Friday, October 16, 2009

The Richardson Farm--Largest Corn Maze in the World--ChiILoween Fun Worth the Drive

Are you good at following a map, or directionally impaired?   Can you zip your way through miles of corn maze or not navigate your way out of a paper bag?

The largest corn maze in the world is at The Richardson Farm in Spring Grove, IL, not too far outside of Chicago, and it's worth the drive.

You won't need a handheld GPS, for this one.  Mazes vary in length and even the biggie, which is a whopping 28 acres and just over 11miles of trails, has a number of easy to reach escape routes built in to the maze.

The following features are free with admission to Richardson Farm, unless an additional charge is specified:
  • 50’ tall observation tower
  • 50’ long slide
  • Beautiful wooded picnic area (Reserve a table here)
  • Free Campfires – remember marshmallows (Reserve a table here)
  • 3 wooden bridges (16’ long and 8’ high) in the corn maze
  • Pedal carts
  • Pedal tractors
  • Feed the Goats
  • Corn Cabin (shelled corn sandbox)
  • Concessions for sale (weekends starting Labor Day)
  • Free Wagon ride to the five acre maze (weekends)
  • Group wagon rides ($3.75 per person, $75 minimum for a group) by reservation (Reserve here)
  • Glow sticks and flashlights available for sale
  • Pumpkins and Mums for sale in season
  • Free Parking
The following features are new this year:
  • Larger Pumpkin Patch
  • Pedal Trikes
  • Zip Line - 30' high and 700' long - Now Open! - $15.00 - Signed Waiver Required (View waiver)
    Weight requirement: 70 - 270 lbs.
  • Expanded Kid's Play Area
General Admission

$11.50 Adults ages 19-64
$10.00 Students ages 13-18
$8.50 Children 5-12
$8.50 Seniors 65 and up
Kids 4 and under FREE

Check out their web site for daily hours and group discounts.

If you want to meet up with a group of friends, you can reserve a picnic table in advance--four hours for just $5, and have a free campfire.   BYO s'mores for an a-maze-ingly fun time.

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