For adults, there are several vendor tents at the top of the hill. We did not spend much time there other than to walk past on our way to the port-o-potties, but overall think home improvements, candles, and jewelry type items. The barn also has pre-picked apples, pumpkins, and other fall items available for purchase. In addition, there is a TON of delicious smelling food. We came for fun, not dining. However, with a quick glance I saw a large variety of food including BBQ, fried goodies, apple items, etc. I have heard there is a make your own carmel apple station as well. If you came to eat, it appeared you would have a great variety to choose from.
There was also a woman carving pumpkins and giving hints about pumpkin carving. My kids were not interested watching, but she did attract a large, engaged crowd and her pumpkins looked beautiful. Just walking past I learned that if you spray your Jack O’ Lanterns with Aqua Net (it has to be Aqua Net not another hair spray per the pumpkin lady) it will keep the squirrels from feasting on your pumpkins. I will definitely be giving that a try this year. We were at the farms during the Pumpkin Fest weekend (each weekend has a different theme), so I am not sure if the pumpkin lady is at the Pumpkin Village every weekend. I cannot recall if we saw her there last year.To access the remainder of the Pumpkin Village, you must travel down the hill. You can either choose to walk the hill or ride what is advertised as America’s longest slide. In my opinion this is really not a choice, if you see a sign for America’s longest slide you must ride it. The line for the ‘Super Slide’ was long, but moved quickly. In order to ride the slide (and I highly suggest you do), you sit on a piece of burlap and go. I believe that up to six people can slide at once in their own lanes. Although the slide is over 311 feet long, it is slow enough for small children to enjoy independently or on an adult’s lap.
At the bottom of the hill are two corn mazes. There are 7 acres of corn maze available for exploration. We only explored one of the two mazes (the one on the right). You can either walk the maze in the traditional manner or enjoy a game of Maize-O-Poly at no additional fee. If you decide to play Maize-O-Poly you are given a Maize-O-Poly board and you search the maze for the hidden hole punch stations. At each station you punch 1-3 squares on your game board and learn a few interesting facts. After you finish the game, you enjoy your accomplishment. It appears they used to have stickers for maze completion as we saw several stuck to the hole punch station signs, but my kids were thrilled to have found all the stations and did not ask for any rewards or prizes. When finished, you can exit the maze either by slide or by foot. This slide is fast!After the maze, we headed to the cow and pig trains. The line for this experience was long the entire time we were at the farms. Luckily there is a small, cash-only, snack bar near the line. So we enjoyed some kettle corn while waiting about 40 minutes for the trains. Kids (and adults if they would like) ride in small pig or cow cars pulled by a tractor around one of the corn mazes and past some orchards. It seemed that most kids thought the long wait was worth it, but I cannot say the same for most of the adults. At the bottom of the hill, there is hay to climb and a teepee to play in. There is also a very small maze for the youngest kids to run around. Every half hour during the afternoon they hold pig races. After the pigs race, the kids enjoy feeding the pigs marshmallows. There are also water pump toy duck races and a traditional hay ride. We bypassed the hayride the year as the line was long and we had just gone on a hayride the night before.
Overall, we had an excellent afternoon at Mapleside Farms Pumpkin Village. If you plan on visiting I would suggest avoiding Saturday afternoons unless you like crowds. Also wear old comfortable shoes as there is a good amount of walking and the corn mazes could get muddy if it recently rained. Don’t forget to stop at the giant pumpkin wall for photos on your way out. We can’t wait to return in 2016!