright” sites will leave you with goose bumps or giggles!
After riding on the wagon, visitors continue their journey with a walk along a haunted trail through Festival Field. The ‘Evolution of Dance’ featuring the glowstick dancers is back again by popular demand! Dress for the weather -- rides go rain, snow or shine!
Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets go on sale September 2, 2014.
Lake Metroparks Farmpark
November 28, 29, 30 and December 3 through 23, 2014 • 4:45 to 9 pm
Build a wooden toy in Santa’s Workshop, enjoy a wagon ride through thousands of lights; visit Santa in his sleigh, wander through model train and old fashioned toy displays; visit with Farmpark animals, and enjoy special presentations. Dinner and snacks available in the Café: no reservations required.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets on sale November 3, 2014
Lake Metroparks Farmpark Back-a-Breed Program
Why become a Barnyard Parent?
By becoming a “Barnyard Parent,” you’re helping defray the cost of food, housing, care and medicine for animals at Lake Metroparks Farmpark. More importantly, you’re becoming a member of the animal care family.
Who becomes a Barnyard Parent?
KIDS • 4-H GROUPS • SCHOOL CLASSES GRANDPARENTS • CHURCHES • FAMILIES BOY SCOUTS • GIRL SCOUTS • ANYONE
Your sponsorship helps provide food and care for the animals.Click here for more information about Barnyard Parent sponsorship opportunities or call 440-256-2122 x3063 or
A portion of each sponsorship is tax deductible.