Kick off the fall season with a trip to the pumpkin patch to try out one of these epic corn and hay mazes! Some of them are challenging, some for the younger set and some are event haunted! Will you make it out? We hope so!

Minotaur's Labyrinth Hay Maze at Arata's Pumpkin Farm - Half Moon Bay

Do you have what it takes to make your way through the world-famous Minotaur's Labyrinth hay maze? Get ready because this year's hay maze at Arata's Pumpkin Farm is quite tricky! Come to this spot in the Bay Area's pumpkin capital, Half Moon Bay, and check it out and plan some extra time to take a ride on the new train (kids and parents are welcome). This year you'll find a bounty crop of pumpkins and some of the tallest corn around thanks to Mother Nature!

185 Verde Road
Half Moon Bay, CA
Online: aratasfarm.com

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Nicasio Valley Pumpkin Patch

We love this spot up north because it has a massively-fun hay maze, hay pit, hay rides, children's music hour and more! On the weekends you'll find more activities like face painting and pony rides. Hungry? Get yourself some BBQ and ice cream and make a day of it. Visit on October 26 at 11 a.m. to get a free performance by the Marin Girls Chorus.

5300 Nicasio Valley Road
Nicasio, CA
Online
: nicasiovalleypumpkinpatch.net

Cool Patch Pumpkins - Dixon

This corn maze is worth the drive as it has attained world record status for biggest corn maze (and most fun, too). This year's maze features the farm's logo and special tribute to first responders. Follow the map to find your way out or try it without to spend hours lost in the maze, you decide!

6150 Dixon Ave West
Dixon, CA
Online: coolpatchpumpkins.com

Petaluma Pumpkin Patch & A'Mazing Corn Maze

Now in its 26th year of family fun, the Petaluma Pumpkin Patch & A'Mazing Corn Maze is a fall destination for generations of Bay Area families. The maze is open daily (weather permitting) and the corn maze closes 30 minutes before the patch closing time. On Fridays and Saturdays you can come for the night maze (kids 15 and under must stay with an adult inside the night maze). 

All produce (including pumpkins, squash and gourds) are grown by fourth-generation Petaluma Farmer Jim and he also designs a new corn maze every year with the goal to get you LOST!
 
450 Stony Point Rd.
Petaluma, CA
Online: petalumapumpkinpatch.com

photo: San Francisco Zoo

San Francisco Zoo

Every weekend in October bring ZOOtoberfest to the San Francisco Zoo. Go on an adventure in “Harvest Hallow” for access to new and exciting attractions. Navigate through San Francisco’s largest hay maze, a 5,000-square-foot structure made from 600 bales of straw and incorporates play areas within the design. Jump in the bounce house, challenge your friends to a friendly game of ring toss and use our festive Harvest Hallow setting for photo ops – all free with paid admission to San Francisco Zoo & Gardens! 

Sloat Boulevard at the Great Highway
Online: sfzoo.org

photo: Santa Rosa Patch

Santa Rosa Patch

This farm has an 8-acre corn maze with two different routes so it's perfect for kids of all ages. There's a short route which takes about 25 minutes as well as a longer route, which can take up to an hour. They also offer night mazes until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The maze closes an hour before closing time and tickets are $6 per person. This spot also has a massive pumpkin patch, inflatable jumping pillow, petting zoo and enough full to fill your full day.

5157 Stony Point Rd.
Santa Rosa, CA
Online: santarosapumpkinpatch.com

photo: Webb Ranch

Webb Ranch - Portola Valley

This Peninsula spot has over 30 acres where they grow pumpkins and families love all of the activities that they offer. Stroll along the corn path and spend some time on the jumpy houses before you pick your pumpkin. They also offer train rides, hay rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, a bird zoo, a reptile zoo and professional photo booth on the weekends.

2718 Alpine Road
Portola Valley, CA
Online: webbranchinc.com

Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Park - San Martin

Head south to this massive "pumpkin park" where it's all about the gourd. Admission is free and you pay for the attractions that you'd like to check out like the two-acre corn maze. Other highlights include the pumpkin blasters and the pumpkin pyramid made up of over 4,000 pumpkins. Save a few bucks on the "park pass" when you visit on the weekdays. 

14485 Monterey Rd.
San Martin, CA
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Dell'Osso Family Farm - Lathrop

This spot is about 90 minutes east of Fremont and totally worth the drive for a day of fall fun. Your daily wristband gets you into the massive corn maze as well as on other attractions like the hay ride, Dell'Osso Express train, tire pile and more. Upgrade your day to try out the ziplines and pony ride. Don't forget to come back here in the winter to ride the snow tubes!

501 Manthey Rd.
Lathrop, CA
Online: pumpkinmaze.com

G&M Farms - Livermore

Head to Livermore to check out this pumpkin patch and massive corn maze. It twists, it turns, it dead-ends—it’s six green acres of good old-fashioned family fun. Come at dark on October 19 or 26 and you can experience the haunted maze, if you dare! Little ones will love G&M’s farm animals and the free straw bale maze and corn box. 

487 East Airway Blvd.
Livermore, CA
Online: gmfarms.com

—Kate Loweth

Featured photo: Wickham Farms via yelp

 

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