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 the “Crane Dance” 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? Keep reading to find out where it’s fun to get lost.
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 is always a hit (even it if doesn’t fit the autumn theme), the “Giant Tipi”, the “Super Gyrosphere, rubber duck races and more.
Sept. 21 – Nov. 3 (weekends only)
Hours: Fri., 6-10 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Tickets: Check website
Bella Organic - Sauvie Island, OR
This year, Bella Organic has designed an MLB to PDX-themed adventure with a twisting and turning maze packed with hours of fun. 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.
Aug. 31 - Oct. 31, 2019
Hours: See website
Admission: Call the farm for 2019 pricing
See more amazing corn mazes in Portland here
Lawyer’s Winterbrook Farm - Thurmont, Md
Choose-your-own-adventure at this family-run farm! Five corn mazes, ranging from less than half a mile to over 2.5 miles, ensure everyone in your troop will have a blast! You could spend hours getting lost, and then–if there is time–check out some of the farm’s other fam-friendly features, including two pumpkin cannons, a hay fort, go-cart speedway, teepee bonfires, outdoor movies, and Transformers made out of old truck parts. After dark, settle around the campfire and enjoy a movie on their outdoor screen.
Sept. 21 - Nov. 3, 2019
Hours: Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: $10 (Seniors and military $9)
See more corn mazes in the Washington D.C. area here
Richardson's 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, there are multiple checkpoints throughout the maze and three bridges to help you find your bearings with a map.
Sept. 7-Nov. 3, 2019
Hours: Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 12-10 p.m.
Admission: See website for 2019 pricing
Trienen Farm - Lodi, WI
Part art installation, part outdoor game, part social experiment, the Treinen Farm corn mazes are designed and cut by entirely by the staff at the farm. Each year they pick a theme and create an entire experience around it. Last year's theme was "The Elephant's Child." This year will be the "Crane Dance" and while it the full fall festival won't open until September 27, you can preview the maze as early as August 27.
Aug. 27 - Oct. 31, 2019
Hours:Fri., 3:30-10:30 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. and Sun., 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Maze Admission: $10.95/adults; $6.96/kids (3-5)
Do-It-All Admission: $18.95/adults; $9.95/kids (3-5)
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 Cannon, one ride for kids (age 12 & under) on the Cow Train, all play areas, farm animals visit, face painting and a hayride to the pumpkin patch. Stop at the Cow Lick Cafe for kettle corn, cotton candy, hot dogs and cider or the new horse trailer bar, The Rusty Bucket, for brick oven pizza, beer and wine.
Sept. 21 - Oct.27, 2019
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (weekends only)
Admission: $10. (Kids age 2 and under get in 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 18 fire pits carved into the perimeter of the maze (you can spot them in last year's photo above). 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, the Cow Train and the Tyke Track. Be sure to let dad try out the Apple Cannon; he'll thank you.
Sept. 8-Oct. 31, 2019
Hours: Sun.-Thu.,10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Admission: Starting at $12 per person, free for children under 2 years.
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, a 28-foot cabin cruiser, and generally keeps mazers busy for at least two hours. Little ones will enjoy the shorter scenic maze that takes you through all the neat features of the big maze but without 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.
Jul. 27-Oct. 14
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Admission: $15/adults (16-59); $10/children (5-15) and seniors (60+); Free for those under 4 yrs.
Jaemor Farms - Alto, GA
Seventy miles north of downtown Atlanta, experience a quest through six acres of corn. In addition to the large space-themed maze this year, Jaemor Farms also offers a mini-maze (shaped like a planet) that should take guest between 15-20 minutes to complete. There's 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.
Sept. 14-Nov. 3
Hours: timing varies each month so check the website for details
Admission: $14 (two and under get in free)
Long Acre Farms - Macedon, NY
Celebrating 22 years of maze fun, Long Acre Farms' mazes, requires some logic. Upon your arrival, you'll be given a game board and even though it's usually solved in 90 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, farm market, a wagon ride and a cow train ride. For moonlit fun, the maze is open on selected Friday and Saturday evenings. On fall weekends there's also wood-fired pizzas, cider donuts, candy apples and other fall faves.
Sept. 14-Oct, 27, 2019
Hours: Weekends 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $12 for ages 2 & up; $10 for grandparents (with grandchildren present)
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 and if you're brave enough, there's a zombie paintball adventure as well. 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!
Sept. 22-Oct 31, 2019
Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Daytime Admission: $8
Nighttime Admission: $12
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.
Note: Save $5 if you order tickets online.
Sept.21–Oct. 26 (weekends only)
11:00 am–4:30 p.m.
Night maze offered Oct. 12 and 19 from 4:40-9 p.m.
