Are you ready for cooler fall temperatures and colorful autumn colors? 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. Utah’s first corn maze did so well that its designer now creates artistic corn mazes full-time across the United States and Europe.
Many corn mazes have additional family attractions such as corn chute slides, corn boxes (instead of sand), petting zoos, farmer’s markets, haunted mazes, train rides, and refreshments. A family could spend hours at one of these farms.
The Travel Channel has created a slideshow of some of the biggest and best corn mazes across the U.S. Want to find a corn maze near you? Here are a few online directories of U.S. corn mazes to choose from:
Finally, here are a few tips for making your first visit to a corn maze successful.
- Bring cash – Credit cards will probably be accepted at most large operations, but don’t count on it. Remember, they’re doing business in a corn field.
- 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. However, avoid calling 9-1-1 unless you want to be a national joke.
- Bring a flashlight – If you’re going in the late afternoon or at night, bring a flashlight. With reliable batteries. For each responsible person. 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.
The most important tip is always:
Whatever you do, and wherever you go, have a great time!