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Where Getting Lost is Half the Fun
All over the country, giant corn mazes crop up every autumn to the delight of families who flock to this quintessential fall experience. Some good-to-know tips:
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- Many corn mazes include scavenger hunt-style clues along the way. Others have stamps or hole punches that you collect on a card as you go. Kids love this.
- The largest mazes can require miles of walking; so bring a stroller for younger children.
- Most people underestimate how long it will take to complete a maze, so it's a good idea to arrive early and plan on staying several hours. A good rule of thumb for large mazes: Start no later than 1pm.
- Many large mazes have "early exits" that let you bail out if you need to.
- Arrive with your phone fully charged. You never know; you just might be the family that needs getting rescued.
- Some farms also offer mini mazes for kids, hayrides, pumpkin patches, and more. Prepare to spend the best part of a day.
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Cherry Crest Adventure Farm: Ronks, PA
Cherry Crest, a farm in the middle of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, offers three mazes year: Easy (20 mins), Intermediate (45 mins) or Difficult (take as long as you need), along with an impressive slew of kid-friendly fun, including slides, wagon rides, giant slingshots, jumping pillows, duck races, a petting zoo and more. Open early July through early November.Continue to 3 of 15 below.
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Great Vermont Corn Maze: Danville, VT
Every year, this third-generation dairy farm in Danville, Vermont, outdoes itself with bridges, dead-end spirals and an intricate design in order to live up to the name Great Vermont Corn Maze. Last year's design incorporated two massive dinosaurs to navigate and there was also a barnyard petting area for kids to love. Open late July through mid-October.Continue to 4 of 15 below.
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Richardson Adventure Farm: Spring Grove, IL
The Midwest's largest corn maze is located on the 33-acre Richardson Adventure Farm, located an hour north of Chicago. This year's maze is an homage to the 2016 World Series Champions, the Chicago Cubs. There are over 10 miles of trails integrated in the design. Open late August to early November.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Treinen Farm: Lodi, WI
Wisconsin's largest fall maze is a 15-acre cornfield at Treinen Farm carved with over 6 miles of twists, turns and dead ends within a curio cabinet holding a trilobite and other scientific specimens . A separate children’s maze is perfect for families with young kids. Families are challenged to solve the maze and find all the clues in the mind-boggling living puzzle. Open early September through the end of October.Continue to 6 of 15 below.
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Connors Farm: Danvers, MA
How intricate is the seven-acre maze at Connors Farm near Salem, Massachusetts? A few years ago one lost family actually called 911 to be rescued. This year's maze is an homage to local race car legend Bentley Warren. For the biggest thrills, come after sundown on Friday or Saturday night, when the maze stays open until 11pm. Open mid-September through the end of October.Continue to 7 of 15 below.
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Rader Family Farms: Normal, IL
Located about 38 miles east of Peoria, Rader Family Farms is all about fall fun. There's an interactive game embedded within the 10-acre maze, plus a jumping pillow, kiddie corn maze, climbing tire tower, pumpkin patch, mountain slide, straw castle, petting zoo, face painting, and evening campfires. Open mid-September through the end of October.Continue to 8 of 15 below.
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Sever's Corn Maze: Shakopee, MN
Now in it's 21st year, the 14-acre Aussie-themed Sever's Corn Maze near the Twin Cities is said to be the original corn maze in the USA, and there's even a challenge app to download to enhance your experience. Besides the maze, there are pig races, a giant slide, petting zoo, jumping pillow, and much more. Open mid-September through early November.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Cool Patch Pumpkins: Dixon, CA
Covering a whopping 50 acres about 23 miles from Sacramento, Cool Patch Pumpkins' corn maze is the largest in the world. It's also the most hi-tech, with GPS checkpoints stationed throughout the maze to keep you from getting irretrievably lost. Leave time for the kid zone, which includes a mini maze for kids and a straw mountain to climb. Open mid-September through early November.Continue to 10 of 15 below.
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Summers Farm in Frederick, MD
Do you have Baltimore Orioles fans in your family? Last year, Summers Farm in Frederick, Maryland, designed its 12-acre corn maze as a tribute to the local boys of summer. Every year there is also a hayride, pumpkin patch, farmer golf, animals on site. Open end of September through early November.Continue to 11 of 15 below.
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Farmstead Corn Maze: Meridian, ID
Idaho may be more famous for potatoes, but the 18-acre Farmstead Corn Maze, located a 12-minute drive west of Boise, proves that corn is king in Meridian every fall. Last year's design was an homage to "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon. Family fun includes a kiddie maze, hayrides, pig races, potato-sack slide, jumping pillows, farmyard games, and more. Open end of September through end of October.Continue to 12 of 15 below.
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Temple Hall Farm: Leesburg, VA
About an hour from Washington DC, the 24-acre corn maze at Temple Hall Farm is just the beginning of the fall fun. There are also pig races, paintball, camel rides, jumping pillows, hay forts, the ever-popular pumpkin blasters, and more. Open last week in September through early November.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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Fazio Farms Corn Maze: Portland, OR
With over two miles of winding paths, the 6.5-acre maze at Fazio Farms will keep your family busy for hours. There's also a petting zoo, bouncy slide, kid-size hay-bale maze, and tractor tours.Open last week in September through the end of October.Continue to 14 of 15 below.
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Holiday World Corn Maze: Santa Claus, IN
Did you hear the one about Santa Claus taking a break to celebrate Halloween? During Happy Halloween Weekends at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari theme park, about 75 miles west of Louisville, families can get lost in a 12 acres of corn mazes, including one that is themed to a mummy for Halloween. There's also a smaller maze for younger kids. Open weekends, late September through the end of October.Continue to 15 of 15 below.
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Scott's Maze Adventures: Mount Dora, FL
You can even find corn mazes in Florida. Just 30 miles northwest of Orlando's theme parks, Scott's Maze Adventures is a seven-acre labyrinth with a educational twist. As you find your way through the stalks, you'll take picture rubbings, solve puzzles and answer trivia questions to complete a game sheet. Open weekends, October through mid-December.