Those that live in the five boroughs may not be used to seeing much farmland, but it is a great escape from the fast-paced life of the city. The Queens County Farm Museumhas quite a few fall activities to help the young and youthful enjoy the crisp air outdoors. It is located on 47 acres, which includes a greenhouse, livestock, farm vehicles, historic farm buildings, an herb garden, fields and an orchard. They also feature a pumpkin patch and a beautiful 3-acre corn maze.
Through November 1, weather permitting, the pumpkin patch and corn maze are open every Saturday and Sunday. The maze is open from 11am until 4:30pm but on Saturday, October 17, the maze is open until 9pm. The pumpkin patch is open from 11am to 4pm.
While going to a stand or farmer's market and picking up some pumpkins gets the job done, there is nothing quite like picking your own from a pumpkin patch. Adults and kids can make a day of it by choosing their own pumpkin and by doing the hayride and corn maze.
On October 24, 25 and 31, there is a Haunted House from 4pm to 7pm. It is recommended for children ages 4-12. Also on the 25th is the Children's Fall Festival from 11am-4pm, where children can arrive in their Halloween costumes and participate in various activities such as pony rides and sack races.
Why? Fresh air, fall activities and a slower pace is great for the soul.
When:Pumpkin patch: 11a-4p until November 1. Corn maze: 11a-4:30p until November 1; October 17 11a-9p. Halloween Haunted House: October 24, 25 and 31 from 4p-7p. Children’s Fall Festival: October 25 11a-4p.
Where:Queens County Farm Museum 73-50 Little Neck Parkway Floral Park, New York 11004-1129 (718) 347-3276
Cost:Pumpkin Patch: Cost of the pumpkin varies by its size. Corn maze: Adults $8, Children 4-11 $5, Children 3 and under are free. Halloween Haunted House: $4. Hayride $2 per person. Children’s Fall Festival $5.
I took a train and then a bus to get out here last fall. I was almost regretting it, until I got there. It's one of those places that touches on experiences from your childhood - all petting zoos and hay rides and apple picking. I imagine this time of year there's lots going on too. If you're coming from outside of the area, you might be better off driving, though!