That nip in the air tells you it's time to start planning fall fun, which naturally should include a trip to the coolest corn mazes NY families love.
You can make a day of it, and fill the afternoon with apple picking in NY, or some of the best pumpkin picking NY has in store this year. If you feel like staying with the Halloween theme, pop some popcorn after you get home and stream one of these scary movies for kids or Disney Halloween movies.
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There's no better way to start the season—just make sure everyone in your family finds their way out of these beloved corn mazes. Happy Fall!
Best corn mazes NY
The centerpiece of the fall celebrations at the Queens County Farm Museum is the spectacular labyrinth built by the American Maze Company. Spread out over three acres, the maze is meant to be challenging: you have to do some work to find your way out. The last entry is at 4:30pm, expcet on Oct 12 and 19, when it stays open until 9pm for the Maze by Moonlight. Be sure to check americanmaze.com for the full list of Amazing Maize Maze locations. Queens County Farm Museum, Floral Park (queensfarm.org).
Fairview Farm does not mess around when it comes to its premiere fall attraction, the massive "Corn MAiZE." It has over two miles of paths that outline colossal figures—the Nazca Lines of Bridgehampton. The scale of the maze is particularly well-suited to older kiddos and teens. Since all that walking will work up an appetite, it's a good thing the farm is justly famous for its pies and rotisserie chickens. Fairview Farm at Mecoz, Bridgehampton (fairviewfarmatmecox.com).
Petting zoo, hay rides, mini golf: Kelder's Farm is a wonderland of farm-ily fun. After a visit to the jumping pillow or a pitstop at the wooden tractor playground, make your way to the huge corn maze. City kids can get a taste of country life—and even have the opportunity to milk a 1400-pound Holstein. Holy cow! Kelder's Farm, Kerhonkson (keldersfarm.com).
The corn maze at Harbes Family Farm in Jamesport, NY, comes with a story: Step into PumpkinLand, and you will be asked to help the king find his crown (open weekends and holidays starting Sept 14). Not only will you and your adventurers be navigating the twists and turns, but you'll have to solve riddles along the way. Note that there's a Wizard of Oz corn maze at the Harbes Family Farm in nearby Mattituck (open daily starting Sept 21), and a Robin Hood maze at the farm in Riverhead (open weekends and holidays starting Aug 31). Harbes Family Farm, Jamesport harbesfamilyfarm.com).
The two corn mazes at Hurd's are just a part of the autumnal offerings. The farm is one of the Hudson Valley's premier PYO apple destinations, with a big apple bounce (air pillow), cow train, hayrides and rubber duck derbies. Check out the Big Apple Cafe, where everything on the menu–cider slushies, apple turkey chili, custom-made beef and apple butter hot dogs– contains apple in some form. Hurd's Family Farm, Modena (hurdsfamilyfarm.com).
On weekends, Fink’s offers Fall Festivals, complete with a barnyard, a bounce house, pony rides, hayrides, pig races, face painting, a kiddie train, character appearances, live music and a corn maze that kiddos can wander to their heart’s content. On Saturday, Oct 26, that maze will be transformed at dusk into the Spookie Flashlight Maze—be sure to BYOF. Fink's Country Farm, Wading River (finksfarm.com).
The Outhouses started farming this land in the late 1800s, and while the name might have you do a double-take, the farm's mouthwatering selection of homemade doughnuts, fudge, pies and other goodies will completely satisfy your sweet tooth. After filling up on food, kids can pay a visit to the farm animals, pony rides, hayrides and epic corn maze. Outhouse Orchards, North Salem (outhouseorchardsny.com).
Lewin Farms changes the design of its corn maze every year. It's always challenging, and takes 20 to 35 minutes to complete. Complete the day out with some PYO (apples and pumpkins for sure, late tomatoes and peppers maybe), some just-roasted corn and fresh produce from the farm stand. Lewin Farms, Calverton (lewinfarm.com).
This family-owned Long Island farm is worth the trip for its Harvest Fall Festival, which takes place every weekend in October. Escort your little ones through a tricky corn maze and indulge in other seasonal fun such as pumpkin-picking and glow-in-the-dark yard art. Grab autumnal treats like candied apples before you head back to the city! Borella's Farm Stand, Saint James (borellasfarmstand.com).
At this conveniently located farm in Huntington, you can pick pumpkins from the vine, take a hay ride and a enjoy a kid-sized corn maze (no judgment if parents get in on the action, too). Elwood Pumpkin Farm, Hungtington, NY (elwoodpumpkinfarm.com).
F&W Schmitt's Family Farm packs in fall fun for visitors: corn maze (which comes complete with a new theme every year), hay rides, inflatables, pony rides and even a haunted mansion—which might be too scary for teeny kids, but good fun for braver souls. F&W Schimitt's Family Farm, Dix Hills (schmittsfarms.com).
Kickstart your autumn with your trip out east to this rustic oasis complete with a giant corn maze, narrated hay rides, a corn train, rubber duck races, a 50-foot slide, a jump pad and a pedal kart race track, among other epic offerings. Hank's Pumpkintown, Water Mill, NY (hankspumpkintown.com).
After snagging a few pumpkins to carve, let your kids zig-zag through Stakey's corn maze, then bring the whole crew for a hayride or enjoy a trip to the flower house (which might be more up mom and dad's alley). Stakey's Pumpkin Farm, Riverhead (stakeyspumpkinfarm.com).
More fun activities for kids
There are plenty of outdoor activities for kids in New York City—many you'll even love doing as a family! When you're not busy cuddled up with our favorite family movies on Netflix and our list of the best kids movies (come on—it's time to head outside!), you'll love exploring the coolest family attractions and the other amazing outdoor activities this amazing city has to offer.