Do you think that a corn maize and an apple orchard are only found in New Jersey or some other suburban area? Well, think again!
The Queens County Farm — located in, you guessed, it, Queens (Floral Park to be specific) — is having an annual corn maize maze for people of all ages to explore! For only $5 for children (ages 5-11) and $9 for adults, you can run through a 3-acre corn labyrinth. At the beginning of each maze adventure, there will be a “Stalk Talk” to prepare you for the challenge with tips on finding clues, solving puzzles and making your way out of the maze.
While the corn maze is from 11 am – 4:30 pm on weekends until October 25th, Saturday, October 17th is when the maze will be open until around 9:30 pm. This will be the only time where you can run around this corn maze at night and use flashlights to guide you through the labyrinth. Talk about a challenge!
For those who don’t want to participate in the corn maze: don’t worry! If you have a fear of getting lost or just don’t want to bother with the maze, you could still go on hay rides (Saturdays and Sundays from 11am – 4pm), purchase Hudson Valley apples and apple cider, get a taste of delicious pies and candy apples in the County store, or visit the pumpkin patch and pick up that perfect pumpkin to take home and carve just in time for Halloween!
The Queens County Farm is also having their annual Haunted House event on Saturday and Sunday, October 24th and 25th from 4-7 pm. This is a great event for children, teens, young adults, and parents alike. Admission is only $4 for all ages. The Haunted House includes hay rides, Halloween treats, and warm apple cider. At the end, the farm will be selling harvest pumpkins and apples.
The Queens County Farm Museum dates back to 1697 and occupies New York City’s largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland; something city or non city folk would never guess. It is the longest continuously farmed site in New York State and consists of 47 acres. I guess you could say that the Queens County Farm is a hidden gem in NYC: it provides that rural flavor in the city that never sleeps!
Check out their website for more information on these October events and future events in the upcoming months!
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
Floral Park, New York 11004-1129