Articles, activities for boomers & seniors
Fall Into Fun! Okay, that is beyond corny and trite. But it does get the point across that fall is here, and cooler weather means a change of wardrobe but not a change of the need for fun with your grandchildren! Fall means farm festival fun, with amazing mazes, pumpkin patches, and haunted hayrides. For the agriculturally-minded or just plain hungry, farm markets offer pumpkins, apples, corn, popcorn, squash, and mums (Don't eat them!). Here's to a corny fall after all! (Why isn't it called a "maize maze"?)
Farms and farm markets offer classic fall entertainment and goodies. The Lehigh Valley is still a major local agricultural resource, with fresh fruits and vegetables within an easy drive. Be sure to check their websites or call for times and prices.
Bear Rock Junction, 8181 Rte. 309, New Tripoli, offers a corn maze, hayride, pumpkin patch (to fix broken pumpkins?), and their famous miniature Fall Glow Golf, with glow-in-the-dark golf balls! Give their corn maze a go and see if you can complete it. Your scavenger hunt skills and trivia knowledge will be put to the test as you attempt to find the hidden clues needed to complete your game card. bearrockjunction. com/fall-fun/ | 610-298-8888
Grim's Orchard and Family Farm, 9875 Schantz Rd., Breinigsville, features an 8-acre corn maze to challenge your hint-hunting skills, a hayride tour, a choice of thousands
of pumpkins to pick, and an ample apple orchard with over 20 varieties. How about taking a shot at their Farmer's Paintball or Apple Cannons? Bring your camera and sweet tooth! grimsorchard.com/ fall-attractions/ | 610-395-5655.
Raub's Farm Market, 1459 Tatamy Rd., Easton, offers three themed mazes for all ages on 14 acres, one of the biggest in the area. There are also hayrides, a pumpkin patch, fruits, vegetables, desserts,
breads, jams, decorations, and concessions. raubsfarmmarket.com/ Corn-Maze.html | 610-253-1419
Seiple Farms, 5761 Nor-Bath Blvd., Bath, boasts a 22-acre maze, straw maze, pumpkin patch, and cool animal stuff, like pony rides and farm animals to visit! You can pick your own pumpkins, gourds, squash, neck pumpkins, Indian corn, and popcorn. There are also Friday Night Flashlight Fundraisers, hayrides, and seasonal items to purchase, as well as vendors and amusement rides. seiplefarms.com/ autumn/ | 610-837-6282 / 0847
Unangst Tree Farms, 7317 Bethlehem- Bath Pike, Bath, is famous for their apple cider donuts! Along with their corn maze, hayrides, and pumpkin patch, there are opportunities to feed the goats and sheep, as well as watch the pigs and chickens act like . . . pigs and chickens! If you really dig corn, you can visit the Corn Building and dig loose corn with pails and shovels. Concessions and farm produce stands round out the fall fun.
If you're not hip to hayrides and haunts, maybe you'll crave covered bridges. Take a trip to the past on a tour of the Lehigh Valley's covered bridges. Take a drive, a camera, a sandwich, and the kids, and explain what a horse and buggy were. Did you know? Pennsylvania has the most remaining covered bridges in the nation. Pennsylvania also had the first covered bridge, built in 1805 by Timothy Palmer, a carpenter from Massachusetts, that spanned the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. discoverlehighvalley. com/things-to-/tours/coveredbridge-tour/