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Fall brings a bumper crop of outdoor fun, including some of the country’s best corn mazes and pumpkin festivals—both great ways to enjoy the brisk fall weather and the season’s best activities on the cheap. Here are our top picks for doing exactly that.

Scott’s Maze AdventuresMount Dora, FL:

It’s hard to get in the fall spirit in Florida’s eternal summer. But this family farm—tucked away in a quaint town outside of Orlando—turns on the autumn charm with not one, but two, corn mazes. As you navigate the 1- and 7-acre fields, you’ll complete a game sheet to learn about this year’s theme. The property also features a hayrides, small fishing pond, playground and 60-foot super slide. It’s open Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 11; also Nov. 23 and 25.

Scott's Maze Adventures' winding corn mazes, as seen from above.

Scott’s Maze Adventures. Photo from LongAndScottFarms.com

Sever’s Fall FestivalShakopee, MN

Yes, there’s a corn maze. Yes, there’s a corn pit where you can roll around in the stuff. Yes, there’s something called the Gourd Walk. But that’s only the beginning. Admission to this Twin Cities-area festival includes live music, magic shows, an exotic petting zoo (giraffes!), pig races and so. Much. More. The event runs Fridays, Saturday and Sundays through Oct. 30. For a $1 off coupon, visit seversfallfestival.com.

A view from inside the corn maze at Sever's Fall Festival: A man and two small boys peek out from behind tall corn stalks.

Sever’s Fall Festival. Photo from seversfallfestival.com.

Happy Day FarmManalapan, NJ

Garden State pride is strong at this corn maze located about 40 miles south of Newark. Every year, the farm chooses a different theme (once, they cut homestate hero Bruce Springsteen’s mug into the field). This year’s maze honors Rutgers University, with a labyrinth full of trivia about the 250-year-old institution. Besides the corn maze, there’s a sunflower maze, hay maze and other attractions. The farm is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October.

Cox Farms Fall FestivalCentreville, VA:

It takes only about 15 minutes to walk through the Cornundrum, the kid-friendly corn maze ‘path’ at this farm about an hour’s drive from Washington, D.C. That leaves plenty of time for other amusements, like the hay ride, apple cider tastings, a half-dozen super slides and more. If you dare, return at night for Fields of Fear, a Halloween-themed event that includes the Cornightmare, Dark Side Hayride, bonfires and other mature fun.

Cox Farm Fall Festival. Photo by Eric Taylor.

Cox Farm Fall Festival. Photo by Eric Taylor.

Great Vermont Corn MazeDanville, VT:

In addition to being the self-proclaimed largest corn maze in New England, this place also boasts a farm animal petting zoo; “Kid Village” where little ones can pretend to be a sheriff or storekeeper; underground tunnel maze; Barnyard Golf and more. The 10-acre field contains 3 miles of trails, so wear comfy shoes and be prepared to stay awhile. And if you want time to solve the maze, enjoy a picnic and let the kids burn off steam in the play area, it’s best to arrive in the morning. The corn maze is open daily through Oct. 16.

Roloff FarmsHelvetia, OR:

Little people, big fun. You may recognize Matt and Amy Roloff from their TLC show. But before they were reality TV stars, they owned this family farm in suburban Portland. After you take your pick in the pumpkin patch, you can enjoy a corn maze, see exotic animals (tigers!), miniature golf, pony ride, face painting and more. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 30.

Roloff Farm. Photo by jill, jellidonut... whatever/Flickr.

Roloff Farm. Photo by jill, jellidonut… whatever/Flickr.

Dewberry FarmBrookshire, TX:

Have some Texas-sized fun at this Houston-area farm that features an 8-acre corn maze plus an additional 8-acre pumpkin patch. After you play in the corn box and check out the carved pumpkin expo, turn your mind toward the holidays by riding the mile-long DewVille Express Railroad to Christmas Tree Forest, where you can scope out a Christmas tree and return during the holidays to take it home. Open weekends through Nov. 10.

Dewberry Farm. Photo by Tammy Ramirez/Flickr.

Dewberry Farm. Photo by Tammy Ramirez/Flickr.

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