When I was five years old, my parents moved along with the Ner Israel Yeshiva of Toronto to then rural Thornhill, Ontario.
Surrounded on all four sides by farms and forests, in 1986, we were just 38 houses and a yeshiva building miles away from any other houses.
A 1/4 mile long driveway brought you through the wilderness to the enclave we lived in, and our intrepid explorations of the area made for a very memorable childhood.
Our back yard literally opened up into a massive cornfield, with towering stalks reaching yards above the tops of our outstretched little hands.
I have many fond memories of wandering out of our yard into the corn with my siblings, and getting lost for what seemed like hours, until we found an edge to walk alongside back home…
Forget bamboo! We all used corn stalks for the schach for our Sukkahs!
Ahhhh the good old days, long gone with the massive development that turned my childhood playground into rows upon rows of houses, streets, schools, sidewalks and traffic lights.
But I digress –
This is a great time of year to find a farm, take in the Fall colors, pick some apples, take some great family pictures and get lost in a corn maze!
So where can you find these wonderful memory-makers?
GreatFrumTrips.com, of course!
Here is a great list we put together for you of nine great options within a reasonable drive from many Jewish communities, all with discount coupons for your pleasure!
Corn Maze Admission For Two or Four – Valid September 15 to November 10, 2017
Plan a visit to the military-themed corn maze at The Farm In Harmony from September 15 to November 10, 2017. This area is a sprawling 7 acres with 3.8 miles of trail in the main maze and .3 miles of trail for children ages 3–6. Visit our main website and follow the journey with our first corn maze dedicated to honoring our veterans.
Hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pets are not allowed (other than service animals).
Each Fall, as the leaves begin to change in scenic Long Valley, big green John Deere tractors can be seen pulling hayrides of families out to their pumpkin patch to pick pumpkins off the vine. Giggles and laughs can be heard of visitors who find their way through the twists and turns of the 8 acre corn maze.
The fall festival also offers farm animals to pet and feed, a tractor playset and hay pyramid for visitors. Their farm stand is open daily and has a wide selection of fresh produce, local apples, [apple cider, decorations and delicious home baked pies and apple cider donuts.]
On the weekends in October, visitors can also enjoy pony rides, train rides and monster truck rides.
There’s all kinds of fall fun happening in October at Decker Farm on Staten Island, where you can hop on a hayride, tour the historic farmhouse, navigate a cornstalk maze, say hi to scarecrows, get your face painted and of course, pick out your own pumpkin. You’ll be soaking up that fresh air and searching for that perfect gourd on the 11-acre grounds of the oldest continuously operating family farm in the area, dating back to 1810, which is now an official New York City landmark.
Event Description: The event runs rain or shine. There’s free shuttle-bus service available from the Historic Richmond Town parking lot to the farm.
This one’s for our readers out in the Norfolk Virginia area:
Chesterfield Berry Farm for Five or Seven on September 23—November 5 (56% Off). Six Options Available
Farm Fun Passes Includes: Admission, Hay Ride to Pick Pumpkins, The 2017 Pirate Ship Corn Maze, All Day Play in the Fun Zone, 1 Barrel Train Ride Ticket, 1 Wagon Train Ride Ticket, Scary Fun Barn and a mini animal food cup!
Heading to our from Cleveland or Columbus, Ohio? Take a stop here:
Corn Maze and Fun Farm Admission for Two or Four with Pumpkins and Cider at Butcher’s Family Fun Farm (43% Off)
Birds get the most impressive view of the four-acre corn maze at Butcher’s Family Fun Farm. This year’s design features a barn, a tractor, a bunch of tomatoes, and the words “buy fresh, buy local,” all carved right into the corn. But while the view from the top is nice, human visitors know the real fun of the maze lies in navigating its twisting pathways.
In addition to winding through the dizzying stalks, maze wanderers can stop to solve educational puzzles, find clues, complete picture rubbings, and chat with the resident minotaur.
But the corny labyrinth isn’t the only thing that draws families to the farm each autumn. A host of other outdoor attractions awaits. Kids and adults will both relish hay rides and jaunts through the pumpkin patch, as well as a chance to take aim at strategically-placed targets with one of the farm’s potato launchers.
On the way home, families can pick up farm-fresh produce at Butcher’s Farm Market, which is located just two miles down the road.
Hello to you, Baltimore, Washington, Silver Spring and and Rockville!
Corn Maze Admission for Two, Four, or Six with Pumpkin Credit at Brookfield Pumpkins (Up to 44% Off)
Started in 1996, Brookfield Pumpkins incorporates such elements as the farm, family, and agricultural education in their philosophy. Founded by Sam and Mary Roop, the farm is rife with corn, soybeans, wheat, and hay, as well as beef cattle.
Visitors to this farm can spend their quality family time within its thirteen acres of pumpkins and gourds and choose their own pumpkin specimens.
With hayrides to the patch, face painting, or a petting zoo with chickens sheep, and calves, kids are bound to have lots of fun. And if that’s not enough, the farm’s six-acre corn maze with its twists and turns offers a great entertainment for whole families while trying to find the way of the maze.
During the brutal winter months, the harvesters at Westhaven Farm keep warm by growing tomatoes in the greenhouse. The veggies are ready by spring alongside cherry tomatoes and pesticide-free fruit pollinated naturally by bumblebees.
Once spring blossoms into summer, the farmers dole out locally raised produce such as peaches, sweet corn, and u-pick strawberries.
Autumn heralds the arrival of the dusky season with hayrides, farm animals, and a nighttime corn maze that guests can navigate with a flashlight on Friday & Saturday Nights
Heading to our from Cleveland or Columbus, Ohio? Here’s another option along the way:
Kohl’s Stony Hill planted its roots in 1986, but luckily, there were already some roots on the property. In fact, there were 2,000 evergreen trees that just happened to be planted on the 39-acre farm, and so the new owners cut them down, hauled them to the Kohl’s Market and, luckily, they sold like hot cakes.
But it’s not just Winter that gets all the fun; Kohl’s Stony Hill also reigns in the cooler weather with fall-time fun, including pumpkin-chucking, corn cannons, and picturesque hayrides.
The farm even sets up a yearly corn maze that has families and friends testing their navigation skills as they wander the fields.
Going to Lancaster, PA? Heading from the Baltimore area back North? Here’s a great detour! Also a do-able ride from Philadelphia.
Corn-Maze Packages Including Cow and Train Rides at Maize Quest (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.
Hugh the Maze Master and the team at Maize Quest Fun Park believes that mazes are a great metaphor for life: we’re all on a journey, sometimes we feel lost, but, through it all, we persist in the face of defeat. For the last 15 years, Maize Quest has followed this philosophy, evolving from a single-attraction corn maze to a full-scale seasonal fun park with more than 25 attractions. The maze’s theme changes each year, with past labyrinths honoring Wild West gunslingers, Egyptian pharaohs, and prehistoric dinosaurs.
Before or after navigating the corn-walled corridors, visitors can entertain themselves at other stations such as the bamboo forest or the cow train—a line of cow-themed cars pulled by a tractor or a team of steam-powered steers. Maize Quest holds birthday parties year-round, with groups blowing out candles in both the indoor party room and outdoor event space. The maze is also open for events for large groups such as scout troops, youth groups, and vacationing scarecrows.
So what are you waiting for?
The deals are good, Chol Hamoed is around the corner, and the foliage is just starting to come alive in beautiful colors! Get these deals while they last and go get lost in some corn!
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