Navigating your way through a corn maze is a quintessential fall activity for Central New Yorkers. Each year, family-owned farms across CNY create new, often elaborate, challenging (and sometimes spooky) mazes for visitors.
Planning a day trip? In addition to acres of cornstalks, these farms offer u-pick seasonal fruit, wagon rides, farm animals and other fun activities for the whole family. And maybe you’ll pick up a pumpkin or two.
Abbott Farms, Baldwinsville (Onondaga County)
Known for its many u-pick crops, Abbott Farms also offers a corn maze, pumpkin patch, barnyard, cider press, fishpond and food concessions. Fall Fest weekends in September and October offer wagon rides, face painting, balloon art, and a kids’ zone, at additional costs. The Orchard Grille sells grilled entrees as well as apple fritters, cider donuts and candy and caramel apples. Watch apples pressed into cider at the observation window. Season: August-October
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Flashlight Corn Maze: Fridays and Saturdays, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Address: 3275 Cold Springs Road, Baldwinsville, NY 13027
Cost: $9, Flashlight Corn Maze $10 (Buy tickets for the Flashlight Corn Maze before 8:00 p.m.)
Cicero Pumkin Patch, Cicero (Onondaga County)
Cicero Pumkin Patch is a traditional farm, whose doors and corn maze are open at no charge. Sip hot cider then find the perfect fall decorations. The children’s Hermit Hayride is an adventure into the woods where you will visit Boot Hill, Candy Lane, Eye World, an old, creepy graveyard, and a frightful ghost crossing. Stop in on Saturdays for wine tastings from Thousand Islands Winery. Season: September 21 to October
Hours: Wednesdays-Fridays 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Weekends 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Open Columbus Day 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Address: 7169 Island Road, Cicero, NY 13039
Cost: no admission fee
Critz Farms, Cazenovia (Madison County)
Celebrate fall each weekend at Critz Farms’ Fall Harvest Celebration. Enjoy the challenging corn maze, find the information stations within, ring the bell and earn a prize! Check out cider making demonstrations, the Critz Critter Animal Area, playgrounds, apple and pumpkin picking. Don’t miss the tasting room with handcrafted hard cider and beer. Season: September – October
Hours: Weekdays, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Weekends, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Address: 3232 Rippleton Road – State Route 13, Cazenovia, NY 13035
Cost: Weekends: $8.50, seniors $5; Age 2 and under: free; $34.00 per car maximum; Monday-Friday (except Columbus Day) no activities admission fee
Our Farm, Manlius (Onondaga County)
Our Farm’s corn maze features an educational component: 2019’s corn maze is a dragonfly shape and throughout the maze, visitors will learn about the insect’s flying capabilities, eyesight and hunting skills. “Boris” the farm’s trebuchet launches pumpkins in the fall (and watermelons in the summer). Take a wagon ride to the pumpkin field and visit the farm stand. The petting zoo features goats, sheep, rabbits, piglets, a mini horse and a donkey, plus horse rides are available. Season: Weekends in October
Hours: Weekends, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: 1590 Peth Road, Manlius, NY 13104
Penny’s Country Farm, Union Springs (Cayuga County)
Once you’ve been through Penny’s corn mazes – a seven-acre adult maze and a children’s maze, tour Spook Woods, visit the growing Western Town, “Tombstone,” which includes a saloon, sheriff’s office and a blacksmith shop. Meet animals, take a wagon ride (accessible) around the farm, bring kids to the Fun Zone play area and see the Punkin Chunkin air cannon. On special themed weekends, wearing certain costumes gets you $1 off admission. Season: September 13 through October 27
Hours: Fridays 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturdays & Sundays 10:00am to 5:00pm; Open Columbus Day, October 14, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Address: 1540 Gray Road, Union Springs, NY 13160
Cost: $8, Children: $5
The Pumpkin Hollow, Syracuse (Onondaga County)
