Fall isn’t just about jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treating. There are corn mazes! And the weather this summer was perfect for growing super-tall stalks, making it even easier to get lost – and found – with your kids. But with so many corn mazes around, it’s hard to know which ones are best for families. That’s why we’ve handpicked 10 mazes you’ll want to weave in and out of this fall.
Bob’s Corn & Pumpkin Farm
The A(maze)ing Facts: This year at Bob’s Corn & Pumpkin Farm, the ginormous maze will have you twisting and turning through geometric paths that lead to the center of Bob’s 10-acre maze and the new design in honor of Bob's 35th anniversary! For new maze explorers who aren’t ready to tackle the whole 10-acres on their own (or at all!), the kids’ mazes are equally impressive and will keep little ones engaged with “stations” that they reach along the way.
Bonus: Make a night of it at Bob's by reserving one of their 18 fire pits that are scattered along the perimeter of the maze (you can see them on the photo above) – awesome for get-togethers with other families and some corn field marshmallow roasting! Fire pits are available for 2-80 people and run from $30-$80 per hour, depending on the size of your group and whether you choose a weekday or weekend evening. Maze admission is required for all people going to the firepits. Psst! Firepit reservations go fast; book online now!
Car Time: Approximately 40 minutes from Seattle.
Dates & Hours: Daily, Sep. 9-Oct. 31, 2017. Daytime Maze open 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Night Maze open 6 p.m.-10 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays starting in October. Last admission at 10 p.m.
Cost: Daytime Maze $10/person (2 & up) or $50/family (two parents & their children); Military half-off with valid ID; under 2 Free. Night Maze $15/person (2 & up) or $75/family (two parents & their children); Military half-off with valid ID; under 2 Free. Free Kids Maze admission with purchase of any wristband. Reservations are required for groups to visit the Night Maze Sun.-Thurs. (10 person minimum). Group discounts of $2 off per person on groups of 20 or more are available. Discount only applies if everyone is paid for in one transaction.
11907 Elliott Rd.
Snohomish, Wa 98296
The A(maze)ing Facts: This isn’t just a corn maze, it’s a crime scene! Farmer Brown is missing and the only way to find him is to collect all of the six clues in the maze and figure out which of the seven suspects, er animals, is guilty. Oh my! The best part? This maze has an additional challenge: Punkin Chunkin! Find the stations, answer the trivia questions and solve the maze. With one challenge for older kids and adults, using a punch card to follow the clues though the maze, and another challenge designed for younger kids to explore the maze, following animal tracks, everyone in the family will be pleased with this maze. Psst... one maze and two games to play means you should plan on making a day of it at Carleton Farms!
Bonus: The Kids Korral Play Area at Carleton is also worth checking out, before or after the maze. There is an additional entrance fee for this part of the farm (parents are free and kid s' wristbands are $8), but between the hay mountain, bucket train, additional hay mazes (one is inside) and tube slide, that is money well spent! There is also an additional fee for the zip line and pumpkin cannon, so be prepared for these add-ons.
Car Time: Approximately 40-50 minutes from Seattle.
Dates & Hours: Daily, Sep. 30-Oct. 31, 2017 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (last ticket sold at 5 p.m.). No-haunt (flash light) dark maze opens Oct. 1. Dark maze is open 7 p.m.-10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays as well as Oct. 30 & 31.
Cost: Daytime Maze $7/person or $25/family (two parents & amp; up to 4 kids). Night Maze $12-$13/person.
630 Sunnyside Blvd. S.E.
Lake Stevens, Wa 98258 (you may need to use Everett, Wa in your GPS!)
The A(maze)ing Facts: When it comes to picture perfect, Craven Farm gets major mom points for its pretty factor. In fact, you won’t be surprised to hear that it’s a very popular wedding venue…that is, when the farm isn’t being trampled by kiddos in rain boots, who are ready to explore the mazes! Weave your way in and out of the 15-acre Alice in Pumpkinland corn maze, complete with two routes— the Bunny Trail (shorter route) or the Wild Hare Loop that takes you through the full 15 acres of winding trails. If you've got older kids and you’re looking to shake things up a bit, come back at night and give their Night Owl maze a try in the dark. It's open Oct. 20 & 27, 2017 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Back by Popular Demand: For little ones who are not quite ready for the 15-acre maze, but still want to enjoy "getting lost" at Craven Farm, the Kids Adventure Maze once again returns for 2017. Here, tykes can wander through the corn and view story boxes along Story Book Lane and try to guess which of their favorite stories have been turned into pumpkins. Then, they can crawl, climb and jump their way through the Obstacle Highway and test their farm knowledge in Maze Alley where every turn has a farm-related question. Answer correctly the first time to find the quickest way out!
Bonus: Craven Farm has a special barn for kids called the I Spy With My Little Eye barn. This totally cute, non-scary barn is where your tots can look for a mouse, five clothespins, four cows, one tractor, three October ducks, six spools of thread, four frogs, five orange dice and one Cat in the Hat book...and so much more!
Car Time: Approximately 50 minutes from Seattle.
