What are you doing this weekend?
As a mom of boys, they are always looking for the next fun adventure to do. Here are my weekend picks of what you should do this weekend in Massachusetts!
Red Apple Farm: Now is the time to pick a basket of juicy red (or green/yellow) apple from its branches. In our family, it has been an annual tradition for us to go to Red Apple Farm in Phillipston, Massachusetts. Phillipston is located down Route 2 East, approximately forty minutes from the junctions of Route 2 and Route 495.
Red Apple Farm has the juiciest apples, the tastiest barbecues, mouth-watering apple crisp and thirst-quenching apple cider in this region of New England. They also have a sand play area with trucks and shovels for the kids as well as bunnies and chickens nearby to watch. Tractor ride through the apple orchards? Farm animals to feed? Oh yes, they have both of those! And the best part of Red Apple Farm for my boys is that they can climb the trees to pick the apples!
If you go: Go early! I cannot stress this enough unless you enjoy a lot of walking. Red Apple Farm gets busy and once it does, they open up a secondary lot for the overflow of cars. Also, although they do accept credit cards in the store, bring cash to buy your bag for apples which is located near the orchard and only takes cash. (They do have an ATM onsite at the store).
Want to go Apple picking but don’t know where to go? Go to the PYO website to find local PYO places as well as other great tips and recipes.
King Richard’s Faire: Interested in knights, jousting, medieval themed costumes and food? This renaissance fair runs weekends through October 23rd. With lively costumed role-playing cast members, this faire is one you certainly won’t forget anytime soon. They also have rides that are hand-operated (just like in the good ole days) and plenty of tasty foods for to enjoy.
If you go: If you want to pay by credit card, then you must purchase tickets in advance online. CASH ONLY at the entrance for entry tickets. Check their website for specific themed events, prices and directions. Both my sons (ages 5 and 9) highly recommend NOT TO MISS The Mud Show located on The Mud Pit Stage.
Davis Mega Maze: This year’s theme is The Big Papi Maze! The most fun you will have getting lost! My older son and I do the maze every year. Once it took us over 3 hours to make it to the snack bar (and then I asked for the directions for us to leave after telling him we made it to the end. Shhh it’s our secret!) and most other times it will take us about 1-2 hours. Also, while you are making your way around the maze, you may come upon areas with games or activities. In the past, there has been a mini mini-golf area, slides and other adventure areas! These areas help give a much-needed break for all!
Think it’s too easy for you? Try one of the weekend nights where you need to bring a flashlight to find your way out in the dark! Davis Mega Maze is located in Sterling, Massachusetts which is about 15 minutes north of Worcester.
If you go: There will be lots of walking, wear comfy shoes. Also sunscreen and water is a must. Bring cash for when/if you make you to the snack bar. Remember you are doing this because it’s fun (or at least just tell yourself that while you’re kids enjoy it!) If you do get tired and want to head out, look for one of the many Maze Farmers to assist you, do not damage the corn stalks by walking through the cornstalk walls.
Purgatory Chasm State Reservation: This is one of my favorite Massachusetts State parks located approximately 20 minutes south of Worcester. Purgatory Chasm, although sounds like it might be hell, is actually a great hike with huge rocks and boulders for climbing up and over. The whole hike can take as little as a mile or you can pick up a map at the visitor’s center to explore other trail options for a longer hike.
If you go: Other than the nominal parking fee of $5.00 a car, it’s a fairly inexpensive outing. Pack lunch, snacks, water. Wear sturdy sneakers or hiking boots. Often times there is an ice cream truck parked nearby, so a little extra cash on hand, is always a good thing. Or if you can hold them off from the ice cream truck; drive down and over route 290 south to West End Creamery in Whitinsville, MA to enjoy a much deserved ice cream cone. (It is less than a mile from Purgatory Chasm).
I love comments! So, If you go, please let me know which you day trip you are planning to do, how it went and/or another family fun weekend excursion!
Thank you and have a fun family weekend!
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