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Hardy's Reindeer Ranch, Rantoul

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  • Despite the fact that it was very cold, our visit was wonderful! I don't think my five year old grandson even noticed the cold. The reindeer experience was fascinating - lots of fun info. The reindeer...  more »
  • The corn maze this year is done for the 25th anniversary of a local country radio station and is f*u*n. I think the maze is harvested at Thanksgiving. For your Chistmas stop, make sure you allow time ...  more »
  • Guaranteed a great time with the owners Julie & Mark. "Kissing" the reindeer was a first, the meal and show are second to none. And what a store with so many beautiful and unique items.  more »
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  • Enjoyed their pulled pork parfait, absolutely some of the best pulled pork and mashed potatoes I have had. Some other food choices included: Chicago dog, chili, chips, soda, hot chocolate, sugar cookies, and hot cider in the general store. My son enjoyed the play area outside. Loved all the choices of ornaments Hardy's had in the general store, put me in the Christmas spirit! We came for the reindeer and were not disappointed. An affordable $5 tour pass (purchased in the general store) gave you a well informed tour guide and a chance to feed the reindeer a Graham cracker and some oats. All reindeer were very friendly. We were not disappointed and will most definitely be back at harvest time next year!
  • Hardy’s was a family tradition when I was a kid, and we’ve brought our own kids every winter for the past 5 years. Today, we arrived at 4:30pm, and I went in the gift shop to ask if there were any more tours. The cashier snapped, “Yes, there’s one at 5, but it’s sold out. You should come during the week when we aren’t so busy.” She didn’t even make eye contact with me. I would have understood the tour being sold out, but being told flatly to come again - without thanking us for coming in the first place - and taking such an ugly tone with a mom with two young kids was certainly unnecessary. We went outside to just look at the reindeer, and didn’t feel like we missed much having not done the tour. The cashier came outside to do the tour, and barked instructions at everyone standing in line. If she doesn’t like working there, why doesn’t she find somewhere else to work? If Hardy’s doesn’t want customers, why open up their farm to the public? This is the last year we will bring our family. The farm is small and nice, and there are fun activities for the whole family, but we got the feeling we weren’t wanted. So, no worries, we won’t bother them anymore in the future. (And by the way, we work for a living during the week. That’s why we came over the weekend.)
  • A wonderful experience to feed the reindeer and to get pictures up close. Friendly folks at the cafe and the potbelly stove was great on a cold afternoon. The cider was hot and sweet. Enjoyable experience for most all ages.
  • Good place for kids to play on their play ground and waste an hour or so. As for the reindeer you can see them though the fences and be satisfied or pay to feed them still behind a fence but just close enough where they can eat out of your hands. They get busy on nice days and the feeding area do sell out in 30 minute increments.
  • My husband and I took our boys to see the reindeer. Before we took the reindeer tour, I thought it was not going to be worth the $5 but it was! Our tour guide was so nice and you could see how much she enjoyed talking about the reindeer! We had such a great time with her and enjoyed listening to her share her knowledge about the reindeer!

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