Autumn is the only season where pumpkins are judged by their personality as well as their performance in the swimsuit competition. Get to know fall's finest with today's Groupon: for $10, you get two admissions to Honeysuckle Hill Farm in Springfield (a $20 value).
Honeysuckle Hill Farm sprawls across 95 acres, hosting 75 attractions and featuring a 7-acre corn maze and one huge pumpkin patch. Visitors can take a hay-topped wagon out to the labyrinth, where feet wind through towering pathways, searching to find a way through stalks groomed to salute members of the 101st Airborne, recently returned from combat. After emerging from the grain puzzle, guests can venture to the patch to witness pumpkins shooting out of a cannon, listen to the melodic clucks of a singing-chicken show, or relax atop a 67-foot jumping pillow recently fallen from a magic beanstalk. Swine gallop through hillbilly pig races, a hay mountain conceals fugitive needles, and a gemstone mine yields sparkling rocks. Each visitor gets an orange gourd as a souvenir, and can purchase additional fall treasures at the market, which sells farm-fresh jams, apple cider, and home-baked cookies (costs not included with today's Groupon).
Honeysuckle Hill Farm
Though the staff at Honeysuckle Hill Farm cultivates livestock and crops of seasonal produce, its other chief resource is outdoor adventure. Through their seasonal tours, farm staffers teach adults and children about farm operations, the basics of agriculture, and which fabrics scarecrows find itchy. They also give visitors a chance to work their way through labyrinthine corn mazes. At birthday parties, younger visitors can pet the resident animals, pan for gemstones at an artificial stream, and race each other in pedal-powered carts. Away from the fields, Association for Challenge Course Technology–certified guides and their guests soar down a one-mile zipline course designed and built to ACCT standards. The guides lead tours through the course’s three elevated towers, three canopy-level bridges stretched across Battle Creek, and eight ziplines, which they maintain daily to chase away loitering vigilantes. Along the way, guides showcase their knowledge of the creek’s history while pointing out local flora and fauna.