Corn mazes are a favorite fall adventure for many families: the scent of autumn, the wind swooshing through golden stalks, and the opportunity to safely hand over the reigns to your children and let them be in charge of where to go and how to find the way out. What better way to bond than to band together and head straight into a place where you know you can get lost and the only way out is to concentrate on the map, read the clues, and work together to get to the other side. Combine your trip with a pumpkin patch and cider mill and you've got yourself a pretty excellent fall day to make lifelong family memories. For more fall fun, check out our CT Fall Fun and Halloween Guide. These corn-y masterpieces are only around for a few weeks each fall, so don't miss your chance. For even more ideas in your inbox, sign up for our weekly newsletter.
Plasko's Farm - Trumbull
Plasko's is the last remaining full-operating farm in Trumbull and thousands of visitors are drawn to this 8-acre site each year. What appears to be the oldest running corn maze in Fairfield County opens in early September (on weekends only, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) until Halloween. On weekdays the farm offers group bookings for schools groups, youth organizations, birthday parties and other organized groups. Included in the group package are an age appropriate educational presentation, corn maze entry, hay ride, and a pumpkin. The corn field is 4.5 acres and the path in Plasko's maze twists and turns for about about 1.5 miles, so be prepared for an active day. A portion of each $7 ticket ($6 for kids ages 4-10; 3 and under are free) gets donated to Swim Across the Sound cancer prevention and education programs. This maze is dense, and in case you get lost, "corn cops" will help guide you out; escape hatches are also available for any tykes freaking out about being children of the corn, or those in need of a bathroom break. Plasko's also offers ice cream, pumpkins, cider donuts, mums, tractor rides, farm animals, a country store, and farm market.
670 Daniels Farm Road, Trumbull 203-268-2716
Castle Hill Farm - Newtown
This 7-acre, 400,000 stalk maze will a-maze you! They are open on weekends from mid September through end of October, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and weekdays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. If those times don't work for you, you can call the incredibly nice owners who will gladly work with you to try and accommodate your request (for example, they'll open up in the morning during the week if you have a large enough group... just call). You can also book a private bonfire which comes with the use of a large, lit tent, hayrides, and an evening trip through the corn maze (call for pricing). Once inside the maze, your mission is to find 30 facts along the way so the entire experience is one where you can have fun, learn, and get lost all at the same time. Castle Hill also has some seriously cute farm animals for your kids to visit before and after the maze, and the hand washing stations and port-a-potties are a plus.
25 Sugar Lane, Newtown 203-426-5487
Jones Family Farm's Pumpkinseed Hill - Shelton
Here you will find all sorts of fun fall festivities and a corn maze that won't disappoint. The maze is geared toward families with younger kids, so it only takes about 20 minutes from start to finish. This short maze is the perfect "starter" corn maze for little ones who may be up for the adventure, but not a super long walk. The cost is typically a few dollars per person. Jones Family Farm is open every day, but the corn maze is only open on weekends and Columbus Day. When you're done with the maze, be sure to check out the cider and cookies, farm animals, hayrides, and children's music in the Market Yard.
120 Beardsley Road, Shelton 203-929-8425
Benedict's Home and Garden - Monroe
This is not your typical home and garden store. Every fall, a big show with a two-acre corn maze, a hay bale maze, and a corn pit entertains visitors of all ages. Store hours are Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A few notes before you go: the corn maze is up a little hill behind the store, and once your kiddos have been in the corn pit you WILL find corn in the bottom of the washing machine for the next six months. Benedict's also has a collection of birds behind the store from your basic farm fowl to a small handful of peacocks. There are goats, and usually, a few kind-eyed cows wandering the fields near the corn maze. The best bit about the whole shebang? It's FREE!
480 Purdy Hill Road, Monroe 203-268-2537
Silverman's Farm - Easton
Silverman's may not have a corn maze per se, but what they do have is The Cereal Bowl. This colossus is created with hay bales, then filled to the brim with corn. Complete with tunnels, it is truly a massive, must-see-for-yourself autumn masterpiece. While you're there why not pick your own apples, select the perfect pumpkin, or visit the animal farm--Silverman's has a little bit of everything, making for a positively perfect autumn adventure.
451 Sport Hill Road, Easton 203-261-3306
Lyman Orchards - Middlefield
Obviously not located in Fairfield County, this farm is well worth a day trip. Nestled in beautiful countryside, Lyman is the sort of place that truly has it all. Their corn maze stretches over four acres with two miles of pathways which is a lot for little legs, but the trivia questions along the way and Corn Cops stationed throughout will help you achieve corn maze glory. If you work up an appetite, stop in at The Apple Barrel for a delicious lunch from their deli menu or opt to throw caution to the wind and just eat cider donuts for lunch that day. The corn maze is open Monday - Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The prices are $5 for kids ages 4-12, $10 for ages 13+. Kids under 3 enjoy free admission, and a discount is available with a Big Y card or coin.
32 Reeds Gap Road, Middlefield 860-349-1973
Photo credit: Photo Courtesy of Julia Tolstrup
Originally published 9/26/12.