Are you ready for cooler weather, colorful leaves and pumpkin spice everything? We are!
Fall is a great time to find unique family activities, such as pumpkin patches, hay rides, spook alleys and the newcomer, corn mazes! Corn mazes started to pop up around the United States in the 1990’s, when farmers realized that they could earn additional revenue from their corn fields by cutting mazes into them.
Corn mazes can be found all over, and often combined with other fun activities like pumpkin patches, hay rides and activity yards for kids. Some mazes are easy, while others can get you lost for as long as you want. Families with older kids and teens may enjoy haunted corn mazes.
Whatever experience you want, you can probably find it at a corn maze in your community. Here’s how to find a corn maze near you, plus tips for success.
Want to find a corn maze near you? Here are two online corn maze directories to choose from:
Here are a few tips for making your first visit to a corn maze successful.
- Bring cash – Credit cards will probably be accepted, but don’t count on it.
- Dress appropriately – Wear good walking shoes with traction and enough layers to keep you and your kids warm as temperatures drop.
- Bring your smart phone – Part of the fun of going to a maze is getting lost, but after awhile, that may get old. Your smart phone can help you with GPS, a flashlight, or to call for backup.
- Bring a flashlight – If you’re going in the late afternoon or at night, bring flashlights. You may not want it early on, but you might be glad you had it by the end.
- Choose a maze that is right for your family. If you have young children, you may want to choose a smaller maze. You may also wish to avoid “haunted” mazes, where actors will try to scare you.
- Consider a maze with watchtowers – If you’re worried about getting lost, choose a maze with watchtowers, flags, or some system for rescuing people who are not having fun anymore.
- Think about mud – If it has rained recently, bring a change of shoes for the ride home and plastic bags for muddy shoes.