Hay wagons will carry visitors over Mt. Cuba Center’s rolling hills during a series of weekend hayrides this fall.
Riders will experience the fall colors and historic vistas that inspired renowned painter Andrew Wyeth’s affection for rural landscapes. A fitting tribute to the region’s agricultural heritage, a ride on a hay wagon is an opportunity to enjoy theses sweeping views.
From prescribed burns to cultivation of prairie plants, Mt. Cuba Center’s land management programs have helped to preserve the land, both for its ecological and cultural value.
Whether they’re looking to enjoy a brief ride, a cozy date night with snacks and brews or a family-friendly outing with s’mores, visitors can pick from four choices:
- Natural Lands Tour, Second Sunday of each month (Sept. 9, Oct. 14 and Nov. 11) at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. These hourlong hayrides will carry visitors over hill and field, giving them a firsthand view of Mt. Cuba Center’s conservation and restoration efforts. Cost is $3 in person in addition to regular admission. Children under 2 years old ride free. Tickets are available on site during the day of the event.
- Natural Lands Hay Rides, Saturdays in October, 12 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. These half-hour hayrides are a great complement to a trip to Mt. Cuba Center. Cost is $3 per person in addition to regular admission. Children under 2 years old ride free. Tickets are available on site during the day of the event.
- Hay Bales and Brews, Saturdays from Sept. 29 through Oct. 13, 5:30–7 p.m. In addition to picturesque fall views, these hay rides finish up with a bonfire for participants to enjoy brews, s’mores and watch the setting sun. Cost is $25, and participants must be 21 years old or older.
- Sunsets and S’mores, Saturdays from Sept. 29 through Oct. 13, 5–7 p.m. This family-friendly version of Hay Bales and Brews takes out the alcoholic beverages but keeps the s’mores, sunset and a spin on a hay wagon. Cost is $15 for adults, $8 for children ages 2 to 17 and free for children under 2.
More information here: https://mtcubacenter.org/visit/hay-rides/