A recently discovered alternative to the indoors, going "outside" offers adventurous explorers exposure to things such as wind, sunshine, and the naturally occurring mazes found in cornfields. Leave the indoors with today's Groupon to Reindeer Farm in Palmer. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get two admissions to Halloween Fun (a $20 value).
- For $10, you get two admissions to the Haunted Hay Maze (a $20 value).
Reindeer Farm sets out a spread of autumnal festivities throughout its half-century-old homestead. Feel free to buy a pumpkin from Pappy's Pumpkin Patch, calibrate brains and bodies at the hay maze, or head to the reindeer pen to visit the antlered animals alongside moose, bison, and elk. Tractor-pulled wagons tote families across the property, and tots younger than 12 years old can take pony rides or hitch piggyback rides. On October 28, 29, and 31, ghouls and specters heighten the thrills of the hay maze. Because of its spooky characters and series of complex algebra problems, the haunted maze is recommended for visitors teenaged and older.
What began as a colony farm built by the U.S. Army in 1935 became, by the mid-1950s, the childhood home of Reindeer Farm's head honcho, Tom Williams. After studying the habits of Scandinavian and Siberian reindeer herders in high school, Tom began to understand why the antlered creatures were considered the "cattle of the North": The brisk Alaskan climate suited their dense coats and languid presence at pool parties. In 1987, after years of practicing law throughout Alaska, Tom ventured to Canada to meet his first herd of reindeer, which he kept corralled next to a tiny sign and donation jar on the modest farm. Since then, that initial herd has blossomed into 150 reindeer, who graze beside 35 elk, 13 horses, one bull moose, and one surprisingly well-adjusted bison. Now a petting zoo, the farm has grown alongside the herd, with guided tours, scavenger hunts, and horseback rides treating guests to an up-close and hands-on experience with the majestic animals. Located in the colony's original chicken coop, a gift shop provides guests with any number of collectibles to commemorate their visits.