From mini mazes for little ones to mystery mazes you might never escape, these farms know how to do the fall season right
If you happen upon a farm that grows corn this fall, chances are really good that it’ll be turned into a corn maze—but beware, not all are created equal. That’s why we’ve scouted out a few of the very best destination corn mazes in the country. From themes like “Hope” to mystery mazes and even haunted mazes, you and your super-sleuths will be left with a map and your navigation skills; can you make it out before closing time? Add on some leaf peeping and your fall dreams will come true.
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Yesterland Farm | Canton, TX
Yesterland Farm is huge with lots to do after you conquered the regular three-acre corn maze during the day or the separate “Creepy Corn Maze” at night. (Farmer Chuck and Kama Bozeman make a point to make it “spooky” not “gory” so that it is still very family-friendly.) In addition to the things you would expect to find here, they also have a bunch of unique attractions like the Cow Train, Santa's Runaway Sleigh Roller Coaster, the apple cannon, pig races, and more.
Dates: Sept. 17-Nov. 6 (weekends only, plus Fridays in October)
Cost: Prices start at $22.95 and it's cheaper if you purchase online than in person
Bella Organic | Sauvie Island, OR
This year, Bella Organic has a corn maze with the theme “HOPE” complete with the word woven seamlessly between acres of corn and coupled with the number for Lifeline, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline (Dial 988). You can expect seven acres of vertigo-inducing fun to explore and 2.7 miles of paths to navigate. (Tip: Bring your flashlight for evening adventures). With food and beer vendors and a variety of additional autumn activities including hayrides, a cow train, and a petting zoo, you’ll be happy to get lost in all of the festive fun.
Dates: Sept. 3-Oct. 31
Cost: Prices start at $6 for kids and $8 for adults
Richardson Farm | Spring Grove, IL
For the "World's Largest," get lost in the corn maze at Richardson Farm. Little ones will love the farm's play area, pedal trikes, and the goat walk. There's a show featuring live pig races, as well as pumpkin picking and a zip wire. If 28 acres of corn is intimidating, rest assured, that there are multiple checkpoints throughout the maze and three bridges to help you find your bearings with a map.
Dates: Sept. 10-Oct. 30
Cost: Tickets start at $16 and under are 2 are free
Trienen Farm | Lodi, WI
Part art installation, part outdoor game, part social experiment, the Treinen Farm corn mazes are designed and cut entirely by the staff at the farm. Each year they pick a theme and create an entire experience around it. There's even a maze within the maze for those who have expert-level skills (there's no map!).
Dates: select dates Sept. 3-Nov. 6
Cost: Admission starts at $12.95/person. Buy online and save.
Pumpkin Valley Farm | Dayton , ME
The corn mazes created at the Pumpkin Valley Farm over the years have been truly incredible. Also incredible is the amount of entertainment found here. Your admission to the festival includes the corn maze, the Jumping Pillow, two shots on the ball launcher, one ride for kids (age 12 & under) on the Cow Train, all play areas, and farm animals visit. Stop at the Cow Lick Cafe for kettle corn, cotton candy, hot dogs, and cider, or the horse trailer bar, The Rusty Bucket, for brick oven pizza, beer, and wine.
Dates: weekends Sept. 24-Oct. 30
Cost: $15/person, 2 and under are free
Bob’s Corn & Pumpkin Farm | Snohomish, WA
40 minutes outside Seattle, the 10-acre maze at Bob's will have you twisting and turning through geometric paths to find the exit. While going through the maze during the day is a lot of fun, we suggest making a night by attending one of the "Night Maze" sessions and reserving one of the fire pits carved into the perimeter of the maze. You don't have to worry about any creature jumping out to scare you. It's just a challenge to overcome with only your flashlight to guide you (be sure to have fresh batteries!). For those with young ones visiting during the day, don't miss the two kids' mazes created just for them.
Dates: Sept. 17-Oct. 31
Cost: $16.95/person and up, save when you purchase online
Great Vermont Corn Maze | Danville, VT
This is the black diamond of corn mazes. It's the largest maze in New England, and with towering 12-foot walls of corn, visitors come for the challenge. Hardcore mazers might take up to four hours to find their way out, without the help of clues or a map. The big maze is 24 acres and includes several bridges, an underground tunnel, and a 28-foot cabin cruiser. Little ones will enjoy the shorter scenic maze that takes you through all the neat features of the big maze but without all the frustration. There are hours of fun to be had outside the maze with a play area, kid village, underground gopher tunnels, hay bales, climbing tower, rodeo, barnyard golf, and friendly goats.
Dates: select dates July 10-Oct. 30, not open in the rain
Cost: $10/person and up, free for ages 4 and under
Jaemor Farms | Alto, GA
Seventy miles north of downtown Atlanta, experience a quest through six acres of corn. In addition to the large maze, Jaemor Farms also offers a mini-maze that should take guests between 15-20 minutes to complete. There are also a lot of other things to do here too including the new farm tricycles, skeeball, a pumpkin train, hayride, petting zoo, skeeball, apple cannon, duck races, and farm slide. You can pick your own pumpkins during maze hours until dark.
Dates: select days Sept. 10-Nov. 6, closed when it rains
Cost: $15 and up/person, ages 2 and under are free
Long Acre Farms | Macedon, NY
Celebrating over two decades of maze fun, Long Acre Farms' mazes require some logic. Upon your arrival, you'll be given a game board and even though it's usually solved in 60 minutes, if you need help, there are staff members inside the maze to give you a hand. Once you're out of the maze, don't miss the smaller Animal Tracks Maze. There's also an activity area for little ones, an ice cream shop, a farm market, a wagon ride, and a cow train ride. On fall weekends there are also wood-fired pizzas, cider donuts, candy apples, and other fall faves.
