A recently discovered alternative to the indoors, going "outside" offers adventurous explorers exposure to things such as wind, sunshine, and the naturally occurring mazes found in corn fields. Leave the indoors with today's Groupon: for $15, you get all-day family admission (a $30 value) to Carolyn's Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch in Liberty.
The journey to the more than 50-acre pumpkin patch begins with a spirited tractor-pulled hayride. Amateur squash hunters can romp through the field in search of filling for jack-o'-lantern pie or select a pre-picked pumpkin. An additional 20 acres of the farm are strictly designated for family fun. There are play areas for kids, including a melon-scratching Little Munchkin corn maze and a hands-on petting farm. Place your corn bets on Uncle Lester's Pig Races, with curly-tailed contestants including Pork Chop, Lean Cuisine, and Even-Toed Ungulate. Sprouts and sprout-tenders can hop aboard Little Bud's Railroad for a half-mile journey around the farm's many landmarks ($3 per person per ride). After digging up wholesome veggies, kinds can uncover precious minerals and candied dinosaur bones at Uncle Earl's Mining Camp ($5 per person).
For nearly 20 years, this family farm has operated Carolyn's Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch to foster fond family memories and to quietly reassure leaves that it's okay to fall. Seize the new season with fresh farm snacks such as pumpkin donuts, caramel apples, and freshly baked pies. While kids let their wiggles out, grown-ups can peruse the Country Store and pick up preserves, fresh harvest produce, cute kitchen accessories, and other highly giftable items.
The family pass includes parents, grandparents, and children. Admission does not include pumpkin purchases, Little Bud's Railroad, or Uncle Earl's Mining Camp.