In celebration of our favorite season, my family visited the Boone Hall Plantation Corn Maze during a recent trip to Charleston. Along with a big bounce pillow that my daughter wouldn’t get off of, a climbing wall, giant climbing web, incredible sand piles, bouncy toys and slides, and goats and bunnies to pet, we took a hayride through the family friendly, spooky forest and made our way through the maze.
I thought it would be scary standing in a giant field of corn. I thought we’d get hopelessly lost. But we didn’t. A handy map and signs along the way kept us going until we found our way out of the stalks. My daughter left us a trail of corn kernels to find our way back, just in case. We had a great time. If you’ve never tried a corn maze, there are a bunch of them in South Carolina. Find one close to you and make it a new fall tradition for your family.
Denver Downs Farm
4915 Clemson Boulevard, Anderson
Through Nov. 4
Hours: Wednesday 3 to 9 p.m.; Friday 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 6 p.m.
Last tickets are sold one hour before closing.
Admission: $12 per person on weekends. $9 per person on Wednesdays.
Children two years and younger admitted free.
Admission includes the corn maze and pumpkin patch including giant jumping pillow, hayrides, zip line, hay barn, giant slide, the big hay bale maze, mini straw maze, farm football, cow train rides, duck races, pick-your-own pumpkin patch, pick-your-own sunflowers, corn boxes and farm animals. There are bonfires on Fridays and Saturdays from dusk until closing. Concessions are available but not included in the admission price. Pumpkins are sold according to size. Pets are not allowed.
Boone Hall Plantation
U.S. 17, Mount Pleasant
Ends on Halloween
Admission: $8 per person;
Children two and younger admitted free with accompanying adult.
Other activities and information: Admission includes a hayride down monster alley, jump pillow, slide tower, hay mountain, dress up like a scarecrow, tire climb and sand pit play area, king of the mountain pole climb, spider web climbing web, water pump duck race, corn hole toss, goat walk and rabbit enclosure, tube swings and rock climbing wall. Concessions are available in the gift shop. Pumpkins are available in the pumpkin patch and sold by size.
Corn Maze at Clinton Sease Farm
404 Olde Farm Road, Lexington
Hours: Friday 6 to 11 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 2 to 7 p.m.
Admission: $10 per person. Ages two and younger admitted free.
Last ticket is sold one hour before closing.
Note: Flashlights are required after dark. They are not provided.
Other activities: Evening campfires and overnight camping for groups is available. The maze offers a kiddie corn maze, mist maze, tire maze and South Carolina’s only marshmallow maze. There’s a tricycle raceway, rubber duck races, sand pile, forty foot slide, gift shop, snack shop and more.
464 Dovesville Highway, Darlington
Through Nov. 15
Hours: Friday 6 to 8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 2 to 8 p.m.
Visitors must be in the maze by 8 p.m. each evening. Open during the week for groups on request.
Admission: $7 for ages 12 and older; $6 for ages 4 to 11; children younger than four 4 are admitted free.
Special group rates available.
Other activities and information: Children 12 and younger can ride on the “cow train” and everyone can take a wagon ride. Additional activities include an 11 hole putt-putt course, corn-hole game and corn boxes. Drinks, snacks, and short order food are available.
West Farm Corn Maze
2641 Cooper Store Road, Moncks Corner
Through Nov. 4
Hours: Friday 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday noon to 10 p.m.; Sunday: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Last tickets are sold one hour before closing.
Admission: Adults 12 and older are $10; children ages 3 to 11 are $5; Ages two and younger admitted free.
Other activities and information: Children age 11 and younger must be accompanied by an adult inside the corn maze. Admission price includes entrance to the corn maze, children's play area, farm zoo, hay ride and access to picnic area.
Through Nov. 3
Hours: Saturdays 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Last ticket sold 1 hour before closing time.
Admission: Call (803) 684-2732 for pricing.
Other activities and information: Along with the maze, there is also a hiking trail, picnic area and pick your own pumpkins area.
Strawberry Hill USA
in West Chesnee
3097 S.C. 11, West Chesnee
Through Nov. 4
Hours: Maize: Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Hayride: Monday to Thursday 9 a.m to 5 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
Admission: $8 for 8 and older; $6 for ages 2-7; hayride and maize is $12
Other activities and information: There are tractor rides, a 10-acre corn maze, pumpkin patch, ice cream parlor and cafe. Last ticket is sold at 10 p.m.