If you are looking for a great way to kick off the Fall season, you can't go wrong with a trip north on highway 441 to the Coon Hollo Corn Maze. My family and I set aside an afternoon yesterday to explore this fully functioning farm turned fall attraction and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. From the entrance booth you can see a bevy of activity centered around a large pole barn with hay bales for climbing, corn cribs for digging and tire swings for soaring. Nearby, antique farm trucks and equipment appealed to the girls and boys in our group and are the perfect spot for candid photos so don't forget your camera.
After paying the entrance fee our family immediately set off for the maze itself. A "Watering Hole" pavilion and fountain mark the entrance of the maze and drinks can be purchased here for between 1-2 dollars. The maze is dusty after almost a month of no rain here in Marion county so treat yourself to a water or soda, you throat will thank you. You will also want to be sure and wear closed toed shoes, farms are dirty and your feet will be too. As you enter through the watering hole you will receive a punch card for each of the numbered posts positioned through the maze. The group we navigated the maze with found #5 and #9 to be the trickiest to locate. You are asked to stay on the cut paths in the maze as the more narrow "cheater paths", as my "Ocalikiddos" fondly dubbed the stamped down visitor created walkways, lead to nowhere. Purists by nature, "Ocalidad" and I stuck to the intended path, took a few loops to nowhere but eventually found all 10 posts with their cute little card punches and made it out of the maze in about 30-45 minutes. Your completed punch card can be redeemed back at the watering hole for a blow pop.
What you should know:
- From Ocala it could be easy to miss the red sign marking their entrance, shaded by a large tree. After you pass through McIntosh and the group of buildings called Harvest Village you will begin to see bright yellow signs on the right side of the road, slow down and start looking. We found the yellow temporary signs and red entrance sign difficult to read while driving so be alert.
- Plan to get dirty, dress accordingly, I would recommend jeans. If I were to go again I would even consider a handkerchief for the more dusty activities to shield this sneezy nose of mine.
- Take your Claritin, Zyrtec Benadryl whatever...you will be glad you did.
- Don't forget your camera, there are great props and plenty of shade for gorgeous pictures.
- This mom could have used a few wet wipes on several occasions. Antibacterial hand gel would be handy too.
- Admission is Adults $8.50, Grandma and Grandpa $7.50 and Youth (4-12) $6.50 children 3 and under are free.
- The corn maze is not stroller friendly so bring your Baby Bjorn.
- Mom, Dad, Kiddos, Grandma, Grandpa, Auntie Sue...
- Group rates are available for groups of 20 or more.
- Our particular group thought it might be fun to come out after dark for a "Couples Night Out" as the maze is open to 9 pm.