Today's side deal gets you half off horseback riding activities at Dead Broke Farm, just off Route 98 near Falls Lake.
Choose from the following two options:
- For $175, you get admission for one child (age 5 and up) to a week-long horseback riding camp (a $350 value).
- For $130, you get a birthday party for up to 12 children ages 2–7 (up to a $260 value).
Dead Broke Farm features daily horseback rides through its 112 acres of wooded trails, overflowing with autumn's flora and home to wild turkeys, deer, and other wildlife
- Week-long horseback riding camp teaches Western-style riding on scenic trails
- Camp includes lessons on tacking up, horse care, and etiquette, plus other activities like swimming, fishing, and wagon rides
- For a birthday party, up to three groups of children are hand-led on a 20-minute trail ride
- Party includes access to picnic tables, a playground, and a merry-go-round
An additional fee of $10 per child applies to birthday parties with 13 or more attendees. Campers must be 6 or older to ride independently. Not valid December 18–February 28, 2011 for Dead Broke Farm's riding camp because it's done for the winter.
Citysearchers give Dead Broke Farm a 4.5-star average:
- I can't believe [sic] i learned to tack, groom, and ride all in two awesome hours. the people there didn't feel like strangers, they felt like friends [sic]. – annika hallberg
- The staff is wonderful at instilling respect for all the animals on the farm (chickens, turkeys, dogs, rabbits,peacocks and horses of course etc...) while encouraging the children to help in the care of the horses and preparations for the rides. – richnee
Dead Broke Farm
Dead Broke Farm's name derives not only from the cost of owning horses, but also from the terminology for teaching a horse to wear a saddle—known in the industry as “breaking a horse to ride.” Trainers stable “dead broke,” or thoroughly saddle-trained, horses, alongside more spirited animals on the 110-acre farm. They also house steeds saved through their horse-rescue program, with more than 70 of their mounts avoiding fates in slaughterhouses and other undesirable ends since 2004.
Horses show off their trotting chops during farm trail rides, carrying riders on explorations of the rolling hills and whispering creeks scattered across more than 10 miles of bridle trails cut through woods populated by deer, cranes, and other wildlife. Private rides allow for more personalized routes and can incorporate stops at scenic ponds for proposals or more challenging terrain for advanced riders. Instructors also schedule horseback-riding lessons, teaching balance through rides over undulating terrain rather than through exercises such as riding a horse that is riding a seesaw.