Daily Farm Updates Sunday, September 20, 2020

The Farmyard

The Farmyard at Center Grove Orchard offers activities for all ages and is the perfect place to explore, play, learn and spend a glorious autumn day. Explore the Corn Maze, take in a Pig Race, go down the Combine Slide—it’s all up to you and it all happens in the Farmyard.

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Corn Maze

Get lost in this fun and exciting 5-acre Corn Maze, a Center Grove Orchard tradition!

Included with Farmyard Admission

Corn Maze

Get lost in this fun and exciting 5-acre Corn Maze, a Center Grove Orchard tradition!

Included with Farmyard Admission

Farm Animals

Interact with goats, pigs, ducks, chickens, turkeys and sheep. Make a four-legged friend!

Included with Farmyard Admission

CGO Express Train

Take a ride around and enjoy the beautiful country setting on this fun and safe train. Children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Unlimited rides included with Farmyard Admission

Jumping Pillows

How high can you go? Our two Jumping Pillows give an extra boost for jumpers ages 2 and older.

Included with Farmyard Admission

Schoolhouse & Time Tunnel

Step into the vine covered time tunnel to travel back to the 1800s at our old-fashioned school house, complete with desks and school bell.

Included with Farmyard Admission

Pedal Carts

Get your race on around our pedal cart course. Challenge your friends and have great fun for anyone 50 inches and taller.

Included with Farmyard Admission

Kids Corral

Little ones love this large sandbox area complete with a slide and a livestock corral.

Included with Farmyard Admission

Hop-a-Long Horses

Giddy-up! Grab a saddle on one of our inflatable horses.

Included with Farmyard Admission


This large rope spiderweb is the perfect place to climb and explore.

Included with Farmyard Admission

Combine Slide

See you at the bottom! The 12-ft tall Combine Slide makes for a fun ride.

Included with Farmyard Admission

Hayrides Around the Farm

Hop on our Hayride for a trip around the farm! Hayrides take you out to the Orchard, Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze, Combine Slide and CGO Express Train. See the sites, get ideas for your next activity, scope out food options and enjoy yourself.

Included with Farmyard Admission

Hay Maze

Can you find your way around our Hay Maze? It’s a great activity for younger kids.

Included with Farmyard Admission

Rubber Duck Races

Cheer for your favorites in the Rubber Duck Races, where everybody is a winner.

Included with Farmyard Admission

3 Little Pigs Houses

Live the nursery rhyme at the stick, straw and brick houses. Just watch out for the big, bad wolf!

Included with Farmyard Admission


See these majestic animals up close.

Included with Farmyard Admission

Discovery Barn

This hands-on learning center allows children ages 2 to 8 to learn about the growing cycles of Iowa’s crops.

Included with Farmyard Admission

Pedal Tractors

Little ones can ride safe, fun tractors along an obstacle course.

Included with Farmyard Admission


Give rounding up cattle a shot. Grab a rope and try to lasso a stationary cow.

Included with Farmyard Admission

Goat Walk

Our most popular animals are the goats! Enjoy watching them play, explore and be adventurous on their ramps, teeter-totters and more.

Included with Farmyard Admission

Wagon Ride

Take the little ones on a fun ride they’ll never forget.

Included with Farmyard Admission

Super Slides

Feel the autumn air push your hair back as you ride these 135-foot slides.

Included with Farmyard Admission

Pig Races

Who will be boss hog? Find out in the exciting and adorable Pig Races.

Included with Farmyard Admission

2020 Race Schedule
(subject to change)


  • 10:30 AM
  • Noon
  • 1:30 PM
  • 3 PM
  • 4:30 PM


  • 10:30 AM
  • 12:30 PM
  • 4:30 PM
Apple Slingshot

Note: Apple Slingshot will open for 2020 season in September. 

How far will an apple fly? Place one in our Apple Slingshot and find out.

1 ticket (for 4 apples) included in Farmyard Admission. Additional apples may be purchased at $1 for 4 apples. Cash only or pay in advance at Admission Bins.

Farmyard Pricing

Season Pass

(ages 3+)

Access to all standard Farmyard activities August 8 – November 8, 2020.

Includes unlimited CGO Express Train rides

Monday - Thursday

(ages 3+)

One-time access to all standard Farmyard activities Monday – Thursday.

Includes unlimited CGO Express Train rides

Friday - Sunday

(ages 3+)

One-time access to all standard Farmyard activities Friday – Sunday.

Includes unlimited CGO Express Train rides

Apples, pumpkins and/or sunflowers are NOT included in the price of admission. Farmyard Admission is not needed to shop in our Apple Market and store, eat at the Hay Cafe, Coffee Shop or the Bakery. Farmyard Admission is required to pick your own apples, pumpkins or sunflowers for purchase. Please note that some Farmyard activities (additional apples for Apple Slingshot beyond the four included in admission) may require an additional charge. Some activities are available weekends only or weather-permitting. Please visit our Pricing + Admission page for full information.

Farmyard Food and Facilities

Feed Bunk

Come hungry, because you definitely won’t leave that way! Our Feed Bunk is ready to serve you on the weekends with burgers, hotdogs, pulled-pork sandwiches and our fresh-cut fries. Oh, and don’t forget our famous applesauce!


Shucks offers gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, chicken strips, our signature apple nachos, our (new in 2019!) Apple Cider Shake Up, and soft serve ice cream! Whether you’re looking for a snack or a meal, you can find it at Shucks.

Apple Jacks

Apple Jacks is loaded with all things apple. Caramel apples, apple nachos, cider donuts, cider slushies and more—it’s all here at Apple Jacks.

Pumpkin House

Find what you’re looking for at the Pumpkin House. Grab some street tacos to take with you around the Farmyard or find a bench to enjoy a snack or meal—the Pumpkin House is the place to be.

Country Corner

Country Corner is your headquarters for U-Pick bags for the Orchard as well as for drinks and snacks like caramel apples and cider donuts.

Potty Barn

Clean restroom facilities are available with changing tables and sinks.

Follow Along

For a glimpse into the every day life at Center Grove Orchard, follow us on Instagram @CenterGroveOrchard

📣 Announcement 📣
The CGO Express is closed today🚂

But it’s not stopping us from having a Sunday Funday! All other attractions are open and the Sunflowers are still in bloom 🌻
We have a new baby on the farm!
Happy MOOOOnday!
No UPick at this time. 
Our apples need more sun ☀️ to ripen on the trees.
UPick will resume approximately September 21. 
We do have apples in our Apple Market 🍎 so come on in!