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|US: Northeast, Best Corn Mazes and Fall Festivals for Family Fun.
From Maine and Vermont to New York and Massachusetts the idea is simple, getaway for a bit and enjoy the season. Select the perfect pumpkin or navigate a corn maze, time travel,or taste luscious cranberries.
We've managed to obtain a bird's eye view of Vermont's Apple Barn Maze to give you a sense of the season. 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.
New York: Blackthorne's Massacre Mansion - Haunted House
(9/28/2012– 10/31/2012). Located between the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains two hours north of New York City, Greene County has embraced family vacationers for more than a century. Take a frightful guided tour in the scariest haunted house in the Catskills. Explore Massacre Mansion consists of a haunted Gothic style graveyard which is kept up by “crazy Joe” the Grave digger and those who are brave dare enter the house haunted by Dr. Angus Fear and his brother Edger. Best part:
When you leave the house, and dark maze head to wolf hollow trail. (Blackthorne Resort, 348 Sunside Rd., East Durham. (518) 634-2541 or www.massacremansion.com
) For more getaway options go to www.greenetourism.com
Vermont: Danville, The Great Maze
(7/28/2012- 10/21/2012). 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”. 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
New York: Critz Farms Harvest Celebration
From a petting zoo with more than twenty animals to pony rides for tykes this is a family adventure for all generations. They have a 10-acre corn maze as well as a hay bale maze for little ones. Best part:
On Sunday afternoons there is live musical entertainment to compliment the country gourmet café. Wagons loaded with hay take visitors to the pumpkin field. Special events include a children's pedal tractor-pull, a haunted barn for little monsters and magic shows. The Kiddie Corral children's play area has a 45-foot wooden train. Bonus points:
This farm also has a cut-your-own Christmas tree family adventure and they mail fresh wreaths almost anywhere. (Critz Farms 3232 Rippleton Road, Cazenovia, NY 13035. Toll-free 1-800-442-3225 or www.critzfarms.com
Maine: Oguinquit, OgunquitFest
(10/19/2012–10/21/2012). 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. 1(207) 646-2939 or www.visitogunquit.org
Massachusetts: Warehamn, Cranberry Harvest Celebration
(10/06/2012 – 10/07/2012).
The Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association invites families to enjoy “two big days for a little berry” at the annual Cranberry Harvest Celebration this Fall. Festival activities will include cranberry harvest tours, wagon and pony rides, games and crafts for kids, juried crafters and artisans, musical performances, cooking demonstrations, and helicopter rides. Best part:
There's a chance to watch the cranberries being harvest from the bogs and to sample - yes all things cranberry. (A.D. Makepeace Company Headquarters at Tihonet Village, 158 Tihonet Road, Wareham. 1(508) 322-4000, 1(508) 759-1041 or www.cranberries.org/festival/festival.html
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Information compiled from our extensive database and suggestions from readers. Images provided by Adams Farm in Vermont and respective locaitons. Sometimes things change, so please confirm details before making plans. Copyright 2012.