Guide to Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes in Raleigh, N.C.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 10am by Tabletop Media Group
We’ve rounded up some of the best classic autumn activities in the Raleigh area! From pumpkin patches to haunted mazes, there’s an activity for everyone in the family to have a little fun in the crisp fall air.
Get lost in a sea of corn as you take on Ken's Korny Corn Maze, a fall tradition for more than 15 years in the town of Garner. Navigating the nearly 2.5-miles of twists and turns through the six-foot-tall corn stalks typically takes between 60 and 75 minutes to complete. For a handful of nights during Halloween season (Oct. 18, 19, 25, 26 and 31 and Nov. 1 in 2019), the maze turns into Harvested Farm Nightmares, where you'll be chased by spooky spirits, brain-eating zombies and escaped convicts—seriously, here's what you're up against!
Beginning the weekend of Sept. 21, 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, they made it public for the fall and Christmas seasons so they could share their family traditions with you and your family. Bring the whole crew out this fall to find the perfect carving pumpkin—a variety of specialty pumpkins and gourds, as well as corn stalks and hay bales, are on hand to help decorate your home for the season. With the farm’s beautiful backdrop, it’s a great place for family pictures—bring the camera and take pictures on their vintage John Deere for 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 perfect for the whole family. Start with a hayride on a tractor-pulled wagon before picking out your own pumpkin in their pumpkin patch, followed by a visit to the petting zoo. Then it’s off to the races as you wander through the 10-acre corn maze, with this year’s theme being “Pirate’s Lost Treasure.” After the corn maze, the kids won't want to miss out on playing on the giant pirate ship. At night you can conquer the maze by flashlight, and a group campfire awaits (for an additional fee) as the perfect way to cap an autumn evening—bring your own S'mores ingredients!
Page Farms is a fourth generation family farm bringing you fresh fruits and vegetables all year long. Pumpkin season begins the weekend of Sept. 21-22 in 2019, so plan your visit to pick a pumpkin fresh off the vine. After you’ve found the perfect pumpkin, see the farm animals or go on a hayride around the farm!
Cary's Phillips Farm has been serving the area for more than 100 years! Plan your trip out for a fun (or ghoulish!) fall night with the family-friendly corn maze and haunted farm. Need a little scare to get you into the Halloween spirit? Visit the Field of Lost Souls, Gore House, Rebellion Trail and more for a fright! Both the maze and the haunted farm will open in late Sept. and will operate through the first weekend of Nov.
Celebrate all the fall produce that comes with cooler temps at Ragan & Holly’s Pumpkin Patch in Apex. A great selection of pumpkins are picked fresh every morning to choose from; also shop for tomatoes, grapes, peaches and more while they’re in season! Don’t leave without getting a scoop (or two) of their famous homemade ice cream.
In Wake Forest, Medlin Farm is the ideal place to enjoy all the fall fun, with gem mining, countryside hayrides offering views of wild turkeys and a 6-foot tall corn maze to get lost in. Pick your own exotic pumpkin on your way out—Medlin offers a variety of shapes, sizes and colors so that whichever one you choose is guaranteed to stand out from your neighbors’ porch displays!
This friendly family-run farm in Wake Forest ensures that everyone will have a good time, no matter how old you are. Take a short trip on a hayride, shoot corn at targets, complete Corn Quest while you twist and turn through an 8-acre corn maze and finish by picking out a pumpkin to paint a masterpiece on. Tractor’s also offers a wide selection of exotic pumpkins, including blue dolls, pink dolls, ghost and goblin pumpkins. Open Sept. 21 through the end of Oct.
You’re more than likely going to get lost in Crossroads’ 5-acre corn maze, but that’s part of what makes it so fun! Afterwards, race through the hay maze or take a relaxing hayride around the farm. For the bold thrillseekers, tackle the corn maze at night every Sat. and Sun.,Oct. 4-Nov. 2 at this farm located in Wake Forest; remember to bring a flashlight! Additional fall activities include pumpkin picking, giant Jenga, volleyball, S’mores making and more.
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