Dates & Hours: Daily, Sep. 23-Oct. 31, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. ‘til dusk; Night maze open Oct. 20 & 27 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: Daytime Maze is $8/person (2 & up); 24 mos. & under Free. Night Maze is $15/person. Kids Adventure Maze is $6/person (2 & up); 24 mos. & under Free.
13817 Shorts School Rd.
Snohomish, Wa 98290
Thomasson Family Farm
The A(maze)ing Facts: Each year, this popular farm creates one of the most gorgeous corn mazes in our area, making it well worth the trip to Enumclaw. And this year is no exception. The 5-acre maze is a tribute to our local heroes and includes a firetruck, police car and ambulance, and has plenty of twists and turns to keep everyone in the fam weaving in and out of the super-tall stalks. Psst! The maze takes approximately 45 minutes to navigate, so plan accordingly.
Corn Maze Fact: The maze is hand-cut into the field by the owner’s youngest daughter, Tia, who also designs the maze every year. Now that is what we call aMAZEing!
Bonus: We love the old school farm vibe at Thomasson Family Farm and the fact that they truly keep kids in mind with every detail. From tractor train rides to cattle roping to duck races and a corn box, your kids will love spending the day here.
Good to Know: There is a large bridge in the middle of the maze that provides a panoramic view of the farm, making it difficult for strollers and wheel chairs to get through. This maze is a non-scary adventure, suitable for the whole family.
Car Time: Approximately 50 minutes from Seattle.
Dates & Hours: Daily, Oct. 1-31, 2017 from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Cost: Weekdays $8-$12/person; Saturdays & Sundays $10-$20/person. Both fees include access to the Kids Korral and unlimited tractor train and hay wagon rides.
38223 236th Ave. S.E.
Enumclaw, Wa 98022
The A(maze)ing Facts: A trip to Remlinger Farms in fall is like going to a pumpkin patch themed-Disneyland! We’re talking flying pumpkin rides and roller coasters and food and go-karts and animals and so much more! But amongst all this fun, the corn maze should not be passed over.
Bonus: Need more corny fun? Don’t miss the flying corn rides when you’re done with the maze. No, the corn itself doesn’t fly… you do, in a giant ear of corn!
Car Time: Approximately 45 minutes from Seattle (park in the outer lot to be near the corn maze).
Dates & Hours: Weekends Sep. 23-Oct. 29, 2017 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (weekdays are reserved for school tours).
Cost: Festival admission $19.75/person (under 1 Free)
32610 N.E. 32nd St.
Carnation, Wa 98014
The A(maze)ing Facts: As one of the closest corn mazes to Seattle, Carpinito Brothers goes all out each year with their corn maze – you won’t be able to tell when you’re deep in the maze, but you’re actually running through Sasquatch! The farm's two mazes vary in difficulty and length, ranging from about one to two miles of paths. Within each maze are six checkpoints (12 checkpoints total). Find each checkpoint and you'll qualify to enter the weekly prize drawing.
Good to Know: The corn maze is only open in the daytime and the last admission is at 6 p.m.
Bonus: You can combine all of your fall activities into one trip to Carpinito Brothers – pick up pumpkins and fall veggies, take pictures with their fun props, travel through the hay maze, swim in a sea of corn, watch the duck races and say hello to the farm's furry friends. Plus, scoot over to their store so you can stock up on all of your family’s favorite fall veggies. Beets for dinner, anyone?
Car Time: Approximately 20-30 minutes from Seattle.
Dates & Hours: Daily, Sep. 29-Oct. 31, 2017 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: $6-$9/person (4 & under Free)
6868 S. 277th St. (note, this is not their main store address)
Kent, Wa 98032
The A(maze)ing Facts: After 25 years, Mosby Farms knows how to do corn mazes right. Parents rave about the maze at Mosby because it’s so well-maintained – the corn is lush and high, the paths are less mucky than at other farms and the routes are tricky enough to keep even mom and dad, who know everything, entertained. And this year, you can weave in and out of their pirate-themed maze!
Bonus: Well-behaved pets on leashes are welcome at Mosby Farms, so feel free to bring Fido to romp around with you. Just remember to bring a leash and a plastic bag for messes and keep him out of the maze.
Car Time: Approximately 40 minutes from Seattle.
Dates & Hours: Daily, Sep. 30-Oct. 30 2017 from 10 a.m. ‘til dusk. No maze entrance 45 minutes before dusk.
Cost: $9/Adults; $6/Kids (3-12); under 3 Free. Click here for $2 off corn maze admission; valid for up to four people.
3104 Auburn Black Diamond Rd.
Auburn, Wa 98092
The Farm at Swan's Trail
The A(maze)ing Facts: Learn a little geography with your corn maze. A family favorite, The Farm at Swan’s Trail is well-known for its Washington State corn maze. Start at one end of the state and make your way across to the other side…if you can. The maze is 12 acres (that's 4.5 miles of paths!) and shows more than 250 state roads and 400 towns and landmarks, each labeled with historical facts. Enjoy a scavenger hunt, take a stroll along our state's roads or have a friendly family competition. Who will be the first to find the Space Needle or make it to the border of Idaho? The options are endless at this maze!
