Five for the Road (Online Blog)
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Sally W (via Trip Advisor)
This is a well maintained and humane sanctuary for several species of wild animals. An excellent adventure for children from about 4 through 10 and their parents. Smaller children will enjoy seeing the animals but some of the feeding gets a bit “sloppy.” Our guide Claire was extremely knowledgeable, both about the animals in their stock and related species.
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landonsmom22 (via Trip Advisor)
My daughter and her young children 3 and 8 were visiting so I thought it might be fun to go to a place where they could feed wild animals. They were not disappointed ! It was not terribly crowded and the tour trolley was comfortable for the trek around the property. Every thing was well maintained and it was a lovely 55 minute adventure
Sbostons (via Trip Advisor)
We had originally planned to go to Wagon Trails near Youngstown, OH as we’d gone a few years ago and liked it immensely, but it’s closed on Tuesdays. Hence I Googled for alternatives and found Hidden Valley. It was a lovely scenic drive for us as we are from Clarion County, PA. We went on numerous roads through beautiful farmland. Schwab Dairy Farm was enormous!!! The windmills were neat. Hidden Valley offered a beautiful chateau and flower beds, fountains, wooden bridge, ICE cream, bar, and dining room, and lots of animals. There was a petting zoo and a tractor drawn trolley that stopped at locations so you could feed the zebra, zedonkey, camel, elk, water buffalo, deer, ostrich, etc.
Brenda H (via Trip Advisor)
Really great experience for both adults and kids. It was about 25 miles off the thruway but that’s ok. Well worth the drive…Had lunch at the restaurant food was great not overpriced and service was good.
Josh B (via Trip Advisor)
Tucked away in almost the middle of nowhere stands this absolutely stunning property. There was a wedding going on when I visited and I can see why! The tour was very fun, our guide was a very nice young lady who was very informative. The tour was about an hour long and we got to feed quit a few different types of animals. This is not a zoo or a safari ride! Don’t expect lions and tigers and animals that are not safe. While you are not allowed to pet the animals, I highly doubt they will bite, all they want is food. After the tour you are allowed to visit the petting zoo portion with many donkeys, and a few small goats. I absolutely think $18 admission is worth everything you get if you love animals.
Ashley Agnew (via Google)
Everyone should plan a day trip there. My granddaughter and I were thrilled and had loads of laughs.
Paula J. Incorvia (via Facebook)
awesome for kids and the food at the lodge is amazing!
Melissa Landis (via Facebook)
I watch my nieces every Monday in the summer and we have gotten bored with all the local stuff. I heard about this place and thought we would give it a try. So glad we did! The girls had an amazing time and so did I. The food was also good at the lodge. We will be back!
Nikki Thompson Hungate (via Facebook)
Highly recommend this place if you’re looking for a day trip. Great for children or without! We will definitely be back!
Cassie Bogey (via Facebook)
We were all amazed by HVAA! The area is carefully laid out with due care to the natural habitat of the many (60) types of animals housed and cared for there. The trolley ride through the animal area took about an hour in a wagon towed by a tractor. Noisy at times, it was happily narrated by a well trained tour guide named Molly. She had a wealth of knowledge about all of the animals we observed, and had a chance to feed. The animals, too, are well trained; and surround the wagon as soon as it stops, fighting like kids at an ice cream truck for the front of the line….As you might guess, we all had a great time, and will visit again!
Joe D (via Trip Advisor)
I can’t say enough wonderful things about Hidden Valley Animal Adventure! The prices for the tour and food are reasonable. The animals are well taken care of. Plenty of food, water, and shade provided to them. The grounds and buildings are extremely clean. The Bison Burgers are delicious, and so were the other meals we had. My kids, ages 4–12, all have had an awesome experience each and every time that we have visited. Great interaction with the animals. It’s become a family favorite!
