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|US: Northeast, Best Corn Mazes, Fall Festivals, and Agri-Adventures for Family Fun.
From Maine Vermont to Connecticut harvest festivals provide the chance to get away for a bit and select the perfect pumpkin, navigate a corn maze or taste luscious cranberries.
We've selected a few spots which offer exceptional agri-adventures making it easy to share the wonders of fall with your kids. Play flashlight tag or chase the kids through the corn stalks; ride on a wagon full of hay or bob for apples, make time for fun with your kids.
Connecticut: Bethlehem, March Farm Pumpkins, Apples & Corn Mazes
(September to late October). The five-acre hilltop corn maze, accessible by hayride, provides labyrinth-style challenges to be conquered. There is a mini corn maze available for preschool children. Additional activities include tractor-pulled hay rides, sampling fresh apple cider made on site, petting zoo & farm animal encounters, and a hayloft play area for tykes. The play area offers non-stop fun with slides, swings, climbing walls, a tractor tire sand area, hay bale pyramids, and a 450-foot track with tricycles, pedal tractors & wagons to ride. Bonus points:
Pick-your-own apples, pumpkin patch-pick in the field or browse the pumpkin patch for those already gathered from the field. Wait for it!
During select nights in October the maze becomes haunted just for fun. Here’s the deal!
No matter the season, the Pondside Animal Yard offers free educational animal encounters seven days a week. (160 Munger Lane, Bethlehem, CT 06751. (203) 266-7721 or www.marchfarm.com
Connecticut: Newton, Castle Hill Farm
(mid-September to the end of October). Not far from NYC, colorful oaks and maples frame the pumpkin path and seven-acre con maze designed to delight all ages. For extra fun the maze experience includes a series of trivia questions scattered along the narrow zigzagging corn stalk alleyways. The amazing pumpkin patch includes more than 20 varieties of gourds, and great pumpkins just waiting for the chance to be some ones jack-o’-lantern. There are pony rides, hayrides, and sometimes evening bon fires. Bonus points:
Most weekends hear musicians playing bluegrass music. (40 Sugar Lane, Newtown, CT. (203) 426-5487 or www.castlehillfarm.net
Vermont: Danville, The Great Maze
(late July - October). The maze and farm adventure includes a flower garden, perplexing puzzles, 50' of bridges, trails and paths plus Miney's Korny Kid Korn Maze - a smaller version of the maze. There is also barnyard golf - definitely something different and the Barnyard Nature Center where farm life experiences become a reality and visitors enjoy the animal petting area, pedal tractors, and good old fashioned fun comes easy. The maze includes not just corn alley ways but also 100' of underground tunnels. Best part:
On selected nights you can even enjoy the maze with Starlight Maze nights. Bonus points:
For a more thrilling experience older kids will enjoy “Dead North” which begins in October. The haunt includes wagon rides, a ½ mile walk of terror through a haunted cornfield and buildings including animatronics, special effects and three new buildings. There is also an ultimate laser tag with 2-acre playing field. (The Great Vermont Corn MAZE, 3260 Tampico Road, Danville, VT 05828. 1(802) 748–1399 or www.vermontcornmaze.com
Maine: Oguinquit, OgunquitFest
(last weekend in October). The OgunquitFest is a marvelously fun weekend festival with a scarecrow contest, a kids’ carnival, pumpkin decorating, a spooky scavenger hunt, costume parade, ghost stories galore, ghost tours, a Monster Mall market place and more. Best part:
There’s even a nine-hole Graveyard Golf course along the beach for the grown kids. (All through the town of Ogunquit. (207) 646-2939 or www.visitogunquit.org
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Our list was compiled by FTF staff from research as well as suggestions from parents. Images provided by Marni Farm in Massachusetts, and March Farm in Connecticut. Sometimes things change, so please confirm details before making plans. Copyright 2013.