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 don’t always have to be 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 the fields can be uneven and potentially wet. For more seasonal fun, check out our list of fall fairs and festivals and the best farms for apple picking.
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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 children.
Enjoy a ride on the cow train during the fall festival at Borellas Farm Stand.
Borellas Farm Stand — St. James
The Fall Harvest Festival at Borellas Farm Stand begins the first weekend in October and continues each weekend of the month 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. FREE to pick pumpkins, and the farm offers attractions such as hayrides and a corn maze just for kids.
Race your family members 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 and Columbus Day beginning September 23. Race your friends and family through the maze, or take your time enjoying the adventure. Hayrides at Schmitt’s will delight young and old and are FREE.
Glover Farms — Brookhaven
Spend the day at Glover Farms beginning in October and enjoy the attractions and friendly atmosphere. The 10-acre maze is impressive, and visitors can play bingo for their chance at winning 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.
Fairview Farm — Bridgehampton
Fairview Farm’s "maize" is eight acres of winding paths through corn that is 10 feet tall. The 2017 "maize" is in the likeness of Luther Burbank, an American botanist known as the “Plant Wizard." Two bridges within the maze offer visitors amazing views of the surrounding farmland, Mecox Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean.
Fink’s Country Farm — Wading River
Enjoy a day of country fun at Fink’s Fall Festival September 23-October 29. Attractions included in the admission price are 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. Stop by the market afterward for roasted corn, apple cider, and homemade pies.
Help Dorothy and Toto make their way through the maze at Harbes Family Farm.
Harbes Family Farm Corn Mazes — Jamesport and Mattituck
Harbes Family Farm offers several corn maze options. Admission varies by maze. Check online for the most updated information on openings.
Mattituck Wizard of Oz Corn Maze
Help Dorothy and Toto find their way home. This smaller maze is one acre in size and should take about 15 minutes to navigate, so it’s a great option for families with younger kids.
Barnyard Corn Maze
There are four Pumpkin Pals lost in the maze. Can you help Farmer Fred by finding them all? This maze is about two acres and takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.
Join with Robin Hood and his men at the Harbes Orchard Robin Hood Corn 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 Jamesport "PumpkinLand" Maze
The King of PumpkinLand has lost his crown and you must help him find all the pieces! Families must successfully 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.
May’s Farm — Wading River
Autumn is the best time of year at May’s Farm. That’s because it’s pumpkin picking season, when May’s offers tractor-drawn hayrides out to the fields to find pumpkins for decorating or carving. 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.
Top photo: Harbes Family Farm offers four mazes for autumn fun. Photos courtesy of the farms
A version of this post was originally published in 2012. It was updated in August 2017.