Thursday, August 25, 2011

Family Holidays - Fort Steele

We decided this year to try out Fort Steele with the kids.  Since they are pretty small, and you do have to pay admission, we have always steered clear thinking they would be bored as soon as we got there, or we would not get our money's worth in the short time between naps allowed.

But we found out this trip we were wrong.

Admission to Fort Steele is $5 for adults and kids under 5 are free!
Then we paid $5 for a wagon ride (for myself - the kids were free) and $10 each adult for a train ride - again - free for the kids!!

(They do have a price that gets you into everything, but since we were not doing the Theatre, it was not worth it for us).

First impressions of Fort Steele is much like Heritage Park, but no where near as busy.  They have more animals, all over the place there are vegetable gardens - honestly it felt much more like a real town than Heritage Park (no gardens, no cats and dogs walking down the road, no pigs and chickens around the next corner).

All the staff is dressed in costume, there are small skits being played out in different areas throughout the day.

There are quite a few operating businesses, the blacksmith, leather works shop, general store, etc.

Hubby was feeling a little "ill" that morning (it might have had to do with the extra drinks around the campfire the night before), so this is me taking a picture of him laying on a bench while I take the kids for a wagon ride.

Train Ride!
In all honesty, the train ride is much better at Fort Steele than Heritage park.  The train ride takes you out of the park and stops once at a view point, then you get back in and continue on the ride.

It was much better for the kids.  They like to go fast and stop as little as possible.

Lunch - we chose to have lunch in a restaurant, every day they have a buffet where you can choose just soup and salad or hot lunch.  The selection was okay - not amazing - but it was not deep fried and tasted good - the kids - under 6 (I think) pay their age for lunch.

I liked that it was easy to find a healthy lunch that did not include fries and hot dogs.

Overall we had a great day, we did not spend much time in the buildings reading and learning - the kids are just way too young for that, but for the price, and how cheap it was, we had a great time.

1 comment:

  1. We used to go here all the time when I was a kid. I loved it! Unlike Heritage park it was a real town. Until 15 or so years ago you could still find the odd house that someone still lived in.