Fall isn’t just for leaf-sighting and raking—it’s maze season! The corn that was knee-high by the Fourth of July, as the saying goes, is now over most people’s heads and perfect for getting lost in. Farms across the country are cutting everything from mind-bending labyrinths to easy, kid-friendly paths into their fields. Follow our guide to find the right one for your family.
California: Cool Patch Pumpkins
WHY IT’S A-MAZE-ING: Set aside a whole afternoon for a visit to this pumpkin patch and corn maze in Dixon. It set the Guinness world record for biggest corn maze in 2007 with a whopping 53 acres, and this year’s maze is over 40 acres. (That’s big enough to hold the new Yankee Stadium.) It’s so large—and so confusing—that the local sheriff regularly receives 911 calls from visitors stuck in the maze.
Illinois: Richardson Adventure Farm
WHY IT’S A-MAZE-ING: Five different games, from a kids’ trail to a search for 24 hidden checkpoints, let you choose your own adventure—and the level of difficulty—at this popular 33-acre maze in Spring Grove, just outside Chicago. Past maze designs have featured everything from the Wright brothers to the American flag; this year, the theme is the 2015 Stanley Cup–winning Chicago Blackhawks.
DIFFICULTY: Up to 4/5
North Carolina: Kersey Valley Spookywoods
WHY IT’S A-MAZE-ING: Step into your own horror movie at Archdale’s Kersey Valley, where creatures lurk in the deep, dark Carolina woods and a Terror Tram takes visitors on a ghoulish tour. You’ll need to think fast to escape both the corn maze and the live haunted scarecrow that stalks its paths.
Colorado: Fritzler’s Corn Maze
WHY IT’S A-MAZE-ING: This 15-acre puzzler located in Greeley makes it a little easier by giving guests a “passport” with hints and stationing “Corn Cops” throughout the maze. When you’ve finally found the exit, take a ride on the pedal go-karts, test your skill at firing the farm’s pumpkin cannon or book one of the campfire sites and end the day with a marshmallow roast.
Massachusetts: Mike’s Maze
WHY IT’S A-MAZE-ING: Sunderland’s Mike and company turn corn into an art form at this western Massachusetts farm, thanks to intricate designs with pun-tastic titles. In the past, they’ve rendered everything from The Dali-Rama (featuring Salvador Dali) and Warhol’s iconic soup can to the Mona Lisa in stalks. This year, celebrate the 150th anniversary of the madcap Lewis Carroll classic with a stroll through “Alice in Sunderland.” Answer trivia questions about the book to collect flamingo mallets and assemble a team in a maze game inspired by the Queen of Hearts’ croquet match in Wonderland, and earn a prize grown on the farm.
What activities do you and your family look forward to when fall rolls around? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
By Kristen Koch