Corn Mazes with the Kids in Fairfield County, CT
The first job I ever had was in a cornfield ... working through the dog days of July. In that sweat and heat, October was a far away dream. But here we are, the first full weekend of fall. The corn is long since gobbled up, and what remains is the stuff of foliage-inspired fun. Farmers get to trade in the serious business of making a living to the lighter business of making family memories. Corn mazes puzzle us with just the right mix of fresh air and frustration -- so grab some cider and get lost in one!
Residents of lower Fairfield County have to be prepared to travel a bit to get to one of the three we've found, but bear in mind, the farms all have lots of other goodies available -- pumpkins, hay rides, cider, and/or mums -- all that fantastic fall stuff! For more fun, check out our CT Fall Fun and Halloween Guide.
Plasko's Farm claims to have the oldest running corn maze in the county, and draws thousands of visitors to its 8-acre site in Trumbull each year. This year's maze depicts a dog, and is open from 9am to 6pm on weekends (last ticket sold at 5pm). Weekdays, however, need some explaining... Their promotional literature says weekdays are reserved for group bookings, except on Fridays from 3pm to dusk. However, if there isn't a group booked, the ladies at the register say you're welcome to buy a ticket. Moral of the story: if you want to go at 2 o'clock on a Wednesday, just call ahead! Plasko's maze twists and turns about 1.5 miles, but they go the extra mile donating a portion of each $7 ticket ($6 for kids 4-10, 3 and under are free), to Swim Across the Sound cancer prevention and education programs. This maze is dense, and in case you get lost, they've got 'corn cops' to help guide you out or escape hatches for any tykes freaking out about being children of the corn. Plasko's also offers pumpkins, cider donuts, mums, hayrides, farm animals, a country store and farm market.
670 Daniels Farm Rd., Trumbull, CT 06611
This season, Castle Hill Farm's 7-acre maze will be available from sun-up to well past sundown. The 400,000 stalk site recently made a national Top 12 list for its foliage views and bucolic setting, so just imagine the cornstalks crackling underfoot as you clutch your morning coffee. To see it this way, you'll need to book an appointment for your group of 6 or more. If you're not seeing anything at that hour but a snack trap full of Cheerios, venture out between 10:00 and 5, when your tykes can come face-to-face with Castle Hill's new baby barnyard animals. Then, trot your tots out to the maze ($8.50) to wander around for 45 minutes, or make a mission of finding the 30 hidden factoids about this year's theme, bees. If you can find former Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hochsprung's motto "Be nice to each other, it's all that really matters," or make up one that she'd be proud of, or perform a random act of kindness at the maze, you'll receive a special prize. On the weekends, they pump up the fun factor with hay rides ($3), PONY rides ($5, 1-5pm), hot dogs, popcorn and milkshakes. You can pick out your pumpkins at Castle Hill, too. The maze is open until Halloween, 10:30am to 5pm on weekends and Columbus Day, and 2-5pm weekdays. Then, November 1-3, from 6-9pm your teens can head out for the Flashlight Bonfire to do the maze at dark for $10/person. Handwashing stations and port-a-potties on the premises!
40 Sugar Lane, Newtown, CT 203-426-5487
Jones Family Farm's Pumpkinseed Hill has all sorts of fall festivities going on, so they wouldn't leave you hanging when it comes to a corn maze. Their maze is geared toward families, and only takes 10-20 minutes to venture through. The cost is typically a few dollars per person and hours are very limited -- only weekends and Columbus Day. The maze opens September 28.
120 Beardsley Road, Shelton, CT 06484
Farmer Jones Crop Line (203-929-8425)
Originally published 9/26/12.