Corn mazes on Long Island
Corn mazes on LI range from a 10-minute stroll for the wee ones to mind-bending 30- to 50-minute puzzles that will tax your knowledge, memory and concentration. And, there also are night mazes where ghosts, ghouls and other creatures rattle the stalks behind and jump out at you.
Younger children may need to be accompanied through some of the Islands many mazes. If so, the adult may also have to pay admission. If a night maze is on your agenda, plan to bring a flashlight. It is OK to ask if live actors are stationed in the maze. You shouldnt expect to be grabbed, but do expect close encounters of the scary kind. And, while you dont want ghouls and goblins touching you, remember that you shouldnt try to touch them, either.
Andrews Family Farm and Greenhouses 1038 Sound Ave. Wading River
A 3-acre patch with pumpkins cut off the vine, some trucked from farm’s other locations. You’ll find both large pumpkins and smaller ones geared for younger pickers and smaller hands. Also gourds, straw bales, corn stalks.
Farm stand offers roasted corn ($2.50), pies and other baked goods, vegetables and fall ornamental plants and Long Island-grown apples, field-grown mums, Montauk daisies, ornamental kale and cabbage.
The BBGG Farm & Nursery (William Borella) 625 North Country Rd. St. James
CORN MAZE $5 (Friday-Sunday and Columbus Day, call for additional availability). At a whopping 15-plus acres, this corn maze is all about the fun of getting lost. Wander for about 45 minutes to an hour “unless you run,” says owner Bill Borella. “It isn’t elaborate. We don’t have any bridges or actors jumping out at you.”
There’s a 15-minute hayride ($5) around the perimeter of the farm and to the 5-acre pumpkin patch. The small concession stand has hot cider ($2) and roasted corn ($3 or two for $5) among its offerings.
Borella's Farm Stand 485 Edgewood Avenue across from Whisper Vineyards St. James
CORN MAZE A 2-acre by 2-acre, kid-friendly corn maze (with grass paths), with a 10- to 20-minute hayride through 30-acre farm that ends at the corn maze.
The farm also has a corn launcher and a corn-filled tire that’s similar to a sandbox. Food for sale includes burgers, hot dogs, drinks, roasted corn, chips, hot cider, fresh pies and candy apples.
Elwood Pumpkin Farm Christmas tree cutting, Pumpkin picking, Corn maze and Hay rides 1500 Jericho Tpke. Huntington
CORN MAZE $4, small kid-friendly maze geared toward ages 10 and younger.
Fairview Farm 19 Horsemill Lane Bridgehampton
CORN MAZE $10 ($8 ages 4-11). This year’s 8-acre design is a farm scene. “We have clues to help you get through the maze,” says Harry Ludlow, co-owner with his wife, Barbara. “If you answer correctly, it maneuvers you through the maze.” Climb the in-maze bridges for a beautiful view of the maze, the water and surrounding farms.
“Visually, we’re a really nice place to take photos,” says Barbara of the family farm that grows nearly 50 varieties of pumpkins, squashes and gourds. Farm stand offers homemade pies and food ($3-5), including ribbon potatoes, roasted corn and organic popcorn. There also is a corn cannon and corn box similar to a sandbox.
Finks Country Farm Corn maze and Hay rides, Pumpkin picking, U-Pick venues 6242 Middle Country Road Wading River
CORN MAZE Open weekends only, the 7-acre maze has no theme and is not spooky, except during the last weekend in October. Navigate the maze via flashlight 7-10 p.m. Oct. 18 and 25. Kids younger than 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
ADMISSION $13.25 (free ages 2 and younger), includes unlimited use of corn maze, animal farm, hay ride, bounce house, pig races and playground.
The farm “is designed toward things we would like to do as a family,” says co-owner Michelle Fink. “We have a friendly-friendly atmosphere and try hard to gear our prices toward what families can afford.” A concession stand ($3-$6) sells hot dogs, turkey legs and soup. Additional activities include a tricycle track, combine slide, rubber duck races, hayride, animal farm, character appearances, live music (noon-4 weekends).
F & W Schmitt Farms Corn maze and Hay rides, Pumpkin picking, U-Pick venues 26 Pinelawn Rd. Melville
CORN MAZE $8 (daytime weekends) Spread over 6-7 acres, its theme is a deep-sea adventure, with patrons getting stamps at stations to keep moving in the right direction (plan to spend 45 minutes to an hour). Scarier is the nighttime haunted maze ($11, 7-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday and Columbus Day), a 3- to 4-acre affair with actors planted for live spooks.
Farm stand is open daily.
Gabrielsen's Country Farm 1299 Main Rd. Jamesport
CORN MAZE $9.95 (free younger than 2). With 11 acres of turns and twists, it is easy to get turned around in this unthemed puzzler that’s full of dead ends and wrong turns. It takes 15 to 20 minutes to complete.
Admission includes unlimited bounce rides, hayrides, farm animals, games and music. Kiddie train rides Saturday and Sunday. Concession stand sells roasted corn ($2.75), lemonade ($2.25), candy and caramel apples ($2.50), kettle corn ($5) and other treats.
Glover Farms Pumpkin picking, Farm stand, Corn maze and Hay rides, U-Pick venues 633 Victory Rd. Brookhaven
CORN MAZE $5 (free 3 and younger); Bingo, 10 acres, mazegoers get two bingo cards whose clues must be answered to earn a bingo win, which entitles them to try to win a free pumpkin back at the farm stand.
“We’re closer than driving an extra hour to get out east,” says co-owner Gail Glover. “The whole idea of the farm is designed around a family outing. There is a lot to do here and you can sit here all day if you want.” Farm also offers hayrides, baked goods on site, roasted corn ($3), lemonade ($2), seating and farm animals available for viewing and animal feed ($2).
Hank's Pumpkintown 240 Montauk Hwy. Water Mill
CORN MAZES $12 (free younger than 2), includes three corn mazes and all the attractions (new combine slide, 40-foot tube slide, peddle cart tracks, rubber duck races, mechanical pig races, simulated milking cow, corn swing); paying adult must accompany kids 12 and younger in the maze park; theme is the “Truckload of fun at Hank’s Pumpkintown.” Pattern includes a truck filled with vegetables. Also, “Spookley the Square Pumpkin” maze is a walk through the maze where you read a segment of the book at each station. By the end of the maze, you’ve read the entire book. The big maze is “Farm Scene Investigation,” a whodunit with a missing farmer who has been kidnapped by the farm animals. Maze times average 10, 20 and 60 minutes.
Visit the concession stand for roasted corn ($3), snacks, fresh-baked pies ($16) and other baked goods; the Mining Sluice ($6), purchase bag of mining rough and sift to find treasure; U-pick apples also available.