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Get Lost in a Corn Maze

Get Lost in a Corn Maze

Type “corn maze” in the Google search box and you get 669,000 results. So many corn mazes–who knew?! Corn mazes are a riff on the old hedge mazes which were a popular garden element for the royal and aristocratic European residences. The North American farm version starts with a field planted with corn and a maze carved out through the stalks. To create more of a challenge there are often tricky loops and dead ends to ensure getting lost. (And since the corn is usually taller than you are, it is easy to lose your way.) Often corn mazes are designed in a picture or design.

The biggest corn maze is at the Cool Patch Pumpkin farm in Dixon, California–their whopping 43-acre maze was designated the “Largest Corn Maze in the World” in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2007.

I think the addition of corn mazes to agritourism is very cool. Pumpkin patches, apple picking, hayrides–they are great, but there is something especially intriguing about getting lost in a cornfield.

From Corn Mazes America comes this checklist of what you may need if you visit a maze:

Good walking shoes.
Appropriate clothing. (Remember, you will be walking through a cornfield.)
Water. Walking will make you thirsty, especially if it is a hot day.
Insect repellent.
Sunscreen.
Flashlight, if you will be visiting at night. Some mazes will sell these also, and others will not even allow visitors after dark. Be sure to check hours before you go.
A watch. It is always fun to see how long it takes.
Two-way radios. Not necessary, but can be fun so your group can split up, or in case you get split up.
Food and picnic lunches can make the day extended and more enjoyable. Again, check on the policies of the farm you are visiting since some will not allow carry in food. Also, keep the over-21 drinks at home. Mazes are meant to be family establishments and other visitors want to get the full experience too.

To find one near you, visit the corn maze directory.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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12:06PM PST on Feb 2, 2013

Our local corn maze is brilliant, but especially so at Halloween,where everyone has a laugh by dressing up as ghouls,zombies,etc; and eating appropriately themed food,all ages have a really enjoyable and scary time around the maze.

1:02AM PST on Jan 10, 2012

Thank you for this very interesting article.

3:25AM PDT on Sep 26, 2011

Thanks for the article.

5:36PM PST on Mar 2, 2010

This sounds like good fun! Thank you for posting this information.

4:37PM PST on Nov 4, 2009

An update on the 2009 Cool Patch Corn Maze in Dixon, CA: Very sadly, the corn maze was virtually destoyed in mid October during a monster storm that swept through northern California. Twelve foot corn stocks were reduced to two feet in just a matter of hours. I grew up with Matt and Mark Cooley, the owners and designers of the world's largest Corn Maze. They are two of the nicest fellows and are looking forward to coming back even bigger and better in 2010. The secret is to come at night and make your way through the maze in near darkness with just your flashlight! Frightfully fun!

10:36AM PDT on Jun 19, 2009

thankyou...
Kabin
Konteyner
mega kabin

6:28PM PDT on Sep 22, 2008

I've always wanted to visit a cornmaze, I've never been to one before.

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