Looking to have some good, old-fashioned fun with your family this month? Corn mazes give kids and adults alike the opportunity to stretch their legs and solve what amounts to a life-size puzzle. Below we’ve listed six local spots where you can test your sense of direction this month.
The Great Vermont Corn Maze, Danville
Info, 748-1399 vermontcornmaze.com
This maze, on a third-generation dairy farm, has a new design every year. Situated on 10 acres, it's a serious challenge; visitors should be able to walk for about an hour, without a rest, to find their way out of the maze’s 3 miles of trails which includes some hillside walking. If you'd prefer something less intense, try the smaller maze on the property.
$10 for children ages 5-15 and seniors ages 60 and over; $15 for ages 16-59; and free for children under 5. Farm animals, 100 feet of underground tunnels, barnyard golf and a kids village are all free with admission to the mazes. Popcorn, ice cream and beverages are available to purchase. Open Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat- Sun 10-5pm; visitors cannot enter the big maze after 3 p.m. All children under 15 must be supervised.
Open now through October 17.
The theme of this year's 12-acre corn maze — which features a built-in sound system and a series of bridges — is "Under the Sea." Toddlers can explore a mini maze and an OK Corral play area and livestock barn with donkeys, bunnies and pigs. On Saturdays, the maze is open late and admission includes a glow stick and marshmallow roasting. Admission includes all mazes, livestock barn and weekend wagon rides.
$10 for ages 4-11; $12 for ages 12 and up; $10 for seniors over age 65; and free for children under 4. 50% discount for military service members. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday; and closed Tuesday.
Open now through October 26.
Visitors can take a one- or two-mile jaunt through seven-foot walls of corn, tracking their progress by punching a card at numbered stations scattered throughout the course. Don't miss the farm market, animals and a few wooden play structures also on the premises.
$5 for children; $8 for adults; free for kids under 3. Open 10 a.m-6 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. No maze tickets are sold within an hour of closing.
Open Labor Day through October 31.
- Percy Farm Corn Maze, Stowe
Located just off the middle of the 5-mile Stowe Recreation Path, this maze takes approximately one hour to complete. Visitors can pet baby calves and goats and feed them for a quarter as well.
$3 for students and senior citizens; $6 for adults; free for children under 8 and members of the armed services. Open 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. seven days a week.
Open now through mid-October.
Visitors navigate this six-acre maze, designed in the shape of the Fort, looking for history clues and collecting stamps. A short maze for children age 4 and under with adult supervision provides an easier option.
Free with $8-$17.50 admission to the fort; free admission for children under 5. Open weekends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last entry is at 4:30 p.m.
Open now through October 19. Open Columbus Day.
- Whitcomb’s Land of Pumpkins, Williston
Info, 879- 5239
This year this four-acre, educationally themed maze is focused on learning about Vermont’s new recycling laws and includes a scavenger hunt for items including some giant pumpkins planted within the maze.
$4; free for children under 5. Open weekends, 10a.m.-5p.m.
Open mid-September through the end of October.
This maze is over 5 acres, with more than 3 miles of paths. The maze is designed to be slightly challenging without overwhelming maze goers. Average time to complete the maze is 30 minutes. Comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended
$6. Open weekends, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Haunted Maze events on October 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31 at 7:30 p.m.
September 26 -November 1. Open Columbus Day.
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