Bonus: Not to be missed are the duck races. And, we’re not talking about rubber ducks! Prefer your animal races with four-legged creatures? The pig races won’t disappoint either.
Car Time: Approximately 45-60 minutes from Seattle, depending on traffic.
Dates & Hours: Daily, Sep. 24-Oct. 31, 2017 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on weekends and noon-6 p.m on weekdays.
Cost: $8/person on weekdays; $10/person on weekends; under 4 Free.
7301 Rivershore Rd.
Snohomish, Wa 98290
Rutledge Corn Maze
The A(maze)ing Facts: BOOM! That’s not corn popping that you hear… it’s the sound of this awesome 8-acre corn maze at Rutledge Corn Maze, near Olympia, in Tumwater. This year’s corn maze will feature the logo of the Bountiful Byway, a recently launched 60-mile agritourism route throughout the region, in order to encourage tasting and touring the area this fall.
Another A(maze)ing Fact: In 2002, Rutledge Corn Maze was the first corn maze in the world to plant their corn in the design. Most mazes are planted and then cut.
Bonus: At night, the maze transforms into a space for zombie apocalypse paintball and haunted maze experiences. And there's more than just corn mazes here. On the weekends, families come to weave in and out of the ginormous corn maze, but stay for the cow train, corn cannon, zip lines and pumpkin story hour.
Car Time: Approximately 80 minutes from Seattle.
Dates & Hours: Sep. 16-Oct. 31, 2017. Sun.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (last ticket sold at 5 p.m.); Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-midnight (last ticket sold at 10 p.m. for the haunted version of their corn maze). $8/person for daytime admission; $12/person for nighttime admission; 4 & under Free. General admission includes farm activities such as the cow train, corn cannon, zip swings, calf roping, corn hole and more.
302 93rd Ave. S.E.
Tumwater, Wa 98501
Schilter Family Farm
Schilter Family Farm in Olympia is preparing for opening day of its pumpkin patch with its 2017 maze—a tribute and fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House, “The House that Love Built." The farm is partnering with Stocker Farms in Snohomish and the Western Washington McDonald’s Corporation to raise funds to support this amazing gift to our community. And by navigating this five-acre maze, you can help support and learn about The Ronald McDonald House.
Bonus: In addition to their awesome corn maze, the farm has tons of kids' activities that are open daily. Play in the barn's hay maze, visit with the farm animals, catch some air on the jumping pillow, take a covered hay ride or go for a spin on the pedal tractors. On weekends, try your hands at the pumpkin blaster and corn cannons, take a ride on the cow train or go on a pony ride. Just be sure to visit Schilter’s Tasty Treats Barn (weekends only) when you’ve built up a big farm appetite. Their robust menu includes homemade cider donuts, caramel apples, apple and pumpkin pies, hot spiced cider, espresso, Schilter’s roasted corn, hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, roasted baked potatoes and nachos. Phew... we're hungry just thinking about all these tasty treats.
Good to Know: The farm is open rain or shine. However, some of the activities are weather dependent. If you're unsure, call before you go. Also, allow approximately one hour to complete your corn maze adventure.
Car Time: Approximately one hour from Seattle.
Dates & Hours: Daily, Sep. 30-Oct. 31 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Oct. 31, 2017 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Last corn maze tickets sold at 5 p.m. to allow for completion of maze
Cost: Weekday admission is $7/person (2 & under Free); $25/family (up to 6 people including 2 adults and 4 children). Weekend basic admission is $7/person (2 & under Free). Combo weekend admission is $12/person (2 & under Free). Family weekend combo admission is $50 for up to 6 people (2 adults and up to 4 kids). Admission includes corn maze and kids' activities. See website for more details. No Admission for pumpkin picking or to visit the Farm Market.
141 Nisqually Cutoff Rd. S.E.
Olympia, Wa 98513
Suggestions for Corn Maze Safety:
1. For kids who are old enough to head into the maze by themselves…but still young enough to panic if they get lost, consider arming them with a whistle or duck caller so that you can find them easily in the maze.
2. The buddy system is always key and pairing an adult with each group of kids is a fail-proof way to make it out of the maze without tears. That is, unless, your kids are better at getting through the maze than you are, in which case, the tears may be on your part!
3. Many of the fields have their mazes online – check out their websites before you go and let your kids form a plan or even create a cheat map to give them some confidence.
4. Teach older kids to use the sun position to keep themselves oriented in the maze – have them take note of where the sun is when they enter the maze (at their back, for instance) and hopefully it will help them from going in circles or doing unnecessary back-tracking as they go.
If you’re looking for additional corn mazes close to your ‘hood, check out our pumpkin patch roundup. Most of our area’s U-pick pumpkin patches also offer fun mazes including corn mazes, hay mazes and Jr. mazes.
Does your family have a favorite corn maze? Do you have any tips for making it the most fun it can be? Tell us in the comments below!
— Kristina Moy & Katie Kavulla