By Monika Nica
If you've never been to one, you don't need to worry: you cannot really get lost in the labyrinth of the many, narrow, winding trails cut into the 10 foot tall green cornfield. But it is fun to pretend that you can. It's a true challenge to trace your way through the many twists wondering what lurks behind the next sharp turn. Mostly just more corn, of course. But kids and parents will have tons of fun working their way through one of these mazes, some of which are woven of miles of trails. And all are different, each offering something special and unique. Be sure to wear comfy shoes and clothes, grab an extra sweater and dive into the corn. Read more for a listing of fun mazes in the state.
Plaskos Farm, Trumbull
Plaskos Farm is all about corn with sweet corn being one of the farm's primary crop. Their annual corn maze is their primary attraction: 15 miles of trails cut into 4 acres of corn. If you like surprises, skip the rest of the sentence, if not, be prepared for a special treat this year: Wish Upon a Star maze!
Plaskos Farm's fall events include huge, uniquely designed pumpkin displays, hayrides, pumpkin decorating games, fall crafts activities – all the right ingredients for a fun family autumn day.
670 Daniels Farm Rd
Trumbull, CT, 06611
Corn maze open:
Fridays: 3 to 5 pm
Weekends: 9 am to 6 pm
Weekdays: with reservations
Castle Hill Farm, Newtown
If you are looking for the ultimate wiggly, curly, twisting paths cut into corn, head to the Castle Hill Farm in Newtown. The tear-shaped cornfield will take you full circle more than a couple of times and you will not mind it at all. Castle Hill also has all the other indispensable autumn attractions: pumpkins, and hayrides. For a special treat, the farm offers pony rides for kids.
Castle Hill Corn Maze
40 Sugar Lane
Newtown, CT, 06480
Corn maze: $8 per person
Foster Family Farm, South Windsor
The Foster Family Farm has not one, but two corn mazes with 4 miles of trails winding through a – spoiler alert! - Revolutionary War-themed labyrinth. The revolutionary mazes are filled with surprises even for experienced maze-hikers. On Fridays and Saturdays the bravest and most adventurous explorers can grab their flashlights and venture into the mazes after dark to roam it trails until 9.30 pm.
The Foster Family Farm is also home to a tot-pleasing play area equipped with tractor and train playscapes, a giant pirate ship anchored at the edge of the cornfields and a racetrack for super-fast pedal tractors. Obviously, these attractions are best enjoyed during daylight.
Foster Family Farm
90 Foster Street
South Windsor, CT, 06074
Corn maze open from 09/17/2011
For hours, ticket prices and a $2-off coupon: check website
March Farm, Bethlehem
March Farm's corn maze aspires to educate and spook you this year. During daytime the 5 acre corn maze with its no dead-end trails lures kids onto a journey of exploration: covering not only the cornfield, but nature-friendly farming practices, too. On weekend nights, though, the maze will be transformed into a Haunted Maze daring the brave to enter for a hike of scares.
March Farm also has a dedicated play area for the littlest farmers, packed with bales of hay and irresistible playground sets and hugged by a racetracks for tricycles and ride-on tractors.
160 Munger Lane
Bethlehem, CT, 06751
Corn maze: $3 per person
Lyman Orchards, Middlefield
Lyman Orchards had the perfect cornfield for a maize maze: its field stretches out almost exactly like a huge flag waving in the wind. It was then easy to dream up a Patriotic maze into its 4 acres, making the mazes 2 miles of pathways morph into our flag and the American Eagle. True to the country theme, they also provide visitors with a map of and a passport to the maze.
Lyman also takes you back in time with horse-drawn wagon rides or pony rides for young visitors. As expected from an orchard, you will also find the best and tastiest apples in its apple barrel market and on the branches of its apple trees.
Junction of Routes 147 and 157
Middlefield, CT, 06455
Children 4-12: $5
Look for a $1-off coupon on Lyman's website.