Best NJ corn mazes, pumpkin patches, hayrides for 2021
Looking to navigate a fun corn maze and eat some cider donuts, or maybe just load on on pumpkins, gourds and fall decor? The Garden State has you covered.
In each region of New Jersey, farms are offering a large range of fall festivities and attractions.
Through Halloween, there are corn mazes, hayrides, petting zoos — even monster truck rides and apple cannons.
Just as with apple picking there's some tips before heading out.
Call ahead, as activity times may vary. Sites are open, weather permitting.It’s also good to have cash on-hand, instead of hoping they take cards.
VonThun Farms (Middlesex and Warren Counties)
South Brunswick (519 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction)
Call ahead: 732-329-8656
Washington (438 Route 57 West, Washington)
Call ahead: 732-986-6816
The Von Thun family has two scenic farms in Middlesex and Warren counties. The "20th Anniversary of Spookley the Pumpkin" corn mazes open at both locations, starting Sept. 18.
Corn maze is included with all general admission tickets which also include unlimited hayrides, access to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch and more than 20 games and attractions suitable for all ages.
Tickets can be purchased online to save guests time as they arrive at the farm.
$14.99 General Admission for fall weekends, includes corn maze, unlimited hayrides to the pumpkin patch, 20+ activities & attractions, access to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch.
Etsch Farms (Middlesex County)
556 Buckelew Ave, Monroe Township
Call ahead: 732-794-6785
Open on Saturday and Sundays in October, as well as Columbus Day, noon - 6 p.m.
The corn maze for 2021 is themed around “Time 4 Donuts." There’s also pumpkin picking, a corn train, hayrides and apple cider donuts.
$14.99 (includes tax) ages 3 and up provides guest with a wristband that allows entry to major attractions: hayride, corn maze, corn train ride. Tickets can be pre-purchased, online.
Happy Day Farm
97 Daum Road, Manalapan
Call ahead: 732-977-3607
The 2021 Fall Harvest season runs Sept. 11 through Halloween (Oct. 31), with advance ticket purchase required to enter on weekends, $20 (plus tax) online, $23 cash on-site.
Saturdays & Sundays (Plus Fridays in October) - more than 30 games, attractions and photo ops included with admission fee. Children 1 and under are free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., last entry at 4 p.m. sharp.
Monday through Thursday, the pumpkin patch and pumpkinville (pumpkin houses & photo ops) are open. No admission fee to pick a pumpkin, just pay for what you pick. Weekday dmission for “pumpkinville” is $10 per person.
Alstede Farms (Morris County)
1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester
Call ahead: 908-879-7189
The 2021 Corn maze is themed “Eating in Season.” Pre-purchase timed-admission tickets online for pick-your-own containers, of a range of sizes, for produce or apples — that includes the produce itself, plus access to mazes and hayride attractions.
Weekend admission starts at $24.99, for visitors two and older. There are also farm animals and a cider mill at the farm, and separate Harvest Moon Hayrides.
Snyder’s Farm (Somerset County)
586 South Middlebush Road, Somerset
Call ahead: 732-496-0441
A corn maze with a butterfly theme is part of the fall fun in 2021. Open weekends in October, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for those two and older, and includes hayrides, access to pumpkin patch, corn maze, rubber duck races, spider web climb, photo ops, and more.
Stony Hill Farms (Morris County)
15 North Road, Chester
Call ahead: 908-879-2908
This year’s 10-acre corn maze theme, “Orchid Adventure,” pays tribute to Stony Hill Gardens’s roots, specializing in cut flower orchids. Weekend hayrides, plus seasonal flowers, baked goods, fruits, vegetables, pick-your-own apples and pumpkins, and other attractions.
Entry fees per person range from $10.99 (plus tax) for Pick-Your-Own, to $17.99 (plus tax) to add the corn mazes and trike racing, to $20.99 (plus tax) to add gem mining. Save $3 by purchasing online.
Ort Farms (Morris County)
25 Bartley Road, Long Valley
Call ahead: 908-876-3351
The 2021 Corn Maze has a theme honoring American farmers, with local food pantries as maze beneficiaries. Admission $8 (ages 2 and younger are free) includes access to pick your own fields, corn maze and hayrides (which are only weekends until Sept. 27).
