When I was young, my family would cross the bridge and head into Pennsylvania to pick apples at Linvilla Orchards in Media, Pennsylvania, about 30 minutes south of Philadelphia. We’d go once a year for apples, fresh apple cider and maybe a pie or two. When my boys were little, I continued the tradition and took them to Linvilla for apple picking, and they also enjoyed hayrides and having their faces painted.

Linvilla is a family favorite in the Philadelphia region in the fall. And this year, it’s a family favorite in the winter as well because of the Ultimate Recycled Tree Maze. The maze is made from thousands of Christmas trees that went unsold throughout the region during the holiday season. The trees, which are usually mulched right after the holidays, have been turned into a maze — one that no one has made it through in less than 20 minutes so far. It takes most people 30 minutes to an hour to find their way through.

Watch a video of Linvilla's largest Christmas tree maze in the world.

After March 1, the maze will come down and the trees will be recycled into fuel to heat the greenhouse where Linvilla’s miniature golf course is located. Fore! the Planet is an 18-hole indoor course and an interactive, playful museum exhibit created by the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. It pairs miniature golf with explorations of environmental issues like butterfly metamorphosis, a tropical rain forest, evolution, dinosaur extinction and food chains.

Fore! the Planet is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until April 4 and will stay open until 6 p.m. starting March 7. The cost for a round of mini golf is $4.95 for kids 10 & under and $6.95 for ages 11 and up.

The Ultimate Recycled Tree Maze is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until March 1. The cost is $5, or $4 when combined with a round of mini golf. Or, head to Linvilla’s blog for a "buy one, get one free" coupon for the maze.

Linvilla Orchards is located at 137 West Knowlton Road, Media, PA, 19603.

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Christmas trees get a second life as a winter maze
Linvilla Orchards entertains families with a recycled Christmas tree maze and a miniature golf course with an environmental theme.