Originally published 9/25/18. Updated 9/17/19.
Of all of the fall traditions, the corn maze has to be one of my favorites. It reminds me of simpler times, of the carefree nature of my childhood.
People tend to think of Ohio as all cornfields. And although we have great cities and urban centers, there is something to be said for the maize-filled fields. Especially when they have works of art carved into them. It was a hard year for farmers in Ohio this year. Some farms were unable to have a corn maze this year, due to the wettest year on record for Ohio. Let’s support the farms who were able to have a successful crop.
Ohio has small corn mazes, easy for even the youngest visitors to find their way through. But there are many that are downright challenging. I’m not an expert, but I have 3 rules to enjoy corn mazes:
1.) Bring your own flashlight
2.) Wear appropriate footwear
3.) HAVE FUN!
What: This year, Lynd Fruit Farm is hosting APPLE-MANIA, an 8-acre scavenger hunt. Search for clue stations throughout the maze and find information to help you through. If you’re worried about getting lost, you can walk the “Survivor Trail”, which is marked with a red line to guide you quickly through the maze. Tickets cost $11 for the maze. Wagon rides, the bounce house, and the barrel train are additional costs.
When: The maze runs from September 6 through October 30. It is open Fridays & Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Where: 9851 Morse Road SW, Pataskala, Ohio
What:The Apple Country Farm Corn Maze Adventure is a 7-acre maze, “where getting lost means having fun!” The maze includes a lookout tower and lookout bridge, in case you need a little help seeing over the maze. Hidden throughout the maze are nine stations with “fun fact” questions! If guests answer correctly, they will be offered help throughout the maze. In addition, there is a children’s mini-maze for kids 2-5, pumpkins, hayrides, pumpkin painting, scarecrow building, farm animals and more.
When: The maze is open until November 4 on Saturdays from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. There are special flashlight nights on Friday and Saturday.
Where: 2323 U.S. Rt. 42, Spring Valley, OH 45370
What: Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first man on the moon, The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek is out of this world. Tickets to the maze start at $10. Season passes can be purchased for $22. A variety of activities await maze goers, including the 9-acre maze, pedal carts, dodgeball, laser tag, and more.
When: The maze runs through October 27. It is open on Fridays from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., Saturdays from 12 p.m. until 10 p.m., and Sundays from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Where: 8657 Axe Handle Rd. Milford Center, OH 43045
What: The Conwin’s Corny Maze is an Ohio favorite. But due to some wacky weather during planting season, this year’s maze wasn’t able to grow. But don’t worry. Young’s Dairy Farm wouldn’t let you down. They’ve set up Cowvin’s Corny Playland Adventure where visitors enjoy tons of activities, including a Bale Maze, Hula Hoop® Toss onto stick farm animals, picture opportunities at our bale art animals, Human Hamster Wheels, fun Bale Climbing and Slide, Pumpkin Bowling, and more. The cost of the play area and the hayride is $4/person.
When: The maze runs until October 29, it will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: 6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd. Yellow Springs, OH 45387
What: Each year, Maize Valley offers a new, unique corn maze for guests to find their way through. There are hidden trivia questions throughout the maze. Each guest is given a game sheet with space for them to write down their answers. There are also other fun activities related to the theme. Admission varies by date.
When: The maze is open weekends only through September 29 and daily starting September 30, but hours vary. For more details, please click here.
Where: 6193 Edison St. NE, Hartville, OH 44632
What: Back for another year, McPeek’s will get you lost in the stalks of their African Safari themed giant corn maze. Want to make a weekend out of it? The maze is conveniently located on the Coshocton KOA grounds, which means you can camp out and enjoy the fall festivities all weekend long. Admission is $10 and free for those 2 and under.
When: The maze will be open for fun until October 27. It is open on Saturdays from Noon until 10 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Where: 24688 County Rd. 10, Coshocton, OH, 43812
What: Head to Tom’s Maze to celebrate 22 years of fun. This maze is built from the ground up. It is an 8-acre maze and puzzle. Visitors can take the challenge and solve the puzzle to escape the maze. Admission is $10.
When: The maze will be open until November 2. Hours are Thursdays from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m., Fridays & Saturdays from 12 p.m. until 10 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Where: 4881 Germantown-Liberty Rd. Germantown, OH 45327
What: Maze Craze is a one of a kind experience. Guests can experience four mazes, games, corn hole, jumping balls, corn boxes, a straw maze, fire pits, and more. There are also hayrides and barrel train rides for an additional price. This year’s theme is The Wizard of Oz. Admission is $8-10.
When: The maze will run through the first weekend of November. It is open on Fridays from 5 p.m. until midnight, Saturdays from 11 a.m. until midnight, and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.
Where: 14070 State Route 165, New Springfield, OH, 44443
Get out there and get lost, Columbus. You’ll have an aMAZEing time! (So punny.)
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