IT’S CORN MAZE SEASON!

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Ah-mazing Fun for the Whole Family –  Corn Maze Season

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) Corn Maze Season – The Midwest is corn country, and even in a metro area as urban as St. Louis, a visit to a local corn maze has become a fall tradition.  St. Louis is literally surrounded by them!  So there’s one near you, whether you’re north, south, east, or west of the city.  Four of the best known are just a stone’s throw (or short car ride) away.

Near the middle of the metro area is Theis Farm, 3120 Maryland Heights Expressway (near Creve Coeur Airport) in Maryland Heights, (314) 469-7559.  The historic Thies Farm and Greenhouses is family-owned and operated since 1885.  This is one of the most popular corn maze destinations in the area, partly because of its central location, and partly because there’s just so much to do.  There are the mazes of course, plus hayrides, pony rides, pumpkin decorating, face painting, a playground, corn cannon, ziplines, etc.  General admission to Theis Farms’ Pumpkinland events runs $4.50 to $7 depending on age and location.  At both the original Maryland Heights farm and their North Hanley location (4215 North Hanley Road, St. Louis), admission includes Pumpkinland, the corn maze, farm animals and wagon ride.  Pumpkinland is open Tuesday-Sunday in the month of October. The farm markets at all three Theis Farm locations (including 3200 Greens Bottom Road in St. Charles) are still open 7 days a week.  Get more information on their website: http://www.thiesfarm.com/.

Probably one of the best known farm experiences in the metro area are the Eckert’s Farms.  Their pick-your-own produce is a seasonal favorite.  There’s always something to do at the Eckert’s Farms in Belleville and Grafton.  But the Millstadt Fun Farm, 2719 Eckert Orchard Lane in Millstadt, Illinois (south east of St. Louis) is where you’ll find some corn maze action.  They have two, with different difficulty levels.  Both are open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The little corn maze is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and the big corn maze is open noon to 5:30 p.m. Admission is $12.50, and includes the corn mazes, plus one Haunted Hayride, carnival rides, a petting farm, miniature golf, the 70-foot Mineshaft underground slide, pig races, and more.  Tickets can be purchased online at the Millstadt Fun Farm website: http://www.eckerts.com/millstadt-fun-farm-activities/.  For more information, call Eckert’s main office: (800) 745-0513.

Head west from St. Louis to visit the huge corn maze at Brookdale Farms, 8004 Twin River Road in Eureka.  They’re open Thursday – Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  They claim to have the largest maze in the St. Louis area, and a whole lot more.  For the price of a ticket ($6 for kids 4-11, $9 for 12 & over), you get to wander the giant maze, plus mini mazes, and enjoy hayrides, a hay jump, pony rides, a cow train, campfires, a zip line and you can try the corn cannon!  On Friday and Saturday nights through October 29, you can visit the Haunted Maze, if you dare.  They say 5 kids snuck into the maze in 2011, and were never seen again.  Now you can explore the 22-acre maze and try to evade the bloodthirsty spirits who abide there.  Admission to the Haunted Maze is $13. For $20 you can explore the maze and take a ride on Farmer Bob’s Haunted Hayride.  For more information, check the website www.eurekacornmaze.com or call (636) 938-1005.

North of St. Louis, you’ll find the Great Godfrey Corn Maze at Robert E. Glazebrook Park, 1401 Stampler Lane in Godfrey, Illinois.  The seven-acre maze is an annual fall tradition for this metro-east community. The maze is traditionally tricky to navigate:

This year’s theme is Happy Birthday Godfrey, in honor of the town’s 25th anniversary.  Maze admission is $4 for kids 6-11, $6 for those 12 & older.  (Coupons are available on the village website: http://godfreyil.org/index.cfm?page=2550.  Other attractions, like the cow train, hayrides and the Jumping Pillow are $2 each.  A concession stand is also in operation when the maze is open.  After dark, this maze is also said to be haunted.  You can explore it on Friday and Saturday nights from dark (around 7 p.m.) until 10 p.m.  Bring a flashlight.  You’ll need one.  Seriously.  They won’t let you in without it.  Tickets are available on-site during maze operating hours until ½ hour before closing.

Other corn mazes near St. Louis include:

Aholt Farms, 6133 Augusta Bottom Road in Augusta, Missouri is open Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday – Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. “weather permitting.”  Admission is $10 for kids 2-12, $7 for ages 13+, and includes the corn maze, Haunted Milk House, barrel rides, the corn cannon, pedal cars and tractors, hayrides, face painting and more.  For more information, check their website: http://www.aholtfarms.com/.  They can arrange bonfires for groups of 10 or more. Call ahead to arrange one, or for more information: (636) 228-4896.

Pin Oak Farms is about an hour west of the St Louis at 2431 Highway E, New Haven, Missouri in Franklin County.  This is a working pumpkin farm, but you can pick your own too.  Admission to the five acre corn maze is free.  There’s also a petting zoo, straw bale maze, and children’s play areas.  They also offer free parking and free hayrides to the pumpkin patch!  They’re open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  For more information, check their website: http://www.pinoakfarms.com/index.html, or call (314) 974-3198.

Head to St. Charles County for Dickherber Farms, 7063 Hwy N in Dardenne Prairie, Missouri.  This farm is like a step back in time.  Besides a great corn maze, they have hayrides, campfires, pumpkins, a kids fort and a Petting Farm complete with mini donkeys (baby Dapple), mini horse, goats, pigs, sheep, chickens, kittens, cats, ducks, and pilgrim geese.  We also have Black and Red Angus cattle and two cute piggies.  Admission is $7 per person; children 3 and under are free.  For more information call (636) 474-1147.

The Rhodes Family Farm, 8863 Dustman Road in Worden, Illinois is is a pick your own pumpkin patch.  They offer a corn maze, Wild West fort maze, barrel train ride, hayrides, a zip line, petting zoo, duck races, play areas and more.  They’re open Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $8 per person 3 and older.  There is a ½ price discount for military families.  Get the details on their website: http://www.rhodesfamilyfarm.com/ or call (618) 307-4989.

Eagle Fork Farms, 65 Eagle Fork Lane in Moscow Mills, Missouri is off Highway 61 in Lincoln County.  The farm dates back to 1871, but they’ve been doing GPS precision cut mazes since 2004.  That makes their mazes works of art from the air.  Their 2015 Butterfly Maze is currently visible on Google Earth & Maps. Besides the maze, you’ll find pumpkin/apple cannons, hayrides, pony rides, pumpkins, mums, a gift shop and more!  They’re open Saturdays and Sundays starting at 10 a.m.  Get more information on their website: http://www.eagleforkfarms.com/home.html or by calling (636) 366-9825.

This time of year, there’s a corn maze in just about any direction you want to go from St. Louis.  Some are great for families with small children, while others cater more to older kids and teens.  Some take checks or credit cards, while other are strictly cash only.  So check with the farm/maze before heading out.

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Susan Smith-Harmon is an experienced writer, editor, and broadcast journalist with a strong news background. She’s worked in radio and television news, and for national and international newswire services.

She began her career in public radio while still a student at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (where she earned a B.A. in Communications). She soon made the jump to news/talk radio, handling assignments from field reporting, airborne traffic, and news anchor, to producing and hosting daily talk shows. She’s also worked in television, most recently as the inaugural producer for The Allman Report on KDNL-TV 30, and as a news writer and reporter for national and international newswire services.