In our quest to find the best fall fun in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, we’ve located the best apple picking, the best autumn festivals and even the best cider doughnuts. So what’s left? Corn mazes!
All of the mazes on this list also offer other fall activities, enabling you to get a one-stop deal with plenty of all-day fun.
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Barton Orchards – Poughquag
Barton Orchards is known for its elaborate mazes, and this year’s "We Salute Our Veterans" theme is no different. There are numerous weekend events throughout the season, and you’ll find live music, as well as a haunted house, apple and pumpkin picking, pedal karts, games, gigantic slides, inflatables, a mini train, and other activities. A $17 admission fee on the weekends includes all of the activities. Open daily.
Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses – Ulster Park
As its moniker indicates, Headless Horseman features attractions for those extra-brave, horror-loving souls. The Evil Reaping: Dark Harvest Corn Maze at Headless Horseman is recommended for ages 13 and older, and kids 8 and younger are strictly prohibited. Headless Horseman does hold a “Children’s Day” on two Saturdays: October 13 and 27 from 11:30am to 3pm. Billed as Horror Lite, the event includes face painting, games, and other family-friendly activities. The site opens on Saturday, September 22, and is then open on Fridays and Saturdays in September, and then all weekend in October, plus Thursday, October 25.
A corn maze, pumpkins, and hayrides make Hurd's Family Farm a perfect outing for toddlers and preschoolers.
Hurd's Family Farm – Modena
The corn maze at Hurd’s Family Farm is just two acres, making it the smallest on the list—and perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. (There’s also a “Mini ABC Corn Maze.”) While you’re there, you can also ride the cow train or hayride, drive pedal carts, bounce on the Big Apple air pillow, and pet the animals in the petting zoo—plus check out the farm's most recent addition: Wild Apple Obstacle Course. A flat fee covers most activities, and there is a discount on weekdays. Kids under 3 are FREE. Open daily.
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Even the giant gnome dresses up for Halloween at Kelder's Farm.
Kelder’s Farm – Kerhonkson
With rows and paths winding through the maze, kids will love to try their hand at getting through the whole thing—without having to stop at the provided lookout-points. The farm also has fruit picking, a petting zoo, and even mini-golf—not to mention the biggest garden gnome you've ever seen. Open daily.
Kesicke Farm – Rhinebeck
Kesicke Farm holds fall festivals every weekend from Saturday, September 15 to Sunday, October 28, 2018. It's also open on Columbus Day. In addition to the five-acre corn maze, it also has wagon and hayrides, pumpkin picking, and a petting zoo.
Outhouse Orchards – North Salem
Fall fun at Outhouse Orchards includes pick-your-own apples and pumpkins, hayrides, and a corn maze. Use the map to find hidden clues and solve the puzzle—and learn some interesting facts about apples along the way.
Samascott Garden Market – Kinderhook
The theme of this year’s corn maze is Charlotte’s Evil Brother. Picture a take on Charlotte’s Web, with lots of fun turns. The maze is open on weekends until Halloween from 11am to 5pm. The maze is located at the Garden Market, but there's also an orchard. Other things to enjoy at both: apple and pumpkin picking, homemade ice cream, and wagon tours—which give you a first-hand view of its 200 acres. Tickets for the corn maze are $7, with kids under 4 free. Other activities are priced separately.
Saunderskill Farms – Accord
Head to this farm on Saturdays and Sundays in October, where families can have a go at the corn maze—for free! There’s also pumpkin and apple picking, as well as a Columbus Day weekend festival with lots of family-friendly activities. Open every day except Monday.
Make your way through the cows in the corn maze at Wright Family Farm.
Wright Family Farm – Warwick
Get the whole fall fun package at the Wright Family Farm. Wander through five acres of a corn maze, and while you’re there you can play in the corn box, pick pumpkins, drive pedal karts, ride the cow train, slide down the tube slide, or ride a pony. The maze stays open until 9pm on October 19 and 26, 2018, for some moonlight wandering. Corn maze tickets are $11 (kids under 2 are free), and include access to most of the other activities, except pony rides. Open Saturday and Sundays in September (as well as September 9-11 and 19), and Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (and Columbus Day) in October. Save time by purchasing tickets online.
For even more corn mazes, check out our list of mazes that are within two hours of Manhattan.
This originally posted in 2016 and has been updated for 2018.
Photos courtesy of the farms