Aw, Shucks! We’re All Ears for These 8 Crazy Corn Mazes

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‘Tis the season to get lost in a corn maze or two! These cool, sometimes creepy, always fun puzzles usually open just this time of year. So don’t miss the spooktacular good time when farm-fueled fun pops up all over the city. Little ghouls and goblins can try their luck at winding their way through corn mazes near and in San Diego that range from simple to downright corn-fusing! Scroll down to ‘shuck-out’ these cornfield labyrinths.

Frosty's Forest Corn Maze

This giant, four-acre corn maze is good for older kids, as there are plenty of dead ends among the twisting, winding trails. Only one trial and good decision-making will lead you out of the maze. This year's corn maze theme is Alice in Wonderland!

Afterward, celebrate your maze achievements with pumpkin picking (open 10/19), target paintball shooting, a sunflower labyrinth, carnival games, and more. And remember to turn in your wristband for $5 off your pumpkin purchase. 

Good to know: There's a haunted corn maze on Fri. & Sat. evenings for those who want a fright. 

Date: Opens October 2, 2021
Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 4-9 p.m.; Fri., 3-11 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

14861 Ramona Ave.
Chino, CA 91710

Rancho Bernardo Pumpkin Farm's Corn Maze

This eight-foot-tall farm-fresh corn maze is perfect for little farmers. (It takes about ten minutes to wind through!) You'll spot this maze planted between the sunflower field and the pumpkin patch. Have your littles grab a partner and work through this labyrinth that has a few dead-ends. When done, take a tractor-hay wagon ride, pick a pumpkin and meet furry friends at the petting zoo. You can even cut your own bouquet of sunflowers.

Dates: Oct. 1-16: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Oct. 17-31: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Maze: $4/person

Rancho Bernardo
13421 Highland Valley Rd.
Escondido, CA

Carlsbad Corn Maze

You'll be out of your gourd winding through this cool corn maze that boasts 1.5 miles of trail. Mom and Dad will want to go in with little runners. The corn stalks are tall, but you'll find hints to help out. When done, you and your little kernels can get a giant Cinderella pumpkin, go for a tractor ride and head to the bounce land to exert some extra energy. This maze is easy to spot off the freeway, so pop over! 

Date: Now-Nov. 8
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (In Oct. Fri. & Sat. open 9 am - 10 am)

Cost: $10/person

1050 Cannon Rd.
(near I-5 Fwy)
Carlsbad, CA

photo: Beth Shea

Straw Maze at Bates Nut Farm

Weaving through this sweet straw maze at Bates Nut Farm is perfect for little pumpkins. It's also open during Bates' Late Nights on the Farm events if you prefer to work your way through under moonlight (bring a flashlight!). Then continue to get a little nutty on a tractor hayride and enjoy the farm zoo and pumpkin picking (from Bic Macs to Jack O’ Lanterns). 

Dates: Now-Oct. 31
Hours: Vary. See website.

15954 Woods Valley Rd.
Valley Center, CA 92082

Mountain Valley Ranch

Little farmhands may get a little corn-fused before finding the right path in this 2.5-acre cornfield. A marvelous maze (about 15 minutes worth of fun) for giggling, running and discovering your way. When done, dig into these farm-friendly festivities: pumpkin picking, corn cannon shots, hayrides, pony rides and a petting zoo. Free parking, but bring some cash for other activities. 

Dates: Now-Oct. 31
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

842 Highway 78
Ramona, CA 92065

Summers Past Farms

This pretty little corn maze is perfect for young ones to navigate. There's also a fun hay fort for tiny explorers to play in while you sit and admire the beauty that surrounds you at this idyllic farm. Stroll the grounds and find the chickens and make a stop at the on-site store for freshly made soaps and pick your pumpkin too. Your little fairies are sure to love this spot.

Dates: Now-Oct. 31; Thurs. & Fri. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

15602 Old Highway 80
El Cajon, CA 92021

Bonita Pumpkin Farm

You can bet the farm that this corn maze will require little farmhands to put on their thinking caps. In-and-out in about ten minutes, yet it can be tricky. We recommend Mom or Dad go too! After finding your way, cover more ground with the tractor-hay wagon ride, train ride and pumpkin patch to finish-up an awesome day of fall fun.

Dates: Oct. 1-31
Hours: Oct. 1-16, Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Oct. 17-31, Daily, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Maze: $2/person

Bonita Farm
5354 Sweetwater Rd.
Bonita, CA 91902

Underwood Family Farms

Did somebody say family fall road trip? Sure, it's a three hour drive, but it's tons of fun. Admission to their annual Fall Harvest on the Farm includes everything from a corn trail ride through and hay pyramid to the pumpkin house and wagon rides. 

Dates: Oct. 1-31
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: $8-$15/person; children under 2 free; parking is free

3370 Sunset Valley Rd.
Moorpark, CA 93021

Tip: Call the corn maze before your visit to ensure the maze is open and to double-check hours. Farm life and agriculture can be unpredictable!

––Aimee Della Bitta, Nikki Walsh & Beth Shea


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