2016 Update: Corn maze open from September 3 – November 6, 2016. This years theme celebrates 275th anniversary corn maze commemorating farming in Middlefield. Check out my list of 50 family-friendly fall events around Connecticut.
32 Reeds Gap Rd, Middlefield, CT 860-349-1793
I met a friend and her two kids for a playdate at Lyman Orchards on a Monday afternoon. The maze opens at 3pm on weekdays — something I didn’t know before getting there. Since we were a little early for the maze we decided to get lunch at the Apple Barrel store.
Tickets for the maze cost $10 for ages 13 and up, $5 for ages 4-12, and ages 3 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased online or at the corn maze.
TIP: Save money with your Big Y card and coins. Purchase must be made at corn maze.
After you buy your ticket you are given a map of the maze and questions that will give you clues on which directions to go. They have different categories of questions to choose from. We decided we’d have the best luck with movies and children’s questions.
We’ve visited Lyman Orchards for blueberry picking and their sunflower maze in the past but this was my first time navigating their corn maze. Each year the maze features a different theme. This year the theme was 1960’s British Invasion. The path of the maze was carved into the faces of The Beatles. There were also facts about 1960’s music posted throughout the maze.
We were the first (and only) people to enter the maze which meant that the kids could run and choose the path. They were amazed at the height of the corn and were excited to find ears of corn that had fallen on the path.
There were posts throughout the maze that coincided with trivia questions. The answer to the question would give you a clue about which way to go. If you needed even more help navigating the paths there were friendly “Corn Cops” who could help point you in the right direction.
I had no idea how complex the maze was going to be. We certainly got lost! It took us about and hour to complete the whole maze. If I were to do it again with toddlers I would only complete half (there’s an exit halfway through).
Even though the maze was a little advanced, it made for a fun afternoon. The girls were exhausted and were practically asleep before we left the parking lot.
What are some of your favorite fall activities? Have you visited Lyman’s corn maze before?