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 pop up all over the Philadelphia area. Philly families can choose traditional favorites such as apple picking, 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 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.
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, there is 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 roundup of 30-plus must-do fun fall activities for Philly families.
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Great Corn Mazes and Farm Fun in the Philadelphia Area
1. Cherry Crest Adventure Farm — Ronks
Voted the No. 1 corn maze in America, the corn maze at this farm contains more than 2½ 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. This year's theme is Celebrating Hometown Heroes. 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. The farm is open Thursdays from 10am to 5pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to10pm.
2. Hellerick's Family Farm — Doylestown
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 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 corn maze opens on September 18.
3. Indian Acres Tree Farm — Medford, NJ
There are a multitude of scarecrows hidden throughout this 5-acre maze, intended for kids 7 and older. There is 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.
Test yourself in the maze and then search for the perfect pumpkin at Johnson's Corner Farm.
4. Johnson's Corner Farm — Medford, NJ
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.
5. Kohler Farm — Prospectville
Guests who visit Kohler Farms can expect 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. The farm begins offering hayrides the first weekend in October.
Enjoy a hayride before taking on the corn maze at Linvilla Orchards.
6. Linvilla Orchards — Media
Located in Delaware County, the corn maze at Linvilla Orchards' Pumpkinland is open from September 27 through November 7. Discounted timed tickets can be purchased in advance online. A limited number of walk-up tickets are available. Pumpkinland has many additional attractions including a straw bale maze, apple blasters, and pony rides. The maze is open Friday from 11am to 5:30pm as well as Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5:30pm. This spot is best for younger children.
7. Lytle's Farm — Lincoln University
The Lytle family has lived on and worked this farm since the 1940s. About 30 years ago the family got into the pumpkin business and about 9 years ago created its 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. The corn maze is open September 25 through October 31, Thursdays and Fridays from 3pm to 6pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 5pm.
8. Merrymead Farm — Lansdale
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 include children’s games, moon bounces, and hayrides. The corn maze opens for the season on September 25.
9. Roba Family Farms — North Abington
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 October 31.
Enjoy a 5-acre maze and more fall entertainment at Shady Brook Farm.
10. Shady Brook Farm — Yardley
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. A new eerie illuminations light show debuts this season on September 24.
11. Winding Brook Farm — Warrington
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. While offerings were limited in 2020, the farm is open for all fall events this year.
Wilcox Family Farm boasts a pair of challenging mazes.
12. Wilcox Farm — Boyertown
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 opens September 10 and remains open until November 7 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Visitors to the large maze will not be admitted one hour to closing due to the time needed to complete the maze.
Unless noted, photos courtesy of the farms
This post was updated in September 2021.
Places featured in this article:
Cherry Crest Adventure Farm
Winding Brook Farm
Hellerick's Family Farm
Shady Brook Farms
Wilcox Family Farm