Okay, I admit it, I have never been to a corn maze.
I talk about it each and every year but I hem and haw and before you know it, it’s over with. So this year I said to my husband, we are going no if’s, and’s or but’s about it. And even though I am no spring chicken and my grand kids don’t live here, I wanted to go. Sometimes I am like a little kid. They say you are only as old as you feel.
The corn maze is located on Long and Scott Farms at 26216 County Road 448A, in Mt. Dora, FL 32757. It is actually only about 25 minutes from my house in Clermont and super easy to get to. This year they are celebrating 10 years of their Corn Maze Adventures.
Being a part of Orlando’s Family/Kids Guide I figured I would email them and see if they would like a review a done. So I was offered 2 tickets and off we went.
Today, September 29th was opening day and I said let’s get there early. It is open on Saturday’s from 10 AM to 5 PM with the last ticket sold at 3 PM and Sunday from 1 PM to 5 PM also last ticket sold at 3 PM. Tickets are $11.00 – 17 and up, $9.00 ages 3-16 and under 3 free. The fishing is $2.00 per child and the hay ride is $4.00 per person with under 3 free. I have seen the tickets this year and last on Groupon for $11.00 for 2 people but you have to jump on that deal because there are only so many and they sell out super fast. That is actually how I found out about the maze last year, I had seen it on Groupon.
Besides the Corn Mazes, they have a ton of other fun things to do. They have a zip line (for kids under 100 lbs.), a slide, a kids corn maze, a tree maze, a cafe, a country store and don’t forget the hay ride. You can find out more information about their mazes here.
We started off with some breakfast at the cafe, so we had a lot of energy to do most of the activities.
We went through the corn maze first. You have to watch video before you enter and there are some rules but really just ordinary things you shouldn’t do like run, swear, smoke and a couple other ones. Then when you exit that you see the slide and tunnel. After that you can choose to go to the maze or you can head over to the zip line. Of course you can always stop and fish a little. They are waiting for you with fishing poles in hand.
We also saw a play area for the kids, a bunch of cool looking tractors that you could take your picture by, a lookout tower (I really wanted to climb but didn’t want to risk it with my weak legs) which really looked like fun to see the corn mazes from up above. They have a couple stands where you could get lunch, some sno cones, or some drinks.
There was a wind tunnel, a mist maze (because you have to remember, we are in Florida not NY), a couple hay people, a rock maze and so much more. You can check out their complete fall schedule to see all their Maze Adventures Special Weekends.
So we got sidetracked a little bit, but we eventually made it to the maze. We had a lot of rain this past August and so the corn didn’t grow as fast as it usually does. It should be over 6 feet tall but in some spots it had only made it 4 and 5 feet. It actually grew a couple inches this past week, so it will get to where it’s supposed to be. However, I still had a great time. They hand you a flag when you walk in so in case you get lost, the people in the lookout tower will see you and help you to find your way.
In the maze there are stations, the leader of your team (usually 4-6 people in a group) will get the pamphlet. The stations give you answers to the questions and also has a picture of the maze for you to see if you got the maze glasses. Don’t worry, if you didn’t get them there are stations that have a decoder you can slide the pamphlet in so that you can see the maze in.
I normally where flip flops but not knowing what to expect, I wore my work boots just in case. I am glad I did because I think I would have had a hard time walking in the sandy rows. Not the prettiest picture but it kept my feet safe especially from those pesty fire ants. Plus I wasn’t sure if it was going to be muddy since I had never been, but there was no sign of mud.
After the corn maze we headed over to the tree maze. That was also pretty neat, never been to one of those either. After that we had some lunch at the little lunch stands. I know you’re probably saying “you just had breakfast”, no actually it was already a couple hours to check everything out and go through the mazes.
After we ate lunch we headed for the hay ride. It took us around the farm where we learned about their crops, the corn, the family history and so much more. It was fun, I was never on a hay ride either. I’m not sure why I never took my kids on one, maybe the place we used to visit up north didn’t have them but I finally got to go.
When we got on the hayride, they handed me a piece of corn. They grow Zellwood Sweet Corn and I thought we had good corn up north and I never seen anyone eat corn raw, but they said go ahead so we did. Oh my goodness! That was the best corn we ever ate. It was so sweet and I can’t even explain to you how good it was. We have lived here in Florida for 9 years and we had corn once when we first moved down here. It was horrible so we never bought it again. I’m not sure where they were hiding this corn but if you ever get the chance to get their Zellwood Sweet Corn then don’t pass it up.
We finished up on the hayride, took a few more pictures, bought some of that great corn and headed home. If you get the chance to go to Long and Scott Farms Corn Maze, plan on spending a good part of the day there. There is so much to see and do, and you and your family will have the best time.
And did I forget to mention the amount of pumpkins they have available there? No need to go elsewhere to get your Halloween pumpkin, they have every size available. I know where I’m going to get my pumpkins for my pumpkin pies this year.