Ready for some good, old-fashioned farm-fueled fun? Take the kids to go get downright corn-fused in a nearby corn maze. They can wind their way through these 13 labyrinths that we’ve tractored down, working through strategically stacked hay bales and towering stalks. Scroll through our farm fresh list of where to take your crew for some confounding fun this fall.

Carlsbad Corn Maze

You'll be out of your gourd winding through this cool corn maze. 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 kernals can get a giant Cinderella pumpkin, go for a hay ride and on weekends, there's a market, music, face painting and more. This maze is easy-to-spot off the freeway, so pop over!

Date: opens end of September
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

1000 Cannon Rd.
(near I-5 Fwy)
Carlsbad, CA
Online: carlsbadstrawberrycompany.com

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Rancho Bernardo Pumpkin Farm

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 ride, pick a pumpkin and meet furry friends at the petting zoo.

Dates: Oct. 1-31
Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri.-Sun., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Maze: $2/person

Rancho Bernardo
13421 Highland Valley Rd.
Escondido, CA
Online: rbpumpkinfarm.com

photo: Nikki Walsh

Bates Nut Farm

Tag… you’re it! Not only is weaving through this sweet straw maze at Bates Nut Farm right for little runners, it’s open for tag on Friday nights. Go on, get a little nutty with: the tractor hayrides, petting zoo, bounce house, pony rides and pumpkin picking (from Bic Macs to Jack O’ Lanterns). Hungry? Hit the food trucks serving our faves: locally-roasted coffees, BBQ and lobster grilled cheese.

Dates: Sept. 22-Oct. 31
Hours: Mon.-Fri.., 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri. Oct. 12, 19 & 26th, 3-8:00 p.m.)
Maze: $2.50/person

15954 Woods Valley Rd.
Valley Center, CA 92082
1-800-642-0348
Online: batesnutfarm.biz

Forneris Farms

If you're heading up to the Los Angeles area then check out this a-maizing corn maze. Expect to get lost in it for about an hour! With over four acres and lots of zigs, zags and dead ends, you'll need to use your noggin' to get through it. For $15 per person (kids age 2 and younger are free) you can adventure into the corn maze, take a train ride and play in the farm frolic area. The corn is tall and the path bumpy, so wear comfy shoes and bring sunscreen.

Date: The month of October.
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 1-5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

15200 Rinaldi St.
Mission Hills, CA 91345
818-730-7707
Online: fornerisfarms.com

photo: MVR Facebook page

Mountain Valley Ranch

Little farmhands may get a little corn-fused before finding the right path in this 2.5-acre corn field. 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, hay rides, pony rides and a petting zoo. Free parking, but bring some cash for other activities.

Dates: Sept. 22-Oct. 31
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

842 Highway 78
Ramona, CA 92065
760-788-8703
Online: mountainvalleyranch.com

Summers Past Farms

Although not a corn maze, this sweet pea and flower maze is perfect for little ones. What's more, you can order a frappuccino or your favorite cup of joe and sit and admire the beauty that surrounds you at this farm. When done, (and all coffeed-up!) stroll the grounds and find the chickens and bunnies. Finally, 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: Pumpkin patch open Weds.-Sun. each week of October

15602 Old Highway 80
El Cajon, CA 92021
619-390-1523
Online: summerspastfarms.com

Tanaka Farms

A short drive north, Tanaka Farms in Irvine is a crazy-cool day trip. Free with farm admission, this one-acre corn maze (is not really a maze)! Little bunnies can quickly unravel the five-minute circle to the middle, touch the flag, then come back. There are also plenty of photo ops with hay stacks and cute cut-outs. On October weekends, stay for the Fall Festival with carnival games, pumpkin cannon, Tanaka Grill, face painting, wagon ride, pumpkins and petting zoo. You have to shuck it out!

Dates: Sept. 22-Oct. 31
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Maze: Free with admission ($3/person)

5380 3/4 University Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612
Online: tanakafarms.com

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 hayride and pumpkin patch to finish-up an awesome day of fall fun.

Dates: Oct. 1-31
Hours: Oct. 1-11, Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Oct. 12-31, Daily, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Maze: $2/person

Bonita Farm
5354 Sweetwater Rd.
Bonita, CA 91902
Online: bonitatpumpkinfarm.com

Big Horse Corn Maze

Feeling clever? Try the 11-plus acre maze at Big Horse. Little puzzle-makers can weave their way through the plowed path. Lost? Ask for assistance from the corn police located in the maze. Put on solid shoes, bring water, a hat and sunblock to prep for the hour-long journey through corn-cob fun. Wind out the weekend with these festivities: a corn cannon, mini-maze, face painting, pig races and more.

Dates: Sept. 29-Oct. 28
Hours: Tues.-Fri., 1-5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

33320 Temecula Parkway
Temecula, CA
951-489-4621
Online: bighorsecornmaze.com

Oma's Pumpkin Patch

This kid-sized hay bale maze is nice for young navigators. Your little farmer will also love the corn kernel sandboxes, mud truck play area and swings with playset. Pet some animals, pick a pumpkin––all for $12 a tot. (Free parking). So head on out to this delightful dairy farm for a fantastic day.

Dates: Sept. 25-Oct. 31
Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Maze: Included in admission

14950 El Monte Rd.
Lakeside, CA 92040
619-390-2929
Online: omaspumpkinpatch.com

Irvine Park Railroad

Corn you not, your little pumpkin can run around (and scream with delight) in this hay bale maze. The best part: it's free. So they can do it again and again. Once done explore the train ride, hay ride, pumpkins galore, ring toss, gold panning and cookie painting. It gets crazy busy on weekends near Halloween, so show up early for parking.

Dates: Sept. 15-Oct. 31
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

1 Irvine Park Rd.
Orange, CA 92869
714-997-3968
Online: irvineparkrailroad.com

Frosty's Forest Pumpkin Patch

With four acres and many paths, this truly is a giant corn maze––and it's designed as The Grinch! It's good for older kids as there are plenty of dead ends among the twisting, winding trails. Only one trail and good decision making will lead you out of the maze. Little ones can hop on a cow train to ride through part of the corn maze if they'd rather not do the footwork.

Afterwards, celebrate your maze achievements with pumpkin picking, paintball, inflatables to bounce in, water balls, carnival style arcade games and meeting animals at the petting zoo.

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

Date: Opens October 5, 2018
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
971-303-3486
Online: frostysforest.com

Underwood Family Farm

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 Festival includes everything from the corn maze and pig races to the pumpkin play house and a tractor ride. The corn maze is marked with numbered sign and hints inside. Also, there's music, food, rides and more.

Dates: Sept. 29th-Oct. 31st
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: $6-$20/person; children under 2 free; parking is free

3370 Sunset Valley Rd.
Moorpark, CA 93021
805-523-8552
Online: underwoodfamilyfarms.com

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!

––Nikki Walsh

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