Dead and Loving It: Orr Family Farms Delivers October ThrillsOct 07, 2019
The entrance to Orr Family Farms on Western Avenue seems relatively subdued, but make the turn onto the property for a day or weekend of wide-ranging fun are rewarded by a stunning discovery. You'll be hard-pressed to find a better spot (or value) for making memories with your friends or your family. From their popular Zombie Apocalypse Paintball ride to the new and wildly successful Conestoga wagon or TeePee "glamping" overnights, 'you'll find something to thrill anyone. Shanain Kemp, the Orr Family Farm General Manager, says the entertainment farm offers a wide variety of activities that will excite every age group.
"We have so much 'that's fun for adults and children," said Kemp. "We have our Fall Maze which is great fun for all ages, and we also have our 425-foot long zip line that you can ride if 'you're between 70 and 250 pounds, so 'that's a lot of fun for adults as well."
With temperatures cooling down for the fall, October is a perfect time to check out all 'that's available at Orr Family Farms. That includes camping out in their new Conestoga wagons or Teepees. But make no mistake about it, folks. These are your great-grandparents wagons and teepees. The wagons and teepees will sleep from four-to-six depending on the configuration.
"The wagons are heated and air-conditioned," said Kemp. "You have plush mattresses, the same as 'you'll find in the finer hotels, and we provide all your bedding and sheets."
And 'that's just the start of the "glamping amenities." Overnight guests will also find restrooms and showers, microwaves and minifridges, so they can bring along their food for meals if they like. Orr Family Farms also provides complimentary S' ' mores with a charcoal grill and picnic table or a community fire pit to gather around. The overnight experience debuted last fall and has become so popular that the Farm hosts guests from all over the world.
"'It's been extremely popular," said Kemp. "We've had people from Finland, Australia, and Sweden, all kinds of places, who have come out for the experience. We hope all our local friends know that this experience is available to them and is practically in their own backyard."
That's a big part of the magic of Orr Family Farms: 'it's a unique and unforgettable family-friendly getaway located within the heart of the metro Oklahoma City. The 'farm's history can be traced back to 1977 when veterinarian Glenn Orr and his wife, Shari, moved to Oklahoma City and opened the "Celestial Acres" farm. The farm became one of the top racehorse breeding and training locations in the region. Dr. 'Orr's love for Oklahoma led him to open the Orr Family Farm, a family-friendly educational environment for all ages in 2004. The farm suffered substantial damage on May 20, 2013, when an EF5 tornado roared through the area. But in the wake of that disaster, the farm has been reborn with an even-greater appeal that has made it a family favorite.
"The tornado actually ended up helping us rebuild," said Kemp. "'We've become bigger, stronger, and have added more activities after 2013."
Among those activities are a mile-long historic train ride, a carousel, animal barnyard, apple cannon blasters, life-sized foosball, and more. And in the fall the Farm adds even more activities like their Fall Maze and the Zombie Apocalypse paintball ride.
"We introduced the Zombie paintball experience four years ago," said Kemp, "And people just love it because you get to ride in a wagon with mounted paintball guns and shoot at live zombies without getting shot back at."
The paintball guns fire glow-in-the-dark paintballs so that anti-Zombie warriors can see when their attacks connect with the enemy. 'There's no age limit on the Zombie Apocalypse Paintball ride, but Kemp says there is a size requirement. All riders must be able to reach the gun while sitting on the bench at the same time, so 54" in height is a safe guideline to keep in mind. Tickets are $20 per person. Groups of 15 or more will receive a discounted ticket of $18 per person (plus tax). Those tickets include a Farm pass, which gives access to the Fall Maze, train ride, barnyard, pumpkin patch, pedal cars, giant jumping pillows, super slides, farm fun yard, corn crib, carousel and more. 'You'll find more information on pricing at the 'Farm's website: orrfamilyfarm.com or by calling 405-799-FARM (3276).
'You'll also find plenty of information on the website about all the activities offered at Orr Family Farms, including the Conestoga wagon and Teepee camping experiences. 'You'll want to make sure you check now, especially if 'you're considering a group getaway.
"The response has been overwhelming," said Kemp. "We started with the wagons last fall and then have progressively added the teepees and 'it's been popular all through the summer. You can log on to our website and 'you'll find all the available dates and times there."