You know autumn’s here when the leaves change, pumpkin spice is on every menu, and your local farm opens up one of our favorite fall activities: corn mazes. Perfect for a family outing or as a cute couples afternoon, a day in a corn maze is how we like to enjoy that crisp autumn air. Here are some favorite farms from across the U.S. Give your favorite local farm a shout-out in the comments and we’ll add it to the list!
Treinen Farm (Lodi, WI)
This massive Midwestern farm based this year’s mazes on two famous Aesop Fables. The adult’s maze — the largest in Wisconsin — is inspired by The Fox and the Grapes, and the children’s version, by The Tortoise and the Hare. As opposed to using GPS-guided machines to create their mazes, the Treinen family employs real, live people to cut into the corn every June. There are also horse-drawn hayrides every weekend here during the fall, and a huge pumpkin patch to enjoy as well.
Connors Farm (Danvers, MA)
Since 1904, Connors Farm has been offering fun for the whole family on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Named one of the top ten corn mazes in the country by USA Today, you’ll score both bragging rights and the sweet glory of victory once you wind your way through the stalks. While you’re there, you can also pick your own pumpkins and apples, too.
Long and Scott Farms (Mount Dora, FL)
Just north of Orlando, in the quaint, rural town of Mount Dora, lies a family-owned farm that feels totally removed from the touristy madness of the theme parks. However, you can have just as much fun here as you can at Disney World or Universal; the seven-acre corn maze is an annual tradition for locals. When you’ve worked up an appetite after solving the maze, grab lunch at the on-site cafe, which offers menu items like sweet corn chowder that incorporate the farm’s prized Zellwood variety.
Sever’s Corn Maze (Shakopee, MN)
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Holding the title of America’s largest corn maze, Sever’s provides the Twin Cities with plenty of autumnal activities, from “pumpkin blaster” cannons and and “extreme corn pit” to a gourd walk and pig racing (yes, you read that right.) Less extreme options include a good old-fashioned pumpkin patch and an apple orchard. The maze is ideal for all ages, and features a firefighter theme this year.
Great Vermont Corn Maze (Danville, VT)
The owners of this dairy farm pull out all the stops each year to ensure a new and exciting adventure, whether it be through tunnels or “punch poles” that help you track your progress. Young’ns who might not be up for the challenge of the big maze can explore a smaller version that’s just as much fun. If you’re in the mood to get spooked, the farm also hosts Dead North, a thrilling, chilling Halloween ghost town that’s sure to give you the heebie-jeebies.