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 $20, you get a family four-pack (a $40 value) to the fall festival at Clark Farms, located in Matunuck.
Named a Best of Rhode Island Editor's Pick 2010 by Rhode Island Monthly, Clark Farms offers seasonal activities for the whole family. Kids can enjoy energy-expending diversions such as the 36' Maze Mountain slide, which provides a view of Block Island, and the two-and-a-half-acre corn maze, featuring a rain-forest-themed scavenger hunt. Take the entire family on a hayride through fields and forests populated by hay sculptures of storybook characters and minor-league baseball players. Farm-themed options include the farm animal petting zoo and the corn pit, a maize version of a ball pit containing enough corn kernels to playfully cover small children and provide an object for teething. The farm becomes worldly with the Rain Forests of the World exhibit, where kids can look at live poison dart frogs and see representations of three of the world's four rain forests.
As the days begin to wane and the trees' green leaves start to turn, Clark Farms celebrates the arrival of autumn by hosting its annual fall festival. The friendly farmhands welcome in guests of all ages for themed activities, which allow them to savor the season while experiencing a small taste of New England countryside life. Visitors can navigate the corn maze's labyrinth of towering stalks and direction-savvy scarecrows, or satisfy a need for speed with a zip down a 30-foot slide or lap around a professionally designed go-kart track. Clark Farms also encourages adults and kids to learn about farm life by taking a hayride around the grounds, touring the pumpkin patch, or visiting the petting zoo's resident quadrupeds and bipeds. When the sun sets and the weather turns crisp, the staff keeps crowds cozy by selling warm treats—including fresh donuts and apple cider—and by building roaring bonfires.
2984 Commodore Perry Hwy.
Matunuck, Rhode Island 02879Get Directions