7 Corn Mazes near Orlando for Fall Fun with Kids
Fall is quickly approaching, even if our Florida temperatures suggest otherwise! It's the time of year when kids start thinking about apple cider, hayrides, and of course, corn mazes. Several Central Florida family farms have created spectacular corn mazes for children and parents to puzzle out together. Add in hayrides, barrel trains, zip lines, pony rides, play areas, and pumpkin patches, and an outing to a corn maze becomes a perfect fall family day trip around Orlando.
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A corn maze is just one kind of maze at Scott's Maze Adventures. Photo by Charlotte B
1. Corn Maze Orlando – Orlando
2020 update: The maze theme this year will be "Mission to Mars," and the maze is open 7 days a week in October and November. Guests must purchase tickets online in advance; no tickets will be sold at the gate. Masks are required for guests.
This maze uses special seed to keep the stalks tall and green for the full 90 day life span of the corn. The maze is complete with "Maze-O-Vision" stations as well as a phone app to help guests get out in case they get lost. In addition to the maze, there is a bouncy pad fun park, zoo, duck races, playground, a train, pony rides, and hay rides. There will also be appearances by the UCF Knights “Pegasus” horse and UCF mascot “Knugget” mini horse.
2. Fox Squirrel Corn Maze – Plant City
2020 update: The maze is open weekends from October 10 to November 1. Face coverings are required for all guests ages 5 and up.
Admission to this “squirrelly” maze includes a hayride and games such as a gigantic slingshot, cornhole, dummy steer ropin’ and duck races. Additional activities include a butterfly garden, horse and pony rides, live entertainment, and a large pumpkin patch. Guests can "eat & shop" with festival-style foods and a variety of vendors.
3. Harvest Holler Corn Maze – Polk City
2020 update: The maze is open Friday to Sunday from September 18 to November 15.
Plan to spend a full day at Harvest Holler, with a large corn maze and tons of activities for the whole family. Admission includes corn maze entry and fun activities such as a cow barrel train ride, a “See the Animals” adventure hayride, tractor-themed play area, tire swings, corn tubs, hay mountain, minnow and tadpole fishing, corn hole games and a put-put miniature golf course. Pick a carving pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, which is a great place to snap some fall photos as well. Concessions are available onsite, including the farm’s famous sweet corn.
There's a pumpkin patch and fun country games to explore along with a corn maze at Harvest Holler. Photo courtesy of Harvest Holler
4. Lake Catherine Farms - Groveland
2020 update: The maze is open Thursday through Sunday beginning September 25 to October 31. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance to avoid waiting in line at the farm.
Lake Catherine Farms is hosting its annual family friendly scavenger hunt fall maze. Photo areas with vintage tractors and automobiles are available, as well as a "hayground" and corn box for kids, and yard games for all ages. For older kids, teens and adults, the farm offers a Haunted Halloween Maze (ages 8 and up), a Dark Forest Trail of Terror (ages 13 and up), and a Halloween escape room (ages 16 and up).
5. Partin Ranch Corn Maze – Kenansville
2020 update: The maze is open October 17 to November 8. At press time, admission details were still pending; check the Partin Ranch Corn Maze Facebook page for updates.
Partin Ranch features a 5-acre corn maze with challenging twists and turns, as well as a smaller maze for little ones to explore. Additional activities include a barrel train, ranch animals to visit, combine harvester rides, a zip line, hayrides, a corn ball cannon, pony rides, and Butterfly Dan’s butterfly experience.
6. Scott’s Maze Adventures – Mount Dora
2020 update: The maze theme this year is "Farm to Table." It's open to the public on weekends from October 3 to December 13. Select nights will be open for night maze adventures this year. Guests are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance. Increased hand sanitizing stations will be available, and face coverings are recommended whenever social distancing is not possible.
Every year, Long & Scott Farms provides tons of Fall fun with a 7-acre corn maze complete with interactive stations and a climbing tower in the middle that overlooks the full maze. There is also a smaller interactive kids corn maze, a tree maze, a rope maze, a labyrinth, and a "mist" maze. Kids will also love the large wooden fort-like playground, jumping pillow, zip line, 60-ft super slide, tot lot and games. There are plenty of photo opportunities throughout the farm, and families can take a ride on the Sweet Corn Express hayride to learn history about the family-owned farm. A market and café are also onsite.
7. Sykes Family Farms Crop Maze – Elkton
2020: The maze is open Friday to Sunday from October 3 to 25. Masks are not required but social distancing is encouraged.
Venture through this “cornfusing” 9-acre corn maze complete with 4 sections, including a kiddie area featuring the stories of Spookley the Square Pumpkin and Jack and the Cornstalk. Sykes Family Farm also offers a play area, farm animals, cow milking, hayride, corn poppers, a cow train, and duck races. On Friday and Saturday nights, the maze is open until 10pm for nighttime maze adventures (bring your flashlights or glow sticks!).