Corn mazes allow the golden vegetable to take a break from filling plates and obeying strict rules set by overly worried scarecrows. Liberate this multitalented plant with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get an autumn outing for four at Fleitz Pumpkin Farm in Oregon (up to a $12 total value). The following fall activities are included:
- Four corn-maze tickets (a $2 value each).
- Four hay-ride tickets (a $1 value each).
Groups of fewer than four can adventure through any combination of hayrides and maze trips up to a $12 value.
Fleitz Pumpkin Farm draws upon more than a century of agricultural experience and continues to plant and harvest fresh fruits and gourds alongside the annual fall events. Journeys begin at the corn maze, a five-acre expanse of tall stalks and tortuous paths. Visitors can crunch through the maze, encountering the 10 rest stops complete with farm facts and embedded maps to follow their progress, or scale the 15-foot lookout tower for a birds-eye view of the maze’s exit and constantly shifting dead ends. A one-acre maze offers a quicker journey through the field, ideal for diminutive explorers or patrons attempting to overcome a fear of corn. After romping through the labyrinthine passageways, wanderers catch a ride on a passing tractor. Seated in an attached hay-stuffed wagon, fall fanatics view the farm as they ride in the crisp autumn air. Hayrides pass by the apple orchard and cornfield and drive through the pumpkin patch.
Though only the corn maze and hay ride are included in this Groupon, farm-goers can slip into the snack shack to sip a warm apple cider, gaze at the homemade gourd creations in Fleitz’s craft barn, or contemplate carving a portrait of their neighbor’s cat into a pumpkin from the front stand.
Though Fleitz Pumpkin Farm sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Fleitz Pumpkin Farm
In 1906, Joseph Fleitz purchased a tract of land along Seaman Road. Though he immediately started to farm, it would be another 85 years before his great-grandson, Paul, planted the first pumpkin patch, officially christening Fleitz Pumpkin Farm. Since then, the family has built other attractions, and the wind raises a thrumming whisper from the stalks of a 5-acre corn maze capable of stumping even Ivy League–educated scarecrows. Tractors pull hay carts full of chattering riders, and other amenities include access to a barn play area for kids, craft barn, and an area to feed goats and chickens. During the fall, when the air grows crisp and cornucopias hang heavy on the trees, row upon row of sunset-hued pumpkins line the periphery of the farm. The scents of cinnamon drifts from a snack shack serving freshly made doughnuts and hot cider.
7133 Seaman Rd.
Oregon, Ohio 43618