Friday, October 7, 2011

Phillips Corn Maze

From Sarah C.:

I love fall and all things that come with it - especially the chance to visit local farms for hayrides, pumpkin picking and more. Last Sunday, my family & I spent a few hours at Phillips Farms in Cary. While the parking lot was fairly full when we arrived mid afternoon, it didn't feel crowded and we easily moved from one bit of entertainment to the next.

We started by wandering to the left to explore the kids' play areas. Ok, maybe I should scratch the word "kids" because even the adults can have fun! There is a corn crib (big boxed space with lots of dried corn kernels to play in), pedal cars to race, corn hole, giant tic tac toe game, bounce house, tube swing, slides (no adults on these), a pumpkin shooter ($1 per shot), a "duck race" (pump water to race plastic ducks down pvc sides), small hay bale maze for the little ones, etc.

After playing a bit, we headed to the line for the hayride. We literally only had to wait for the tractor to pull up and unload then we were on - perfect when you have a fidgety toddler. The hayride took us to the pumpkin patch where each child could select a softball size or smaller pumpkin for free (larger pumpkins are $6 each). All the kids seemed to love wandering the patch looking for their own perfect pumpkin.

When the hayride returned us, we walked over to the corn mazes. Yes, mazes. You have an option between the small or large mazes. The attendant told us the longer one seems to take visitors anywhere from 30-60 minutes. We were up for the challenge and chose the longer.

She handed us two quizzes - the adult and kid versions. Did I scare you with the 'q' word? Don't worry, they aren't too challenging. As you reach checkpoints during the maze with the "Which Way?" sign, you read the associated question and choose one of the multiple choice answers. Choose correctly and you proceed on through the maze to the next checkpoint. Choose incorrectly and you'll go in the wrong direction! (My one hint here, go the wrong way on question #5. Along with 4 other groups, we chose the correct answer but it led us to a dead end. Once we went the 'wrong' way, we found checkpoint #6.) Minus our little confusion at checkpoint #5 and a sometimes slow toddler, we successfully found our way out in about 45 minutes.

Phillips Farms of Cary is open to the public on weekends through November 1. Check their website listed below for hours. Other days of the week reservations can be made. Call or email for those as soon as possible to get the date you want. Tickets are $10 for ages 13 & older, $6 for ages 4-12, and free for ages 0-3. A coupon for $1 off is available on their website.

Phillips also offers the Haunted Farm featuring "Barn of Gore, Field of Screams, The Haunted Hayride and more" on Friday and Saturday nights through October 31. Tickets are $15 for ages 10 & older and $10 for under age 10 but due note that it is not recommended for children under 10 years. If you have younger children, perhaps hire a sitter and try as a date night ... if you dare. ;)

Phillips Farms of Cary | Haunted Farm
Open to the public Friday, Saturday & Sunday; other days by reservation
6701 Good Hope Church Rd



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