Lose Yourself in 8 Amazing Corn Mazes

Getting lost in a field of corn isn't exactly what most people think of as a good time. In fact, horror franchises like Children of the Corn have made thick, jungle-like expanses of ears into a terror trope. Nonetheless, farm fields across the country host geometrically inclined outsider artists of the highest order. If you're looking to lose yourself in nature while also enjoying the fun endeavors of some corn creators, these are some impressive corn mazes across the country.

1. Cool Patch Pumpkins - Dixon, California
At one point, Cool Patch Pumpkins was the titleholder of the Guinness Book of World Records' largest corn maze in the world. Initially created in 2000, brothers Mark and Matt Cooley have been developing their maze-making skills for nearly two decades. Their current labyrinth sprawls for 60 acres. Now due to corporate sponsors like Starbucks and Ford, you can track your progress through the twisty corn corridors with GPS coordinates. They're open Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.

2. Queens County Farm Museum, Floral Park, New York
Far from the largest maize maze in the country, the Queens County Farm Museum is still a fun little three-acre spread. Running through the small run takes roughly 45 minutes with the help of some covert clues tucked into hidden mailboxes. If you get lost, you can always pick up a corn phone and call the staff. The museum operates from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Sunday.

3. Great Vermont Corn Maze - Danville, Vermont
Tucked into a quaint dairy farm, the Great Vermont Corn Maze has operated for roughly 17 years. The homestead features a "Barnyard Golf" course and offers two differing mazes. The largest maze runs an adult to-and-fro on its two hour course, while the smaller "Scenic Maze" takes half-an-hour to complete. Those looking to run the gauntlet can stop by from July 25 to October 18.

4. Happy Day Farm - Manalapan Township, New Jersey
Happy Day Farm is fantastic place to explore history and New Jersey, at least from above. Each year, the maze designers come up with some fascinating new designs, one year sculpting corn corridors out of four famous faces from Jersey (including Frank Sinatra and Bon Jovi), a Civil War anniversary piece, and this year's Rutgers University anniversary maze. Can't find your way out? You can use your GPS or play a text game for clues to the exit route. Also, don't forget to play Maze-O-Poly. Fun begins September 17 and runs through October 30.

5. Sever's Farm Corn Maze - Shakopee, Minnesota
Midwesterners looking to get lost in the corn can head to the Twin Cities area for the Sever's Farm yearly maze. Challenge yourself by seeking out six pictures of "Sever" as you navigate through the winding rows. Complete the sightings sheet correctly and you'll be entered into their 20th anniversary grand prize drawing. The drawing takes place after the season, which runs from September 9 to October 30.

6. McCall Land & Cattle Company - Moriarty, New Mexico
Also operating for nearly 20 years, McCall's Pumpkin Patch is a family-owned and -run fall wonderland in New Mexico. Their 16-acre maize construct usually features some fun designs (only viewable from the air, of course). Plus, after the running the gauntlet, you can also play with some critters in the petting zoo, dig for fossils, or pick favorites in the pig races.

7. Treinen Farm's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch - Lodi, Wisconsin
Located in charming little Lodi, Wisconsin, Treinen Farm cuts a fable or fairy tale-based swath through their fields each year. This year's corn labyrinth covers fifteen acres, equal to six miles of winding maize, and features a unicorn-friendly design. Maze season begins September 23 until the day before Halloween (October 30).

8. Farmstead Corn Maze - Meridian, Idaho
Out in the boonies of Idaho, the Farmstead MAiZE covers nearly 20 acres of corn and offers twists and turns cut in two difficulty levels – adult and child. The pumpkin purveyors also create their Field of Screams, a terrifying trip through a haunted field straight out of a cheesy scarecrow horror flick – something you still wouldn't want to live out in real life. The fun starts September 23 and ends October 29, operating Monday-Sunday.

Andy L. Kubai is a freelance writer and transplanted Austinite who's been exploring the internal and external wonders of his new home for the last 5 years. Find out more about Andy on his website.

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