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Governor Cuomo provides an update on fall activities for kids in New York

Those hayrides will look a little different this year.

Written by
Danielle Valente

The season of pumpkin spice and spooky stories is fast approaching. 

We might have a few weeks to go before we catch a glimpse of fall foliage, but we can count on fun activities making a quick return. (Think apple picking, corn mazes and other autumnal goodness.)

In response to the end of summer, Governor Cuomo issued state guidance for things to do this fall. New Yorkers will be able to enjoy pick-your-own activities, corn mazes, hayrides and haunted houses, all of which fall into the category of low risk outdoor arts and entertainment. However, these features will operate at a reduced capacity, enforce social distancing and require masks. Face coverings are not required on hayrides, but frequently touched surfaces will need to be disinfected regularly. Petting zoos are not permitted at this time. 

Believe it or not, New Yorkers can take advantage of these offerings in just a few days: The beloved Amazing Maize at the Queens County Farm starts on Sept 13. This year, timed tickets will be required, the paths will be wider and workers will monitor the guests passing through. Have a look at all of the fall happenings taking place during the attraction's September Sundays (Sept 13, 20 and 27 from 11am–2pm, $15–$20).

"New York State's amazing outdoor attractions and recreational opportunities are a boon for families and communities during the fall season each year, and we want New Yorkers to be able to enjoy this time with their family responsibly and safely," Governor Cuomo said.

Have a look at our favorite ways to stay busy this September and mark your calendars accordingly. 

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