Looking for fun fall ideas! Have fun getting lost in one of dozens of Michigan corn mazes that are sure to amuse and amaze visitors of all ages. A Michigan corn maze is a giant, rustling, walk-through puzzle with a series of paths in an intricate design that lead to loops, dead ends, and eventually, the exit.
Michigan corn mazes usually range in size from 4 to 20 acres and can involve miles of pathways. The lines that create the design are actually wide footpaths that have been hand or machine-cut through a field of 8 to 10-foot high corn stalks. The designs, as seen from above, might depict a barn, farm animals, dinosaurs, a pirate ship or locomotive; the Pumpkin Factory in Belleville is featuring a Michigan corn maze that looks like a pumpkin patch with the Pure Michigan logo.
Corn mazes in Michigan are a family-friendly autumn activity, and many farmers cater to all ages with larger and more intricate corn mazes for older kids and adults, and smaller corn mazes made of straw bales for the young ones. Many Michigan farms also offer fun fall activities such as free entertainment, pony rides, petting zoos, games and crafts. Some also operate a cider mill, and at others you can take a hayride to a pumpkin patch to pick your own Jack-O-Lantern material.
Crazy for Michigan Corn Mazes
Here’s a sampling of farms that are making the corn maze an agri-tourism phenomenon in Michigan. Join the fall fun and prepare to be a-mazed!
Alber Orchard & Cider Mill in Manchester, Michigan hopes you’ll be on board with its 7-acre locomotive corn maze, where there are clues hidden to help you find your way. The 1890 farmstead still uses its original press to make fresh Michigan apple cider and you can take a horse-drawn wagon ride to the pumpkin patch.
Bestmaze in the Williamston/Webberville area sculpts a 20-acre Michigan corn maze with a laser tag area within! There’s also a separate Trail of Terror on October weekends.
Country Corn Maze in Corunna, Michigan lays out a 25-acre corn maze with more than seven miles of paths.
Crane Orchards in Fennville is known for its apples and its Pie Pantry & Restaurant, but there’s also a 20-acre theme Michigan corn maze, a 20-acre haunted maze, and a 3D special effects barn. Other fun autumn activities include hayrides and cow train for the kids.
Ed Dunneback & Girls Fruit Farm in Grand Rapids has fun fall ideas for everyone. In addition to the Michigan corn maze you can select seasonal fruit and produce, pick a pumpkin for Halloween, and enjoy fresh baked goods plus soups and sandwiches on the weekends.
Farmer J’s Corn Maze in Dundee, Michigan has a family-friendly corn maze that is open both during the day and night.
Fruit Ridge Hayrides in Kent City promise the most challenging 10-acre corn maze in West Michigan, with three interactive games built in. You can also enjoy the weekend Harvest Festival activities on the 130-year old fruit farm, and buy or pick your own apples.
Grandma’s Pumpkin Patch in Midland is more than a Michigan corn maze; there’s a hayride, cow train, pig races, apple slingshot and more down-on-the farm family fun activities.
Hayes Corn Maze in Rock, north of Escanaba, features a 7-acre corn maze, 1-acre hay bale maze, hay mountain, country store, “pumpkin slinger” and more.
Jacob’s Farm Market Barn in Traverse City on the historic, 1892 Witkop farm features a pirate-themed corn maze as well as its seasonal fruit and vegetable market.
New Salem Autumn Family Fun Spot in Dorr, Michigan has a family-friendly corn maze, a scary corn maze and haunted woods, plus pumpkin patch, hay rides, and farm animals.
Uncle John’s Cider Mill in St. Johns is much more than its apple cider, with a 5-acre Michigan corn maze and straw bale maze for young kids, a “Fruit Fling” for shooting apples, and a pumpkin patch, wagon ride and more fun autumn activities.
More Michigan Corn Maze Info
The daring can pack a flashlight and follow corn mazes in Michigan that are open at night. These are generally limited to older youths and adults because the corn mazes are not lit, and can be very dark and spooky. Some hint that their mazes may be “haunted.”
Everyone who visits a Michigan corn maze needs to wear good walking shoes for walking through fields and clothing appropriate for the weather. A bottle of water is a good idea---you never know how long it will take you to find your way out of the Michigan corn maze.
Corn mazes in Michigan generally operate Friday through Sunday during September and October, but some stay open until early November. Call ahead or consult the website of each corn maze for hours, rules, tips, group rates and calendars of these fun fall activities.