NYC's Only Corn Maze and More Fall Fun at the Queens Farm Museum
There aren't many better ways to get the family excited for the fall in NYC than taking the kids for a tour through a 3-acre corn maze in the middle of Queens and letting their imaginations run wild. The Queens County Farm Museum's Amazing Maize Maze opened for the season Friday, September 18, and it's just one of the quintessential fall activities happening at this New York City institution.
The Amazing Maize Maze is the only corn maze in the city. My family and I have conquered lots of these mazes and can happily say that the one at the Queens County Farm Museum is just as much fun as its country counterparts. We made it through in about an hour—even with a pair of 8-year-olds leading the way. That left us plenty of time to enjoy other farm fun. If you plan to visit later in the season, be sure to save time to check out the very colorful floral installation debuting Friday, October 2.
Read on for our tips to make the most of your visit to the farm and the corn maze. But no, we aren't giving you the route. You'll still need to figure that out yourself!
To help with social distancing, hours for the Amazing Maize Maze have expanded to include Friday afternoons. Photo by Matthew Borowick
The Queens County Farm Museum started the Amazing Maize Maze in 2002. The theme and route change annually, but the goal is always the same: to find your way out! Don't be put off by the size; 3 acres is manageable, even for young children (just stay more focused with tots and preschoolers), and there are fun interactive elements to keep them engaged along the way.
Before you enter the maze, staff gives you the "Stalk Talk," a short info session with the rules (no running, no cutting through the stalks) and tips about how to conquer the corn maze, like looking for mailboxes that contain pieces of a map. Then you grab a flag (every group gets one—it helps the farm keep track of how many folks are in the maze) and you're off. It can take up to two hours to navigate to the exit, though the average time seems to be about an hour. You're welcome to stay inside as long as you'd like, and if you get stuck, you can ask for assistance from the helpful workers sitting up in the tower by talking to them through a long black hose.
You won't be able to see above the stalks, so find your path another way!
Our kids loved traveling through the maze, especially looking for the mailboxes so they could assemble the map on their game board. We found our way out before we got all the map pieces, much to the dismay of the kids, who wanted to collect them all. They were happy to discover that you can grab all of the missing pieces at the exit. The game board has other helpful hints, like info about the color-coded ribbons tied around the stalks and a just-for-fun crossword puzzle that has clues scattered throughout the maze.
If you're looking for a unique and spooky evening, check out the Maze by Moonlight on October 3 and 24, when the Maze stays open until 9:30pm, and you find your way through the stalks by starry light and flashlight.
After completing the maze, the kids might enjoy picking a pumpkin from the patch, petting and feeding the farm animals, or going on a hayride.
Fall Season Highlights
- September Sundays, Sundays September 13, 20, and 27: Enjoy The Amazing Maize Maze, live music, local brews, adopt a composting worm, or visit the farmstand.
- The Fall Escape, Friday, October 2-Sunday, November 29: Immerse yourself in this colorful, floral wonderland, which will overwhelm your senses and provide a fantastical backdrop for instagrammable images overflowing with vibrant custom floral arrangements. Note: A separate ticket is required.
- Pumpkin Patch Weekends, Saturday, October 3-Sunday, October 25: Pick out the perfect Halloween pumpkin.
- Halloween on the Farm, Saturday, October 31: The fall season comes to a close on Halloween. Come in costume to explore the Maze, hop on a hayride, and trick-or-treat with the friendly farm animals.
Things To Know Before You Go
Eat before entering the maze. You're going to be spending an hour or two inside, so you don't want to get hangry. There are food vendors at the farm, but you can also bring your own food and sit at the picnic tables.
Bring water. I brought water bottles (and there is a water fountain at the entrance), and we were still thirsty the entire time.
Don't forget the sunscreen. Even in the fall, the sun can get strong on the farm.
If possible, leave the stroller home. While the lanes in the maze are wide enough to accommodate most strollers, it is natural farmland with divots and grooves, and it's tough to push most carriages through. Pack your carrier instead.
Let the kids lead the way. It's fun for them (even if it takes a little—OK, maybe a lot—longer).
The Amazing Maize Maze is located at the Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway. It's open Fridays, Saturday, and Sundays, September 18 through October 30, and Monday, October 12, from noon-4:30pm on Fridays and 11am-4:30pm on weekends and Columbus Day. Ages 0-3 are FREE. Transit directions are available on the farm's website, but it's a haul from Midtown without a car.
Photos courtesy of the Queens County Farm Museum
A version of this post was published in 2018; it has been updated for 2020. Katie Nave Freeman contributed additional reporting.