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Autumn Adventures!

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Who doesn’t love the fall?  The weather cools down, football is on, and pumpkin flavored everything is back!  Oh, and not to mention all of the exciting fall activities there are!  If you’re trying to plan the perfect fall day with friends and family, we’ve got you covered, check out these different options for fun things to do across the state to get your fix of fall!

Apple Picking – This classic fall favorite never gets old, and is perfect for friends and family of all ages!  Here in Massachusetts we’re lucky enough to have tons of apple orchards to choose from.  What could be more fun than spending a sunny fall day outside, picking some apples, and then heading home to make fresh apple crisp?  Many of them offer pumpkin picking as well, so you can get all of the ingredients you need to make some amazing fall treats in one spot!

Corn Mazes – Whether you’re looking for something different to do with the kids during the day, or want to get spooked out just in time for Halloween, corn mazes are sure to be a hit with everyone.  Many of them are interactive, have trivia questions to help guide you, and all have their own unique themes!  Check out some of these corn mazes in Massachusetts and enjoy!

Haunted Drives – There’s nothing spookier than being on a dark, dismal road rumored to be haunted, especially around Halloween!  Do you dare take a drive down a road like this in Massachusetts?  As one of the oldest states in the country, we are also known as one of the most haunted, so you never know what you may see if you’re brave enough to venture down one of these spooky spots.  Take a look at some of our recommendations for haunted drives in Massachusetts, but don’t blame us when you have nightmares!

Farmers Markets – Looking for some fresh ingredients to use in your fall recipes?  Farmers markets are a great spot to find fruits, vegetables, jams, jellies, flowers, maple products, cheeses, meats, eggs, honey, and much more!  Spend the day strolling through the aisles of natural products with friends, a date, or even make new friends.  Stock your fridge with yummy snacks and treat yourself to the taste of fall!  Don’t know where to go?  We’ve made it easy for you!  Here’s a list of farmer’s markets in Massachusetts.

Brewery Tours – For those of you that are 21+, brewery tours are a fun, unique way to get an inside look into the world of craft brewing.  Most breweries will even let you sample some of their creations, and these tours are usually either free or extremely affordable.  There’s a wide variety of options to choose from too, from big brewers such as Sam Adams and Harpoon, to local ones like Cisco and Wachusett Brewery.  Take a look at this full list of breweries in Massachusetts.

Which one of these activities is your favorite thing to do during the fall?  With so many options it can be hard to choose just one, so why not try them all?

Photo By: Brian Birke

Corn Mazes In Massachusetts

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When it comes to fun fall activities, it doesn’t get much better than a corn maze.  They’re perfect for all ages, not too scary for the little ones but still cool enough for the older members of the family.  Here in Massachusetts we’re lucky enough to have a few different ones to choose from, and what better way to spend a crisp fall day than by being outside on a farm enjoying all that the season has to offer?  Doesn’t sound like it can get much better than that if you ask us, unless of course cider donuts are involved!

Connors Farm – Located just north of Boston in Danvers, Connors Farm consistently gets rave reviews from everyone that visits.  The maze has a different theme each year and this year’s theme is “Welcome to the Jungle” and the maze will feature designs including the faces of a giant lion, monkey, and much more! There are also pig and duck races, bounce houses, pedal carts, plenty of food options, and much more! The maze is open every day until October 31st and admission is $12.95 for ages 3-64, $9.95 for seniors, and free for children ages 2 and under.

Marini Farm Corn Maze – This farm is located in Ipswich and their corn maze is 8 acres of fun filled twists and turns.  This year’s theme is “The Age of the Dinosaurs”, and there are questions throughout the maze that you must answer correctly to guide you in the right direction while also teaching you some fun facts about dinosaurs.  This educational and interactive maze typically takes 2 hours to complete, so make sure to bring some water and snacks! Admission is only $10.95 for ages 3 and older and on certain nights you can walk the maze with a flashlight for a spooktacular experience, admission for “Flashlight Nights” is $12.95.

Mike’s Maze – Mike’s Maze is located at Warner Farm in Sunderland and this years theme is “Mystery Maze”.  Open on Friday and Saturday nights in October from 7 PM – 10 PM, this maze is not for the faint of heart.  Navigate your way through the maze in the dark of night and be sure to look out for any ghosts and ghouls along the way.  Flashlights are provided and snacks are available on Friday, and there is a full cafe open on Saturday.  Don’t miss your chance to have some frightful fun just in time for Halloween!

Sauchuk Farm Corn Maze – If there’s a history buff in your family, this is the maze for you.  Located in Plympton, this year’s theme is commemorating 50 years since the JFK assassination.  The maze typically takes about an hour to complete although times vary.  Play “Farm Scene Investigation” along the way and then if you have little ones be sure to check out the kiddie maze! Admission is $10.95 and includes access to the maze as well as hayrides, tetherball, duck races, and much more!  Children under 2 are free and seniors over age 65 get $2 off their admission price.

Which one of these corn mazes will you be heading to this fall? Whether you’re looking for a few scares to get you in the mood for Halloween, or just a fun day with the family, there’s something that everyone will enjoy this fall!

Photo By: Andy Franklin

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