Autumn has generally always been my favorite season and, now that I spend a lot of my time in Florida, I find myself missing it quite a bit. I tend to travel north quite a bit, though, and have been enjoying fitting in as much autumn enjoyment as possible! One of my favorite things to do in fall is to visit farms with apples, corn mazes, hay rides, and pumpkins – it’s the quintessential “fall activity.” I was fortunate enough to have time to visit a lovely farm in Chester, New Jersey called Stony Hill. It was a blast!
Stony Hill Farms has two locations that are just five minutes apart – an apple orchard (and garden store) location and then a corn maze and pumpkin patch location. I visited both places and had lots of fun at each! I had really been itching for some fresh-picked apples, so I headed to the apple orchard first.
When I arrived, I headed inside to get a basket to hold the apples I was about to pick. The apples you pick are priced by pound, but the woman shared a nice tip about a full basket being around $20. She was right, too! I filled my basket a little bit beyond the top and paid just over $20 for the apples. Compared to grocery store prices, it was definitely a deal!
The apple orchard was full of various types of apples, some I had never even heard of before. It was lots of fun going through the rows of apples and selecting ones to pick! The signs posted at each row tell you what each type of apple is good for (baking, eating raw, salads, etc.) so you can pick up apples based on what you might use them for (I plan to bake an apple cake and apple pies!). I filled up my basket quicker than I thought I would. I would’ve loved to stay longer just to walk through the orchard more!
After leaving the orchard, I headed down the road for a super short drive over to the other Stony Hill Farms location. This was where the corn maze was! Having grown up in the northeast, I always did corn mazes every fall and I wanted this season to be no exception. I was really excited to head into the maze! A quick instructional video beforehand detailed how to “build” your map as you made your way through the maze (as well as complete various games throughout the maze which I thought was fun!) and find your way out. There were a few tall bridges to cross through the maze which provided really nice views of the entire corn field. I was there in the late afternoon as the sun began going down so it was really pretty.
The farm also has a nice store where they sell homemade pies, donuts, popcorn, cookies, and tea and cider. I got a slice of pie and some incredibly delicious (seriously, this stuff was really good) cider. They had a bunch of pumpkins and gourds outside for sale, too. It was just really fun to enjoy taking in the seasonal feeling – I love fall!
Stony Hill Farms is an excellent place for some fun fall activities and I’m really glad I had the chance to visit both of their locations. To check them out for yourself (which I highly recommend!), head to their website at:
Or visit them in New Jersey at one of their locations! The two locations are super close to one another, so you can check out both.
I’m very glad I had the opportunity to have some autumn adventures this season! It wouldn’t be fall without some apples, cider, and corn mazes!