Nestled into the Brasee family farm in Wellington is a good, old-fashioned mecca of fall fun, starting with two corn mazes that span seven acres and are riddled with dead-ends, U-turns and wandering paths through 12-foot-high cornstalk walls.
One is designed specifically for the younger set and is fenced in with a single entrance and exit so you can rest assured the kids will safely work their way to the end. The other more expansive corn maze can take more than an hour to navigate. Along the way, you’ll find stamps to mark a passport to trade in for candy at the finish.
Lou Brasee’s tip: Let the kids lead the way. “They don’t question their sense of direction, so most families that let their children lead are out in 20 minutes,” she says.
The mazes are a family tradition for many who return annually — and this is the 20th year for the Brasee Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, which is open through October 29, Fridays through Sundays. The $6 admission has never changed. “This is our little piece of the world, and I love that we can share it with people,” Brasee says. “When I come out of the house and there are hundreds of people here to enjoy all there is to do, it’s such a special feeling.”
Aside from the dual mazes, there’s a “pitch black corn maze” inside the barn. “You have to feel your way through,” Brasee says.
You’ll also find an infinity climber that twists and turns, a scaling challenge, plus a petting zoo, generous bounce house, kids’ zipline and pumpkin bowling with real gourds and pins. Test your skills on a mechanical pumpkin bull October 14 or 21 from noon to 6 p.m. A store sells nostalgic corn maze T-shirts, costumes, fall decor and Halloween costumes.
New this year, a pavilion with tables provides a shaded place for the picnic fare offered on site — burgers, ’dogs, nachos, slushies, coffee and hot apple cider. Plus, with the help of friends Felix and Pam Gonzales, the Brasees are hosting a one-night-only Haunted Walk on October 21. The hayride through the woods is a departure from the farm’s traditional fall tour with zombies and other Halloween surprises in store.