Best Fall Corn Mazes Near Philly for Hayrides, Pumpkins, and More
As cool, crisp nights begin to make outdoor excursions more bearable, fall-themed activities for families seem to pop up all over the Philadelphia area. Philly families can choose traditional favorites such as picking apples, searching for the perfect gourd in the pumpkin patch, or enjoying the fall colors. But have you ever considered exploring a corn maze?
The corn maze is a Pennsylvania tradition—quite literally. The first corn maze as we know it today was built in our state in 1993. Almost 30 years later, the Keystone State boasts some truly impressive mazes. The largest occupies 25 acres, and many of them feature special themes, games, and activities. The sheer variety of these mazes offers something for kids of all ages, and some farms even 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, there is something for everyone.
For more fall fun, browse our Fall Activity Guide for Philadelphia Kids, which contains plenty of ways to enjoy the season, including our roundup of 30-plus must-do fun fall activities for Philly families.
In the COVID era, most locations are requiring masks and social distancing protocols. Some also ask for advance reservations. Check online for updates before you go.
Great Corn Mazes and Farm Fun in the Philadelphia Area
1. Cherry Crest Adventure Farm- Ronks
2020 Update: This location offers hand sanitizing stations throughout the farm, cashless transactions, and reduced capacity. Masks are required for indoor spaces and anywhere social distancing isn't possible. The corn maze is currently open.
Recently voted the No. 1 corn maze in America, the corn maze at this farm contains more than 2.5 miles of paths, bridges, and clues across 5 acres in the Amazing Maise 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. On Friday and Saturday nights in the fall, visitors can bring their own flashlights and tour the maze in the dark. Other activities available include wagon rides, barnyard animals, play areas, pumpkin picking, and many edible treats. The farm is open Thursdays from 10am- 5pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 10am-10pm.
There is a 5-acre maze at Hellerick's Farm as well as a 1-acre junior maze ideal for smaller kids. Photo by Cait Sumner for Mommy Poppins
2. Hellerick's Family Farm- Doylestown
2020 Update: Masks are required and are available for purchase. Visitors must book in advance to maintain limited capacities and sign electronic waivers. Hand washing and sanitizing stations are set up throughout the property. Fall fun begins September 18, 2020.
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. Moonlight hayrides and the flashlight maze are Friday and Saturday evenings. Other entertainment includes 100-foot corn chute slides, tractor tricycles, hayrides, a corn box, and more. With 18 acres and more than 45 family-centered activities, you can make a day of this farm visit. The farm is open daily from 10am-6pm.
The Hurricane Hill Farm corn maze pays tribute to ancient Rome. Photo courtesy of Hurricane Hill Farm.
3. Hurricane Hill Farm Corn Maze- Coatesville
2020 Update: Hurricane Hill Farm will not host its annual corn maze this year. Related activities are also canceled for the season.
The corn maze typically opens mid-September and features a different theme each year. Guests can choose from the 1-acre beginner’s maze or the larger themed maze, which is 5 acres. Hurricane Hill estimates it takes about one hour to complete the larger maze, and it offers a maze tracker system in which visitors can follow their progress on their smartphones. You can also choose from one of three games to play while you're in the maze, including word jumbles and picture stations. In addition to the corn maze, guests can enjoy pumpkin picking, hayrides, pedal tractors, cow train, moon bounces, pumpkin jump, and a tire course.
4. Kohler Farm- Prospectville
2020 Update: Fall activities begin October 3, 2020. Masks and social distancing are required. To monitor capacity, a limited number of guests are allowed in the store at a time.
Guests who visit Kohler Farms can expect Friday afternoon hayrides from 3 to 5 p.m. and weekend hayrides from 10am to 5pm. The hayride includes a corn maze, hay maze, and obstacle course. Kids can pick their own pumpkins for an additional fee.
5. Lytle's Farm- Lincoln University
2020 Update: Lytle's Farm will open this season on September 19, 2020.
Since the 1940s, the Lytle family has lived on and worked this farm. About 30 years ago the family got into the pumpkin business and about 9 years ago created their corn maze. This spot provides a free hayride out to the pumpkin patch and a 5-acre corn maze. In addition to pumpkins and gourds, straw bales and corn stalks are available for purchase.
