This weekend and next, you can get lost—in the East Coast’s largest cornfield maze. The 24-acre maze was hand-built on the sprawling grounds of Temple Hall Farm Park in Loudoun County. You must follow clues to find your way through the twists and turns, which spell out “Buy Fresh Buy Local” because Temple Hall is a working farm—it grows crops and raises animals year-round.
After you emerge, you can head to the Blast Zone to shoot a Corn Cannon or Pumpkin Blaster; the targets are scarecrows and old cars, and the corn and pumpkin “ammunition” typically flies about 50 to 60 miles an hour for 300 yards. Kids love cheering at the pig races, visiting the other barnyard animals, and hopping around on the Jumping Pillows—a cross between a giant trampoline and moon bounce. There are also wagon rides through the pumpkin patch, a 40-foot hay fort to climb, and food concessions. Watch out for the peacocks and guinea hens—they’ll beg for your kettle corn.
Temple Hall Farm Festival (15789 Temple Lane, Leesburg) is open October 24, 25 and 26; October 31, and November 1, 2, and 3. Buy tickets and find hours, ticket prices, activity fees, and directions online.