Larger-than-life corn mazes offer families the challenge of working through a tricky puzzle together, all while enjoying New England's crisp fall weather. Add exciting play areas, hayrides, pumpkin patches, and quirky country games (like apple and pumpkin blasters), and a corn maze outing becomes one of our favorite fall activities. Here are some of the Boston area's best corn mazes for an outdoor autumn adventure.
You can zip line over the corn at the Davis Mega Maze.
Davis Mega Maze—Sterling
Navigating the Davis Mega Maze is always an extreme adventure, with challenges like sling shots, field goal kicks, slides, bells, and other surprises as you navigate eight acres of twists and turns. This year, there's also a paintball shooting gallery, archery tag, and laser tag as well as catered BBQ, live music, and even craft beers on taps for grown-ups and more as part of their "Mega Farm Festival," which begins September 14.
2019 theme: Trivial Pursuit: Einstein's Colossal CORN-undrum!; open weekends September 14-October 28
Marini Farm Corn Maze—Ipswich
There are stations strategically placed throughout the seven-acre maze with answers to a game sheet that you will be given before entering; the more answers you have, the closer you are to finishing. Younger children can enjoy a one-acre mini maze if the bigger course seems daunting. There are also some super play areas for before or after mazing, including a 70-foot jumping pillow and a pirate ship play structure that are always hits with kids. Paintball and an apple cannon, open on weekends, are exciting, too.
2019 theme: Exploring America; open September 7-October 27
Sauchuk Farm Corn Maze—Plympton
After playing games as you make your way through Sauchuk Farm's Corn Maze, let the kids ride the cow trains, pilot pedal carts, get aerial on the jumping pillows, shoot corn cannons, race ducks and cover themselves in corn kernels in the corn box. Challenge your family to a game of Pumpkin Tetherball or shoot hoops in the Barnyard Ball Zone, then hop on a haywagon to pick out the perfect pumpkin. There's a kiddie maze for little ones, too.
2019 theme: Celebrating 50 Years of Sesame Street!; open weekends September 21-November 2
Plan to spend a whole day at Connors, which really does it up in the fall. Admission includes the corn maze plus most games, slides, rides (including a zip line) and live shows. The best time to go may be weekends, when additional attractions like pig races, a corn cannon, a pumpkin blaster, and live entertainment are in action. Use the farm's handy Attraction Age Gauge on its website to figure out which activities are best for your child's age and which ones cost extra.
2018 theme: Crazy Train; open September 7-November 3
Dig into the corn crib at C&C Reading Farm.
C&C Reading Farm—West Bridgewater
This 3.5-acre maze is sized right for families, and the creative, kid-friendly themes are an added draw. There are puzzles, questions, and picture rubbings to make along the journey. There are also children activities like "pumpkin checkers," a big "black python slide," a haybale bowling alley, and a new cow train ride. There's even a "doggy day" (October 27 this year) when your dogs can come and romp around the maze, too.
2019 theme: Mad Scientist; open daily September 21-October 27
West End Creamery—Whitinsville
There's a 5-acre maze as well as a 1/2 acre mini maze at West End Creamery, which is open Fridays through Sundays through the fall. Don't miss the two jumping pillows (separated for little kids and bigs), pedal karts, cow train, and corn crib for sensory play. And since it's situated next to Purgatory State Reservation Chasm, you can pair a farm visit with a gorgeous fall hike, too.
2019: #ThanksGronk; open Fridays and weekends (and Columbus Day) September 21-October 27
Walk off your ice cream at West End Creamery.
Admission to this maze grants kids access to hayrides, a bounce house, a kiddie train, lawn games, and more. There's also a pint-sized maze for little ones that are not ready for the real deal. For an extra cost, you can hop on zipline, ride a pony, or get your face painted too. Food and drinks are available throughout the weekend.
2019 theme: Super Heroes; open weekends, September 14-October 27
Along with an awesome corn maze, you can also pick fresh fruits and vegetables and visit with the resident farm animals during your visit. If your kids love a little thrill, plan your visit in October when they also offer a haunted hayride.
2019 Theme: Tom and Matt's Excellent Adventure; open daily, September 2-November 1
Post originally published September 2011, updated annually; all photos courtesy of the corn maze farms