From a nod to our everyday heroes in the hospital to a pandemic puzzle you can actually escape from, these corn mazes offer fam-friendly fun at a local farm. Things look a little different this year due to COVID, so be sure to take advantage of online ticketing before you make the drive (most offer it; some require it). Scroll down for our favorite corn fields to explore near Washington, DC.

photo: Wickham Farm via Yelp

Wayside Farm
Located directly off Route 7, this year’s corn maze is dedicated to doctors and nurses. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this farm also offers hayrides, pig races, slides, and playgrounds. In addition to offering its fair share of entertainment, this working farm grows the prettiest pumpkin varieties in the area on their 8-acre u-pick pumpkin patch.

COVID-19 Update: This farm is taking reservations and limiting capacity.

Where: 5273 Harry Byrd Hwy., Berryville, VA
Cost: $12/person 3 & up
Open:  10 a.m.-6 p.m., weekends and Columbus Day
Online: waysidefarmfun.com

Summers Farm
Dedicated to the hard working heros of 2020, this corn maze includes 2.5 miles of paths and secret challenges. For the younger set, check out
Spookley, a short maze that is easier to solve. You’ll also find a  pumpkin patch, giant slides, hayrides and more at this MD farm. On weekends, performances on the Silo Stage will be sure to get everyone’s toes a-tappin’. Bonus: The Lil’ Pumpkin Rest Stop provides privacy for the nursing mommies and a place to change junior’s diaper.

COVID-19 Update: Many safety measure are in place to ensure a safe visit to the farm. Anticipate a temperature check and timed ticket entries.

Where: 5620 Butterfly Ln., Frederick, MD
Cost: $10/50/person weekdays, $15.50/person weekends, kids 2 and under free
Open: hours vary, Sept. 19-Nov. 8.
Online: summersfarm.com

Liberty Mills Farm
For the most dedicated of puzzle people, the largest corn maze—a whopping 33 acres—is two hours outside of DC in Somerset, VA.  There’s 4 trails to choose from, ranging from a 30 min. to complete to two hours! After all that walking (and perhaps getting lost) take some time to pick a pumpkin and check out the antique tractor collection.

COVID-19 Update: Masks are required inside the farm store and hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the farm. For more COVID updates, go here. 

Where: 9166 Liberty Mills Rd., Somerset, VA
Cost: $15/person 5 & up
Open: check website for dates and times
Online: libertymillsfarm.com

photo: Parker S. via Yelp

Greenstreet Gardens
At only six acres, this “cozy” corn maze is one of the smallest around, making it a winner for families with little ones barely taller than a stalk of corn. Think of it as “maze lite”—perfect for those prone to meltdowns. There’s also a Straw Bale Maze for those who like to see over the hedge. While you’re visiting, check out the rest of the 55-acre Lothian farm (east of Upper Marlboro), with lots of fall festival activities involving pumpkins, an underground slide, a jumping pillow and more.

COVID-19 Update: Reservations are required. Due to COVID, hayrides have been suspended until 2021.

Where: 391 West Bay Front Rd., Lothian, MD
Cost: $9; free for kids under 2
Open: Sat.-Sun., 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (through Nov. 1)
Online: greenstreetgardens.com

Winterbrook Farms
Come check out MD’s largest corn maze! This year’s a-mazing adventure is a fundraiser for the veterans of Platoon 22. You could spend hours getting lost, and then–if there is time–check out some of the farm’s 20 other fam-friendly features, including an apple cannon, mini zipline,  a pedal-cart speedway and more.

COVID-19 Update: Masks are required on hayrides. For more information on what this farm is doing to keep you safe, go here.

Where: 13001 Creagerstown Rd., Thurmont, MD
Cost: $12; free for kids under 2
Open: Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 
Online: winterbrookfarmsmd.com

 

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Belvedere  Plantation
Here you’ll find 8 acres of twists and turns and even a few bridges to keep you disoriented. Ready to flush 2020? This year’s maze will have you lost in one large toilet paper roll. But, don’t worry, you can escape from this pandemic puzzle.  There’s also plenty more to do at Belvedere’s Fall Festival, including hay rides, pedal tractors and pig races.

COVID-19 Update: This farm is now cashless due to COVID.

Where: 1410 Belvedere Dr., Fredericksburg, VA
Cost: $13.95/3 & up
Open: check website for dates and times
Online: belvedereplantation.com

Montpelier Farms
This 7-acre corn maze is free with admission, but only open on weekends. For a less crowded, tot-friendly experience, check out “Spookley The Square Pumpkin” maze on a weekday (this mini maze is also open on weekends). Afterwards, attend a scarecrow making workshop (additional fee), duck races, painting pumpkins, hay rides, and more.

COVID-19 Update: Advanced reservations are required.

Where: 1720 Crain Hwy. North, Upper Marlboro, MD
Cost: $12; free for kids under 2
Open: check website for dates and times 
Online: montpelierfarms.com

—Meghan Yudes Meyers with Jamy Bond and Ayren Jackson-Cannady

featured photo: Laura Green

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