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. Weekend daytime maze admission includes unlimited access to the 25-acre maze, haywagon ride (when operating), and full access to the activity area, including straw mountain and corn hole. Visit the farm's website to see additional days and times from the main one listed below.
Sept. 7-28, 2019
Hours: Sat. 10 a.m.-12 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Oct.2-Nov. 11, 2019
Hours: Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-12 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Admission: $12 (ages 5-12), $14 (13+)
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.
Sept. 7 - Nov. 3, 2019
Hours: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. every day (Flashlight Maze 6-11 p.m. Fr. and Sat. nights in Oct.)
Admission: $9.99 (Weekdays) and $14.95 (Weekends) Kids age 2 and under get in free.
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 zip line for kids, games and hayrides. You can also stock up on fresh produce at the farm's store.
Oct. 5-Dec. 8, 2019
Hours: Sat. 10 a. m.-5 p.m., Sun. 12-5 p.m.
Admission: $12 (Kids age 3 or under get in free)
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). In addition to the maze, there are over 50 more fun activities. For little ones, there's a newly designed 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.
Sept. 13-Nov. 2, 2019
Hours: Thurs. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Admission: Passes range from $19-$35. (Kids age 2 and under get in free. Military personnel receive 25% off)
Stony Hill Corn Maze Fun Park - Chester, NJ
The 2019 10-acre maze at Stony Hill's theme is "Bee Amazed." This year, learn all about bees as you explore the giant corn maze! Celebrate these amazing pollinators, including the honey bee, NJ's state insect. 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 (Saturdays in October) for a different challenge. Don't forget your flashlights.
Aug. 31 - Nov. 10, 2019.
Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, and up to 9 p.m. Saturdays in October
Admission: Tickets range from $7.19-$14.40
Dewberry Farm - Brookshire, TX
Conquering this eight-acre maze starts with a stop at the CORNcierge booth. Petite puzzlers can grab games sheets and tackle the CORNnumdrums word puzzles found on signs throughout the maze. This year's kick-Harvey design celebrates Houston's resilience. 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, climbing wall, a vintage carousel and a walkthrough of over 600 carved pumpkins.
Sept. 28-Nov. 10, 2019
Hours: Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m and Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: Tickets range from $23.32-$31.82 (Kids age 3 and under get in free)
Sever's Fall Festival - Shakopee, MN
Sever's Fall Festival has moved to a new location with a new corn maze that is over 14 acres in size, additional jumping pillows, more pumpkin blasters, new food and beverage options, a gift shop, expanded corn pits, a 10-acre pick-your-own pumpkin patch and the Safari North Wildlife Park in addition to all of the past attractions. This year's maze challenge will have you looking for six pictures of "Paleontologist Sever" while reading fun facts on the 26 signs labeled A to Z throughout the maze. As you navigate your map and discover "Paleontologist Sever," mark where you found him in your maze handout. After completion, visit SeversFallFestival.com/contest and to enter your answers where you found "Paleontologist Sever." Each correct entry will be eligible for the grand prize drawing of $500 at the end of the season!
Sept. 13-Nov. 3, 2019
Hours: Fri. 1-8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. & Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: $17 per person. Kids age 3 & under get in for free.
Carleton Farms Fall Festival - Lake Stevens, WA
The Seattle Mariners are the design inspiration at Carleton Farms—and this year they are in the hunt for the playoffs! 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, a zip wire, play areas, a pumpkin cannon, fright nights and a haunted swamp with zombie paintball.
Oct. 1-31, 2019
Hours: Mon.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: Check the website.
Lowe Family Farmstead - Kuna, ID
After 22 years at their farm in Meridian, the Lowe family have moved the Homestead to Kuna! This year's theme for their signature maze is based on children's book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. 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 of a giant caterpillar among the one-million stalks of corn ultimately destined for cattle feed.
Sept. 20-Oct. 30, 2019
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 4.-9 p.m. & Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m-10 p.m.
Admission: Tickets range from $8.49 - $13.21
2500 South Eagle Rd.
Kuna, ID 83634
Richardson's Farm - Spring Grove, IL
For the "World's Largest," get lost in the corn maze at Richardson Farm. This year the theme celebrates the bicentennial of the Prairie State. Illinois was established in 1818, and although it was too complicated to shape the corn maze into a state map, you can spot Lake Michigan, Chicago's Navy Pier Ferris wheel, the Mississippi River and Abe Lincoln's profile. 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, there are multiple checkpoints throughout the maze and three bridges to help you find your bearings with a map.
Sept. 1-Nov. 4
Hours: Fri. 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 12-10 p.m.
Admission: $17 for adults, $14 for kids and free for under 2
—Jeff Totey with Emily Meyers
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