Corn Mazes near Boston with Fun Activities for Kids
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.
Davis Mega Maze—Sterling
2020 update: The corn maze opens September 19 and the theme is "One Way." The apple orchard and pumpkin patch are closed for the season.
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 8 acres of twists and turns. There's also catered BBQ, live music, and even craft beers on taps for grown-ups and more as part of their "Mega Farm Festival."
Marini Farm Corn Maze—Ipswich
2020 update: The corn maze opens September 12. There are no birthday parties being held this year.
There are stations strategically placed throughout the eight-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.
Sauchuk Farm Corn Maze—Plympton
2020 update: The corn maze opens September 19 and the theme is "Plymouth 400," commemorating the 400th anniversary of The Mayflower voyage and the founding of the Plymoth colony. Timed tickets must be purchased in advance.
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.
Photo courtesy of Connors Farm
2020 update: The corn maze opens September 12, and the theme is "Music Maze."
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.
2020 update: The corn maze is open; the sunflower maze no longer has blooms but is open for walking.
Along with an awesome corn maze, you can also pick fresh fruits and vegetables, take a hayride, and visit with the resident farm animals during your visit.
West End Creamery—Whitinsville
2020 update: The corn maze opens September 26, and the theme is "Road Trip USA."
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.
Walk off your ice cream at West End Creamery.
C&C Reading Farm—West Bridgewater
2020 update: The corn maze was minimized this year and accessible only during a single weekend event over Labor Day. Expect it to return in 2021. Rides and play areas are closed this fall.
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 hay-bale bowling alley, and a cow train ride. There's even an annual "doggy day" when pups can come and romp around the maze, too.
Post originally published September 2011, updated annually; all photos courtesy of the farms.