2019 is The Pumpkin Hollow’s 20th season. The Pumpkin Hollow boasts 30 varieties of pumpkins and gourds. Enjoy hayrides, fresh apple fritters, an animal petting area, hay jump, and corn barn. Chow down on snacks and ice cream, locally made products, pumpkin muffins and cookies, and freshly made apple cider donuts. Stop in the pumpkin gift barn for seasonal gifts and décor. Test your nerves at the Haunted Hayride, open two weekends in October. Season: September 14 through October 31
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily
Address: 3735 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY 13215
Cost: $3 per person, $10 per family
The Remsen Depot, Remsen (Oneida County)
The Remsen Depot was a small train station in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; now replicated as accurately as possible, the depot sets up an annual corn maze. Inside, the waiting room contains original benches and photographs from the depot’s history; the baggage room contains a display of railroad memorabilia along with authentic equipment in the telegraph room. The depot is a stop on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, including the Family Halloween Special. Season: September 28 – October 14
Hours: Saturdays, Sundays, and Columbus Day, Noon – 5 pm
Address: 10613 Depot Street, Remsen, NY 13438
Cost: $6, Age 12 and under $4
Springside Farm, Pompey (Onondaga County)
Once used as a marriage proposal, Springside’s corn mazes often feature large messages. Maze enthusiasts can also try the tree mazes and jungle maze. The fun continues with a petting zoo, pedal cars, giant jump pad, zip lines, human foosball, barrel train, wagon rides, life size Four in a Row, playground and more! Enjoy homemade goods from their commercial kitchen or peruse the gift shop for seasonal goods and alpaca products! Season: September to October
Hours: Fridays, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Weekends, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Address: 1850 Rt. 91, Pompey, NY 13063
Cost: $8, Age 2 and under: free; family maximum park pass $35
Tim’s Pumpkin Patch, Marietta (Onondaga County)
Known for their hay fort, there’s plenty to do at Tim’s with farm animals, a grain barn bin, tractor wagon rides, a fossil dig and pumpkins galore. Pick up a treat in the homestyle bakery with from-scratch cookies, donuts, bread and pumpkin whoopie pies, pumpkin funnel cakes and apple fritters. Tim’s Farm Brewery features locally produced hard cider and craft beer, with seasonal brews featuring Tim’s own hops. Season: Early September through October
Hours: Every day of the week from 9 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. open Monday Columbus Day 9 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Address: 2901 Rose Hill Rd., Marietta, NY 13110
Cost: $3 per person, $10 per family; under age 2: free
Trinity Valley Dairy, Cortland (Cortland County)
See where your favorite dairy products come from and continue the fun with a corn maze and hayride around the property. For really little ones, enjoy a tractor train ride. Shop the general store for fresh baked goods, beef, seasonal produce and check out the kids play area, right next to the mini farm with baby goats, sheep, and calves. Taste from-scratch pies and soft pretzels, then wash them down with fresh milk from the farm. Season: September 14 to October 27
Hours: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Corn Maze: After Dark – October 25 & 26 Friday: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Address: 2847 State Route 13, Cortland, New York 13045
Cost: $7, age 3 and under: free
Wood Creek Hollow, Rome (Oneida County)
Wood Creek Hollow’s Massacre Maze is part of their Haunted Nights weekends throughout October, recommended for ages 13 and up. Other attractions at the site include a 30- to 45-minute-long Hollow’s Hayride, Charity Carnival Games, Dean’s Concession Stand and Tarot card readings available nightly in the courtyard. Family-friendly activities and movie nights are part of their seasonal celebrations as well; Pat’s Pumpkin Patch has a junior corn maze. Season: October
Hours: 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 pm (last tickets sold at 10:00 p.m.)
Address: 3851 Wood Creek Road, Rome, NY 13440
Cost: Single attraction $10, Combo $17; Military/law enforcement discount: $2 off with valid ID