Nothing says fall like a day on the farm choosing pumpkins and navigating a giant corn maze. Perusing the pumpkin display usually is free, and although many corn mazes cost more than $10 a person, that tab often covers access to a host of family-friendly activities (and toddlers often are free). Cheapism.com found farms across the country with must-see corn mazes and the requisite pumpkin patch with bright orange orbs to take home and carve. Many farms are open weekends only, so check the schedule before heading out.
Last year, visitors got a dose of presidential politics at this 8-acre corn maze with its designs of Donald Trump's and Hillary Clinton's noggins. This year, the corn maze is being used to announce a new feature called Dewberry Farm’s Trail of Lights, a Christmas attraction that will up the prairie with more than 1 million lights. At the maze, a "corn-cierge" is available at the entrance to help confused maze runners. Admission is $29.95; seniors 55 and older pay $15.
Visitors can frolic in the pumpkin patch and then wend their way around a 16-acre corn maze. The farm is open Saturdays and Sundays only and offers the best deal on the weekend before Halloween, when tickets go for $13; otherwise expect to pay $15.
The site of Idaho's so-called original corn maze, this year's 18-acre version is a tribute to the classic videogame Pac-Man. Younger kids without the patience for such an expansive challenge can attempt a mini-maze. Admission to all attractions, including the mazes, is $8.75 Monday through Thursday and $12.26 on Friday and Saturday.
A corn maze with the theme "Farm Scene Investigation" is hard to resist. Admission is $7 on weekends and another $6 for the corn maze. A visit to the pumpkin farm alone is free on weekdays, and discounted tickets are available at Wegmans supermarkets.
Visitors to Mapleside Farms get a taste of Cleveland sports this year with a likeness Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas and the Cleveland Indians logo etched into the 7-acre corn maze. There's also a special theme each weekend, with Oct. 13-15 as “Superhero Weekend” and Oct. 21-22 as “Wild West Weekend.” The cost is $12 for regular admission and $6 for visitors 55 and older.
Visitors happy to be surrounded by pumpkins and enjoy the autumn scene pay no admission fee. Attempting the corn maze costs $11, something of a deal considering the 12-acre course includes 4 miles of trails. This year's maze has an arboreal theme, a nod to its Georgia Forestry Association sponsor.
One of the top 10 corn mazes in the country, according to the Travel Channel, this year's 7-acre maze is dedicated to local race car driver Bentley Warren. Take the kids on a weekday, when entry fees are $10, for the best deal; weekend rates jump to $14.
Billed as the largest maze in New England, this one can take hours to solve. The proprietors recommend arriving by 1 p.m. and send out guides mid-afternoon to help lost souls. Fees are $10 for ages 5 to 15 and 60 and up, and $15 for ages 16 to 59.
Manalapan Township, NJ
Rise to the challenge of New Jersey's largest corn maze, which tips a hat to Curious George this year. The $14 admission fee includes several games involving the maze, such as a texting for hints by answering questions correctly. Price is $11 on Fridays. Non-maze activities include pig racing, pedal carts, and a playground.
This 15-acre corn maze has been cited by media outlets such as Destinations Travel Magazine and USA Today as one of the best to visit, especially with children. This year's design has prehistoric twist featuring most prominently the long-extinct trilobite, which is Wisconsin’s state fossil. Admission to the maze costs $10, but the best deal is the $17.75 do-it-all package, which includes the pumpkin patch, hayrides, and other farm fun.
The corn maze here is one of the rare mazes that's stroller- and wheelchair-friendly. This year, Elvis takes centerstage, and visitors who dress up like the King of Rock ’n’ Roll have a chance to get in free. Check the website before visiting for other discounts tied to theme weekends. The price for the maze alone is $8 for ages 12 and up and $6 for ages 3 to 11.
Now in its 21st year, this corn maze challenge invites visitors to participate in a treasure hunt of sorts and enter answer sheets in a prize drawing. This year’s maze has an Australian theme with “Sever’s Down Under.” Staff maintain a presence to help disoriented navigators. Visitors can save $1 off the $15 admission price online.
Mount Dora, FL
It's the 15th season for this 7-acre maze. Additional attractions include a mist maze with sprays of water, a tree maze planted in the shape of an ear of corn, and a labyrinth for quiet strolling. The corn maze season runs to Dec. 10. Admission is $12.
Here's a chance to experience a corn maze featured by Guinness World Records as largest ever -- 60 acres. Visitors can choose the intermediate or advanced path. Admission is $15, but kids 5 and under are free.
It's double the fun at this farm, where visitors can test their mettle against two mazes -- one covering 6 acres and a more difficult "Impossible Maze" stretching over 9 acres. GPS and interactive games are available to maze-goers with smartphones. Admission costs $7 and includes access to both mazes.
Visitors can frolic in the pumpkin patch, known for producing extra-large pumpkins (hence the farm's name) and pay $3 to take on the family-friendly corn maze. Other activities, including a bean maze and hayride, are modestly priced, as well.
The entire family can enjoy the 3-mile-long maze at Sam Mazza's Farm Market. Two distinct mazes offer varying degrees of difficulty. Adults pay $9 and children 3 to 11 get in for $6. Repeat visitors receive a $1 discount, as do area students with a school ID.
This 5-acre corn maze offers color-coded cues for easy, intermediate, and difficult paths through the maze, making it suitable for all ages. The best deal is the Twilight Pass for $15 starting at 7 p.m., which covers admission to all activities on the farm.
New York, NY
This historical farmland (dating to 1697) is considered New York state's longest continuously farmed site. The grounds host numerous events, including a 3-acre corn maze. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 4 to 11.
Spring Grove, IL
This farm in northern Illinois boasts 33 acres of corn hiding five separate mazes. This year’s maze honors 2016’s World Series winning Chicago Cubs. General admission is $16 for ages 13 and up and $13 for ages 4 to 12, and includes activities such as access to a 50-foot-high observation tower.