marinifarm1What it is: The Corn Maze at Marini Farm is more like a festival with a corn maze as the main attraction. There are several bounce houses, inflatable slides, a rope maze, an apple cannon, a giant sand pile, a silo filled with corn that the kids can go inside and use like a sandbox, a pirate ship, character cutouts for photo-ops and of course a concession stand. I loved that there were adirondack chairs scattered throughout the area for parents to chill out in while the kids played – high five to whoever thought of that.

There’s a hayride that will take you around the farm and that was my favorite part of the experience. Not only do they hand out samples of the cider donuts they sell in the farm stand, but the guide we had was a member of the Marini family and had all kinds of information to share about the animals who frequent it (we saw a coyote peeking at us) and the history of the farm.

Cost: $12.99 weekends, $10.99 weekdays, $2 discount for Military and Seniors, FREE admission for children under 2 with a paying adult.

What to know: Parking is in a grassy field down below the farm, so there is an uphill walk to get to the fun stuff. There are plenty of porta-potties and they’re the “nicer” ones, but they are outside the paid area so remember to keep your pass for re-entry. Concessions stand is also outside the paid area.

Verdict: We brought our two year old, so by the time we played in all the areas leading up to the corn maze she was too tired to stay. (They show you a mandatory video before you enter the maze, and it was during that that she started fussing.) This is a nice way to spend an autumn day, and I look forward to going back and trying the corn maze when my daughter is older.

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