Springtime joy in Rantoul: Meet the baby reindeer and much more
Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch plans to open to the public on Saturdays this spring, the family favorite attraction announced on Sunday via Facebook.
The big draw? Three new reindeer baby girls born on the Rantoul ranch in April.
New this year, Hardy’s is offering limited springtime hours Saturdays May 8 through
June 26 May 29, and will be open from 10am to 7 pm.
Editor’s Note: These Saturdays wrapped up early when it got too hot for the baby reindeer. Catch them this fall when Hardy’s reopens.
Activities offered include a special reindeer tour experience, farm hayride tours, pedal race carts and the paintball shooting gallery.
Activities range in price from $4-5 per person. Reindeer Tour tickets will be sold until 6 pm. No reservations are taken for activities at this time.
The ranch typically opens to the public from September to December, for a variety of fall and winter seasonal fun: corn maze, pumpkins, and more. (The corn maze will not open until fall.)
The baby reindeer are:
- Baby girl Alyeska, who is named after a mountain in Alaska (say it like Allie-eska). Jewel is her mom.
- Baby girl Pearl, a pinto. Her mom is Ruby, and she has an older sister named Jewel (Alyeska’s mom).
- Baby girl Cupid, the very first baby born at Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch on 4/19. Cupid’s mom is Vixen, and she has a brother named Blitzen.
Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch is best known for its reindeer, a major magnet for families especially during the winter holiday season. In the fall, the ranch has one of the area’s best known corn mazes, and offers hay rides and other fall fun.
With the recent opening of the Rantoul Family Sports Complex, Rantoul is now full of visitors, especially on weekends with hundreds of people entering the community for sporting events and tournaments.
Visit www.reindeerranch.com for more info.