Corn Mazes and Fall Farm Fun for Long Island Kids

Challenge yourself in the 3-acre corn maze at Stakey's Pumpkin Farm.
Challenge yourself in the 3-acre corn maze at Stakey's Pumpkin Farm.

Fall on Long Island means cooler weather and shorter days, but it also means fun seasonal activities such as pumpkin picking, hayrides, and corn mazes, which provide fun for the entire family.

Wear boots or comfortable shoes when visiting these area farms, as fields can be uneven and potentially wet. And don't forget to stop by the farm stands for seasonal treats such as apple cider, warm apple cider doughnuts, and roasted corn after you've found your way out.

Inclement weather can mean scheduling changes, so click through to the listings or call ahead to be sure your chosen farm is open.

For more seasonal fun, check out our list of Long Island's best apple picking destinations.

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Corn Mazes and More Farm Fun on Long Island 

1. Elwood Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Farm — Elwood

2021 update: Elwood is open weekends starting September 18.
Pick right off the vine at Long Island's westernmost pumpkin farm. For an additional fee, visitors can take a wagon ride or enjoy the small corn maze that's suitable for children. While it's open daily, hours can vary so check the website for heading out.

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Wander through miles of corn at the 10-foot-tall maze at Fairview Farm in Bridgehampton.

2. Fairview Farm — Bridgehampton

2021 update: The 2021 maze is open for the season and runs through Sunday, November 7.
Fairview Farm's "maize" is 8 acres of winding paths through corn that is 10 feet tall. 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. The farm also raises and sells heritage pork, pastured chickens, and ducks. Be sure to check out its farm stand for homemade multigrain bread, jams, and rosemary biscuits.

3. Fall Festival at Hicks Nurseries — Westbury

2021 update: Open daily through October 31, Hicks Nurseries is not offering hayrides, children's games, farm animals, or its usual pumpkin weigh-off. Social distancing protocols are in place.
Hicks Nurseries invites families to stock up on fall flowers and enjoy plenty of kid-friendly fun. Little ones can pose for photos with the star of the season, Otto the Ghost, who also leads guests on a walk-through adventure titled "Otto's Sweet Journey." After spending time with the friendly ghost, enjoy the food trucks that visit on weekends.

4. F & W Schmitt's Family Farm — Melville

2021 update: The annual fall festival begins Saturday, September 18.
The 7-acre corn maze at Schmitt's is open on weekends beginning September 18. Race your friends and family through the maze, or take your time enjoying the adventure. Little ones can have fun on the playground, jumping in inflatables, and enjoying pony rides. The whole family can experience pumpkin and veggie-picking together, and parents will enjoy purchasing fresh apples and fall decor. Hayrides at Schmitt's delight the young and old and are included with the $10 admission.  The corn maze requires an additional fee.

5. Fink's Country Farm — Wading River

2021 update: Fink's Country Farm is hosting its annual Fall Festival weekends only from Saturday, September 11 through Sunday, October 31. 
Enjoy a day of country fun at Fink's Fall Festival. Included in the admission price are weekend attractions such as the barnyard, human hamster wheel, barn-o-corn, calf roping, jump pillow, live entertainment, hayrides, a corn maze, and character appearances. Additional fees are required for the kiddie train, corn cannon, mining station, pony rides, and U-pick pumpkins.

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Pick the perfect pumpkin at Garden of Eve. 

6. Garden of Eve — Riverhead

2021 update: Garden of Eve Farm is open and hosting pumpkin and craft beer weekends in October.
Garden of Eve is known for its tasty organic fruits, vegetables, and flowers. October features special treats on Saturdays and Sundays, including fresh-squeezed lemonade, organic hot dogs, and craft beer. Kids can enjoy a pedal cart track, corn maze, and lavender labyrinth. Pick out some autumn mums and pumpkins while you are there.

7. Glover Farms — Brookhaven

2021 update: Glover Farms will be open for pumpkin picking throughout October.
Spend a day at Glover Farms and enjoy the friendly atmosphere. The 10-acre maze is impressive, and after your time there visit the picnic area to enjoy a packed lunch or indulge in roasted corn, fresh baked goods, and lemonade. The farm is open seven days a week.

8. Hank's Pumpkintown — Water Mill

2021 update: Hank's Pumpkintown opens for the season on Saturday, September 11. 
Included in this "amusement park" of a farm stand are hayrides, tractor and corn trains, a huge inflatable jump pad, duck races, a combine slide, a pedal cart race track, a super long tube slide, and of course, three interactive corn mazes. This year, visitors can challenge themselves in the Bee A-Mazing Trivia Maze, the Spooky Pumpkin Maze, and the Corny Character Challenge Maze. If you still have the energy, check out the mining, u-pick pumpkins, corn train, or the bad apple blaster, all available for additional fees. Stop by the market afterward for roasted corn, apple cider, and homemade pies.

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Hop on a tractor ride at Harbes Family Farm in Mattituck.

9. Harbes Orchard — Riverhead

2021 update: Harbes Orchard offers a Spooky Night Maze during October.
On  Saturday nights in October the orchard is transformed into a maze, where visitors encounter different characters at every turn. It's appropriate for kids of all ages. 

10. Harbes Barnyard Adventure  —​ Mattituck

2021 update: Harbes Barnyard Adventure in Mattituck is open daily. Only credit cards are accepted at this time.
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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Head through the Robin Hood Corn Maze at Harbes: You never know who you will meet. 

11. Harbes Corn Mazes  —​ Mattituck, Jamesport, Riverhead

2021 update: Robin Hood mazes in Mattituck and Riverhead open September 4. The Wizard of Oz Maze in Mattituck opens September 18.
Harbes Family Farm offers several corn maze options. Admission varies by the maze; check online for the most updated information. 

12. Lewin Farms — Wading River

2021 update: Lewin Farms' corn maze is open for the season; the farm says it is its most challenging yet.
The corn maze at Lewin Farms is redesigned annually. Open on weekends and holidays in the fall, this 5-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. The completion time is about 25 minutes. An adult must accompany children. Pick-your-own apples, pumpkins, tomatoes, and peppers while you are there.

13. May's Farm — Wading River

2021 update: May's Farm is open for the season.
Pumpkin picking season at May's includes tractor-drawn hayrides out to the fields. May's amazing corn maze is another fall favorite. Once you have completed it, enjoy cold apple cider and a hot, buttered ear of corn when you are ready for a break.

14. Stakey's Corn Maze — Aquebogue

2021 update: Stakey's Corn Maze and hayrides are open for the 2021 season. The Scooby-Doo Bounce House is not available; hand and arm painting take the place of face painting. The country store and flower house are both open and masks are to be worn.
Challenge yourself with Stakey's trivia-guided corn maze. Answer the questions correctly, and you are guided in the right direction. Answer incorrectly, and you find yourself walking in circles. But don't worry, getting lost is part of the fun. Relax after trekking through the corn maze with a hayride around the pumpkin patch. Kids also enjoy the hayrides and picking one of the 18 different varieties of pumpkins right off the vines. Visitors pay per attraction.

Photos courtesy of the farms

A version of this post was originally published in 2012. It was updated in September 2021.

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