While Chicago is often thought of as a metropolitan city full of skyscrapers and downtown living, traveling just outside of the city can open your options on what you can do with the family during the fall. Corn mazes around the Chicago area generally run from Labor Day to the beginning of November, but can be a great destination for future visits. Whether you’re looking for a haunted corn maze, a family farm or a farm filled with kiddie rides, there are a number of options to choose from. Check out the many different corn mazes offered around the Chicago area and make it a family trip you will all remember.
All Seasons Apple Orchard
14510 IL Route 176
Woodstock, IL 60098
All Seasons Apple Orchard is around an hour and a half drive from Chicago and offers more than just apple picking. Each year, its corn maze is transformed with a new theme in more than 10 acres, three miles in pathways and even a lookout bridge as an added feature. This year’s corn maze design features a Scooby Doo design and has two separate pathways for families with small children or those looking for a more challenging maze experience. The maze opens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends through the beginning of November.
Kuipers’ Family Farm
1N318 Watson Road
Maple, Park, IL 60151
The corn maze at Kuipers’ Family Farm is included in the admission price for the Pumpkin Farm Activity Area. Admission is $8.75 to $11.75, senior admission is $5 and children ages two and under are free. Families with small children will enjoy the easy level maze and the other great activities included in the admission like the farm animals, hay wagon rides and duck races. Older children might want to try out the medium or hard level mazes, as well as the haunted forest activity.
Goebbert’s Farm & Garden
40 W. Higgins Road
South Barrington, IL 60010
Admission price is between $8 and $10 and children ages two and under are free. The Corn Stalk Maze is part of the Animal Land & Little Farmers Play Yard attraction area and is included in the price of admission. This is great for families with small children and is filled with winding pathways and fun dead ends. The Straw Town Maze has an old west theme and is great for your little cowboy or girl. Other attractions geared towards small children include pony rides, pig races, a pumpkin eating dinosaur and 50 different animal exhibits.
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Heap’s Haunted Corn Maze
4853 US Highway 52
Minooka, IL 60447
Tickets for the Haunted Corn Maze are $12, the Flash Light Maze is $5 and there is a combination ticket for $15 that includes a Moon Light Hayride. The Haunted Corn Maze is a combination of the thrill you seek from a Haunted House but with the fun of getting lost through a corn maze. This is an outdoor attraction that is recommended for those 12 years and older. The Flash Light Maze is non-scary for adults who may not be as thrilled at the scare attraction. Let your kids have some scary Halloween fun while you take advantage of the Moon Light Hayride with your spouse.
Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm
13341 W. 151st St.
Homer Glen, IL 60491
Unlike other farms and pumpkin patches, 90 percent of the farm is covered with pavement to allow for ease in travel for strollers and wagons. The Crazy Corn Maizey attraction features over three acres in winding twists and turns. The stone path allows for ease in maneuvering for those of all ages and the farm is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. A general admission ticket includes unlimited kiddie rides but for the less adventurous youngster, there are a number of other attractions to visit. Whether it’s the camel and pony rides or the hayrides and milking cows, Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm offers fun to be had for the whole family.
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