Ready to take stalk of all SoCal’s cool corn mazes and pumpkin patches with corn mazes? It’s that spooktacular time of year when farm-fueled fun pops up all over the city. Little ghouls and goblins can try their luck at winding their way through corn mazes near and in San Diego that range from simple to downright corn-fusing! Scroll down to ‘shuck-out’ these cornfield labyrinths.

Frosty's Forest Corn Maze

This giant, four-acre corn maze is 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. This year's corn maze theme is Alice in Wonderland!

Afterwards, celebrate your maze achievements with pumpkin picking (open 10/19), target paintball shooting, a sunflower labyrinth, carnival games and more.

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

Date: Opens October 9, 2020
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

Rancho Bernardo Pumpkin Farm's Corn Maze

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-hay wagon ride, pick a pumpkin and meet furry friends at the petting zoo. You can even cut your own bouquet of sunflowers.

Dates: Oct. 1-16: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Oct. 17-31: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Maze: $2/person

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

Carlsbad Corn Maze

You'll be out of your gourd winding through this cool corn maze that boasts 1.5 miles of trail. 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 kernels can get a giant Cinderella pumpkin and go for a tractor ride. This maze is easy-to-spot off the freeway, so pop over!

Date: Now-Nov. 8
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Cost: $10/person

1050 Cannon Rd.
(near I-5 Fwy)
Carlsbad, CA
Online: carlsbadstrawberrycompany.com

photo: Beth Shea

Straw Maze at Bates Nut Farm

Weaving through this sweet straw maze at Bates Nut Farm is perfect for little pumpkins. It's also open during Bates' Late Nights on the Farm events if you prefer to work your way through under moonlight (bring a flashlight!). Then continue to get a little nutty on a tractor hayride and enjoy the farm zoo and pumpkin picking (from Bic Macs to Jack O’ Lanterns). 

Dates: Now-Oct. 31
Hours: Vary. See website.

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

Mountain Valley Ranch

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

Dates: Now-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

This pretty little corn maze is perfect for young ones to navigate. There's also a fun hay fort for tiny explorers to play in while you sit and admire the beauty that surrounds you at this idyllic farm. Stroll the grounds and find the chickens and 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: Now-Oct. 31; Thurs. & Fri. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

15602 Old Highway 80
El Cajon, CA 92021
619-390-1523
Online: summerspastfarms.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 tractor-hay wagon ride, train ride and pumpkin patch to finish-up an awesome day of fall fun.

Dates: Oct. 1-31
Hours: Oct. 1-16, Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Oct. 17-31, Daily, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Maze: $2/person

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

Underwood Family Farms

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 Harvest on the Farm includes everything from a corn trail ride through and hay pyramid to the pumpkin house and wagon rides. 

Dates: Oct. 1-31
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: $8-$15/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!

featured image via Pixabay

––Nikki Walsh & Beth Shea

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