Autumn is the only season where pumpkins are judged by their personality as well as their performance in the swimsuit competition. Get to know fall's finest with today's Groupon to Glacier Ridge Animal Farm in Van Dyne, located halfway between Oshkosh and Fond Du Lac, just off Highway 41. Choose between two options:
For $15, you get a farm-fun package for two (up to a $32 value). Each package includes:
- Two admissions to the animal farm (up to a $6 value each).
- Two hayrides (a $3 value each).
- Two small pumpkins (up to a $4 value each).
- Two bags of animal feed (a $3 value each).
For $27, you get a farm-fun package for four (up to a $64 value). Each package includes:
- Four admissions to the animal farm (up to a $6 value each).
- Four hayrides (a $3 value each).
- Four small pumpkins (up to a $4 value each).
- Four bags of animal feed (a $3 value each).
Sprawling across 60 rolling acres of ponds, pastures, and woods, Glacier Ridge Animal Farm serves as the grazing grounds of more than 30 animal species. Visitors mingle in the company of more than 40 buffalo while enjoying direct interactions with camels, elk, deer, and a variety of exotic and domestic mammals, reptiles, birds, and mannequins. After establishing lasting friendships with hooved compatriots, guests can embark on a 20-minute hayride across grandiose grasslands and wondrous woods. Pick out pumpkins to carve into jack-o'-lanterns, bake into pies, or fling at the neighbor’s scarecrows. For an additional fee, guests can invest in rare elk, bison, and grass-fed Texas Longhorn meat plucked from the shelves of the farm’s trading post. Bid farewell to farm residents with handfuls of feed, or use the chow to lure goats into jobs as replacement lawn mowers.
A Chat with Glacier Ridge Animal Farm
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We started out as a working buffalo farm with a few exotic animals. We still raise bison, but have now become more of a sanctuary for people who have out of the ordinary "pets" and for various reasons can no longer care for them. For example, a humane society can't take in a tame Texas Longhorn!
What is the experience customers can expect?
The park is very hands on and is located on 14 beautiful acres with groomed trails, woods and ponds. Customers can interact with most animals; such as goats, llamas, chickens, camels, buffalo and over 20 other species of animals. If you get lucky you might even get to help feed the baby goats!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
We wanted to share our farm with the community. After taking in so many animals we needed to figure a way, financially, to keep opening our doors. There are so many special creatures here that it just wouldn't be right not to share them animal lovers everywhere.
What do you love most about your job?
The look on a 6 year old's face the first time that child feeds the buffalo a treat....and they want to do it again! We want to give people opportunities to expereince the very special critters here at Glacier Ridge. I get to do what I love and I never have to put on a pair panty hose again. :)