A trip to a corn maze is one of my favorite fall activities. Going through a corn maze gives you one of those rare opportunities to safely hand over the reigns to your child and let them be in charge of where to go and how to find the way out. What better way to bond than to band together and head straight into a place where you know you can get lost and the only way out is to concentrate on the map, read the clues and work together to get to the other side. Combine your trip with a pumpkin patch and cider mill and you've got yourself a pretty excellent fall day to make lifelong family memories. For more fall fun, check out our CT Fall Fun and Halloween Guide. These corn-y masterpieces are only around for a few weeks each fall so don't miss your chance! For even more ideas in your inbox, sign up for our weekly newsletter.
Plasko's Farm draws thousands of visitors to its 8-acre site in Trumbull each year. They may just be the oldest running corn maze in Fairfield County. Plasko's opens their corn maze early September. The maze is open to the general public on weekends only from 10:00 - 6:00pm and runs until Halloween. Weekdays the farm offers group bookings for schools groups, youth organizations, birthday parties and other organized groups. Included in the group package are an age appropriate educational presentation, corn maze entry, hay ride, and a pumpking. The corn field is four and half acres and the path in Plasko's maze twists and turns for about about 1.5 miles, so be prepared for an active day. They go the extra mile and donate a portion of each $7 ticket ($6 for kids 4-10, 3 and under are free) to Swim Across the Sound cancer prevention and education programs. This maze is dense, and in case you get lost, they've got 'corn cops' to help guide you out or escape hatches for any tykes freaking out about being children of the corn or those in need of a bathroom break. Plasko's also offers pumpkins, cider donuts, mums, hayrides, farm animals, a country store and farm market.
Plasko's Farm, 670 Daniels Farm Rd., Trumbull CT, 06611, 203-268-2716
Castle Hill Farm's 7-acre, 400,000 stalk maze will a-maze you. Opening day is on September 24th and runs through October 30th. Admission is $9. They are open on weekends from 10:00-5:00pm, and during the week from 3:00-5:00pm. If those times don't work for you, you can call the incredibly nice owners who will gladly work with you to try and accommodate your request (for example, they'll open up in the morning during the week if you have a large enough group... just call). You can also book a private bonfire which comes with the use of a large, lit tent, hayrides, and an evening trip through the corn maze (call for pricing). Once you're inside the maze itself, they make it your mission to find 30 facts along the way so the entire experience is one where you can have fun, learn and get lost all at the same time. Castle Hill also has some seriously cute farm animals for your kids to see before and after the maze and the hand washing stations and port-a-potties are a plus.
Paproski's Castle Hill Farm, 25 Sugar Lane, Newtown, CT 203-426-5487
Jones Family Farm's Pumpkinseed Hill has all sorts of fun fall festivities going on, and they don't disappoint when it comes to the corn maze. The maze at Jones Family Farm is geared toward families with younger kids, so it only takes about 20 minutes from start to finish. This short maze is the perfect "starter" corn maze for little ones who may be up for the adventure, but not a super long walk. The cost is typically a few dollars per person. Jones Family Farm is open every day, but the corn maze is only open on weekends and Columbus Day. The maze opens for the season on September 26th. When you're done with the maze, be sure to check out the cider and cookies, farm animals, hayrides, and children's music in the Market Yard.
Jones Family Farm, 120 Beardsley Road, Shelton, CT 06484, Farmer Jones Crop Line (203-929-8425)
Benedict's Home and Garden in Monroe is not your typical home and garden store. Every fall they put on a big show with a two-acre corn maze, a hay bale maze, and a corn pit. My kids have always been partial to the corn pit, a medium sized rectangle (think extra-large kiddie pool) filled to the brim with dried corn kernels. This year the fun begins on September 17th and runs through October 30th. Store hours are Monday - Friday from 8:00 - 6:00, Saturday from 9:00 - 5:00, and as of September 10th, Benedicts will open its doors on Sundays from 9:00 - 4:00. A few notes before you go, the corn maze is up a little hill behind the store, and once your kiddos have been in the corn pit you WILL find corn in the bottom of the washing machine for the next six months. Benedict's also has a collection of birds behind the store from your basic farm fowl to a small handful of peacocks. There are goats, and usually, a few kind-eyed cows wandering the fields near the corn maze. The best bit about the whole shebang? It's FREE!
Benedict's Home and Garden, 480 Purdy Hill Road, Monroe, CT 06468 (203-268-2537)
Silverman's Farm may not have a corn maze per se, but what they do have is The Cereal Bowl. This colossus is created with hay bales, then filled to the brim with corn. Complete with tunnels, it is truly a massive, must-see-for-yourself autumn masterpiece. While you're there why not pick your own apples, select the perfect pumpkin, or visit the animal farm--Silverman's has a little bit of everything, making for a positively perfect autumn adventure.
Silverman's Farm 451 Sport Hill Road, Easton, CT 06612 (203-261-3306)
Lyman Orchards isn't in Fairfield County, but it is well worth a day trip. Nestled in beautiful countryside, Lyman is the sort of place that truly has it all. Their corn maze stretches over four acres with two miles of pathways which is a lot for little legs, but the trivia questions along the way and Corn Cops stationed throughout will help you achieve corn maze glory. If you work up an appetite stop in at The Apple Barrel for a delicious lunch from their deli menu or opt (like we do...) to throw caution to the wind and just eat cider donuts for lunch that day. The corn maze is open Monday - Friday from 3:00 - 6:00 and Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from 10:00 - 6:00. The prices are $5 for kids aged 4-12, $10 for ages 13+. Kids under three go for free, and if you bring your Big Y card or coins there is a discount. Super bonus! Right now Mommy Poppins is giving away family four packs to Lyman Orchards' corn maze. There are drawings every week until September 30. Enter to win now!
Lyman Orchards 32 Reeds Gap Road, Middlefield, CT 06455 (860-349-1973)
Originally published 9/26/12. Photo credit Julia Tolstrup