Have you ever gotten lost in a corn maze? Felt the rush of excitement as you find your way out? It’s time to find a corn maze near you to get lost in.
Heading to a corn maze is a classic fall outside activity. It’s a wonderful thing to do for either a class field trip or a fun family adventure. Some have pumpkin patches too! See Visit a Pumpkin Patch for more information.
This article contains everything you need to visit a corn maze this season. Below you will learn about corn mazes and what to expect, discover how to find a corn maze near you, and find tips to make your visit more pleasant.
Get Outside & Connect Activity Week #39 – Visit a Corn Maze
This week’s activity is to visit a corn maze. Don’t worry if you don’t actually visit the corn maze this week. Just look for one nearby and make a plan to take your class or the whole family to a corn maze this fall.
Corn mazes are typically open from Mid-September to Mid-November depending on the area or farm. Most corn mazes are just starting to open their doors (or mazes) at this time of year.
What is a Corn Maze?
A corn maze is a giant maze or puzzle that you walk through in order to solve. Kids and adults of all ages will love the experience of navigating, getting lost, and finding their way again. Many mazes give visitors a map to help them through the maze.
The corn typically used to make corn mazes is a variety that grows 8 or 9 feet tall. A farmer uses a tractor equipped with GPS to cut a pattern of paths into the field. Many times corn mazes are even cut to make the field look like some type of picture or design. The pattern is usually only visible from the air, but on the ground it is a great maze.
Since the corn is usually taller than you are, it is easy to get lost. There are often loops, dead ends, and extra puzzles added to increase the challenge. It can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour to find your way out. Help is usually available if needed, and there are often signs with clues or maps available to help.
Types of Corn Mazes
There are three main types of corn maze; daytime, nighttime, and haunted. Daytime mazes are perfect for family’s with young children. Nighttime mazes are completed with the help of flashlights and are usually a big hit with teenagers. A haunted maze is exactly what you might expect. They are not for young children or the faint of heart.
Find a corn Maze Near You
My family at Country Pumpkins Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Orland, CA.
Corn Maze Tips
Make sure you call the farm in advance to find out which type of corn maze is available; daytime, nighttime, or haunted. It is also a good idea to ask when the smallest crowd is expected and plan accordingly. You can also ask if there will be food available for purchase or if there are places to sit and eat your own picnic lunch.
Don’t forget to bring:
- Appropriate shoes and clothing
- Food & water
- Flashlight if going at night
- Watch or timer to see how long it takes you
- Two-way radio’s or phones – not necessary but can be helpful.
Visit a corn maze this fall for a day of fun. It’s a wonderful thing to do for either a class field trip or a family adventure.
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