Go Get Lost in These Impressive Corn Mazes Near Philly This Fall

Check out these local farms boasting fun fall activities and giant corn mazes.

Some farms are offering mazes this year, some a host of other activities. / Photograph courtesy of Wilcox Farms

Dug out your favorite flannel yet? Keeping track of all the pumpkin-spice this and apple-cider that? We’re well into the season, and as great as touring spooky decorations in the city can be, there’re so many ways to enjoy fall outside the city, too. And getting out on farms and in nature (as long as you can social distance and mask when you’re not able to) is a good, generally safe way to experience fall. 

Grab your boots and a jacket before it’s too late, bring the family or some friends, and get lost among the foliage and crisp autumn weather. And don’t worry — there’s pies and treats galore for some seasonal refreshment after your adventure. Want to get in on the fun? Read on for eight spots to check out this year, including corn mazes and other fun fall activities.

Local Farms with Corn Mazes

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm

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Drive time from Philly: 1.5 hours (150 Cherry Hill Road, Ronks)
Open dates: Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., through November 7th. Farm staff request you wear a mask, wash your hands, and keep six feet apart for everyone’s safety. Find hours here.
Also check out: Tons of barnyard animals, a road cart track, apple cider doughnuts and hot apple cider, a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, and more.

Voted one of the top corn mazes in America, this year’s theme, “Growing Fun for 25 Years!”, honors Cherry Crest’s humble beginnings back in 1996. You can choose your difficulty level, following the corresponding colored trail markers to get through the maze — yellow for easy (about 20 minutes), orange for intermediate (45 minutes), and red for difficult (if you’ve got some time — 2 hours or more).

Hellerick’s Family Farm

Photograph courtesy of Hellerick’s Family Farm

Drive time from Philly: 1 hour (5500 North Easton Road, Doylestown)
Open dates: Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. through November 8th. Reservations required; guests and staff are required to wear masks and keep a safe distance for all activities.
Also check out: Hayrides, goat yoga classes, pick-your-own crops, and more.

Hellerick’s Family Farm is home to a five-acre corn maze that’ll take you 45 to 60 minutes to conquer. This year’s theme is “LOVE,” because we all need a little more of it right now. It’s required that you enter with a buddy (because, you know, entering a giant corn maze alone wouldn’t be creepy at all).

Merrymead Farm

Photograph courtesy of Merrymead Farm

Drive time from Philly: 45 minutes (2222 South Valley Forge Road, Lansdale)
Open dates: Every Saturday and Sunday in October for “Harvest Days,” with other events throughout the week. Face coverings encouraged in spaces and public activity areas where social distancing is not possible.
Also check out: Pumpkins, squash, and gourds; homemade ice cream; apples and apple cider doughnuts, evening hayrides, more.

The five-acre corn maze is open for daytime adventures throughout October, and the moonlight maze has additional hours Thursdays and Fridays. The “Cornstalk Tunnel” — 900 feet of twists and turns for the whole family — is also open daily.

Shady Brook Farm


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Drive time from Philly: 35 minutes (931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley)
Open dates: Wednesday through Sunday up until Halloween. Hours vary; timed tickets required. Guests are asked to spend about three hours at the festival. Masks are required when checking in and out as well as when social distancing is hard to maintain.
Also check out: Wagon rides to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch, live music, pedal go-carts, farm market, and more.

Another one of our five-acre corn mazes near Philadelphia, this one is open throughout the farm’s fall fest — BYO flashlight after dark. There’s also the redesigned Barn of Horror and Alien Encounter for the braver among us, featuring some spooky animatronic characters.

Wilcox Farms

Photograph courtesy of Wilcox Farms

Drive time from Philly: 1 hour (1134 Reading Avenue, Boyertown)
Open dates: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through November 8th. Staff asks that everyone follow COVID-19 protocol, especially when entering the large maze.
Also check out: A kids’ corn maze, hayrides, hand-dipped ice cream, and more.

The mother of all corn mazes, this 25-acre corn maze (about five times larger than most corn mazes near Philadelphia) is made up of multiple smaller mazes. At Wilcox, you’ll have the chance to explore eight miles of trails (who said corn mazes weren’t a good workout?!). On Fridays and Saturdays until Halloween, the maze is open until midnight, but don’t worry — the farm provides flashlight rentals.

Local Farms with other Fall Activities

Hurricane Hill Farm

Photograph courtesy of Hurricane Hill Farm

Drive time from Philly: 1 hour (704 East Reeceville Road, West Brandywine Township)
Open dates: No maze this year, but “Fall Fun on the Farm” will run every weekend through Halloween from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with timed tickets required. Masks and social distancing are in place for all activities.
Also check out: Hayrides to the pumpkin patch, a trail walk around the maze, Saturday BBQ, and the Saloon 151 food truck on Sundays.

You can still get in on the fall fun at Hurricane Hill this year, with barrel rides and tracks for the kids and photo ops including the farm’s historic tractor. Guests are asked to spend about an hour and a half at the festival this year.

Snipes Farm and Education Center


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Drive time from Philly: 35 minutes (890 West Bridge Street, Morrisville)
Open dates: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout October, including Halloween. No maze this fall. Please wear a mask, sanitize frequently, and keep a safe distance.
Also check out: The pumpkin patch, scavenger hunt, giant hay pyramid, and farm museum.

You can also take a whimsical walk through the all-new “Land of Scarecrows,” featuring characters from The Wizard of Oz, jump-roping scarecrows, and ballroom dancing. Snipes will also host drive-in movies and concerts all through the season.

Springdale Farm Market

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Drive time from Philly: 25 minutes (1638 South Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, New Jersey)
Open dates: No maze here, either, but Springdale is still open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with lots of fall attractions. Masks are required for the private hayrides, and we always recommend social distancing and mask-wearing when you’re not able to.
Also check out: The massive nursery for plants, the bakery for pies and apple cider doughnuts, fresh farm produce, and more.

From scarecrows to giant pumpkin blow-ups, the farm is decorated head-to-toe with fall displays for photo ops. There’s also plenty of pumpkins for sale, and private campfire hayrides can be booked with a quick phone call.

Additional research by Alex Heller and Nick Karpinski.

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