Richardson Adventure Farm, home of the world’s largest corn maze, is where adventure grows! There is plenty of entertainment and family fun at the farm! You can try your luck at the incredible corn maze or a number of other activities for you, your family and friends no matter your age!
When we arrived to the farm, one of the owners greeted us and gave us our very own tour. It was interesting learning about how the farm started as a pig farm and turned into a big adventure! If you’re familiar with the agriculture industry then you know raising pigs can be rough. The owners realized they enjoyed the adventure farm much more than pigs. And that’s how the Richardson Adventure Farm became a reality!
The corn maze at Richardson Adventure Farm isn’t just any corn maze, it’s the world’s largest! With the world’s largest corn maze comes a new theme every year. Past years include the Chicago Cubs, White Sox, Bears and more! This year the farm helped celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial. They soon realized it was difficult to make the corn maze in the shape of Illinois so they chose to represent different sections of the state in the maze. The top portion represents the State with Lake Michigan, a sailboat in the lake and Chicago with the Navy Pier ferris wheel. On the left is the Mississippi River with the bridge to Dubuque, a barge going up the river, and the St. Louis arch down below. In the center, some farming operations and the State capitol building with Abe Lincoln’s head above.
Upon entering the 28-acre maze you’ll look for checkpoints on the card you’re given that you also use as a map. Once you punch each checkpoint on your card then you’ve completed the amazing feat and honored with the coveted poster everyone tries hard for year after year.
Don’t try to be sneaky though because each hole punch is a different shape for every checkpoint! There’s even more fun at the corn maze with quizzes and maze games for an added challenge. It’s fun for all ages!
While you’re at the corn maze be sure you stop by their 50 foot one-of-a-kind observation tower! You can take a look before you head into the maze to get a bird’s eye view of the competition. Or, take a pumpkin on your way up to take part in the pumpkin chuckin’ fun!
Be sure you stop by their freshly grown pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect pumpkin or squash to help you create a great Jack-o-Lantern for Halloween! The fastest way to get to the pumpkin patch is on a fun wagon ride. They’ve built a one-of-a-kind wagon using actual bus seats to create a comfortable ride across the farm!
A visit to the farm means a ride on the Richardson Express train is a must! It even has a tunnel! The track takes you around through the farm around the pig racing area, under the bride and next to the carousel. It’s a great way to unwind and perfect for adults and kids! Some of the other activities include a zipline, zorbing, extreme air, a 100′ slide and jumping pillow – just to name a few. Don’t forget to sit down to watch the famous pig races or cluck-tastic chicken show!
A busy, fun-filled day at Richardson Adventure Farm definitely stirs up an appetite. You can take a break at one of their picnic tables or under the pavilion to enjoy a family style meal! There’s a wide variety of food available like brats, funnel cakes or delicious kettle corn. Don’t forget your apple cider donuts! We enjoyed some fresh out of the oven!
I love how they reused the old grain bins on their farm and turned them into buildings for their kettle corn, donuts and fudge!
Once it got dark outdoors we enjoyed a fun campfire and made s’mores! Richardson’s offers fun toasty community campfires you can enjoy with your family and friends.
Relax with friends at your own private picnic and campfire site! Whether you use it for picnics or s’mores, this is the perfect homebase for a night of fun!
At Richardson Adventure Farm they have over 30 activities and always adding more. You’ll find plenty of things to do no matter if you’re young or an older kid at heart!
Christmas Tree Farm
Richardson Adventure Farm also has a Christmas tree farm where you can choose and harvest your very own fresh tree which opens in early November each year!
Check out our video below of the best fall travel in McHenry County, Illinois!
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