Kris Pea (via Google)
We took a trip out here in June, 2016 with my 5 year old daughter. We didn’t quite know what to expect but were absolutely thrilled. Being so close to the animals, being able to feed them, we even had a chance to see a baby donkey being born! If you’ve ever been to the African Lion Safari or thought of going, this is great! You don’t have to cross any borders, don’t have to drive your own car, it’s a great time. My daughter even called it the best trip ever!
Mike Osuch (via Facebook)
Okay folks I’m not posting animal pictures because you really need to experience this place yourself. It was the cleanest animal sanctuary I’ve ever visited and the tour guide was very knowledgable about all the different animals. Food was good and well priced with a happy staff waiting on customers. Serving New York Perry’s ice cream- how could you go wrong. I still can’t believe we have this really cool place, here in Western New York. Employing local people is awesome. And educating visitors about these wonderful creatures is really neat.
I give it two thumbs up and can’t wait to go back!!!!
ARiley (via TripAdvisor)
Staff very friendly. Very clean. Animals well taken care of ! This was our family first time and we loved it! The safari was so FUN! The girl who rode on the trolley was so informative and nice! So fun to feed the animals! The trolley ride is an hour long and we loved every minute! We seen little babies just born! And learned so much! We will be visiting again! Nice place for families!!!!
Albert Saxton (via Google)
We had vacationed a couple of weeks on the east coast and this was definitely one of the best attractions. My daughters, 10 and 14 were thrilled with the opportunity to get so close up to the amazing animals and feed them! The animals were very gentle and obviously well cared for. The staff were pleasant and helpful. Would highly recommend for all ages!
Victoria Smith (via Google)
Just came back from your establishment and had a wonderful time. I
wouldn’t have known about it except from someone at work. You need to do
more to get the word out about your place as it is well worth the trip from
On March 9th, 2013, for the third year in a row, we held a special dinner for over 160 special clients at The Lodge. Experience and satisfaction from the past two years was reason enough to select The Lodge as the location for this year’s event, but this year’s event exceeded the past in every aspect. The service provided by Verity in selecting the date and times, along with the menu options and suggestions as always were extremely helpful. Small, last minute requests in table locations were handled with ease and professionalism to facilitate our guests, as well as the hosts. The food, which was absolutely perfect, was served promptly with all guests commenting on the quality, and the quick, orderly service. Kudos to all of the staff, from the servers and bartenders to the chef and management staff, for making a good event a great event.
Mark A. Merrill
My family and I were at your restaurant today and had a wonderful time! Marie and the wait staff were very accommodating to our ever-changing number! Food was great and we had an awesome day on the trail ride and at the sugar shack!
Brought my granddaughter and we both loved it. A very hands-on experience with large wild animals. Hot, dry weather made it easy to pretend you were on a real safari. Connie Hamann and I visited your park in October with the Greatbatch group and had a wonderful experience! It was so nice to be up-close to the animals and see their grandeur. Your park is so much better than a zoo and I’ve recommended it to so many people. In fact, I raved about Hidden Valley Animal Adventure on Facebook and told all my friends that they should take their family there. I also gave a photo presentation of our Greatbatch group trip of 250 of our employees. I encouraged everyone to go sometime in the future if they weren’t able to join us because your park really is something special to see.
We had a wonderful time. Dara was an amazing tour guide. The tour was very exciting seeing and feeding the wide variety of animals. We especially enjoyed the small animal farm & visiting with all the babies.
I took my brother for his 72nd birthday along with my daughter and son-in-law and we had a wonderful time. We ate at the grill and our hamburgers and chicken tenders were delicious. Your food prices were very reasonable…had milk shakes too. We hope to come again next year with more people in a large group. It was wonderful and the pictures I took came out great. My grandson, in college, is in Art classes, and he will use my pictures to help him draw animals more successfully. What a memorable day.
My 2 year old son and I had an absolute ball today. What a beautiful place! The staff was great! Thank you for a most enjoyable day!
