Fall For Corn Mazes: Classic Outdoor Family Fun

Fall For Corn Mazes: Classic Outdoor Family Fun


Nothing screams daytrip in New England like falling temperatures and some bright early red leaves cemented to the ground at your child’s bus stop. This is the season of getting sidetracked on a scenic back road drive to no place in particular—and there is no better place to get lost in the great outdoors with your family than inside a corn maze! With today’s GPS technology and drones driving design, many of today’s maize creations are themed and full of unexpected twists and turns making them a surefire hit and family favorite activity. Take your pick from these local maze owners and support local agriculture at the same time. Did you know some corn mazes supply one-third of a farm’s income? Great reason to buy an extra bag of apple cider doughnuts!


Marini Farm

Calling all Aladdin lovers! This year’s theme is Legend of the Lamp—as in Arabian Nights! If you haven’t already guessed, there’s nothing typical about The Marini Farm Maze Park and Corn Maze. You’ll find a family friendly interactive maze with 18 stations strategically placed throughout the 7-acre labyrinth with answers to a game sheet you are given at the start of your journey. “It’s essentially a life-sized scavenger hunt,” says Mike of Marini. A finished game sheet equals a finished maze! Plan on 1.5 hours to complete, or visit the single acre 20-minute ‘mini maze’. Visit the Apple Cannon on weekends and the Rope Maze if you’re looking for another puzzle. Check the website for popular events and mark your calendar for Trick or Treat Hayrides in October

Ipswich, www.marinifarm.com


Connors Farm

There’s a long-winded story behind this year’s Crazy Train theme at Connors Farm Corn Maze, but you’ll have to go to hear it firsthand. Rumor has it there’s a train making its debut this September rolling around the perimeter of the maze, as well as an after-dark flashlight maze.  The farm’s attraction list is a mile long, complete with live entertainment and Hillbilly pig races (could be the live entertainment!). Call the maze hotline at 978-777-1245, and check out the website for an historical look at some monumental past mazes.

Danvers, www.connorsfarm.com

Honey Pot Hill Orchards

If you’re in the mood for something a little more refined, but just as entrapping, head to Honey Pot’s hedge mazes where you can choose between three labyrinths Alice in Wonderland style. No less confusing to complete than a corn maze is the Big Green Monster Maze—leave an hour for the six bridge crossings (and recrossings).  The Mini Monster Maze is an exact replica of England’s famous ‘Hampton Court’ maze, and a Tunnel Maze for kids ages 4-9 delivers something for everyone. This third and fourth generation family farm offers classic hayrides through the apple orchard and fresh-pressed cider guzzler to gallon-sized to take on the road.     

Stow, www.honeypothill.com


C&C Reading Farm

Teamwork makes the dream work inside this adventurous 3-1/2 acre Quest corn maze that guarantees getting lost. This labyrinth features educational clues, picture rubbings, and games all designed to be solved by rising to the challenge of working together. Prepare for some serious quality time! Hop on the Grain Train for more Fall fun, and check out the newest Cow Train Ride known as the ‘Redneck roller coaster for all ages. Brush up on Corn Hole and knock some pins down at Hay Bale Alley before you go. Check the schedule for special Flashlight Nights if you dare.

West Bridgewater, ccreadingfarm.com


Sauchuk Farm

There’s no telling what theme awaits this year at Sauchuk, but you can bet it will be legendary. Last year’s design featured an aerial view of Tom Brady’s face! Sauchuk is a member of the Maize Family, and works with the world’s largest cornfield maze company to bring world-class designs to their cornfield. In fact, they grew the first large-scale corn maze in Eastern Mass! The words “Don’t Panic” may have been sighted in this year’s freshly cut maze, but that’s not a reason to stay away—the uniformed corn cops will escort you out if the need arises. A kiddie corn maze and activities like Rat Rollers, Tug of War, and Face Painting make this a great choice for younger kids. 

Plympton, www.sauchukfarm.com

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26 Sep 2018

By Alyson Gregory