It’s September and that means it’s time to start thinking about apple picking, fall festivals and of course, corn mazes (one of my favorite fall activities!). Wherever you live, you’re bound to find a fabulous corn maze (aka maize maze), and here are 10 mazes families will love his year:
1. Richardson Farm (Spring Grove, IL). Head about an hour north of Chicago to Richardson Farm for what they claim to be the “world’s largest corn maze.” This year, they’re celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner with a flag maze that’s made up of five separate mazes across 33 acres of corn.
2. Hathaway Farm (Rutland, VT). West of Killington, look for Hathaway Farm, which dares families to make it through the new 12-acre “I’ve Got the Music in Me” corn maze. Want a real challenge? Go on a Saturday night for Moonlight Madness and escape the maze in the dark.
3. 1 Fun Farm (Farmland, IN). 1 Fun Farm in Indiana may not open until September 27, but this year’s corn maze is ready. Look for a fun Field of Dreams baseball theme across the 10-acre maze, as well as a zip line, pumpkin patch, a kiddie coral, and yes, pig races.
4. Bloomsbury Farm (Atkins, IA). Any Al Roker fans out there? Clearly, you’ll find at least a few at Bloomsbury Farm in Iowa where they’ve etched out a 10-acre corn maze with Roker’s face that reads “Happy 60th Al.” I wonder if Roker himself plans to take on the challenge of this maze.
5. Farmland Adventures (Springdale, AR). This year, the corn maze theme at Farmland Adventures is Lost Civilizations (think Indiana Jones). Inside the giant corn maze, you’ll find a one-acre mini maze that’s perfect for little ones. Try the new Maze Tracker game for your smartphone (is that considered cheating?).
6. Uncle Shuck’s (Dawsonville, GA). Just outside of Atlanta, look for Uncle Shuck’s and the new corn maze that marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Once you’ve made your way out of this giant maze, pick pumpkins, shoot corn cannons and enjoy an old-fashioned hayride.
7. Barton Orchards (Poughquag, NY). Make your way through this five-acre corn maze at Barton Orchards to the Minotaur of Greek mythology. Along the way, solve clues and follow colored paths designed to take you on shorter or longer adventures, whichever you choose to do.
8. Temple Hall Farm (Leesburg, VA). Less than one hour from Washington, DC, head to Temple Hall Farm to explore the 24-acre corn maze that celebrates fresh and local foods (dairy, meats, produce). Festivities kick of September 26 and will include jumping pillows, hay forts and pumpkin blasters.
9. Horse Sleigh Farm (Washington, NJ). This year, the corn maze at Horse Sleigh Farm features a Maze Runner theme (the movie comes out September 19). Look for a small maze (10 minutes) and a large maze (60 minutes). On weekend evenings, look out for the Haunted Corn Maze.
10. Treinen Farm (Lodi, WI). The corn maze at Treinen Farm just north of Madison is cut to highlight Athena’s Owl from Greek mythology this year. Only the maze is open now, but look for the pumpkin patch, wagon rides and more to kick off at the end of September.
Photo Credit: City of Albuquerque Open Space Photos