Visit a corn maze this fall! Plan a trip to a corn maze near you with the tips and ideas in this corn maze guide. Get lost in a corn maze as a fun family adventure, or, class field trip. You can even host a corn maze race!
This article contains everything you need to visit a corn maze this season.
Below you can learn all about corn mazes, what to expect, and discover how to “find a corn maze near me.”
This article also contains corn maze activities, including a corn maze race idea, to make your corn maze field trip even more fun!
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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!
Make a plan to take your class or the whole family to a corn maze this fall. Type “corn maze near me” or “haunted corn maze near me” to search for a corn maze in your area.
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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. To create a maze in a cornfield, a farmer uses a tractor equipped with GPS to cut a pattern of paths. Sometimes corn mazes are even cut to make the field look like some type of picture or design, but the pattern is often only visible from the air.
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.
Corn mazes are typically open from Mid-September to Mid-November but can vary from state to state and town to town.
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
There are a few simple ways to find a corn maze in your area or a short drive away.
- Check your local newspaper or family resource guide for a corn maze.
- Type “corn maze near me” or “haunted corn maze near me” to do a google search for a corn maze in your area.
- Hop over check Maze Play or Corn Mazes America to find a corn maze.
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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, and if there is food available for purchase or places to sit and eat a 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. Barefoot shoes or flexible running shoes are your best bet.
- Chemical free sunblock
- Picnic lunch or snacks & water
- Flashlights (if you are going to a corn maze at night)
- Watch, phone with a timer, or stopwatch to see how long it takes you.
- Two-way radio’s or phones (optional) – Two-way radio’s and phones can be very helpful when and if you do find yourself, or your child, lost.
Host 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.
- Invite children to 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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