You know what they say – nothing celebrates a fall day like wandering around a cornfield in complete bewilderment. Okay, maybe nobody actually says that, but apparently a lot of Minnesotans think getting lost outdoors in the crisp October weather is great fun. Farms all over our wonderful state have taken to making large and complicated corn mazes and getting impressive turnouts. So which are the best mazes to spend your day at? Twist and turn no further. We have your top corn mazes to check out right here.
Tweite’s Family Farm
1821 Frontier Road S.W.
Byron, MN 55920
www.tweitesfamilyfarm.comTweite’s Family Farm has a huge maze made of corn with more than 12 acres. Participants of this fall family favorite will receive game cards, secret maps and special decoder glasses to assist in finding your way out again. For an extra challenge, visit on flashlight night on Oct. 12 to do the maze in the dark. This cornfield puzzle can take anywhere from 20 minutes for quick maze-pros to complete to over two hours for the leisurely (or just plain lost). Thankfully, there is a Maze Masters Hotline for the completely confused to be guided out when necessary.
Sever’s Corn Maze & Fall Festival
1100 Canterbury Rd. S.
Shakopee, MN 55379
The Midwest’s original corn maze calls Shakopee, Minn., home. For 17 years, Sever’s has provided fall fun for Twin Cities families and its corn maze is the big draw. Past mazes have had pirate, election year or Vikings themes. But Sever’s has plenty of other attractions as well to keep your family entertained all day. This includes the Extreme Corn Pit, pumpkin picking, pig races, a giant potato sack slide and a pile of tractor tires just begging for kids to climb upon.
Twin Cities Harvest Festival & Maze
8001 109th Ave. N.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
www.twincitiesmaze.comMinnesota’s largest corn maze is elaborately spread across 19.5 acres in Brooklyn Park. But navigating through this massive labyrinth isn’t the only offering at the Twin Cities Harvest Festival. Check out the live music, climbing wall, pumpkin slinger, corn pit and petting zoo as well. There are even helicopter rides to view the maze from above.
Shafer Corn Maze
Highway 8 & Quinlan Lane
Shafer, MN 55074
The 12 acres of cornfields at the Shafer Corn Maze have been transformed into a Paul Bunyan theme for the 2013 season. You’ll find three separate mazes within the design to suit all ages and levels of difficulty. But kids and the faint at heart beware. The maze turns haunted during Friday and Saturday nights until Oct. 26 at “Stalkers of the Corn: The Mad Lumberjack.”
Afton Apple Orchard
14421 S. 90th St.
Hastings, MN 55033
www.aftonapple.comFor a perfect fall outing, try the Afton Apple Orchard and enjoy the corn maze along with other seasonal activities. The maze covers over 15 acres and six miles with three phases in which you can determine the length of your fun (or confusion). Also try apple picking, hayrides, cider-making demos, face painting or the pumpkin patch. Hungry maze-goers will love the delicious treats for purchase, including apple donuts, caramel apples and apple fritters.
Cortney Mohnk is a freelance writer covering all things Minnesota. She is also a public relations and event planning professional. Her most important job is mother to her young daughter, who is her partner-in-crime when checking out the family entertainment scene in the Twin Cities. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.