My family and I visited the Hidden Valley Safari on a rainy day and we had a great time! Our guide and tractor driver were a riot and very informative. What a wonderful, satisfying adventure. I got a chance to touch a ZEBRA!! Awesome. Lunch was also great at the grill. Thanks to the staff for making a dreary day full of fun and laughs. What a blast.
I heard about it through a coworker and took my little brother there for the day and it was awesome! We both had a blast. The workers were all very friendly and our tour guide was really good about pointing out each type of animal and telling us interesting facts about them. I would definitely go again!!
On June 14, the Great Valley Senior Group took a trip to Hidden Valley Animal Adventure. Everything was wonderful except the weather, but I guess none of us could do anything about that. I, personally, have recommended your establishment to some friends who have visited your place and raved about it. Members of our group are still talking about it. It was way better than we even expected. Thank you for a wonderful adventure. The ride through the wild animal fields was very nice. The guides were fun and informative. Oscar was a real hoot! The “lunch” you served us was amazing, and the loaded mashed potatoes were to die for!!! I’m sure others are recommending a trip to your place for “kids of all ages”. We certainly enjoyed it, and some of us are in our 80’s. Your facility is beautiful, the food was great, and the service was wonderful. What more can I say except…..thanks again.
Yvonne E. Darts
Thumbs up for Hans Boxler, owner of Hidden Valley Animal Adventure in Varysburg, Wyoming County. While waiting to board the touring tram, my developmentally disabled daughter had a seizure and was unable to wait for the next tour. Mr Boxler offered to drive us around himself for a private tour of his beautiful facility. What a great person and a great day for my family.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
You have shed a ray of sunshine into the forum. Thanks!
We have been to Hidden Valley many times and each time we find something new and exciting. The Lodge has amazing food and the tours are excellent. The kids always have a great time. Thank you for a wonder place to take our family.
I just want to let you know that we had a GREAT time yesterday! The woman selling tickets behind the bar was super nice and kind. Eric and Bert were great tour guides. Ironically, Bert drove us through last year too. I posted my pictures on my facebook page. One of the comments I received so far is: “Thanks for posting. I think we are going on Thursday.”
Makes for a great day. Our 1st time was today, but it will not be the last. I can’t wait till we can get a group of family and friends together and spend a very nice day. It’s a good time for all ages.
This was my first visit to HVAA and let me tell you I will be coming back real soon with a bunch of my friends! The mini adventure is a great and fun place to start. My 2 year old daughter loved getting to actually pet and walk with the animals! And the trolley ride through the park was phenomenal! I don’t remember our drivers name but I would love to have him again. He was so knowledgeable and went out of his way to make sure we had as many animal encounters as we could possibly get! The tour guide on the trolley was also fantastic- she said that she was kinda new to this and she did such a great job especially with the PA system not working on our trolley. She was also very friendly and knew a lot about all the animals. (I wish I could remember both of their names!) It was so nice to see the animals out in a natural environment and to get to interact with them in a way that would never be possible if this place did not exist. I must thank the owner of the place for sharing his beautiful animals and letting us make memories there that will last a lifetime!!! My 2 year old didn’t want to leave and we had been there all day!! And she couldn’t stop talking about the Zebra she got to touch! I can’t wait to come back again!! Thanks again!
I have been here twice. Once was in the winter where I attended a business conference. We used the space and ate some amazing food. It was so wonderful and the ladies were so accommodating. My Second visit was when I accompanied my community’s senior citizens group on the animal adventure and lunch. It was so amazing. Being so close to some of the animals and being able to feed them was so inspiring. It was an adventure. I can’t wait to bring my kids here.
My husband & I had the pleasure of dining at your lodge today. It was wonderful! The food was excellent and the staff most attentive. It was the first time we have eaten out on a holiday in our 40 years of marriage. We certainly will plan to come again and bring extended family.
This was our first time visiting. We had a one year old all the way to an 80 year old with us and everyone had a wonderful time. I also appreciated the handicapped accessibility as my mom is in a wheelchair and she was able to participate in everything. Thank you!