A-maze-ing family-friendly fall farms

Can you believe fall is just around the corner? Here is a little preview of two a-maze-ing spots in McHenry County just 60 minutes northwest of Chicago. I personally like visiting these farms before the peak season begins – you’ll basically have the entire farm to yourselves!

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Richardson Adventure Farm

909 English Prairie Rd, Spring Grove

Richardson Farm is home to the world’s largest maze. The maze was originally planned to be an Alice and Wonderland theme, but after the Blackhawks’ championship win it was a no brainer to change the design.

Afraid of getting lost in the 30-acre maze? Don’t be — there are plenty of entry and exit points located throughout the maze. After the maze, take a spin on the 1950s carousel or bounce to your heart’s content on the jumping pillows. Kids will love the fenced in area especially made for them with pedal trikes, barrel swings, a slide and a shelled corn cabin. Other fun activities include wagon rides, pig races, spider web climbers, a corn cannon and a 50-foot observation tower.

Royal Oak Farm Orchard

15908 Hebron Road, Harvard

Royal Oak Farm unveils its newest creation, the four-and-a-half-acre rectangle Amaze n’ Apple Maze. Get lost in the two-mile trail maze, home to about 3,000 apple trees and nine varieties of apples. You’ll also find three activity areas and three games to play within the maze. From the air the maze looks like a classic Red Delicious apple with a stem and leaves, and an observation tower in the center.

After frolicking through the maze, engage in other activities like the train, carousel, petting zoo or hay ride. Don’t forget to stop by the Country Store for their delicious melt-in-your-mouth apple cider donuts.

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