It's an annual tradition at Illinois farms and orchards: can you find your way out of a giant corn maze?
This year, to go along with the Illinois Bicentennial events happening all over Illinois, farms and orchards throughout the state are adding a new twist to their maze designs, incorporating images in honor of Illinois' 200th Birthday on December 3, 2018.
Continue reading for images and information on Bicentennial-themed corn mazes in Illinois. And check this page throughout the summer as more corn mazes join in on the byzantine Bicentennial fun.
The maze at Richardson Adventure Farm represents the top portion of the state with Lake Michigan on the right side, with a sailboat in the lake and Chicago with Navy Pier Ferris wheel. On the left we have the Mississippi River with the bridge to Dubuque, a barge going up the river, and the St. Louis arch down below. In the center, some farming operations and the State Capitol Building with Abe Lincoln’s head above.
The farm is open from September 1st through November 4th, with hours on Thursday (3 p.m.–10 p.m.), Friday and Saturday (10 a.m.–11 p.m.), and Sunday (noon–10 p.m.). For a spooky experience, the maze is open until midnight on September 21 and 22 and October 26 and 27. Click here for pricing information.
Royal Oak Farm Orchard doesn't grow corn, so this isn't exactly a corn maze—but they do have one of the country's only mazes composed entirely of mature apple trees. Because the trees are permanently planted, the maze's design stays the same from year to year, so there won't be any special Bicentennial theme hidden in the trees themselves. Instead, there are plenty of Bicentennial-themed games and activities to enjoy as you journey through the maze. Answer questions about Illinois history and you may win some prizes!
Starting September 1st, the orchard is open daily through October 31 with the following hours:
Abbey Farms will have two different fields incorporating Bicentennial designs — one for each century of Illinois. Each maze is a challenge all in itself, so returning over multiple visits is sure to be rewarding. Plus, the fields will look even more different on Saturday nights, when the farm keeps the mazes open for the evening hours.
Abbey Farms opens for the season on September 22 and is available to visit Wednesday–Sunday through October 28. See the website below for specific times.
Beginning in late September, Hardy's Reindeer Ranch opens for weekends filled with fall activities, including hay rides such as hay rides and demonstrations of Jack Splat — a cannon that can launch a 10-inch pumpkin nearly half a mile. The 10-acre corn maze is challenging enough by day, but you can also enter the maze at night, flashlights in hand, for a spooky experience known as Moonlight Madness. Call ahead for evening hours.
In September, the ranch is open Wednesday–Saturday (10 am. to 8 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m. to 8 p.m.). In October, hours extend to Monday–Thursday (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.), Friday–Saturday (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.), and Sunday (noon to 8 p.m.)
Free admission at Dollinger Family Farm includes finding your perfect pumpkin, visiting with farm animals, petting the goats in the goat pen, romping in the corn bin, exploring a playground with unique structures including a pirate ship, hobbit hole, sand box and lots of hay in which to play. See how bees make honey in the bee barn, explore the way Native Americans lived in a teepee, learn about antique farm equipment in the machine shed, and visit a unique gift shop.
While admission at Dollinger Family Farm is free, the Bicentennial-themed corn maze requires an additional fee; on weekends, the farm offers a $12 package for admission to the maze plus rides on the tractor and train.
The farm is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. from September 17th through October 30th.
Every year, All Seasons Apple Orchard converts 10 acres into a pair of corn mazes — one short path for youngsters and a larger one for more intrepid explorers. For 2018, the farm mixes things up with an Illinois-inspired photo scavenger hunt, as well as a Bicentennial-themed corn maze passport.
The orchard is open September 1 to November 4 on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends (plus Labor Day and Columbus Day) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In the fall season, The Great Pumpkin Patch will have an Illinois-themed display made of over 200 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds. Before the patch even opens for the season, The Homestead Bakery will be displaying a cake for Illinois' birthday made completely from repurposed materials. Recently featured in Arthur's Freedom Celebration parade, the cake will remain on display through the end of the year. Visitors are welcome to stop by anytime to see this amazing cake!
The Great Pumpkin Patch is open seven days a week, September 8th through October 31st, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
At the fourth-generation family farm, over 11,000 trees sprout 17 varieties of apples, but that's just a fraction of the fall fun to be had at Tanners Orchard. This year's Bicentennial-themed corn maze features a pair of apples next to an outline of Illinois. In the Back 40 Fun Acres, visitors have unlimited access to attractions such as barrel train rides, pedal carts, and pony rides.
Through October 31, Tanners Orchard is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The corn maze itself is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturdays, known as Festival Days, all the farms' attractions are included in the Buy the Farm pass, $15 per person.
The Autumnal Festival on September 15 will feature a state symbols scavenger hunt, as well as featured Illinois authors in the Literary Garden.
Along with the corn maze, Curtis Orchard also has a new addition this year in honor of the Bicentennial: a litter of six kittens — Abe, Corn, Beans, Champaign, Prairie, and Monarch.
From now through October 31st, the orchard is open Monday–Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Designed by Jensine Williams, Pumpkin Creek Farms' four-acre corn maze takes inspiration from the Bicentennial logo. As you navigate the maze, Illinois-themed trivia keeps you on your toes.
Pumpkin Creek's maze opens Saturday, September 8, and runs through October 31. Take on the maze (and enjoy other fall activities) Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
This five-acre maze boasts miles of twists and turns and games to play along the way. Just make sure not to get lost in Lincoln’s giant stovepipe hat.
As part of Stade's Farm & Market's Shades of Autumn Fall Festival, a two-acre corn maze challenges the entire family with Illinois trivia questions. That's in addition to all the other fall activities, including the ever-popular pumpkin barrel train.
The festival runs from Saturday, September 8, through Monday, October 8. The festival is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with additional Fridays in October.
The maze at Kristin's Pumpkin Patch incorporates the shape of Illinois. While you're visiting, take a free hay ride or grab a set of clippers to head out into the patch and choose your own pumpkin right where it's growing.
Opening for the season on September 21st, the patch is open Friday–Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Located in Springfield, Bomke's Patch lets you navigate a Bicentennial-themed maze within minutes of the Illinois capital — making it a great companion to a weekend trip to explore the state's heritage at sites like the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum. Like at Pumpkin Creek Farms, Bomke's 13-acre maze spices things up with Illinois-themed trivia. Be sure to bring a smartphone with you so you can participate.
Staring September 21, Bomke's Patch is open Friday–Sunday until the last weekend in October. While you're there, pick up one of over 50 different varieties of pumpkins and gourds, warm up with food, or enjoy fall activities such as wagon rides and a petting zoo.
Farms in Illinois with Bicentennial-themed corn mazes or activities include the following:
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