Where To Find the Best Corn Maze near Los Angeles for Harvest Fun
Now that kids have (mostly) settled into the new school year, and local orchards are open for apple picking, the next sign of autumn is the corn maze. A corn maze is created by a tractor in a growing field of corn—usually following a fairly intricate design. To make a large corn maze, GPS is often used to create a picture that can be seen from the air. A mature corn maze is a true adventure, with walls of corn that are taller than most adults; children (and adults) can definitely lose their way! If you head into the maze at dusk, be sure to bring a flashlight, though you won't find a haunted corn maze on our list—for the scary stuff check out our list of Scary Halloween Haunts for Big Kids.
There's not really enough space in the heart of the city for a corn maze, so most of the best corn mazes are a slight drive from Los Angeles. We've organized this list according to county, so you can easily find the corn maze near you.
Check with the venue when you get there before sending kids in alone, as most have age recommendations (or requirements) based on how big and tricky the maze is. Closed-toe shoes are recommended for comfort (sneakers are best), as corn mazes involve walking on uneven ground amid broken cornstalks.
The corn maze at Forneris Farms is a treasure hunt of riddles.
Corn Mazes in Los Angeles County
Open daily in October
This corn maze is pretty darn huge, but Tapia suggests that kids ages 5 and up can go in alone, with consideration to the child's temperament. There is also a pumpkin patch and farm stand; be sure to try the fresh-roasted corn after a trip through the maze.
Open dates for 2021 are yet to be determined
This corn maze is four acres of fun—complete with a treasure hunt of riddles inside the maze. Find all the answers and enter your scorecard to win a raffle prize. Kids ages 13 and under must be with an adult. The maze is closed on Wednesdays and in rain; last entry tickets on all other days are sold at 5pm. This corn maze is never haunted, but may be muddy. After taking a year off last year, the corn maze is planning on returning for 2021.
Open Friday-Sunday, October 2-31, 2021
Don't get lost here in the giant corn maze! The corn is as high as an elephant's eye (12 feet) and with all the twists and turns, it's actually easy to get lost. If your kids are older, try doing the maze at night, for a little added atmosphere. There's a separate fee to enter the corn maze, and this year all tickets must be purchased online. No tickets will be sold at the gate.
Ventura County Corn Mazes
Open daily September 25 - October 31, 2021
Speaking of closer to home, Underwood's corn maze in Ventura County is part of the Fall Harvest Festival (and included in the admission ticket). Approximately 2.5 acres in size, it requires some time to get through. The Fall Harvest Festival features many other activities, some of which require additional tickets—and there are more activities available on weekends. Underwood also has a pick your own area; check the farm's calendar to see what's available.
Open Saturdays and Sundays in October
The Pumpkin Patch at Limoneira Ranch in Santa Paula is a good bet for Valley families, with its 5-acre maze set amidst plenty of pumpkins, wagon rides, live entertainment, and other harvest fun. The challenge level is high here; expert trackers can make their way out in half an hour, but most visitors take longer. The maze is open by daylight only.
Big Horse's corn maze claims to be the biggest in SoCal.
Corn Mazes in Riverside County
Open October 2-31, 2021; the maze is closed on Mondays, except the Monday before Halloween
Temecula is in the heart of Riverside County and so a bit far afield, but this relatively new corn maze stakes a claim to be the biggest in Southern California. There are certainly options closer to home for Angelenos, but the magnitude of this one makes it worth the drive, especially for bigger kids who relish the challenge. Needless to say, there are also pumpkins here, and the weekends feature bigger, themed festivities throughout October.
The Pumpkin Factory's Live Oak Canyon corn maze contains a game.
San Bernardino County Corn Mazes
Open daily in October
In addition to featuring more than 12,000 feet of pathways, this corn maze also has a game within. Find the hidden numbers, as they provide the combination to pass into the next section of the maze. Everyone who finishes receives a small prize. Kids' rides, pony rides, petting zoo and aviary, hay castle, and live music (see schedule) are all part of the fun.
Open Friday-Sunday from Labor Day through Thanksgiving
It might be a little far to drive just for a corn maze, but if you happen to have an apple picking trip planned to Oak Glen, definitely stop at Los Rios Rancho, where not only can you pick apples, press cider, take tractor and horse-drawn wagon rides, make candles, and visit the petting zoo, but you can get lost in the corn maze. There is a fee to enter the corn maze, and everything may look just a little different at Los Rios Rancho this year, as there was a fire here in the fall of 2020.
Looking for more harvest-themed fun? Our Fall Fun Guide has plenty more ideas!
All photos courtesy of the venues
Originally published September 25, 2013