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The 15 biggest and best corn mazes in the U.S.

We scoped out the biggest and best corn mazes in the U.S. so that you can kickstart fall on the right foot

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Danielle Valente
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The biggest and best corn mazes in the U.S. are exactly the type of brain-teasing seasonal escapes we crave each fall—these multi-acre labyrinths, made from 10-foot-plus corn stalks, have miles of winding paths to get your heart pumping in the cool crisp air. At some, you’ll even find mysteries to solve, games to play and contests to win buried deep inside—not to mention insanely dope designs.

We’ve rounded up the coolest corn mazes across the country, each of which earns its place in the sun for anything from intricate designs to spooky Halloween happenings. From Indiana’s Exploration Acres (which has four mazes built over 20 acres of farmland) to the Great Vermont Corn Maze (New England’s largest corn maze), or even Connecticut’s Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm (an especially kid-friendly destination), these labyrinths are suited for family outings and adult exploration alike.

No matter where this fall season takes you, there are plenty of fall foliage and pumpkin patches to keep you busy too. Plus, the best haunted Airbnbs, eeriest ghost towns, and most elaborate cemeteries in the U.S. are not to be missed either.

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Biggest and best corn mazes in the U.S., ranked

Over 20 acres, ten miles, and four mazes—are you game? You’ll find it all at Exploration Acres, an extensive corn maze mecca that’s ringing in 2021 with a tribute to Indiana car racing (if that’s your thing). This year, the attraction is making the search all the more sweet for those who enter: if you find the 28 posts on your maze map, you’ll be eligible to take advantage of rewards at local venues (like 50 percent off Monster Mini Golf, or a free kids' meal at Texas Roadhouse).

Don't get flustered or "corn-fused," as folks at the Lowe Family Farmstead say. Sure, this 18-acre challenge is certainly tricky, but who wouldn't want to venture through a corn field designed with Idaho's natural gemstones in mind? (Fear not: A mini maize is available for those in your crew with little legs.) Be sure to stick around for the pumpkin patch, flower field, candy cannon, and potato sack slide.

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Coined the largest maze in New England, this 24-acre setup is quite the undertaking. Looking for the scenic route? A 40-minute maze tour (with directions) is available for those who want to take it easy. But it’s not all about the corn maze here: the spooky Dead North Farmland of Terror operates on the first two Fridays and Saturdays in October, and needless to say, the Halloween experience is not for the faint of heart.

Davis Mega Maze lives up to its name with eight acres of winding paths that cover nearly three miles. But the fall attraction is about more than just navigating your way out of the twists and turns (heads up: that alone can take nearly three hours). Within the maze itself, there are fun photo ops and games like hammer bells and slingshots to keep wanderers entertained. If you have little ones who start to get antsy, Maze Masters stationed along the paths are able to assist.

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Celebrating its 25th year, Cherry Crest Adventure Farm created a special corn maze this year that gives thanks to first responders—the design itself, believe it or not, was created by a former Disney Broadway producer. Grab a game board and try to solve the clues as you make your way through five acres of corn stalks. And if you're feeling really adventurous, try finding your way out of this bad boy in the dark (in the evenings, there’s a Flashlight Maze). Stick around for other fun farm activities like animal appearances, a hay chute, tractor rides, and plenty more.

Happy Day Farm has garnered quite a bit of attention as a must-visit fall destination, and rightfully so. With its 10-acre Maize-O-Poly, the Jersey hotspot keeps guests on their toes as they wander through each path. But this is just one of many ways to stay entertained: you’ll find a long list of other family-friendly activities throughout the farm like pumpkin bowling, bee barn visits, tractor pulls, and a fun slide that kids won’t want to skip.

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Are you ready to find your way out of this barnyard-animal-themed, seven-acre corn maze? This year's design features a few farm animals (a pig, duck, cow, and more), making it especially fun for the younger crowd. Connors Farm has been operating since 1904, so we're confident this maze will leave you, well, amazed

Cool Patch Pumpkins—which currently holds the Guinness Book of World Record for creating the planet’s biggest corn maze—is showing its support for veterans who have served in the military with its annual corn maze setup. While there, don't forget to enjoy pedal cars, hay rides, and of course, pumpkin picking.

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Part of the Maize family, which has launched intricate, record-breaking labyrinths across the globe, Cornbelly's has mazes at two different locations this year: Spanish Fork and Lehi. Pick either one you'll find plenty of other seasonal goodies, too—climbing walls, corn holes, farm mini golf, and more. With kids or without, it's a great way to spend a fall weekend.

Queens, NY: The Amazing Maize Maze at Queens County Farm
Photograph: Courtesy Matthew Borowick

10. Queens, NY: The Amazing Maize Maze at Queens County Farm

No autumn in NYC would be complete without a trek to the Amazing Maize Maze at the Queens County Farm Museum. The American Maze Company builds a labyrinth every year that stretches over several acres, with the length of the course often stretching about two miles. Previous years’ themes have included a violin, a riverboat, a train, a farmscape, and the largest living sundial. This year, you'll find a tribute to the pop art of Andy Warhol, and you can even make your way through the maze by moonlight if you’re more of a night owl.

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Perfect for the younger set, Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm created stations within its corn maze paths that teach visitors all about the animals raised on the grounds (expect a lot of turkey talk). It's the perfect way to enjoy autumn while gaining some farm knowledge while you're at it. Once you've made your way out, celebrate your victory with fresh homemade ice cream (we have our eye on Blossom’s Delight, a butter pecan ice cream with butterscotch chips and vanilla crunch).

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Make the most out of fall in South Carolina with a ramble around Denver Downs Farm's 12-acre maze. Farm trivia is available at each checkpoint, and there’s a Maze QR code game that will keep track of your completion time. Don't delay: Top scores are posted online, and you'll want that claim to fame this Halloween season.

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