Harbes Farm & Orchard in Riverhead, NY has an incredible 5-acre corn maze with characters that come to greet you at the entrance and hand you a map with 3 treasures to find. It’s a fun, family-friendly, fall attraction on Long Island.
I am sure many families made big apple picking plans this fall, only to find out there were no apples left on the east end of Long Island. We made our way out to Harbes Farm & Orchard in Riverhead, only to find out they were all out of apples. No apples, none. We soon found out that unfortunately, Hurricane Irene did a number on the apple orchards and pumpkin fields on Long Island.
Although we were a little disappointed, we quickly discovered the Harbes Middle Earth Corn Maze Adventure. Harbes may have run out of apples, but they definitely did not run out of fun!
The Middle Earth Corn Maze is a 5-acre maze that provides a unique experience. Middle Earth characters greet you at the entrance of the maze and give you a map with 3 treasures to find. Throughout the journey through the maze, the characters provide entertainment and direction for your journey.
The kids had a great time looking for the treasures. (We found all three!) And when our 3 and 4 year old were finally overcome with exhaustion, we were given a much needed shortcut out. (Nothing quite like carrying two sweaty, tired kids knowing you are hopelessly lost inside a 5-acre corn maze.)
Once we were rescued from the corn maze there were many other fun activities at the Harbes Farm & Orchard in Riverhead. There is a hayride, pedal powered buggies, and goats to feed! Don’t forget to stop by the snack shop for their home made donuts and other treats.
Directions from NYC:
To our Riverhead Location: Take the LIE (495) east to exit 71. Make a left onto Edwards Ave and continue North (straight) for 5 miles. Make a right on Sound Avenue. Continue East on Sound Ave for 8.6 miles. (Farm will be on the left).
Directions from Orient, Greenport:
To our Mattituck & Riverhead Locations: Travel west on Route 48 to our Sound Avenue Mattituck location (approximately 25 miles from Orient Point). Our Riverhead location is 1.37 miles past the Mattituck location on the right.
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