MERCER COUNTY, NJ -- New Jersey's longest running corn maze - Mercer County's Howell Farms - opened Saturday for its 24th season. The maze will be open from noon until 4:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday for the remainder of September and from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Fridays, noon until 8:00 p.m. Saturdays, and noon until 4:00 p.m. Sundays through October.
The maze will also be open on Columbus Day, Monday, October 12, from noon until 4 p.m. On all dates, the maze closes one hour after the latest entry time.
The maze is a walk-on puzzle where participants will collect puzzle pieces to form a map of the maze. Visitors will need to find their way through a giant river and bridge cut through the corn, and move across the elevated Victory Bridge that leads to the way out.
Those who solve the map and game board featuring 10 of Mercer County’s historic bridges are eligible for bragging rights and a place on the maze’s big scoreboard. Other activities include a courtyard with food and games, a farm stand with pumpkins and fall decorations, and hayrides to the top of nearby Belle Mountain.
The Howell Farms corn maze is located on Valley Road in Hopewell -- one mile west of the farm, adjacent to the former Belle Mountain Ski Area (GPS address: 17 Valley Road, Hopewell Township, NJ 08530). The farm's Visitor Center and historic site are located at 70 Woodens Lane.
General admission is $10 for ages 10 and older, $8 for children ages five through nine; free for children age four and under.
Visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance online at the website for Howell Farms. Tickets are available at the door, but attendance capacities are limited and a wait is possible on peak days and times.
Masks will be required in the courtyard and inside the maze when social distancing isn't possible. All Mercer County Park Commission rules and regulations apply, as well as state requirements regarding COVID-19.
The maze is the annual fundraiser of the all-volunteer Friends of Howell Farm, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Proceeds from the maze are used to support the farm's historic preservation projects and its educational programs for schools.
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