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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

This post is currently being updated for 2016.

The fall season brings so many new activities for families to enjoy. 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!

Haunted Hayrides and Creepy Corn Mazes on Long Island

Even in broad daylight, corn mazes can be creepy--the paths are narrow and the screams coming from around corners can be terrifying. Hayrides can also be surprisingly unnerving. The tractors may not move very fast, but the monsters chasing them sure do! We've rounded up a list of Long Island venues offering haunted hayrides and creepy corn mazes this Halloween season. Please call the venues ahead of time to be sure they are open, especially if the weather is bad or there has been a big storm. Also, call ahead for additional details on just how scary the displays are to be sure they're suited for younger children. For tamer attractions, see our post on the Best Haunted Houses on Long Island for Kids. And for more seasonal fun, check out our Long Island Halloween Guide, as well as sign up for our weekly newsletter.

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Apple Picking Orchards in Hartford County, CT

The nights are beginning to have a cool crisp breeze in the air, the leaves will soon be changing their colors, and the days are getting shorter….all signs of the start of my favorite season here in Hartford County. Fall marks the end of summer and with it comes many great things like fairs, breathtaking foliage, cozy sweaters, and especially apples! What better way to mark the start of fall harvest than to go apple picking with the kids. Many farms in the central Connecticut area offer pick-your-own fruit. While you’re there don’t forget to try a warm apple cider donut! For even more areas to go Apple Picking check out our CT Apple Picking Guide.

13 Places Where LI Kids Can Learn and Have Fun in the Hamptons & North Fork

Few places bring history to life better than the East End. And why should that surprise anyone? Eastern Long Island is, after all, home of the first permanent English settlement in the state. Not to mention two of the nation’s oldest lighthouses, both commissioned by George Washington himself.

And parents eager to indulge their children’s intellectual curiosity will find no shortage of destinations. We’ve rounded up a baker’s dozen of our favorites that can be visited at limited cost and whose insights are bound to inspire your budding historian.

So check these out, and while you’re at it, enjoy our Long Island Classes Guide for more education fun for the kids.

Bird Watching with Long Island Kids

Nature is abound on Long Island and one way to squeeze in some quality family time is to learn which animals share our home. Luckily, various kinds of birds can be found here throughout the year and families can learn more about where the best spots are to watch our feathered friends take flight.

Can't get enough? We've also rounded up places where you can have an Animal Encounter or On the Farm birthday party.

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