Visit a corn maze this fall! Plan a trip to a corn maze near you with the tips and ideas in this corn maze family guide. Get lost in a corn maze for a fun family adventure or class trip. You can even host a corn maze race!
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.
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It’s time to get lost in a corn maze!
Have you ever been lost in a corn maze? Do you remember the rush of excitement as you find your way out? Are you ready to do it again?
If you haven’t ever found yourself lost in a corn maze… it’s time to give it a go!
Search 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 where you live.
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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 families 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.
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How to Find a corn Maze Near You
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Corn Maze Tips and Ideas that Make Getting Lost fun!
Research the corn maze that you are going to visit
Make sure you call the farm that is hosting the corn maze, or check their website, 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. You can also ask, or find out if there will be food available for purchase or if there are places to sit and eat your own picnic lunch.
What do I need to bring to a corn maze?
- Appropriate shoes and clothing. Some shoes are just not made to tromp around in a corn maze. Snekers or running shoes are your best bet.
- Sunscreen. Chemical free sunblock is best.
- Food or snacks & water
- Flashlights (if you are going to a corn maze at night)
- Watch or stopwatch to see how long it takes you.
- Two-way radio’s or phones – not necessary but they can be very helpful when and if you do find yourself, or your child, lost.
Have a Corn Maze Race!
If you are going with 3 or more people, have a corn maze race! Have one person start and time the event to keep it fair.
Corn Maze Race Supplies
How to hold a corn maze race
- Start your stopwatch when the first person starts the corn maze race.
- Stagger each start time 2 to 5 minutes.
- Write down the time that each person starts and finishes.
- Do the math needed to figure out the winner.
- Declare the winner of the corn maze race!
Get Lost in a Corn Maze this Fall!
Visit a corn maze this fall for a day of fun. Get lost in a corn maze with your class or the whole family. For even more fun host a corn maze race!
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