Farms & U-Pick

Pumpkin Patches for LA, Ventura, & Orange County Kids

Halloween costumes have replaced back-to-school sales, and the spiders have moved in at the Natural History Museum; the time has come to surrender to the Great Pumpkin. Mind you, the big guy is spoiled for choice around the Southland in Halloween season. We won't presume to call one pumpkin patch more sincere than the others, but LA’s pumpkin patches (and pseudo pumpkin patches) run a satisfying gamut from small to large, folksy to commercial. Whether you're hoping for a hit-and-run Halloween photo or a day's outing in autumnal reverie, your destination is below...

Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes in New Haven County

Aside from foreign travel, and I don't know, baby dolphins, I don't know what could be more near and dear to my heart than pumpkin picking.  To me, it screams, 'This is what life is about!!!'  The autumn sun, crisp air, giggling kids, a cup of hot cider -- it's the antithesis to the workweek grind.   Some of the spots we found in New Haven County are the definition of agri-tourism, so they also made our list of Apple Picking Orchards in central CT.  Whether your looking for slender pumpkins or plump, big farms or small, New Haven County has what you seek.  For even more ideas in your inbox, sign up for our weekly newsletter.  Check out our Halloween and Fall Fun Guide for lots of other great info!

Fall Festivals and Fairs in CT (Fairfield County)

For a few glorious weeks, we garner the envy of friends and family in California, Florida, Texas, and Hawaii as sugar maples crown our day-to-day lives with extraordinary color.  October is when all those folks wish they were HERE, clutching that steaming cider and cracking up as the kids trip through the pumpkin patches.  Aside from all the fantastic farms and corn mazes you can visit, there are several fall festivals popping up all season long, all over Fairfield County. Check out our Halloween and Fall Fun Guide for lots of other great info! Subscribe to our weekly newsletter and don't miss out on CT fun again!

Fun Family Day Trip to Cherry Crest Adventure Farm: A Parent's Review

For most people, spending a day at the farm evokes images of milking cows, harvesting corn, or shearing sheep. At Cherry Crest Adventure Farm in Lancaster County, the day involves food, laughter, games, a corn maze, and pig races, as well as an educational experience on a working farm. Plus, there’s even a good chance visitors can get a glimpse of a passing train from the Strasburg Railroad. Kids and grown-ups alike can find an unending amount of fun during the summer, spring, and fall seasons, making Cherry Crest Adventure Farm worth the drive for Philly area families. Find out why!

Corn Mazes in PA: Take the Kids for Hayrides, Pumpkin Picking and Fall Harvest Fun Near Philly

The Fall season brings so many new activities that families can enjoy this time of year.  Traditional favorites such as apple picking and harvest festivals provide great fun for kids, but if yours are ready for a different adventure, add a corn maze to your weekend plans.

We have listed many farms in the area that have professionally designed mazes spanning several acres that can take up to two hours to complete.  Many of the large mazes have special themed games where visitors follow clues along the way, testing their knowledge and navigational skills.  Older kids will appreciate the nighttime flashlight mazes or scary Halloween themes while the younger set will enjoy the smaller hay mazes available at most farms.  Whatever your family’s adventure level is, this list is sure to have something for everyone.

Apple Picking Orchards in the New Haven Area

There's no better way to mark the start of fall than going apple picking. This year is supposed to be a banner year for apples, so  grab the kids and head out to these New Haven area orchards for some pick your own fun! For more places to go picking, check out our CT Apple Picking Guide. And for some ideas for what to do with all of those apples once you've picked them, check out these awesome recipes that even the kids can help with!

Corn Mazes with the Kids in Fairfield County, CT

A trip to a corn maze is one of my favorite fall activities. I love any excuse to get out there and enjoy a nice day. There's something so special about a corn maze because farms have to do some serious planning to design, grow and harvest the crops in just the right way for the maze to be successful. Going through a corn maze also gives you one of those rare opportunities to safely hand over the reigns to your child and let them be in charge of where to go and how to find the way out. What better way to bond than to band together and head straight into something where you know you can get lost and the only way out is to concentrate on the map, read the clues and work together to get to the other side. Combine your trip with a pumpkin patch and cider mill and you've got yourself a pretty excellent fall day to make lifelong family memories. Residents of lower Fairfield County have to be prepared to travel a bit to get to one of the three we've found, but bear in mind, the farms all have lots of other goodies available -- pumpkins, hay rides, cider, and/or mums -- all that fantastic fall stuff! For more fall fun, check out our CT Fall Fun and Halloween Guide. Corn mazes puzzle us with just the right mix of fresh air and frustration, so you wont be sorry if you grab some cider and get lost in one. These corn-y masterpieces are only around for a few weeks each fall so don't miss your chance! For even more ideas in your inbox, sign up for our weekly newsletter

21 Fall Harvest Festivals Near Philly: Pumpkins, Apples, and Scarecrows, Oh My!

Autumn is such a beautiful time of year to enjoy the outdoors in the Delaware Valley. The temperature is cooler, skies are clear and the changing leaves create a spectacular backdrop to any event. Fortunately, there are so many opportunities to celebrate the season - whether it is attending a harvest festival in your community, or taking a drive to a farm or orchard. We have rounded up a list of some of the numerous events taking place this fall, including hayrides, pumpkin patches, scarecrow-building, live entertainment and cider donuts! Keep checking our calendar too, as we are continuously adding new events for Fall!

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