As cool, crisp nights begin to make outdoor excursions more bearable, fall-themed activities for families pop up all over the Philadelphia area. The corn maze is a Pennsylvania tradition—quite literally. The first corn maze as we know it was built in the state in 1993. Almost 30 years later, the Keystone State boasts some truly impressive mazes, and we've rounded up the best ones in the Philadelphia area, plus hay mazes near Philly and the best haunted corn mazes in the area, too.
Many of these mazes feature special themes, games, and activities. The sheer variety of these mazes offers something for kids of all ages. Some farms offer nighttime hours, where kids can work their way through a darkened maze with flashlights. Some mazes even offer thrills and chills for the truly adventurous. All told, these best corn mazes in Philadelphia have something for everyone!
For more seasonal fun, browse our Fall Activity Guide for Philadelphia Kids, which contains plenty of ways to enjoy the season, including our Apple Picking and Pumpkin Picking round ups.
Great Corn Mazes and Farm Fun Near Philly
Voted the No. 1 corn maze in America, the maze at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm contains more than 2½ miles of paths, bridges, and clues across 5 acres in the Amazing Maize Maze, designed each year by Don Frantz and the American Maze Company. Choose different challenge levels based on how quickly kids would like to complete the maze, which can take anywhere from 20 minutes to several hours. This year's theme is "Bee A-Maized." On Friday and Saturday nights in the fall, visitors can bring their own flashlights and tour the maze in the dark. Other activities include wagon rides, barnyard animals, play areas, pumpkin picking, and many edible treats.
Designed for good, old-fashioned family fun, this 5-acre maze takes about 45 to 60 minutes to complete. A 1-acre junior maze is perfect for smaller kids. Other entertainment includes 100-foot corn chute slides, tractor tricycles, hayrides, a corn box, u-pick fruit, goat yoga, and more. With 18 acres and more than 45 family-centered activities, you can make a day of this farm visit. The corn maze opens on September 14, and the Fall Festival runs through November 7.
There are a multitude of scarecrows hidden throughout this 5-acre maze, intended for kids 7 and older. There is also a 3-acre corn maze for kids younger than 7. Other kids' activities include wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, barrel train rides, visits with the goats and alpacas, and a free playground.
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Test yourself in the maze and then search for the perfect pumpkin at Johnson's Corner Farm.
Fall fun is bountiful at Johnson's Corner Farm. Weekend activities such as apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, gem mining, live music, and food trucks can be expected in addition to the farm's corn maze. The corn maze is only available on Saturday and Sunday, but the farm is open every day. Reservations are recommended.
The farm begins offering hayrides the first weekend in October. Guests who visit Kohler Farms can expect hayrides, which include a family-friendly corn maze, hay maze, and obstacle course. Kids can pick their own pumpkins for an additional fee.
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Enjoy a hayride before taking on the corn maze at Linvilla Orchards.
Located in Delaware County, the corn maze at Linvilla Orchards' Pumpkinland is open through November 5. Timed entrance tickets can be purchased online in advance and at a discounted price. Pumpkinland has many additional attractions, including a straw bale maze, apple blasters, train rides, barnyard animals, and pony rides. This spot is most interesting for younger children, but there are evening activities (like an autumn moon hayride) that are suited for older children and families.
The Lytle family has lived on and worked this farm since the 1940s, and created its first corn maze in 2011. This spot provides a free hayride out to the pumpkin patch and a 5-acre corn maze that features a scavenger hunt. The farm sells pumpkins, gourds, straw bales, and corn stalks. The corn maze is open September 16 through October 30.
The 5-acre cornfield maze at Merrymead opens in late September and includes Moonlight Maze hours. Younger children also can enjoy the 700-foot cornstalk tunnel. Harvest Festival weekends include children’s games, moon bounces, and hayrides. The farm also features goats, peacocks, sheep, bunnies, and more!
Roba Family Farm features a 4.5-acre Mega Maze, complete with 11 puzzle pieces for travelers to find and put together. There’s a mini maze, too, which is suitable for smaller children. The corn mazes are part of the farm’s sprawling Harvest Festival, which has plenty for kids to do, including wagon rides, farm animals, a giant slide, low ropes course, and regular performances from the Marvelous Mutts, a troupe of canine acrobats. Fall activities open on September 8 and continue through October 29.
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Enjoy a 5-acre maze and more fall entertainment at Shady Brook Farm.
Every Fall, Shady Brook kicks off its FallFest celebration in early September. Guests can explore the farm's 5-acre corn maze plus wagon rides, pumpkin picking, and apple picking. Kids can also enjoy the playground, jumping pillow, spider web, and SBF 500 pedal go-kart track. An eerie illuminations light show, which costs extra, is a fun Halloween activity for older kids. You can buy advance tickets on the website, which offers detailed information about when each attraction is open.
Make your way through the 5-acre family-friendly maze at Winding Brook Farm! Older kids and teens can take on the scary haunted hay maze (which is not recommended for small children), a haunted corn maze, or the Corn Walk of Horror, which is a set path with spooks. The regular corn maze is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays; while the haunted attractions are open on Fridays and Saturdays only.
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With more than 8 miles of trails, the Wilcox farm corn maze is actually three smaller mazes in one--all making up one of the largest corn mazes in the area (well worth the approximately one-hour drive from Philadelphia). There is also a small corn maze and play area for younger children. Tractor rides are available on the weekends. The maze opens September 15 and remains open until November 5. Visitors to the large maze will not be admitted one hour to closing due to the time needed to complete the maze.
Head to Dilworth Park where kids can romp through the massive hay maze. Photo by Matt Stanley for Center City District
Fun Hay and Straw Mazes Closer Philly
For those craving that fall farm feel without contending with that traffic on the Schuylkill, head to Dilworth Park where kids can romp through the massive hay maze that takes over Greenfield Lawn for a limited run from September 29 through October 8.
Woodmere Art Museum's beautiful Chestnut Hill sculpture garden boasts a straw maze every fall that's perfect for smaller kids. Tickets for the straw maze grant free admission to the museum as well, where you can see exhibitions of work by Philly artists and enjoy a host of family programs.
Unless noted, photos courtesy of the venues. Writer Hillary Moses Mohaupt contributed to an update in 2023.