This past weekend, we had the pleasure of visiting Long & Scott Farms and it was Amaze-ing! Get it? Ok enough with the corny jokes I promise. The family and I had never been to a corn maze before so we set off on an adventure and wanted to pass along the fun! The Long & Scott Farms Corn Maze really was a great frugal family fun adventure!
Located right outside Mt. Dora, Long & Scott farms is a family run organization that grows various crops throughout the year. For over a decade, Long & Scott farms has offered their corn maze and festival atmosphere at affordable prices. While visiting, we discovered that the employees actually running the corn maze and other events were the friendliest and most helpful folks we have encountered in a long time. When it comes to hospitality Long & Scott Farms knows what it’s all about. The staff members really went out of their way to not only help out, but to actively seek out guest interactions. I don’t think Walt Disney himself could have done better!
The main attraction at Long & Scott Farms is certainly the corn maze. But which one? That’s right, there are two corn mazes and a tree maze to choose from. They vary in size and challenge, but each has their own unique goals. The smaller corn maze shares a single entrance and exit. While in the maze there are multiple color stations that you can find. Dip each finger in a different color to discover your personalized fortune! The larger maze features picture stations as well as a word search that will keep you digging through row after row of corn. Each maze takes a different amount of time and features unique challenges.
As if the corn maze wasn’t enough, Long & Scott Farms has really done a great job making their location a family friendly destination. In addition to the corn maze, you’ll also find many other kid friendly activities. They offer a “bounce pillow”, a kiddie zip line, fishing for kids, playgrounds, and even hay rides! Right as we entered the complex, we found the super slide! Ascend the steps and speed down the slide! Yes, even adults can do this one.
While you’re a guest of Long & Scott Farms, you’ll want to bring along some cash to enjoy some food and drinks. The food vendors only accept cash, but if you forget to swing by the bank, there is an ATM in the gift shop. We started the maze around 1:30 in the afternoon and it was really hot! Thankfully ice-cold water is only $1 so make sure you stay hydrated. You can also visit the snowball stand, and get some really awesome hot buttered corn! Remember this is a farm after all. Don’t want to eat hot corn in the mid-day sun? Grab a bag of delicious corn at the market on the way out and cook some up at home. If you would like to bring your own drinks or food, you’re more than welcome. There are no grills, and due to safety concerns, you can’t bring your own, but feel free to bring a picnic style lunch. Their website states small coolers only though, so you probably don’t want to pack a huge igloo rolling cooler.
Whenever you decide to plan your trip you may want to checkout the FAQ on the Long & Scott website. Unfortunately we didn’t read it through, and had a bit of a rough time with the kiddos’ gear. Since we had never been to a corn maze, we really didn’t think through the whole stroller idea. Sure enough it’s addressed in the FAQ. We kept getting stuck in the soft sand, and a bridge over the maze made it difficult to get the strollers up and over. According to the FAQ, later in the season the sand become more hard packed, and it’s easier to get through with gear. If you bring a wagon or stroller, the bigger the wheels, the easier time you will have navigating the corn maze.
One line you will want to skip will be the ticket line. Be sure to purchase your tickets through the Long & Scott Farms website at least 12 hours in advance. This will allow you to skip the ticket line and save you quite a bit of time. We had a really good time spending time with friends and family, but due to the intense heat and the struggles with the strollers, we didn’t stay too long. My suggestion would be to go early on a Saturday morning to avoid the afternoon sun. If you wait until November of December, you may also escape the heat as it cools off a bit. The little ones with us were a bit too young to really enjoy the activities, but we had a great time exploring! If your little ones can walk for extended periods of time you shouldn’t have a problem. If you have a back pack with a hydration bladder, be sure to full it up before your trip. Despite a few hiccups, we found the Scott & Long Farms Corn Maze to be a great family experience, and actually plan on having an adult day on the farm!
Long & Scott Farms Corn Maze Details:
Address: 26216 County Road 448A, Mt. Dora, FL 32757.
Hours of Operation: Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday 1pm to 5pm
Admission Ends @ 3pm / Hayrides End @ 4pm
Costs: General Admission Adults $11 / Children 3-6 $9 / Under 3 Free
Add Ons: Fishing $2 / Hay Rides $4 / Maze-o-vision Glasses $2