October is one of the best times to be in New England. People all over the country and even from abroad come to see the spectacular foliage. Being new to Rhode Island and still somewhat new to the USA, I have been looking forward to this for a long time. Naturally, all the typical fall activities were on my to-do list. Salisbury Farm in Johnston, Rhode Island managed to check five items off my list and had an adorable llama on display as a bonus.
Hay Ride (free on weekends):
I had always wanted to go on a tractor-pulled hay ride! This particular one started at the barn and took us to the corn maze.rom From there, it went over to the pumpkin patch, then it took us back to the barn, the long way around. It was a fun ride and I enjoyed seeing other adults enjoying themselves as much as I was. Hay rides are not just for children!
Corn Maze (prices vary, see below):
Watching American movies and cartoons growing up, I had always wondered about corn mazes. I was worried that I had my expectations too high until about 20 minutes into this maze. I ended up doing the maze twice, once during the day and once at night. During the day, we started off without looking at the map and got delightfully lost among the 12 foot (3.5 meter) high corn.
After running around in circles with no end in sight, I picked up the map and managed to get us out. It took us almost an hour and surpassed my expectations! I liked it to much that I returned for the moonlight maze and this time I followed the map from the start and managed to do it in just 20 minutes because we were rushing!
My only regret is not getting the chance to go fly our drone over the maze because it looked really cool from above. I stole the official photo from the farm’s website to compensate.
Adults – $9.50
*Children – $8
Weekends & Holidays:
Adults – $12
*Children – $9.50
Adults – $13
*Children – $10
Adults – 12 and older
*Children – ages 3-11
Children 2 & under are always free!
Although the hay ride and corn maze were a first for me, the pumpkin patch was my second. This pumpkin patch was much larger than the one I had previously visited and had pumpkins in all shapes and sizes! I loved that Salisbury Farm had everything starting with tiny gourds to large pumpkins that were heavier than I could lift! It was great seeing little children carrying pumpkins as big as them.
Speaking of pumpkin patches, if you have any left over pumpkins, even if they are carved, you can bring them here to compost. Find out why this is better for the environment here.
Candy & Caramel Apples:
Caramel is not my jam, so I only tried the candy apple. It was also my first and definitely my last because it was overly sweet, but I have no regrets! For Europeans like me who aren’t familiar with the concept, candy apples are regular whole apples that are dipped in sugary goodness so they virtually become lollipops with crunchy apples on the inside.
Apple (or pear) cider is one of my guilty pleasures. I love it fresh, bottled, hot, cold, alcoholic, non-alcoholic – you name it, I’ll drink it. I was really pleased to find out that Salisbury Farm served hot cider that helped warm me up on the chilly fall day!
There were a few other activities that I missed out on this year that I will make sure to enjoy next year. This includes apple picking, giant pumpkin weighing, scarecrow competitions, and visiting a jack-o-lantern display! Who knows though, maybe I’ll still manage to tick one or two of these off before the season is over.
What is your favorite fall activity and why? Feel free to share in the comment section below!