We had so much fun this past weekend visiting the annual Fall Festival at Greendell Landscape Solutions in Mooresville! If you've never been to this Morgan County Fall tradition, get it on your calendar, stat. The Fall Festival includes three distinct aspects - the corn maze, pumpkin patch and the play area. A trip to the pumpkin patch and play area via hayride is only $3 per person (kids age 3 and under are free).
The pumpkin patch features wheel barrows to help you haul your prize pumpkins and a great fire ring that's perfect for chilly fall days. Pumpkins are priced by size - mini's start at only 50 cents and prices range up to $20 for an XXLarge pumpkin. So, the first thing you're going to do is board the hayride!
Our favorite part of the Fall Festival is always the corn maze and this year it's even better than ever with a fun Harry Potter theme! Admission to the corn maze is $9 per person ($7 for kids age 4-11 and ages 3 and under are free). A family special rate includes hayrides, pumpkin patch, play area and corn maze for $40 and there are also group rates available (call ahead to schedule groups at 317-996-2826). Once the hayride reaches the wooded area, you hop off the wagon and follow the spiders (they're not real, folks) a short way through the woods to a magical portkey that transports you to the Marauder's Maze.
Along the way, you'll find questions based on to help guide you to the shortest route. Those familiar with the popular series of books will have no trouble navigating the maze but a few of the questions are a bit tricky, so watch out for those!
Our friends from Arizona remarked on how tall the corn is here - something we've never thought much about, but I supposed the Midwest is the very best place to enjoy a great corn maze!
We will warn you that there are a few places where the corn sustained some damage during this year's summer storms, but that didn't affect our enjoyment of the maze a bit. After successfully reaching the return portkey, we traveled on to the pumpkin patch to choose our Halloween jack-o-lantern canvases for the year.
The play area includes a small play house for the little ones, giant tractor tires and a straw pile to climb on and lots of fun games. There's a ball toss, giant checkers, giant jenga, corn hole (of course) and more for kids of all ages to enjoy. We had a blast playing jenga, making up new rules for checkers and taking a few selfies.
When we were finally ready to return to the parking area, the concession stand was a welcome sight with cold apple cider and soft drinks!
If you haven't had quite enough fall fun by the time you leave, nearby you'll find Anderson Orchard where you can indulge in apple picking, fresh raspberries (until the first hard frost) and yummy treats from their concession stand, including frozen cider slushies and fried apple pies!
If you go:
- Plan ahead to save - print a $1 off coupon for corn maze admission from the Greendell website.
Special Fall Break pricing is valid Oct. 10-23. Buy three corn maze admissions, get one free!
- The concession area features lots of options - burgers, BBQ, cookies, cider. etc. but they're only open on weekends.
If you go on a weekday, choose from nearby local favorites for lunch or dinner.
- Special Saturday Paintings & Potions classes are offered from 1-4 pm with wine from regional favorites Oliver Winery and Mallow Run Winery.
Space is limited - you'll want to register in advance to enjoy this extra option.