Dates: weekends Sept. 17-Oct. 30
Cost: $12/person and up, under 2 and 80+ are free. Tickets cheaper online.
Rutledge Corn Maze | Olympia, WA
There are two mazes to conquer at Rutledge Farm: the regular corn maze during the day and a "haunted" version at night. However, there's plenty of stuff to do even if you're not that brave including story time with Spookley the Square Pumpkin, corn hole, and swings! There is also ladder ball, a calf roping station, a cow train, and a corn cannon! Book a firepit and plan to stay for a while.
Dates: Sept. 17-Oct. 31
Cost: $11 and up/per, ages 4 and under are free. Free to visit the pumpkin patch.
Queens County Farm Museum | Floral Park, NY
Enjoy getting lost in NYC’s only corn maze! The adventure begins during the day with a stalk talk to prepare you for the three-acre challenge of finding clues, solving puzzles, and making your way out of this interactive maze. Come back to navigate The Amazing Maize Maze by the starry night! Bring your flashlight and enjoy the fun.
Dates: Fri.-Sun., Sept. 16-Oct. 29
Cost: $8/per and up, free for ages 3 and under
Liberty Mills Farm | Somerset, VA
You'll be wishing you had a longer neck to look above the 33 acres of corn at Liberty Mills because there are four trails in one and the farmers have added to the Mystery Maze (no map provided), making the corn maze adventure the largest east of the Mississippi. Want something tougher? Try the Mystery Maze at night with only your flashlight as a guide.
Dates: select dates Sept. 10-Nov. 11
Connors Farm | Danvers, MA
How long does it take to get through the maze at Connors Farm? They say it should take you about an hour to complete. Then again, when asked what to do if one gets lost in the maze, they say, "That's all part of our maze experience!" Seriously though, they have a number of interactive games planted throughout the maze that will help guide you out easily and when worse comes to worst, their "corn cops" will get you to the exit with ease.
Dates: Sept. 3-Oct. 31
Cost: $12.99/person and up
Swank Farms | Hollister, CA
If there were ever a one-stop shop for fall festivities, this would be it! In addition to a corn maze and pumpkin patches, you will find pig races, a hay jump, gem mining, bouncy houses, a jumping pillow and…. beer! Still looking for fun? Try the family-friendly Trail of Lights & Field of Frights which is a magically light journey through the farm.
Dates: Oct. 1-31
Cost: $13.95/person and up
Long and Scott Farms | Mt. Dora, FL
Set on seven acres of corn, Long and Scott Farms describe Scott's Maze Adventures as "It's a maze, it's a game, it's educational, and it's FUN!" Follow the paths, answer the questions and collect picture rubbings along your journey. This place includes three mazes, a castle-themed playground, a zipline for kids, games, and hayrides. You can also stock up on fresh produce at the farm's store.
Dates: Oct. 1-31
Cherry Crest Adventure Farm | Ronks, PA
Cherry Crest Adventure Farm has been offering fun adventures since 1996. The a-maizing-maze features 2.5 miles of paths of twists and turns and is even more challenging in the dark and can be explored with a flashlight (on Friday and Saturdays). This year's theme is the National Parks. In addition to the maze, there are over 50 more fun activities. For little ones, there's a playland with a mini village equipped with costumes and props big enough so the whole family can jump in and play! Tip: Save a few bucks if you order your passes online.
Dates: select dates Sept. 16-Nov. 5
Cost: $21.95 and up
Stony Hill Corn Maze Fun Park | Chester, NJ
This maze is definitely a challenging one but there's a video orientation before you enter the cornfield as well as Maze Masters on the inside who come to the rescue of anyone who is lost. Other attractions include gemstone mining, hayrides, a kids’ playground, and a farm store. Do the maze at night (most Saturdays in October) for a different challenge. Don't forget your flashlights.
Dates: Sept. 3-Nov. 6
Cost; $10.99/person and up. Save when you purchase online.
Dewberry Farm | Brookshire, TX
Conquering this eight-acre maze starts with a stop at the CORNcierge booth. Petite puzzlers can grab game sheets and tackle the CORNnumdrums word puzzles found on signs throughout the maze. There are dozens of attractions once you've puzzled your way out of the maze, including a 26-foot tall slide mountain, a corn box, a play fort, a train, a climbing wall, a vintage carousel, and a walkthrough of over 600 carved pumpkins.
Dates: select days Sept. 24-Nov. 13
Cost: $34.95/person and up, ages 2 and under free
Carleton Farms Fall Festival | Lake Stevens, WA
Visitors get to play two games in this four-acre maze as they hunt for the exit. The first is a trivia game, and in the second, Farmer Brown is missing, and there's a crime to solve. These twin challenges make for plenty of family fun. The farm festival also includes a giant pumpkin jumping pad, play areas, and a pumpkin cannon.
Dates: Fri.-Sun., Sept. 30-Oct. 30
Cost: $5/person and up
Lowe Family Farmstead | Kuna, ID
This year's maze theme is Legendary with a sasquatch included. In addition to pumpkin picking, hayrides, and a whole array of on-the-farm activities, those who venture into the cornfield will inch their way through the twists and turns among the one-million stalks of corn ultimately destined for cattle feed. There's also a mini maze for little ones.
Dates: Sept. 9-Oct. 29
Cost: $14.99/person and up