When the leaves change and the weather cools, many—especially in Midwestern states like Ohio—turn to the harvest-time ritual of weaving one’s way through a labyrinthine field of corn. We rounded up a handful of contenders that will give you an opportunity to breathe in that crisp autumn air and experience the countryside at its most colorful.
Lynd Fruit Farms: 9399 Morse Rd. SW, Pataskala
Lynd’s themed maze is over eight acres and features a scavenger hunt. If you missed last year’s Dinosaur theme, fear not: This year’s 7 SEAS MAZE is sure to impress. You can visit the maze Friday-Sunday from Sept. 3rd-Oct. 31.
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Circle S Farms: 9015 London Groveport Rd., Grove City
Sporting a corn maze, hayrides, and a Pumpkin Café, Circle S Farms is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth with cider, donuts, and a variety of fall produce. A weekday group reservation of 10 or more @ $7.50/person will get you admission to the hayride, barn, petting zoo, Corn and Sunflower Mazes, Bale Cave, and a pumpkin, donut, and cup of cider.
The Maize at Little Darby Creek: 8657 Axe Handle Rd., Milford Center
This 160-acre family farm just a 30-minute drive from Columbus sure offers a lot. It’s less a corn maze and more so a corn complex, offering ropes courses, paintball, and over-sized volleyball among giant hay bales. On Friday and Saturday nights Oct. 8-30, you can also explore the “A Field of Fright,” a haunted path that opens at dark.
Lehner’s Pumpkin Farm: 2920 S.R. 203, Radnor
Big kid pedal cars that look more like go-karts, a 10-acre corn maze, and barnyard activities for the young and young at heart: What’s not to love? And with climbing walls, a scalable pyramid made of tires, and a beautiful brick farmhouse, you’re sure to make some incredible memories—and get some super-cool photos.
Young’s Jersey Dairy: 6880 Springfield Xenia Rd., Yellow Springs
This last one is worth the day trip. After exploring the 3.5-acre maze with over a mile of path, take time to visit the animals and try your hand at batting cages and a mini-golf course. And did we mention the ice cream?
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