Mind-Boggling Mazes, Bay-Area Style
Get those neurons working in your brain and gain a new perspective on cool ways to have fun
Sometimes getting lost is entertaining! And there’s no better way to get disoriented than to step into a maze. As the weather changes in the fall, opportunities abound for this out-of-the-ordinary activity, with seasonal mazes popping up throughout the Bay Area. So gather the crew and check out some of these local mazes, which are sure to pose a challenge for kids and adults alike.
A’Mazing Corn Maze (Petaluma)
At the Petaluma Pumpkin Patch, test your sense of direction at the A’Mazing Corn Maze, a sprawling four-acre maze with walls made of corn stalks more than 10 feet tall. And if you mastered the maze last year, be forewarned: Farmer Jim devises a new design every year. On your way out, pick up a pumpkin or two from the pumpkin patch. Check site for opening date.
Minotaur’s Labyrinth Hay Maze (Half Moon Bay)
At Arata’s Pumpkin Farm in Half Moon Bay, you’ll find the Minotaur’s Labyrinth Hay Maze, two acres of twisting corridors with walls made of hay bales. If you manage to find your way out, head to the Haunted Barn, join a hayride, or visit the petting zoo. Check site for opening date.
Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze (San Francisco)
This mind-bending maze at Pier 39 in Fisherman’s Wharf is a labyrinth of mirrored walls, corners and dead ends, with undulating neon lights to further trick the eye. Open year-round.
Maniac Maze (Hollister)
At Swank Farms, test your wits in the Maniac Maze, with 27 hidden spots to be found on your game map. Only the brave should enter the maze after dark for “Terror in the Corn: Alien Invasion,” a haunted event that Swank Farms warns is not for sissies. Young tykes can try the Spookley Maze, with fun activities like a hay jump and a chalkboard house. Check site for opening date.
Cornfield Maze (Livermore)
Every year, families head to G&M Farms to wander the property’s six-acre corn maze, which has been featured on Late Show With David Letterman. Afterward, kids can pick their own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, take a pony ride or ride the Cow Train. Check site for opening date.