- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 11, 2000

LOCATION:

The Land of Little Horses is located three miles west of Gettysburg, Pa., at 125 Glenwood Drive. It is about a 90-minute drive from the District.

DIRECTIONS:

From Maryland: Take Route 270 North to Frederick. Follow Route 15 North to Gettysburg. Take the Baltimore Street exit and turn left at the top of the exit ramp. Travel into the center of Gettysburg and go three-quarters of the way around the circle. Continue on Route 30 West for about three miles. Make a left onto Knoxlyn Road. (There is a sign.) Continue two miles. The farm is on the right.

From Virginia: Take Route 66 West to Route 267 (Dulles Toll Road) and continue onto the Greenway toward Leesburg. Exit at Route 15 North and follow into Gettysburg.

HOURS:

Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., from April 1 through Oct. 31. Shows featuring performing animals are scheduled weekends from April 1 through May 28, daily from May 29 until Aug. 27 and weekends until the season's end.

INFORMATION:

Call 717/334-7259 or visit the Web site at www.landoflittlehorses.com.

PARKING:

There is ample free parking.

ADMISSION:

Adults admission is $7, children ages 2 to 14 years are admitted for $6, and children under age 2 are admitted free. Rides on the antique carousel and the mechanical horse carts are 50 cents each. The train ride is $1, and pony rides are $2. Visitors also can mine for gems in a replicated sluice for an additional fee.

FOOD:

A rustic cafe offers familiar family fare from pizza and burgers to salads and grilled chicken sandwiches.

GIFT SHOP:

Parents will be hard-pressed to pass on the many offerings in the large gift shop because everyone enters and leaves through the attractive new store. Many of the souvenirs have a horse theme, ranging from inexpensive key chains to pricey hobby horses.

DON'T MISS:

• Visitors must be sure to catch a show. The site is renowned for its performing miniature Falabella horses, but the potbellied pig races have become a popular family favorite. During the summer, shows are scheduled throughout the day.

• Be sure to take a ride on the antique carousel. It was built for the 1921 World's Fair in New York, and its brightly painted horses are made of aluminum instead of the more traditional wood.

AVOID:

Though the shows will delight the entire family, most of the bucolic facility is aimed for the smaller fry from the pony rides to the petting opportunities. Older children and teens might soon grow antsy.



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