6. Merrymead Farm- Lansdale
2020 Update: Merrymead Farm plans to open its corn maze in October. Be sure to check the website for updates.
The 5-acre cornfield maze at Merrymead is open Saturdays from 11am to 5pm and Sundays from noon to 5pm. Moonlight Maze hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 8pm. Younger children also can enjoy the 700-foot cornstalk tunnel. Harvest Festival weekends also include children’s games, moon bounces, and hayrides.
7. Roba Family Farms- North Abington
2020 Update: The farm is cashless this season. Guests can purchase tickets in advance. Admission includes the corn maze and other farm activities. Before heading to the farm. check the website for offered activities since the schedule varies. Fall activities start on September 18, 2020.
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, and it’s all part of the farm’s Harvest Festival, which has plenty for kids to do, including regular performances from the Marvelous Mutts, a troupe of canine acrobats. Fall activities continue through November 1, 2020.
Enjoy a 5-acre maze and more fall entertainment at Shady Brook Farm. Photo courtesy of the farm.
8. Shady Brook Farm- Yardley
2020 Update: Guests ages 3 and older must wear a mask checking in and out of the farm and maintain social distancing. Capacity is limited so pre-purchased tickets are required. Fall activities begin on September 14, 2020.
Every fall Shady Brook offers guests a chance to explore its 5-acre maze during its Fallfest celebration. In addition to the corn maze, this year, the farm is going old school by focusing on traditional activities that include wagon rides, pumpkin picking, and apple picking. Kids activities include the playground, pillow jump, spider web, and SBF 500 Tryke Track. Hours are Wednesday and Thursday from 9am to 4pm and Friday through Sunday from 9am to 7pm.
9. Snipes Farm- Morrisville
2020 Update: Snipes Farm will not offer its corn maze this year.
Every year Snipes Farm features a new and different theme for its corn maze. In addition to seasonal events, Snipes Farm provides educational opportunities for visitors such as field trips, camps, and community classes.
10. Winding Brook Farm- Warrington
2020 Update: This spot will not offer its traditional corn maze and haunted adventures this year. However, hayrides and pumpkin picking are still available.
Make your way through the 5-acre family-friendly maze, then take on the scary haunted hay maze, another 5-acre haunted corn maze, and the Corn Walk of Horror, which is not recommended for small children. The attractions are open Fridays through Sundays in October.
Wilcox Family Farm boasts two mazes that opened in September. Photo courtesy of the farm.
11. Wilcox Farm- Boyertown
2020 Update: Both the smaller kids maze and the larger maze open on September 11, 2020 for the season.
With more than 8 miles of trails, be prepared to experience 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. The maze is open daily 8 a.m. to dusk and remains open until November 8, 2020. Visitors to the large maze will not be admitted one hour to closing due to the time needed to complete the maze.
Great Corn Mazes and Farm Fun in Southern New Jersey
12. Indian Acres Tree Farm- Medford, N.J.
2020 Update: This spot will not offer its corn maze this year, but anticipates opening for Christmas trees in November.
Typically, there are a multitude of scarecrows hidden throughout this 5-acre maze here, intended for kids 7 and older. There is a 3-acre corn maze for kids younger than 7, and the farm also offers face painting, barrel train rides, and a free playground.
13. Johnson's Corner Farm- Medford, N.J.
2020 Update: This farm opens for fall offerings September 12, 2020. Masks must be worn at all times and hand sanitizing stations can be found at the picking stations. Tickets for the hayrides should be purchased in advance to help limit capacity and provide social distancing.
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. Weekday specials to see the animals in The Discovery Barnyard are available.
14. Springdale Farms- Cherry Hill, N.J.
2020 Update: Springdale Farms will not offer its corn maze this year.
Families can journey through a themed corn maze at Springdale Farms. Visitors can expect to spend about two hours navigating the clues and the many twists and turns of this maze that spans several acres.There is a small hay maze for younger children as well as other fun farm activities.
This post was updated in September 2020.