Forget the heat – fall has arrived. Pumpkins are plump and the corn is high. If you’re looking for a fun seasonal activity for the whole family, get your sneakers on and get ready to be puzzled and challenged by one of the many Tampa Bay-area corn mazes. And if you make it through, there just might be a pumpkin patch, hayride and more at the other end.
Sweetfields Farm
17250 Benes Roush Rd.
Masaryktown, FL 34604
(352) 279-0977
www.sweetfieldsfarm.com

Sweetfield’s fall corn maze has been described as a “life-sized labyrinth” by the Kessel family, who own this organic farm. From the very first step, you can expect to be dazzled and challenged. But if the big stalks are too much for your little ones, Sweetfields also has a child-size hay bale maze or you can choose a straw maize. Top off your day with a hayride and a visit to the scarecrow contest and the pumpkin patch.

Fox Squirrel Corn Maze
3002 Charlie Taylor Rd.
Plant City, FL 33565
(770) 861-0655
www.foxsquirrelcornmaze.com

Fox Squirrel has been owned by the Futch family for five generations and was Hillsborough County’s first corn maze. There are a plethora of twists, turns and dead ends in the paths cut through the giant eight-foot stalks. Hang on to your maps when you enter this maze of maize and remember that no matter how lost you think you are, you can count on coming out the other end with a story to tell.

Cornfusuion Crop Maze And Family Fall Festival
13444 Moore Rd.
Lakeland, FL 33809
(863) 859-6472
www.cornfusion.com

This year’s corn maze theme at the Smith Family Ranch is “God Made a Rancher” and it takes up eight of the farm’s 20 acres. There’s also a kiddie corn or hay maze for the little ones. And once you master whichever maze you choose, you can jump on a cow train, play with a corn cannon, watch a tractor pull or enjoy a hayride. Oh yeah, and don’t forget the face painting, jumping pillow and pony rides!

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HorsePower For Kids
8005 S. Racetrack Rd.
Tampa, FL 33635
(813) 855-8992
www.horsepowerforkids.com

Pumpkins are already gathered from the field for you at HorsePower for Kids. But there’s much more at this farm and stable. Kids can enjoy cow train rides and a kiddie corn maze. Or, if you like, there’s also a straw or hay bale maze. Make it through and you’ll be able to go on a goat walk, enjoy horse-drawn hay rides, a tractor-pulled hay ride or a wagon ride. If you’re not tuckered out after all that, take a pony ride or visit the petting zoo and meet the farm animals.

Harvest Holler Corn Maze
950 Tavares Rd.
Polk City, FL 33868
(863) 326-7910
www.harvestholler.com

Harvest Holler is a working family farm with a big welcome mat, especially in the fall. In addition to the giant corn stalk maze, you’ll be able to meet and greet real farm animals, ride a cow train and even play with the cows in their own backyards. If you crave more adventure, climb the hay fort and then don’t forget to browse the pumpkin patch — already picked and ready; they’re the real stars of the fall season.

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Maryann Tobin is an award-winning writer based in Tampa, Florida. She has appeared on the History Channel’s ‘DECODED’ series, and her investigative reporting on animal welfare issues led to a WTSP 10 News Investigators report. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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