5 a-MAZE-ing Corn Adventures within 1 hour of Halifax
Fall is the best season to get out and explore Halifax and beyond. It’s the season of crisp breezes and comforting, rich flavours; apple picking and pumpkin carving.
This is also the time of year that corn mazes crop up all over the province. Exploring a corn maze is a great way to get outside and have some fun with family and friends. Here are five great ones to check out this Fall, all within a 1 hour drive of the city:
10009 Highway 1, Greenwich, NS
This farm could be considered a family fun supercentre, with a corn maze, geocaching challenge, u-pick, rope maze, duck races, washer toss game, haunted house, wagon rides and barnyard adventures all included in one area! The corn maze itself has a different theme each year and there are story boards and picture boards placed throughout that you have to find in order to solve the puzzles in your activity sheet. The maze is huge so you definitely have to use strategy to make your way through and find all the clues, but the trivia is simple enough that kids of all ages can figure it out. If you want more of a challenge, you can complete the maze by flashlight between 7-10pm or come to the special haunted Halloween weekend Oct 24th-25th and be scared out of your wits! Check out the website for admission prices and hours (they vary by day/week).
1112 Falmouth Dyke Rd, Falmouth NS
With admission at only $5 per person (free for children under 4), this is easily one of the more affordable mazes you can visit. And the location of this maze is perfect for making a day of it, with popular attractions such as On-Tree Zipline Park, The Dill Farm (home of the famous giant pumpkins), and Saint Famille Winery within 10 minutes. There is also the Manning Family Farm Market and Daniel’s U-Pick close-by for you to pick up some Fall produce and baked goods to take home. Open from Noon to Dusk on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays from September 7th to October 26th, and Fridays from 3 pm until Dusk (noon until dusk Oct 24th). Open weekdays by reservation.
10622 Highway #2 Masstown, NS
Captain Cob’s is located at the ever popular Masstown Market. Mascots for the maze are Captain Cob and Pumpkin Patch, two vegetable pirates that challenge you to solve the corn conundrum! Which is appropriate considering this land was originally farmed by a sea captain. The maze is part of 20 acres of attractions, including an inflatable obstacle course, petting zoo, adventure playground, strawberry u-pick, pony rides and snack bar – not to mention the bustling market. Admission costs $12 for adults, $10 for children (free under 4), $35 for a family of 4, and season passes are also available.
$1.00 from each admission will be donated to Harvest for Hunger NS, so you can feel good spending your money here.
660 Onslow Road, Truro NS
This corn maze is definitely not filled with happy vegetables and fun trivia! Instead, it’s guarded by demented clowns and chainsaw-happy murderers. Their slogan, “you’ll pay to get in but you’ll pray to get out” pretty much says it all. With 2 haunted corn mazes and 4 haunted houses, you get a lot of scare for $25. I think it goes without saying that this maze is not for the faint-of-heart! It’s always quite busy so choose your visit date/time carefully, but if you want to skip the line, advance tickets are available at MacQuarries Pharmasave in Truro ($27). Keep in mind it is cash only for tickets purchased at the maze. Hurry – the children are DYING to MEAT you (mwahaha!).
NS Route 202, Gore NS, B0N 1P0
When you live in a place called “Gore”, it seems only natural to open a haunted corn maze! Located at Courthouse Hill Farms, you can enjoy this maze during the day if you prefer a quieter, tamer experience or come by at night to brave the haunted maze and haunted house. Sunday nights are “grad nights”, where the money raised goes to support local high school grads. Check out their website here for details of ticket prices and hours.
Whether you want to learn more about our local agriculture, get some exercise and fresh air, be scared out of your mind, or do all three, there is a corn maze for you to enjoy in Nova Scotia this Fall.