We had been seeing tweets by @LakeMetroparks mentioning how they had made a special corn maze for 2020. "Double-wide paths" for their "three-acre corn maze at Lake Metroparks Farmpark" would allow for social distancing while in the maze. In 2020, we have limited the events we have been attending due to the coronavirus crisis. With the Lake Metroparks Farmpark making physical safety adjustments for COVID-19, requiring masks when indoors, and moving all activities outdoors, we decided to visit on Sunday, September 20, 2020, with our son, Mike. (See the Lake Metroparks website for COVID-19 updates.)
From our winter visit in January 2020 (pre-coronavirus) for the Lake Metropark Ice Festival, we knew that there was a lot to do at the Farmpark outdoors. Learn more about the Ice Festival at the Farmpark in our blog post:
Blog Date: February 2, 2020 - 2020 Ice Festivals - North Coast Harbor and Lake Metroparks
Fox 8 News Video: Take a tour of the Lake Metroparks corn maze
Our Twitter account @sos_jr retweeted the following:
We don't know what the next few months will look like, but we are moving ahead and preparing the fields at Lake Metroparks Farmpark with the hope that we will be able to offer a corn maze in late summer. pic.twitter.com/T3JzSfwPo3— Lake Metroparks (@LakeMetroparks) May 23, 2020
The 3-acre corn maze at Farmpark is now open, featuring double-width paths, providing a safe experience for all visitors allowing ample space for physical distancing. Open Fridays - Sundays, 11 am - 4 pm, weather permitting.— Lake Metroparks (@LakeMetroparks) August 8, 2020
Photo by Amanda Patrlja. pic.twitter.com/nFlAbKqrPD
Watch A birds-eye view of the 3-acre corn maze at Lake Metroparks Farmpark. Maze is open 11 am to 4 pm Fridays through Sundays, weather permitting. https://t.co/0ntcyY8cBo— Lake Metroparks (@LakeMetroparks) August 9, 2020
Explore our three-acre corn maze on double-width paths at Lake Metroparks Farmpark. Open Fridays through Sundays, 11 am to 4 pm through October 18, weather and conditions permitting.— Lake Metroparks (@LakeMetroparks) August 22, 2020
Visit https://t.co/CShx6D46qJ for park information. pic.twitter.com/BgnGPIalsN
Find your way through the three-acre corn maze at Lake Metroparks Farmpark. Maze features double-width paths for ample space for distancing. Open Fridays through Sundays, 11 am to 4 pm.— Lake Metroparks (@LakeMetroparks) August 23, 2020
Visit https://t.co/CShx6D46qJ for park information. pic.twitter.com/L5EPt3askm
Corn maze queen!— Lake Metroparks (@LakeMetroparks) September 20, 2020
Photo by Kaitlyn Riley.
The corn maze at Lake Metroparks Farmpark features double-width paths to allow ample space for physical distancing. To find out more visit https://t.co/3n9nuHg1uu. pic.twitter.com/IxCaZsHlPA
After seeing @LakeMetroparks tweet about the #FarmPark corn maze, I decided to take my family today.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) September 20, 2020
My family enjoyed the FarmPark last winter at their IceFest.
See FarmPark photos in my blog post about @LakeMetroparks & @NCoastHarbor Ice Festivals https://t.co/lFfdxLoLTK https://t.co/arRWLLsjcj pic.twitter.com/iNlK2hQ4xt
After exploring the full corn maze, we found our way back out.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) September 20, 2020
Sunny day for having fun in a corn maze at @LakeMetroparks #Farmpark in @LakeCountyOH. https://t.co/ygmuG64mox pic.twitter.com/dU2yDGQ3Wn
Farmpark provides a connection to our agricultural roots, helping people understand where our food and clothing come from. The park is open 9 am to 5 pm on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays with modified schedule and offerings. All demonstrations and animal encounters are outdoors. Indoor exhibits closed to the public. Restrooms are open. Food available for purchase.
Beginning September 12, pony rides will resume at Farmpark. Rides will take place near the Hilltop Courtyard on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Cost is $5 per ride (cash or credit cards accepted); rides last approximately five to seven minutes. Saddles will be cleaned between riders and ponies will have a leader. All riders ages three and older must wear facial coverings (unless a medical condition prohibits doing so). Please observe all precautions listed below and follow posted signs during your visit.
Driving demo: See how horses “pull their weight” on the farm. Learn about various styles of driving and how different breeds serve different needs.
A park staff member gave a very detailed talk about the workhorses, and answered many questions from visitors. We learned interesting new things about the horses and how they are used on the farm.
It's past-ure bedtime: Watch our dairy staff round up the cows for their evening walk up to the pasture, where they eat and relax until morning.
Meet the different breeds of dairy cows behind the Dairy Parlor (in the dairy yard).
We were introduced to several cows, including Maggie, who is expecting a calf in February, and the new mother of two-month-old calf, Éclair. Éclair is a heifer, which is a "young female before she has had a calf of her own." We watched them eat as we learned about them and about the amount of milk they produce.
Say hello to our newest calf, Éclair! She was born on July 16 at Lake Metroparks #Farmpark. Éclair is an Ayrshire.— Lake Metroparks (@LakeMetroparks) August 7, 2020
The Ayrshire breed is known as the “aristocrat” of dairy breeds because of its size and vigor. They are rusty-red and white in color. @midwestdairy #ayrshire #calf pic.twitter.com/sncMfdlJMG
Barnyard tour: Sheep, pigs, cows and more! Visit on your own or meet a staff member for a more in-depth tour.
Visit and learn about animals on the farm including sheep, pigs, cows, goats, alpacas, and more. Farmpark interpreters will be on location to discuss each animal’s job on the farm.
