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Sunderland’s Warner Farm offers fun for the whole family

PHOTO COURTESY OF WARNER FARM/FACEBOOK
This year's corn maze at the Warner Farm in Sunderland is called "The Sower's Banquet."

PHOTO COURTESY OF WARNER FARM/FACEBOOK This year's corn maze at the Warner Farm in Sunderland is called "The Sower's Banquet." Purchase photo reprints »

With 150 beautiful acres and a host of family activities, Warner Farm in Sunderland is your autumn stay-cation destination. Grab the kids and take the short trip for a day that offers corn-maze craziness, pumpkin-picking and much more.

Surrounded by hills and fields, the family can take part in numerous outdoor activities such as potato-sack races, hula-hoop contests and a diaper derby. The farm’s “big tent” is also home to numerous other activities throughout the season, including live music, pumpkin carving and decorating, and agricultural talks by local specialists. Be sure to visit the petting zoo, which features sheep, goats, bunnies, an alpaca and other animals. Don’t forget to take a pony ride, and while you’re at it, a horse-drawn carriage ride, too.

With all this, it might be easy to forget the farm’s most famous feature: Mike’s Maze. For over a decade, Warner Farm has been home to one of the most artistic corn creations in Massachusetts. Each year farmer Mike Wissemann and artist Will Sillin transform the corn field into a maze based on a complicated artistic display. Some of their creations have been shown on “Good Morning America” and “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” This year’s maze is “The Sower’s Banquet” and can be viewed on their website at www.mikesmaze.com.

For a spooky spin, visit the “Haunted Maze” from Oct. 12-31.

Warner Farm and Mike’s Maze are open weekends and holidays from Sept. 1 through Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and up, $8 for seniors and students, $7 ages 4 to 12, and free for those under 4.

Directions: Take Route 91 north to Exit 24. Turn right at the end of the exit ramp onto Routes 5 & 10 North. Turn right at the first traffic light onto Route 116 South. After about two miles, you’ll cross the Connecticut River. Just after that, turn right at the traffic light onto Route 47 (also known as Main Street) and go south. The entrance to Mike’s Maze is approximately 500 yards on the right.

— Lauren Robison Jones

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