There is also pumpkin picking, apple picking, hay rides, pony rides, farm animals, apple cannons and monster truck rides, with additional fees for use.
Argo’s Farm (Ocean County)
1250 Lacey Road, Forked River (section of Lacey)
Call ahead: 609-693-3513
The corn maze theme for 2021 is celebrating Lacey Township’s 150th Anniversary.
There’s a new “Gauntlet” obstacle course for all ages and a Goat Walk, in addition to hayrides, a double hay slide, and other fall fun, starting Sept. 18. On weekends, there’s also pig races.
Weekend (and Columbus Day) timed entrance admission is $15, for those older than two. In October, it’s $12 admission Wednesdays - Fridays, (open 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.)
A. Casola Farms (Monmouth County)
178 Route 34, Holmdel
2nd location opening: 200 Route 34, Holmdel
Call ahead: 732-332-1533
Casola has a pumpkin patch, petting zoo and daytime hayrides, open daily through the end of October.
On Weekends, there’s also pony rides, a haunted house, corn maze and sunflower maze. Plus, a Wild West Show four times each Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Fees apply to add on activities and pumpkin purchases.
Johnson’s Corner Farm (Burlington County)
133 Church Road, Medford
Call ahead: 609-654-8643
The Fall Harvest 2021 runs Sept. 11through Oct. 31. Wagon rides to our fields and orchards will run from 10-5 weekdays and 9:30-5 on weekends. Weekends through October include corn maze, sunflower stroll, gem mining and duck races, Discovery Barnyard and animal farm.
(Admission required for those 1 and older) Wagon ride online pre-purchase $5/person weekday, $6.50/person weekend, Walk-up, non-reserved (if available) $6/person weekday, $7.50/ person weekend
Customers must reserve Fall Harvest first, then upgrade to include weekend add-on fees of Sunflower Stroll, Corn Maze, and Discovery Barnyard admissions.
Giamarese Farm and Orchards (Middlesex County)
1555 Fresh Ponds Road, East Brunswick
Call ahead: 732-821-9494
Open daily in October for Fall Harvest Season. Saturdays and Sundays, hayride & corn maze available. Pick-Your-Own pumpkins, mums, straw bales, corn stalks, gourds and other fall decorations, plus food vendors and pony rides on weekends.
Hayrides, pony rides and corn maze require a ticket purchase. Some Pick-Your-Own varieties may require a minimum purchase; $5 minimum purchase for credit card sales.
Sahl’s Father Son Farm (Atlantic County)
420 West Pestalozzi Street, Galloway Township
Call ahead: 609-965-9300
Corn maze season, with a 2021 theme “Pray for Peace,” runs Sept. 25 through Oct. 30.
Flash light nights allow for night-time maze fun, if tickets are purchased by 7 p.m. (Grounds close at 9 p.m.) There’s also pumpkin picking, farm animals and other family fun.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Columbus Day: $11.95 admission (plus tax & fees) for those older than two.
Wightman Farms (Morris County)
1111 Mt Kemble Ave, Morristown
Call ahead: 973-425-9819
Fridays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Autumn harvest festival is on with hayrides, a giant corn maze, “mazeland” — with Hay Bale Maze, Rope Maze, Paver Maze, Rock Labyrinth, Hay Bale Pyramid — and apple picking orchard entry. Advance purchase tickets are available, $25 per person (Includes Tax). Children 3 years and under are free.
Donaldson Farms (Warren County)
358 Allen Road, Hackettstown
Call ahead: 908-852-9122
Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The farm market opens daily.
Fall Harvest Weekends run Sept. 25 through Oct. 31, plus Columbus Day — offering hayrides to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch, Indian corn picking, corn maze, corn cannon, and visits with ponies.
For 2021, the 9-acre corn maze is dedicated to “Sarah's Fight for Hope,”an all volunteer non-profit to support pediatric and adolescent cancer patients and families. Maze admission is $9 per person, (free for kids four and younger). $1 from each corn maze ticket will be donated to Sarah’s Fight for Hope Foundation.