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Six of the Best Corn Mazes and Fall Festivals for Family Fun in Ohio.  From the Apple Fest in Lebanon and spooky wagon rides at Bonnybrook Farms to the awesome corn maze at Niederman Family Farm we have a list of terrific possibilities for screen-free family fun. Bonnybrook Farms Wagon Ride in Ohio
A day away makes all of the difference. Ride to a pumpkin patch or chase the kids through the corn stalks then sit by a bonfire and share stories and s'mores. Our list includes tips from readers favorites and a few plus staff favorites. See what it takes to be the best.
Windmill Farm Market Spooktacular Fall Festival in Springboro. Turn off all cell phones and escape for a day. It will seem like a mini vacation amid pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, corn stalks, and straw bales. Kids will enjoy the cleverly outfitted haunted house. Meet Scotty, the resident bull; pet friendly llamas and curious goats; watch chickens, geese, pheasant and peacocks do their thing. Best part: Windmill Farm offers visitors a terrific hayride adventure, even better than the good old days.  Bonus Points: On weekends they run the 'Spooktacular' Fall Hayride for extra fun. (Windmill Farm 1454 E. ST. RT. 73 Springboro Ohio 45066. (937) 885-3965 or's Fruit Farm Ohio Corn Maze

Iron’s Fruit Farm Apple Fest and Corn Maze near Lebanon. Each year at the end of September downtown Lebanon hosts Apple Fest, launching the celebration of autumn in Ohio. Taste varieties of apples, apple butter, apple cider donuts, apple fritters and apple cider. At the same time Irons opens their 12-acre corn maze and offers hayrides to the pumpkin field. Families can enjoy farm animal encounters with donkeys, emus, goats, rabbits, potbellied pigs, birds, and Wally the Llama. Best Part: Take home Iron’s famous apple fritters with apple chunks or their scrumptious cinnamon cider donuts. Bonus Points: Irons is the place for u-pick apples. (Irons Fruit Farm 1640 Stubbs Mill Road, Lebanon, OH  45036.  (513) 932- 2853 or Farms Fall Farm days

Bonnybook Farms Fall Farm Days near Clarksville
. At the heart of Fall Farm Days is the imaginative CrAzEd CoRn MAzE awaiting maze lovers of all ages. Hayrides lead to the pumpkins that are ready for picking. The farm has Horseshoe Hill tunnel, 80′ underground slide, giant slingshots, and corn hole plus a farm animal petting area, pony rides, farmyard play area, coloring contests, and creative pumpkin hunts. To be sure, a flashlight is essential for night runs through the CrAzEd CoRn MAzE. They also offer a slightly spooky, family-friendly, history based lantern-light wagon ride and campfire stations provide the cahnce to enjoy s'mores. Best Part: Take home fresh baked goods, homemade caramel apples and delicious kettle corn. Bonus Points: During the summer months the farm offers oodles of great experiences including clodhopper golf, farm yard play area with farm animal encounters, fish feeding plus catch and release fishing, Here’s the deal. Make use of the discount coupons on website. (Bonnybook Farms 3779 St. Rt. 132, Clarksville, OH 45113. (937)-289-2500 or

Tom Eby Farm Corn Maze near Germantown. Getaway for a day and navigate Eby Farm’s the eight-acre natural corn maze puzzle game featuring three miles of paths created for corn questing.  The challenge- to find 12 puzzle pieces located within the corn  maze. The American flag flies proudly over the Victory Bridge at the end of the hunt. Tom's Punkin' Chunkin' Cannon and the Goat Boardwalk add extra fun to any day. Best Part: The maze complex has a unique hands-on area with toys and musical instruments made of homegrown hard-shelled gourds. Bonus Points: The newest addition to the fun is a pumpkin train.  (Tom Eby Farm 8295 Farmersville-W. Carrollton Rd. Germantown, 45327. (937) 866-2777 or

Niederman Family Farm Fall Festival in Liberty Township. Go for the 17- acre corn maze and stay for the fun.  Share a hayride to the pumpkin patch – where else? Children enjoy the chance to feed chickens and ducks as well as meet nimble goats, cuddly lambs and curious calves. Sample homemade kettle-corn, and caramel apples. Best Part: Plan to stay for the evening bon fire complete with hot dogs, s’mores and storytelling. Bonus Points: For high energy fun visit Neidermann’s Paintball Country, the largest paintball facility in the tri-state area. (Niederman Family Farm 5110 LeSourdesville-West Chester Road in Liberty Township, Ohio 45011. (513) 779-6184 or

Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad Fall Harvest Flyer.
 Celebrate the fall season with a train ride on the LM&M Railroad and bountiful harvest fun provided by Black Barn farmers market. In addition to a train ride activities include: pumpkin painting, hay rides, arts and crafts for children, and a hay maze for tykes.  Passengers may select a small pie pumpkin (included in the ticket price) and have the chance to browse the Black Barn pumpkin patch to purchase larger pumpkins worthy of carving. Bonus Points: During Applefest in September LM&M Railroad will be offering one-hour nostalgic rail experiences. Extra Fun: For birthdays, family celebrations and reunions now it is possible to ride in Caboose #116. (Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 S. Mechanic Street, Lebanon 45036. (513) 933-8022

aMAZEing Fun for FamiliesMore ideas may be viewed in out aMAZEing Fun folder. If you have a favorite fall festival or know of an awesome corn maze please "Tell Mom" and we will add it to the list. M Our next round up will include family-friendly winter celebrations and enchanting Santa Trains. We are building the list right now and would love to have your feedback. So just "Tell Mom!"

Content researched and posted by Nancy Nelson-Duac, Curator of the good Stuff for the Family Travel Files. Images courtesy of Bonnybrook Farms and Irons fruit FarmLebanon Mason Monroe Railway and Iron's Fruit Farm. Sometimes things change, so please confirm details before making plans.  Copyright 2015.