Solve these 7 Southern Tier corn mazes and reward yourself with doughnuts, cider, hayrides
"Getting America Lost.”
That catchy motto comes from Corn Mazes America LLC, an agri-tourism resource for the farmers who create corn mazes and the scores of visitors who enjoy the popular and family-friendly fall activity.
Corn mazes say autumn-like festivals, apple cider, donuts, pumpkins and haunted hayrides.
According to Corn Mazes America, the first modern corn maze was created in the early 1990s in the United States, although simple mazes appeared earlier. Corn Mazes America estimated that by 2008 there were over 800 corn mazes in the United States, and that number has continued to grow.
We took a look around and found seven New York corn mazes to visit in the region.
Pick'n Patch & Corn Maze
Location: 2205 Route 5, Stanley, N.Y.
What to know: Autumn is finally here, Pick'n Patch & Corn Maze exclaims on its Facebook page. The eight-acre corn maze is just one activity among a variety of fun fall offerings that include a generous selection of pumpkins, along with gourds and mums. Open 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., daily through Oct. 31, the Pick'n Patch is designed to give families the opportunity to make memories and establish family traditions.
For cost and more: https://www.picknpatch.com/
Location: 2844 Route 352, Big Flats, N.Y.
What to know: The three-acre maze also features trivia. This year it is famous people from Chemung County. Answer sheet to the eight question signs and maze map available. Pumpkin patch, summer produce market, hayrides, cannon (shoots apples or potatoes), duck race and haystack search are other fun activities.
For cost and more: http://smithomefarms.com/
Location: 1543 Maple Ave., Elmira, N.Y.
What to know: This is a family-oriented corn maze with a low to medium difficulty level. This year’s maze features the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz. Open daily from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., through Oct. 31. There is also a garden center with attached retail store. It features many retro items and more than 140 flavors of craft sodas.
For cost and more: https://bradleyfarmselmira.com/
Jackson's Pumpkin Farm
Location: 6424 Route 17C, Endicott, N.Y.
What to know: Jackson's, a family-owned and operated farm, was started by Edward and Elizabeth Jackson in 1958. Sixty-three years later, the family farm continues, becoming a fall tradition for many visitors. Open Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., with fun fall-flavored family activities include hayrides and corn maze.
For cost and more: http://www.jacksonspumpkinfarm.com/weekend-activities.html
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The Pumpkin Stand
Location: 7844 NY-414, Ovid, N.Y.
What to know: Open every day of the week, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., until Oct. 31, the Pumpkin Stand welcomes visitors for a corn maze journey that won’t leave people lost for hours but will add to a fall pumpkin picking experience. Select from eight acres of pumpkins, choose from a dozen varieties of squash and enjoy fresh cider.
For cost and more: https://www.thepumpkinstand.com/
Location: 10898 Route 38, Newark Valley, N.Y.
What to know: The centerpiece of its 17th fall season is the eight-acre corn maze. A big attraction is the “Night Maze,” adding a whole new challenge on Friday and Saturday nights in October. On weekends, Stoughton Farm offers a corn cannon, pumpkin blaster and concessions featuring hand-cut french fries and fresh-popped kettle corn.
For cost and more: https://www.stoughtonfarm.com/
Iron Kettle Farm
Location: 707 Owego Road, Candor, N.Y.
What to know: The Iron Kettle Farm “Spooktacular” fall season activities include a corn maze, hay rides, a spook barn, tire mountain and much more. The farm market and gift shop are open every day, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
For cost and more: https://www.ironkettlefarm.com/index.html
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