Guide to Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes in Raleigh, N.C.
Friday, October 02, 2020, 10am by visitRaleigh
Fall is officially here! What better way to celebrate than with the best autumn activities the Raleigh area has to offer. Whether it’s picking through a pumpkin patch, getting lost in a corn maze or taking a relaxing hayride, these events and experiences will have you safely enjoying fall fun all season long.
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Get lost in a sea of corn as you take on Ken's Korny Corn Maze, a lasting fall tradition in the town of Garner celebrating its 22nd anniversary. Put your brain to the test, navigating the nearly 2.5-miles of twists and turns through the 6-foot-tall corn stalks. One trip through typically takes between 60 and 75 minutes to complete. Other activities—mini-golf, rubber duck races, a wooden pirate ship, concessions and more—are also on-site, as well as a produce center for all your seasonal fresh food needs.
Maze paths are 8-10 feet wide to help visitors maintain proper social distancing. Ken’s Korny Corn Maze also recommends that guests wear a face covering and use hand sanitizer as well. Hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the grounds.
Bring the whole family to pick your own pumpkin at DJ’s Berry Patch in Apex! This small N.C. farm is committed to providing the freshest and finest produce for every season. Not only do they have pumpkins to pick, but also beautiful fall mums. If you’re running short on time and can’t pick your own pumpkin, stop by the stand at DJ’s to shop a variety of pre-picked decorative pumpkins and gourds as well as Indian corn, sweet potatoes, apples and much more.
The Family Farm on Avent Ferry in Holly Springs has been in the same family for six generations! In 2012, the farm opened to the public for the fall and Christmas seasons to share farm traditions with you and your family. This includes finding the perfect carving pumpkin. A variety of specialty pumpkins and gourds, corn stalks and hay bales are also available to help you decorate your home for the season. Best of all, the farm’s beautiful backdrop makes it a great place for family pictures. Getting a classic shot on their vintage John Deere is a memory that will last a lifetime.
The Naylor Family Farm in Fuquay-Varina has all of your fall fun needs covered! With an emphasis on providing a safe, clean and entertaining place for all, the farm is pure entertainment for the whole family. Start out enjoying a hayride on a tractor-pulled wagon before moving on to pick out your own pumpkin in the pumpkin patch. From there, swing by the petting zoo for a supersized dose of cuteness, take a spin on the pedal karts, mine for gems or enjoy various themed playground areas. Finally, it’s off to the races as you wander through the 10-acre corn maze. Families can even conquer the maze at night by flashlight and cap off an autumn evening with a group campfire (for an additional fee).
Venture out to Page Farms, a fourth-generation family farm bringing you fresh fruits and vegetables all year long. With the 2020 pumpkin season in full swing, visitors can come pick pumpkins fresh off the vine, spend time with farm animals and even go on a hayride around the farm! Face coverings are required for guests where social distancing is not possible.
Phillips Farm in Cary has been serving the area for more than 100 years! Plan your trip out for a family-friendly afternoon navigating the farm’s corn maze. Or, if you need a little scare to get you into the Halloween spirit, experience a ghoulish night at Haunted Farm where you can visit the Field of Lost Souls and Rebellion Trail (Fri. and Sat. evenings). Both the maze and Haunted Farm are open now through the first weekend of Nov. Local tip: While credit cards are accepted for admission, bring cash to avoid long lines and to make other purchases like concessions, pumpkins and other ticketed activities.
For the 2020 season, Phillips Farm is encouraging social distancing by limiting the number of visitors and breaking their busiest days into two sessions. All guests are also encouraged to wear a face covering.
Celebrate all the fall produce that come with cooler temps at Ragan & Holly’s Pumpkin Patch in Apex. Choose from a great selection of pumpkins picked fresh every morning while also shopping for tomatoes, grapes, peaches and more while they’re in season. You can also pick up hay bales, mums and cornstalks to add to your fall décor. Be sure to get a scoop (or two) of their famous homemade ice cream as well!
For great pumpkin picking in Wake Forest, Medlin Farm is the place to be. Venture right into the patch to pluck the perfect gourds just like the working farmers do. You can also opt for one already harvested. Medlin offers a variety of shapes, sizes and colors guaranteed to stand out from your neighbors’ porch displays!
This friendly, family-run farm in Wake Forest ensures everyone has a good time, no matter how old you are. Take on the Corn Quest while twisting and turning through 8 acres of corn maze, both in the daylight and after dark. From there, it’s pumpkin picking time. Browse two patches for regular orange varieties as well as blue and pink dolls, ghost white and warty goblins! Open now through Oct. 24.
Getting hopelessly lost in Crossroads’ 5-acre corn maze is part of what makes visiting so much fun! Race through the hay maze as well or take a relaxing hayride around the farm. There’s also pumpkin picking, giant Jenga, volleyball, S’mores making and more. Bold thrill seekers can even find out what happens when the stalks go dark (remember to bring a flashlight and tons of excitement to the Wake Forest farm if visiting on a Fri. or Sat. evening!).
Header photo by Keenan Hairston
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