Following a centuries-old European tradition intricate corn mazes show up annually in areas of southern Minnesota. There are several interesting ones to participate in here in southeastern Minnesota. In each case, the maze makers cut tall corn to create passages ways that eventually lead you back to the real world. In some cases, navigating the maze will take one to a dead and other times down the right route. Designs in past years have run the gamut from a Minnesota Vikings logo, a geometric labyrinth and even a state map. Most mazes offer maps with clues as a guide as well as scavenger hunts and other things to add interest. Now if a full maze is too much for you or your little ones, try the simpler straw bale mazes offered in conjunction with the full mazes!
Shakopee Minnesota boasts the states largest maze this year--The Severs Corn Maze. This years theme is astronautical and is open Saturdays and Sundays through October 30! Two additional dates are also October 20 and 21 from 10-6pm. The last maze tickets are sold at 4:30 daily. Bring along the whole family to go through the maze or check out the pumpkin patch or the produce store!
Bryon, Minnesota is home to Tweite’s Pumpkin Patch, a Girl Scout themed maze among many other fun things to do like visiting the Enchanted Forest, Dino Dig, Dodge City, Pumpkinville, Harvest Town, Back Forty and Storybook Land, enjoy the new-walk to the pumpkin patch, or enjoy great homemade treats & refreshments all in their new concessions barn. Tweite’s is open daily 1-5:30 in October!
A third fun maze in southeastern Minnesota is found at Afton Apple Orchard in Hastings. The Afton Apple Orchard is open 7 days a week from September 17 thru October 31, 2011. Their maze hours however are as follows: Fridays: 4-10pm, Saturdays: 10am-10pm, and Sundays from 10am-6pm. During MEA, they will be open as follows: October 20 open 12pm-6pm and October 21 from 12-10pm. This huge 15 acre corn maze is calling your name! The maze is divided into 3 phases which progressively get more challenging! There are over six miles of twists and turns! Try it by the light of day, or try your luck by the light of the moon. It is a great time for people of all ages but is ideal for youth groups, school groups, church groups, scout groups, or companies that want to emphasize the importance of team work and building relationships in a relaxed, yet challenging atmosphere.
There you go, are you amazed yet? If you do get amazed, let us know how it went!