They are unique, creative, and challenging, and they will leave you both stomping with frustration and giggling with delight. Corn mazes! A beautiful symbol of autumn, mazes are a tradition for many determined to navigate clues and avoid getting lost among towering golden stalks. No matter what part of the state you live in, you likely have the opportunity for a corn-mazing adventure. Too corn-y? Perhaps, but this kind of fun only lasts a few weeks each year. Have a wonderful time and be sure to check out more suggestions for Things to Do This Fall in Connecticut, including Pick-Your-Own Orchards, Fall Fairs, and pumpkin patches,
1. Bishop’s Orchards—Guilford
In partnership with Mystic Aquarium, this maze features a beluga and penguin theme. Enjoy interactive games and trivia corresponding to all things ocean. While here, be sure to indulge in some apple cider, and pick peaches, apples, pumpkins, and pears.
2. Foster Family Farm—South Windsor
What's more enchanting than a corn maze? A unicorn! Put them together and this legendary horse-themed labyrinth will surely delight adventurers of all ages. The night maze opens at the end of September. Leave time to pick a pumpkin and relax in the charming farm yard.
3. Scott’s Yankee Farmer—East Lyme
Dinosaur lovers, gather here and roar your way through this year’s pre-historic themed maze. Enjoy horse-drawn weekend wagon rides, pick your own apples, choose the prettiest pumpkin, and shop for fresh produce in the farm store.
Giggle your way through a corn maze and enjoy the colors and textures of autumn; photo courtesy of Lyman Orchards.
4. Lyman Orchards—Middlefield
Whether your style is Foxtrot, waltz, or rumba, you will have a blast making your way through this year’s “Dancing with the Stars” maze. Make memories along two miles of pathways, answer trivia questions, and know that $1 of each admission ticket is donated to the American Cancer Society. Enjoy sprawling vistas, weekend horse-drawn wagon rides, fresh fruit, and the delicious apple cider donuts awaiting at the Apple Barrel.
5. Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm—Sharon
Apples? Check. Fresh apple cider? Check? A labyrinth of corn stalks? Of course, you’ll find that here as well. Spend a day in this picturesque part of the state, indulge in pumpkin cream cheese muffins, fresh apple pie, and admire a vintage Lionel model train display.
6. Castle Hill Farm—Newtown
Get ready to explore a seven-acre corn maze. Don’t worry, there’s a way out for those who get lost or just want a quicker escape. While here, check out the pumpkin patch, hop on a weekend hay ride, and learn about the cows that call this farm home. Cash or checks only.
Get set, get ready, get lost...in a corn maze! Photo courtesy of the author.
7. Fort Hill Farms—Thompson
Celebrate the farmers who work hard to grow our food with a corn maze pattern featuring a farmer on his tractor. The maze puzzle features a game sheet with clues to find dairy farming facts and picture rubbings of The Farmer's Cow farmers' favorite farming equipment. The maze takes about an hour to 1.5 hours to complete, so put on your working shoes and pack a bottle of water; for a shorter challenge, choose “Ernie’s Jeep,” the mini maze.
8. March Farm—Bethlehem
Lose and find yourself in an intricate labyrinth, admire autumn’s glory while relaxing on a hayride, pick your own apples and pumpkins, indulge in sweet treats, let little ones feed the goats, or run free on the Hayloft Playscape. The sprawling vistas are beautiful, so head to the farm prepared to spend a few hours.
9. Hayes Corn Maze—North Granby
This maze promises to be a real challenge, so as you explore twists and turns, do your best to answer trivia questions correctly; hopefully, you'll find your way out. After you do, don’t forget to check out the small farm store because the goat cheese and chocolate milk at Sweet Pea Farm will have you going back for more.
10. Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm’s Corn Maze—Sterling
Most appropriate for fall, this corn maze is themed “Pumpkins.” On special nights, you can make the adventure even more exciting by exploring the paths at night (flashlights required). Admission also includes a mini maze, a visit with barnyard animals, hayrides, corn hole, and more. Be sure to indulge in some goodies from the farm store, including fresh ice cream.
Cover photo: Courtesy of Bishop's Orchards