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|US: Mountains West, Best Corn Mazes and Fall Festivals for Family Fun.
From Colorado to Montana and Idaho to Nevada corn mazes and fun go together.Forget the lawn; the laundry will wait. Take the kids and go.
Here's the scoop: Fall festivals provide the perfect excuse to create a mini family adventure. A day away can make all the diiference in your well being and the happiness of your family. Make time to disconnect from your daily shcedule and make memoires. Taste sweet apple butter or corncob jelly; play flashlight tag or chase the kids through the corn stalks; ride on a wagon full of hay or bob for apples; walk through a sleeping giant or test your pioneer skills. We have a list of some of the very best places to find family fun.
Colorado: Denver, Botanic Gardens Corn Maze
(mid-September - October). This year’s maze contains 8.5 acres of winding pathways in the shape of the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory with the Colorado sun rising behind it. A 15-foot tall illuminated bridge overlooks the 9-foot tall stalks of the corn maze. Thousands of pumpkins will be ripe for the picking from the pumpkin patch in October. Best part:
Anytime of year walk along Chatfield’s scenic trails and enjoy the wildlife observation area. Visit barnyard for a rearding farm animal encounter. There are always interesting activities for chilren. Bonus points:
The site is an affiliate of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and features 750 acres of plants, wildlife, grasslands and protected wetlands.
(Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road in Littleton, CO 80128. (720) 865-3585 or www.botanicgardens.org
Colorado: LaSalle, Fritzler Maze and Sleeping Giant
(mid-September - October
). Located just seven miles south of Greeley, this spot offers easy access from anywhere across Colorado's Front Range. Visitors can enjoy Scream Acres, a haunted maze with frights and fun just in time for Halloween. Along with the seasonal scare-fest there’s a giant pumpkin patch, a mini-train, a corn cannon, corn box, goat walk, pedal go-karts, a haunted castle, fire pits, hovercrafts. Best part:
Probably the most fun is the world’s largest walk-through inflatable attraction – the Creature. Visitors are encouraged to explore the inner workings of the reclining giant monster body by day. At night the tour takes on a slightly scary tone with actors and special effects. (Fritzeler Maze 20861 State Hwy. 85, LaSalle, CO 80645. Maze Hotline (970) 737-2129
Nevada: Fallon, Lattin Farms Fall Festival
(October). Visitors will find themselves lost in space and surrounded by harvest food and family activities created to enjoy the change of seasons. From a giant pumpkin contest to the pumpkin tower lighting, and moonlight mazes, fun is the whole idea. The unique pumpkin tower holds tiers of pumpkins that will light up the October night skies. Best part:
Critterville part of the farm complex includes a goat walk, chicken haven and bunnyille. Kids may feed the pygmy goats hens, roosters, and turkeys as well as the bunnies. Here's the deal:
A $2 coupon off adult admission is available on the website. (Lattin Farms, 1955 McLean Road, Fallon. (775) 867-3750, 866 NEVMAZE (638-6293) or www.lattinfarms.com
Utah: Wellsville, American West Heritage Fall Harvest Festival
(late-September - October).
Navigate Cache Valley's original corn maze - a maze within a maze or wander a three-story maze with your little ones. Celebrate the harvest with at Old Time Carnival with old- fashioned games for all ages. Harvest activities include threshing with the old machinery, corn shelling, and making corn cob darts. See Dr. Quaquenbusch’s Medicine Show. At the pioneer site, test your skills at the pioneer games and try a Wild West Buffalo Chip Toss; watch Mountain Men and Shoshone preparing for winter. It's always a great time listening to talented fiddlers of all ages compete in the Old Time Heritage Fiddle Contest. Best part:
See Dr. Quaquenbusch’s Medicine Show. (American West Heritage Center 4025 South Hwy. 89-91 Wellsville, UT 84339. (435) 245-6050, toll-free (800) 225-FEST (3378) or www.awhc.org
We want to expand the list and need your help. If you have a favorite fall festivial or know of an awesome corn maze please "Tell Mom"
and we will add it to the list. Make sure to include the name of the festival or event and its location on the planet as well as why you like it or what makes it worth the trip. Our next round up will inlcude family friendly winter celebrations and Santa Trains. We are building the list right now and would love to have your feedback. So just "Tell Mom!"
Information compiled from our extensive database as of September 2013. Sometimes things change, so please confirm details before making plans. Copyright 2013.