TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

Dad Chris and son Alan operate the hayride, while other family members operate the pumpkin patch, Lost Irishman’s Mine and gift shop at the Cunningham Family Farm.

Get lost… at Cunningham Family Farms

BETHEL, NY — Fall is the perfect time of year to pile the kids in the car and take a drive in the country in search of that perfect pumpkin just waiting to be made into a jack-o’-lantern for Halloween. Why not make a day of it and go for a hayride, explore an old mine and get lost for a while in a corn maze that challenges your sense of direction before wandering through a pumpkin patch brimming with choices?

The Cunningham Family Farm offers all this and more on 80 beautiful acres in Bethel, NY. Sullivan County’s largest corn maze is approximately four acres, and Chris Cunningham and family challenge visitors to make it out on their own. “Think you’ve got what it takes?” their website asks. “Don’t worry, if you get lost, we’ll help you get out—but the fun of working it out yourself is a great way to spend part of the afternoon. We won’t make it easy,” they promise, “but have fun like a kid again and get lost in the fresh air with some family fun!”

Along with the maze, an afternoon at the farm also offers “The Lost Irishman’s Mine, where kids can pan for gemstones and fill a goody-bag to take home before attempting to master a giant obstacle course, and adults can “take a breather while the kids roam around the barnyard play area,” featuring giant dragons and turtles made from recycled tractor tires. Oversized board games like checkers, tic-tac-toe, and chutes and ladders add to an afternoon of pure fun for all, and there are dozens of photo-ops along the way, offering terrific opportunities to capture the memories that will last a lifetime.

“Every year we add something to the maze,” farmer Cunningham explains, “and this time, we offer the Ghost Scavenger Hunt with a chance to win a $25 gift card to Toys ‘R’ Us if you can find them all.” There’s also the Lost Irishman’s Gem Hunt in the second part of the maze where kids and adults are challenged to find the gems and unscramble the letter clues. All in all, a really fun day for the entire family awaits at the Cunningham Farms where “fresh air and family fun” are guaranteed.

The Cunningham Family Farm is located at 233 Hurd Road. For hours of operation and directions visit www.cunninghamfarms.com or call 845/583-4083.

 

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