Scratch 'n sniff garden tour: Enjoy a guided tour of the gardens and raised beds surrounding the Plant Science Center while learning about our sense-sational plants.
PLANT SCIENCE CENTER
Enjoy a guided tour of the gardens and raised beds surrounding the Plant Science Center while learning about sense-sational plants. Restrooms available.
Although the Farmpark Plant Science Center building was not open, we took the time to explore the gardens next to and behind the building. There were also solar panels on a hill next to the building, and a pumpkin patch down the hill from there.
Thank You, Lake Metroparks Farmpark!
Thanks, @LakeMetroparks, for a fun day at your #Farmpark.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) September 20, 2020
We always have a good time in the @LakeMetroparks!
See all our @LakeMetroparks blog posts of past fun in the park here https://t.co/w6laopTa5w pic.twitter.com/fKaKMzQO6Y
While we were at the Lake Metroparks Farmpark, we wondered about the corn used to create the corn maze. Here is a 2013 video from the park that explains "What happens to the corn from the 3-acre corn maze at Farmpark?"
Watch for yourself as a Farmpark staff member demonstrates the use of the single row New Idea corn picker attached to the 1966 John Deere 4020 tractor. The stalk is pulled through rollers that separate the ear from the stalk and then removes the husk from the ear. A conveyor carries the ear up the chute and drops it onto the wagon. The corn is then stored in our corn crib drying out until next years Fall Harvest weekends, when it will be shelled and ground by you!
The day after visiting the Lake Metroparks Farmpark, we watched the Fox 8 News video Take a tour of the Lake Metroparks corn maze again. It was fun to see the flyover view to remind us of the fun we had getting lost in the maze.
@LakeMetroparks, it is fun to now look again at the @fox8news video "tour of the Lake Metroparks corn maze" after walking the maze at your Farmpark yesterday in @LakeCountyOH. https://t.co/olHM9GeTwbhttps://t.co/oUuuB6ILJf pic.twitter.com/8E6k89vlgR— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) September 21, 2020
When we were leaving the Lake Metroparks Farmpark, Stuart asked about the status of their annual Halloween event. The Farmpark staff member told us that they were planning a special "Drive Thru Halloween" that would provide a safe, social distanced event. She recommended watching for an upcoming announcement. As we were getting ready to publish this blog post, we saw the following on Twitter:
Ticket sales for Halloween Drive-Thru begin 8 am Sat., Sept. 26 for Lake County residents and Farmpark members.— Lake Metroparks (@LakeMetroparks) September 23, 2020
Out-of-county customers begin at 8 am Sept. 27.
Advanced purchase of tickets is required.
$27.50 per carload (max 3 tickets per household)https://t.co/ZV5e2r0TPM pic.twitter.com/4KpTNK26Xe
When I was at the @LakeMetroparks #Farmpark last Sunday, I was talking to the park staff, and they told me they would be announcing their Halloween Drive-Thru event soon.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) September 23, 2020
They made it sound like a fun and COVID-19-safe family activity in @LakeCountyOH at the Farmpark. https://t.co/arA7qq5ftD
Related Blog Posts
We always like to list related blog posts so you can learn more about a place we visit or an activity we attend. Our blog posts about Lake Metroparks from before the COVID-19 crisis include:
Blog Date: February 2, 2020 - 2020 Ice Festivals - North Coast Harbor and Lake Metroparks
It is amazing to look at this early February 2020 public event, and contrast it with how we have needed to behave to protect everyone's health since mid-March 2020.
Blog Date: July 12, 2017 - Four Days of Fun -- Four Lake Erie Sunsets
Most of the venues that we write about in our sosAssociates.com/Blog are currently closed. The following are our "Social Distancing Series" blog posts, which we write to try and capture the activities we are able to do at this time. You can see that we have visited a lot of parks, and are very grateful for the several northeast Ohio park systems that we have been visiting during this time. Once the coronavirus crisis is over, it will be interesting to read these to see the contrast between these times and "normal life."
Blog Date: September 15, 2020 - #CMAChalkFestival Social Distancing Style: Cleveland Museum of Art's Virtual Chalk Festival 2020
Blog Date: September 9, 2020 - Cleveland Metroparks Trail Challenge 2020: Part One (First Ten)
* Blog Date: July 28, 2020 - Buckeye Trail Little Loop Challenge 2020 - Lake Metroparks Penitentiary Glen
Be sure to look at this blog post to learn about all the exciting things to do at Lake Metroparks Penitentiary Glen.
Blog Date: July 20, 2020 - #Masks4Community - Social Distancing While Volunteering
Blog Date: July 19, 2020 - Missing Cleveland GiveCamp in 2020
Blog Date: July 7, 2020 - Social Distancing: Cleveland Museum of Art Reopening - #WelcomeBackCMA
Blog Date: June 16, 2020 - WordCamp Kent 2020 Online & Beyond
* Blog Date: May 20, 2020 - Social Distancing: Visiting More Parks and Park Campsite Information
Exploring Chagrin River Park and Lake Erie Bluffs, plus some special information about campsites at local parks, including several great camping locations in Lake Metoparks!!
Blog Date: May 6, 2020 - Social Distancing with Virtual Trail Talks #CelebrateTrails #VirtualTrailDays
Blog Date: April 23, 2020 - Social Distancing with Park Walks & Online Life
Blog Date: April 8, 2020 - Humor and Creativity on the Twitterverse While Social Distancing
* Blog Date: March 30, 2020 - Peaceful Parks While Social Distancing
"Spring 2020 coronavirus-related closings -- how it all started for us..."
Park walks as we all deal with coronavirus related stress -- visited: Hell Hollow Wilderness Area
We expect to continue to practice social distancing for at least the rest of 2020, so please come back to read more and...