by Amy L.
It’s that time again; time to put the swimsuits and flip flops away in exchange for old sneakers, a sweater and maybe a flashlight (or two!). As the cooler weather chases away the heat and humidity, many Southwest Michigan families are excited about all the fun the fall season brings.
If your family enjoys adventurous, challenging fun (and a little exercise as a bonus), schedule a family day to enjoy one of these eight corn mazes located less than an hour from Kalamazoo.
SW Michigan Corn Mazes
Gull Meadow Farms located at 8544 Gull Road, Richland, MI 49083 has been a fall family favorite since 1985. Their six-acre corn maze is in the shape of two hot air balloons. Guests work to complete five punch stations throughout the maze. A family friendly night maze begins on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 pm. The last admission to the night maze is at 9:00 pm. Admission to the night maze only is $8. New this year! Guests purchasing activity admission on Friday and Saturday will have access to the night corn maze at no additional cost. Gull Meadows Night Maze is open September 30th – October 29th.
Harvest Moon Acres, located at 18725 M-40 Highway, Gobles, MI 49055 considers itself “family fun down on the farm.” The impressive five-acre Giant Corn Maze is open September 17th until October 30th and features trivia and games along the way. The 2016 Giant Corn Maze theme is “Deep Sea Adventure.” For a spooky twist, Flashlight Nights are every Saturday in October until 10:00 pm. Bring a flashlight or purchase one at the farm. Guests must arrive at 9:00 pm or earlier to participate. Other attractions at Harvest Moon Acres include a petting zoo, fun zone featuring 40-ft castle slide, pumpkin slingshots, ziplines, kids crazy turn maze. Admission is $8 per person for all guests over 2-years old.
The Battle Creek Corn Maze is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in September and October. Located at 20309 Capital Ave NE, Battle Creek, MI 49017, guests can enjoy several different mazes from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturdays, and 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sundays. Flashlight mazes are featured on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Other activities at The Battle Creek Corn Maze include life-size foosball, pirate ship, hay bale maze, racing slides, and pumpkin corral. Prices for the corn mazes vary by age from free to $7 per guest. Guests can participate in the flash light maze for $7 and bring their own flashlights or purchase one at the maze.
Crane Orchards in Fennville, MI boasts one of the largest corn mazes in Southwest Michigan. The 20-acre maze features new challenges and surprises every year. The maze is open during Crane Orchards’ u-pick apple picking times, weekends 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm and weekdays 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. The maze is located at 6054 124th Avenue, Fennville, MI 49408. Guests 5 and under have free admission, guests 6 to 10 years of age are $5, and guests 10 years-adults are $7.
Country Mill, located at Country Mill, 4648 Otto Road, Charlotte, MI 48813, charges $3 for admission to their corn maze. The maze is open from now until the end of October; Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. A unique opportunity for families at Country Mill is the Pick a Peck for People event. During this event, guests volunteer their time to pick bags of apples that are donated to the Greater Lansing Food Bank. After picking, each volunteer is given a free ticket to the hayride or corn maze.
Jollay Orchards features a Harvest Festival every weekend from September 3rd through November 1st, from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm. During the festival, families can participate in a number of activities, including pond fishing, cornfield maze, playground, haunted house, caterpillar crawl, mother nature’s ag-venture, and a hayride to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch. Children and adults have a $8.95 admission fee while children under two-years of age are free. Senior citizens over age 65 have a $2 admission. Jollay Orchards is located at 1850 Friday Road, Coloma, MI 49038.
Cotant’s Farm Market and Greenhouse, located a short 45-minute drive from Kalamazoo in Hastings, MI, boasts a 14-acre corn maze. The challenging twists and turns of this maze are filled with games and surprises along the way. Families are able to enjoy other activities as well, including u-pick apples, pumpkin patch, and indoor family fun activity center. The farm is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. The fun is waiting at 2500 S M-37 Hwy, Hastings, MI 49058.
Corey Lake Orchards in Three Rivers, MI has two corn mazes new for the 2016 season for families to enjoy. The first maze is a pumpkin and sorghum grass trail featuring eight activity stops and a weekly prize giveaway. Entrance to the maze is free with any $10 purchase from the market. Maps are available and children must be supervised at all times. The second new corn maze is described as simple but includes fun riddles for families to solve along the way. The corn maze is recommended for children ages 6 to 16-years of age and takes between 15 and 30 minutes to complete. Entrance to the corn maze is $3 per person or $10 per car full of guests. The mazes are located at 12147 Corey Lake Road, Three Rivers, Michigan and the farm is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Saturday through Sunday. Enter the corn mazes no later than 5:00 pm to ensure completion before the end of the hours of operation.
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