As the air turns crisp and the leaves begin to change and drop to the ground, signs of fall prompt all of us to crave the cozy family activities that make the season feel festive and fun. Just outside of downtown Waterford lies Port Farms, a haven for pumpkin lovers, corn maze cravers, and people of all ages who love to celebrate the arrival of fall.
My stepdaughter’s school holds a family fall fest day at Port Farms every year, and the giant slide and corn box are her favorite activities. She also mines for gems and conquers the “no left turn” maze while I sip cider and challenge other parents to a game of Giant Jenga. As a third-grader, my stepdaughter loves that she has upgraded from the Little Farmers Playland with the hippity hops, small tire fort, and sound garden to the big kid activities. She challenges my wife to see who can stay on the massive jumping pillows the longest without getting tired.
This year, the eight-acre puzzle corn maze celebrates 50 years of Sesame Street. Make sure you visit all nine stations to see the maze design before taking it easy on the hayride to rest up before stocking up on pumpkins and gourds.
Pumpkins range in both size and colors and can be purchased on your way out so you don’t have to carry them around the farm. Prices are determined by weight, and the plumpest ones are perfect for carving.
From September 14th through October 31st, Port Farms is open for the Fall Harvest Festival on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9-6, Thursdays and Fridays from 9-7, and Saturdays and Sundays from 10-7. After October 31st, the farm closes to prepare for its Christmas activities and reopens on November 29th.
Admission is $8 on Monday and Wednesday (closed Tuesday), and $12 from Thursday through Sunday. Season passes are also available for $29. Kids ages two and under are free, as are those who show their military ID.
Port Farms is offering a new online ticket sale option this year, so plan ahead and grab your tickets through the website (https://portfarms.com/buy-tickets/).
See you and the whole family this fall season at Port Farms!
Author: Beth McDonough
Photo Credit: Kibbe Photography: http://www.kibbephotography.com/