Cross-Cultural Interaction, Local activities, Seasonal Activities

A Fun Family Outing On The Farm

Continuing in the theme of great fall-themed activities, let’s talk about another seasonal classic – corn mazes.

A great one just north of Atlanta is Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze. Uncle Shuck’s is open Fridays through Sundays in October and November. They also have a haunted maze that’s open every weekend in October.

The maze is quite impressive! A 12-acre field that contains approximately 4 miles of trails, weaving in and out of each other, over and under bridges and all around various obstacles.

This year’s maze was Medusa’s hair, the Grecian mythological character who had snakes on her head instead of locks. Past years have included a scene from the American Civil War, an old man sitting on his rocking chair drinking moonshine, a witch on her broomstick flying to her castle, a butterfly in a garden…you get the idea. They’ve been very creative and inventive with the intricate designs that they mow into their cornfields.

If you don’t want to pay the entrance fee to just go to the corn maze, there are other family activities, as well (although they’re going to cost a small amount more). There are daytime hayrides, as well as evening hayrides that can be paired with a large bonfire if so desired. There is also a pumpkin patch for the little ones, and of course plenty of fattening nutrition-less foods for sale throughout the farm.

Make sure you wear close-toed, flat, sensible shoes that you can comfortably walk in for a while on uneven ground.

Stay away from both heels and flip-flops, especially if you go at night.  And if there’s been a lot of rain, it’s a good idea to give the farm a call and make sure they’ll be open – lots of farms close for a few days after heavy rains.

I’ve gone to several corn mazes around the Atlanta area, and I’ve always found them to be a great outing well worth taking the time to visit, although Uncle Shucks has definitely been my favorite so far. They provide the opportunity to do something that can never be done in a city, and even in the country can only be found a few weeks out of the year. Young kids will enjoy the pumpkin patch, older children will have fun in the haunted or regular corn maze, and adults will enjoy a change of scenery and pace from the hustle and bustle of daily life. It’s a win-win-win!

While there are plenty of fun gems in the city of Atlanta, to go to a corn maze you’ll probably have to drive a little bit. Before you go, check the corn maze websites directly for specific information or to confirm operating hours and days. Here are a couple of other farms within 50 miles of the Atlanta area that you may want to check out: – Sleepy Hollow Farm (Powder Springs) – Still Family Farm (Powder Springs) – Cagle’s Family Farm (Canton) – Southern Belle Farm (McDonough) – Corn Dawgs (Loganville) – Carlton Farms (Rockmart) – Kernel Kob Corn Maze (Jasper) – Uncle Shuck’s (Dawsonville).
What about you?  What’s your favorite corn maze you’ve ever been to?
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