Fall on Long Island means cooler weather and shorter days, but it also means fun seasonal activities such as hayrides and corn mazes.
Whether you make it a race or plan your route strategically, corn mazes are fun for the whole family and they are not always scary. Many mazes and hayrides are available during the day, so even the youngest family members can enjoy these seasonal outdoor activities.
Call venues ahead of time to be sure they are open, especially if the weather is bad or if there has been a storm. Wearing boots or comfortable shoes is a good idea as fields can be uneven and potentially wet. Come out and support Long Island farmers and have fun doing it. And don't forget to stop by the farm stands for seasonal treats such as apple cider, warm apple cider doughnuts, and roasted corn.
For more seasonal fun, check out our list of Long Island's best fall fairs and festivals and the area's best apple picking destinations.
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Not-So-Scary Kids' Days — Bayville
Weekend afternoons at Bayville Scream Park feature a less scary version of the haunted house, as well as Halloween attractions for kids. The admission price includes access to the fun house, mirror maze, pumpkin bounce, pumpkin patch, Halloween train ride, and more. Evening haunted attractions are not suitable for young children.
Fall Festival — Westbury
Daily through Oct. 31, Hicks Nurseries hosts a daily fall festival that includes hayrides, roasted corn, live animals, pumpkins, and more. View the all animated story titled, “Otto’s Halloween.” The animated children’s story, featuring Otto the Ghost, leads children and adults through a new story each year that focuses on friendship, family and Halloween cheer.
The cow train is a can't-miss attraction during the fall festival at Borellas Farm Stand.
Borellas Farm Stand — St. James
The Fall Harvest Festival at Borellas Farm Stand begins the last weekend in September and continues each weekend of October and on Columbus Day. Families can enjoy a corn maze, hayrides, cow train, inflatable rides, tasty treats, and more.
Elwood Pumpkin Farm — Huntington
Pick a pumpkin right off the vine at Suffolk County’s westernmost farm. Admission is FREE to pick pumpkins, and the farm offers attractions such as hayrides and a corn maze just for kids.
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Race your friends and family through the maze at F & W Schmitt’s in Melville.
F & W Schmitt’s Family Farm — Melville
The seven-acre corn maze at Schmitt’s is open on weekends beginning September 29 and on Columbus Day. This year's theme is "zombies." Race your friends and family through the maze, or take your time enjoying the adventure. Schmitt's boasts the largest straw pyramid on Long Island and little ones can continue the fun on the playground, inflatables, and pony rides. Hayrides at Schmitt’s will delight young and old and are FREE.
Glover Farms — Brookhaven
Spend a day at Glover Farms beginning September 29 and enjoy the attractions and friendly atmosphere. With a USA theme this year, the 10-acre maze is impressive, and visitors can play bingo for a chance to win a pumpkin. Other attractions include hayrides, farm animals, and a picnic area to enjoy a packed lunch or indulge in the farm’s roasted corn, fresh baked goods, and lemonade. The farm is open seven days a week to take advantage of the fleeting warmer days.
Fairview Farm — Bridgehampton
Fairview Farm’s "maize" is eight acres of winding paths through corn that is 10 feet tall. The 2018 "100 maize" was made in honor of Marjorie Ludlow, a community member who turned 100 years old, and the farmhouse that was moved to its present site 100 years ago. Two bridges within the maze offer visitors amazing views of the surrounding farmland, Mecox Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean. The maze is stroller and wheelchair accessible.
Fink’s Country Farm — Wading River
Enjoy a day of country fun at Fink’s Fall Festival September 22-October 28. Included in the admission price are weekend attractions such as the petting zoo, barn o’corn, pig races, bounce houses, live entertainment, hayrides, a corn maze, and character appearances. Additional fees are required for the kiddie train, corn cannon, pony rides, and U-pick pumpkins.
Hank’s Pumpkintown — Water Mill
Included in this "amusement park" of a farm stand are hayrides, tractor and corn trains, a huge inflatable jump pad, duck races, combine slide, pedal cart race track, a super long tube slide, and of course, three interactive corn mazes. This year visitors can challenge themselves in Farmer Lynne's Donut Maze, the Spooky Pumpkin Maze, and the Treasure Hunt Maze. Admission includes all attractions. Stop by the market afterward for roasted corn, apple cider, and homemade pies.
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Help Dorothy and Toto make their way through the Wizard of Oz maze at Harbes' farm in Mattituck.
Harbes Family Farm Corn Mazes — Jamesport, Mattituck, Riverhead
Harbes Family Farm offers several corn maze options. Admission varies by maze. Check online for the most updated information on openings.
Harbes Gnome Hedge Maze — Mattituck
Think you have what it takes to find all the gnomes hidden in this hedge maze? Take the challenge at Barnyard Adventure in Mattituck and stay for the pig races, jumbo jumpers, sports zone, and other fun family attractions.
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Join with Robin Hood and his merry men at Harbes' Riverhead maze.
Harbes Orchard Robin Hood Corn Maze — Riverhead
Help Robin Hood on a quest to defeat the sheriff’s champion. Meet actors along the way and find equipment to help, including imitation bows, arrows, and swords.
Harbes Farms "PumpkinLand" Maze — Jamesport
The King of PumpkinLand has lost his crown and you must help him find all the pieces. Families navigate through this five-acre maze while solving riddles and winning a fun-filled climactic sword fight.
Lewin Farms — Wading River
The corn maze at Lewin Farms is redesigned each year. Open on weekends and holidays in October, this five-acre maze is challenging and fun for most age groups. Markers along the way let you know if you’re going in the right direction. Completion time is about 30 minutes.
May’s Farm — Wading River
Pumpkin picking season at May’s includes tractor-drawn hayrides out to the fields. May’s Amazing Corn Maze is another fall favorite; on the weekend kids can spot Elmo at the farm, go on a pony ride, or get their faces painted.
Stakey's Corn Maze — Aquebogue
Pick up a copy of Stakey's corn maze trivia guide before you begin. Answer the questions correctly and you are guided in the right direction. Answer incorrectly, and you find yourself walking in circles. Relax after trekking through the corn maze with a hayride around the pumpkin patch. Kids will also enjoy the Scooby Doo bounce house and face painting. Visitors pay per attraction.
Photos courtesy of the farms
A version of this post was originally published in 2012. It is updated annually.