250 Old Country Road, Melville, NY 11747
(631) 351 - 9373
DescriptionThe largest parking area at White Post Farms is a field with no handicapped parking spaces. Several other paved parking areas, close to the market as well as the party entrances, have handicapped spots. If you cannot park close it would probably be best to drop a passenger off and then find parking.
All of the entrances are paved and flat with automatic double doors.
The garden center, party rooms, and market are all easy navigable.
There are picnic tables just outside the market.
The outdoor petting zoo, rides, and entertainment area are also easy to navigate with smooth cobblestone walkways, many benches and picnic tables. Some of the picnic tables indicate that they are handicapped accessible.
The restroom opposite the train ride is the only one we found that seems to be truly handicapped accessible (with railings). It has multiple stalls with the handicapped one closest to the entrance.
Restrooms near the party rooms are large and easy to enter and exit; however, they do not have railings.
The restrooms in the garden center are small, single-occupancy rooms with a small ramp that allows easy entry, but a small “lip- up” to exit.
- Surface of lot: paved
Distance to venue: close
Places to rest: benches and picnic tables
Paths and walkways: paved and smooth cobblestone
Doors: automatic double doors
Number of floors: 1
Steps and staircases: one
Width of aisles: easy to get around
Places to sit: benches and picnic tables (some designated for wheelchairs
Available food services: **
Friendliness of staff: extremely friendly
Notes: * Restrooms are located in main pavilion, near party rooms and in the park opposite the train. Restroom in main building is single occupancy, ramp to get in, but quite small and not handicapped accessible. Restrooms near party rooms are large, easy to enter and exit, but with no railings. Restrooms outside, opposite the train are multi-stall with the handicapped stall closest to the entrance.* Food is available both indoors and out at several snack bars and gourmet market.
On the first really chilly day this fall my husband and I were invited to our niece’s birthday party at White Post Farms. While we remembered going to the farm previously, we did not remember going to a party there. When we asked, we were told that although the farm has been there for five generations, the party rooms, petting zoo and animal farm are less than 20 years old. Now we understand why our kids never had a party there. White Post’s website states that they have a “park-like setting with… a farm environment” and that “families come to experience a one-day getaway.” We agree.
The largest parking area is a field, but there are no handicapped spaces here. There are several other, paved, parking areas with handicapped spaces, close to the market and party entrances. If you cannot park in one of these, it would be best to drop a passenger off and go find a spot.
All of the entrance areas are paved and flat, with automatic double doors. They are easy to enter and exit. We headed to the party rooms, noting single occupancy restrooms, easy to enter and exit, but with no handicapped railings.
The party was geared to little ones, including food, pony rides, a train ride, feeding the animals, and more food. We were impressed with how well run it was and how sweet the hostesses were.
We wandered out to watch the kids’ pony rides, petting zoo/ farm animal area and to look around. Walking is easy on the smooth cobblestone walkways. We found many benches and picnic tables. We were impressed to see signs on some of the tables indicating that they are handicapped accessible. The atmosphere seems to be a mix of zoo, farm, rides and entertainment in a low-key, family friendly setting. It is easy to imagine how lively it must be on a nice day.
The restroom opposite the train ride is the only one on the premises we found that is truly handicapped accessible (with railings). It has multiple stalls with the handicapped one being closest to the entrance.
It was cold and windy, so we left the zebras, goats, camels, and other animals for a warmer space. We checked out the garden center and market place. Cute seasonal items, farm produce, and a large variety of homemade breads and pies are available for purchase. One can also get lunch or a snack. Picnic tables are just outside. Although we did see some families enjoying themselves at the picnic tables, this was not an outdoor eating day for me. We treated ourselves to pumpkin bread (delicious) which we took home. Restrooms in the garden center are small, single occupancy, and not handicapped accessible. A small ramp allows easy entry, but one must navigate a small “lip-up” to exit.
All in all, White Post Farms is a fun-filled, multi-generational experience.
As always we at Destination Accessible advise you to check a venue’s website, www.whitepostfarms.com, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”