The Rock Ranch offers fun for all ages; take my word for it.
I took my family to one of their Fall Family Fun Days and everyone — from my 2-year-old niece to my 56-year-old parents — had a great time.
The little ones were delighted at the selection of activities: pedal carts, cane fishing, face painting, crazy hair, a corn box, pony rides, paddle boats, a train, a giant jumping pillow and a miniature village called Tiny Town, just to name a few. The adults were happy to see the kids have fun but could also enjoy the new zip line, shopping at the gift store, awesome food and a sense of yesteryear.
What is it?
The Rock Ranch isn’t your average amusement park. It’s 1,250 acres in the middle of Georgia dedicated to something the ranch hands refer to as “agritainment.” Go on a hayride. Feed the fish from a special platform just for that purpose. See yesterday’s jack-o-lantern blasted from the pumpkin cannon. Visit with the animals at the petting zoo. Peek inside a log cabin. — that’s the kind of place you’re at. It’s a little more wholesome, a little more laid-back and a lot more fun.
Where'd it come from?
Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy established this working cattle farm in 1989, later opening it to families, schools, businesses and others for group outings and the ranch’s annual Fall Family Fun Days. It’s located — appropriately — in The Rock, Ga. The city is about a 90 minutes from the tricommunity, halfway between LaGrange and Macon. It’s in the country but still close to modern conveniences. And the ranch has indoor restrooms, a first aid station and, of course, plenty of food — including Chick-fil-A sandwiches.
When do we go?
Saturday is your last chance for this year’s Fall Family Fun Days, open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Each Saturday has a different theme. This weekend it’s The Kritter Jubilee.
Curious George will be wandering around the ranch for photo opportunities as families discover the world of animals. You can see a live bee hive, a cow-milking demonstration, reptile shows led by Animal Planet star Jason Clark, birds of prey programs and a Georgia wildlife station. There will also be an insect education lab, courtesy of the University of Georgia, and a scavenger hunt.
It’s also your last weekend to see the ranch’s signature 8-foot-tall corn maze designed by NASA. This maze is no joke — a tangle of turns with space-related trivia questions telling you which way to go (if you guess the right answer) and your very own “help, I’m lost” flag. If you raise it in desperation, someone appears to show you the way out — not that I know from firsthand experience. But it can be conquered and it’s a good way to wrap up a visit to the ranch.