The cooler fall weather brings a welcome relief after months of Texas heat, and there’s no better way to usher in the season than with pumpkin picking, hayrides and getting lost in a maze. From cornstalks to hay fields, these farms are going maze crazy and creating some of the most amazing mazes to get lost in for the day.
15410 Interstate 20
Canton, TX 75103
Chuck and Kama Bozeman go all out in ushering in the seasons, with a fall-filled pumpkin fest and a Christmas tree winter wonderland. The Bozemans get artistic with their three-acre corn maze—carving out a twisting-turning new design each year. This year’s maze celebrates the 100th anniversary of the American Cancer Society with an awesome design of “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts. Those looking for spooky sensations can bring along their flashlight and try the maze at night every Saturday in October. This 42-acre spread doesn’t just offer visitors one of the best corn mazes around, but it also has a plethora of nostalgic-themed activities ranging from retro rides and pig races to corn cannons and old time games. Bring your appetite because the fried marshmallows in chocolate sauce are not to be missed. The farm is open on weekends from September 21 to November 10. Admission is $11.95 for ages three and up.
Hall’s Pumpkin Farm
3420 Hall Johnson Road
Grapevine, TX 76051
Pumpkins, scarecrows, haystacks and farm animals make up the backdrop for this mind-boggling two-acre corn maze. If all of the twists, turns and abrupt dead-ends aren’t challenging enough in the daytime, bring along your flashlight to try to navigate it in the dark. After getting lost in the maze, take one of the hayride farm tours for a feeding session with the horses and cows. Don’t forget your camera, you’ll want a photo of your little pumpkin with all of Hall’s gigantic ones. The pumpkin farm is open everyday from October 4 through October 31. Admission to the maze is $5 and hayrides are $2, check or cash only.
22142 County Road 181
Bullard, TX 75757
During the fall, Cleve and Lesley Moore welcome over 10,000 visitors each season for pumpkin picking, hayrides and to get lost in a four-acre cornfield maze. There’s a miniature hay maze for the little ones, along with pumpkin cut-outs, small barns and plenty of farm animals to round out the experience. The fall season of fun at Moore Farms runs every weekend from September 28 through October 27. Admission is $8 and includes all activities, plus a free pumpkin from the field.
Sweet Berry Farm
1801 FM 1980
Marble Falls, TX 78654
Although this farm is about a three-hour drive from downtown Dallas, it is well worth it for fall fun. Experiencing the scenic Hill Country’s fall colors makes this trip worth the drive. The awesome nine-foot-tall hayfield maze stretching out over four acres is an added bonus. This maze is a perfect example of how creative these labyrinths can be. It is elaborately cut out in the shape of Texas filled with a myriad of pathways leading to actual Texas destinations. The object is to follow the marked pathways through destinations listed on a game card, much like traveling around the state with a map. If all else fails, you can always pull out your GPS to find your way out. There is also a smaller hayfield maze for little ones, a barrel train, berry bounce, horse rides, hayrides, loads of crafts, food and thousands of pumpkins. There is no admission, but there are activity fees, including $2.50 for the small maze and $7 for the Texas maze. The Harvest Fall of Fun runs from the last weekend in September through the first weekend in November.
The Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch
Double Oak Ranch
5100 Cross Timbers Road
Flower Mound, TX 75028
Those looking for outdoor fall action closer to home will certainly find plenty of it at this famous pumpkin patch. There are bounce houses galore, hay rides, miniature train rides, face painting, food and fields with hundreds of pumpkins to wander through. Maze-goers can choose between two hay bale mazes, one for the little tykes and a larger one for older visitors that includes a tunnel entrance and a fort with a slide at the end. The patch is open every day from October 1 through October 31. Parking is $5, but all of the activities are free. If you go, be sure you’re at the Pumpkin Patch and not Pumpkin Village, located next door. The farms are completely different.
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