Corn Mazes Make Fall Fun by Design
Each fall, intricate corn mazes crop up at Minnesota farms, wineries, apple orchards, and pumpkin patches, following the centuries-old European maze tradition. Maze-makers plant or cut corn to create a pathway in an elaborate design. Simply a-maze-ing to see from above, recent designs produced locally include geometric labyrinths, a Minnesota Vikings logo, a headless horseman, and a state map.
Navigating a circuitous journey through seven-foot stalks of corn leads to some dead ends, but most mazes offer maps and clues as guides, and scavenger hunts and games to make it interesting. Some destinations have straw bale mazes for younger explorers. Most sites have music, food, rides, produce picking, and other activities to fill an afternoon.
Southwest of the Twin Cities, Severs Corn Maze in Shakopee may be the largest maze in the state. Northeast of the Twin Cities, visit the Shafer Corn Maze. Northern Minnesota visitors can check out the Country Corn Maze near Warroad. In the southeast, try the corn maze at Tweite’s Pumpkin Patch in Byron or Afton Apple Orchard in Hastings.