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New Hampshire Area Corn Mazes: Fall Fun For The Navigationally Inclined & Everyone Else, Too!
Monday, October 7, 2013
Your GPS won't help you here!
Corn mazes are a great way to enjoy the autumn weather and spirit, and New Hampshire has over a dozen mazes to choose from.
New Hampshire farms design new mazes every year. Some are crafted for difficulty, some for spooky surprises, and some are shape their mazes into familiar patterns or images, like this year's "Superstitions," "Boston Bruins," and "Farm-a-Rama" designs at Beech Hill Farm in Hopkinton, NH.
Corn mazes can range from 20 minutes to hours for completion, depending on size, difficulty, and pace. Check with the farm for maps and mile-marker information if available.
Most corn maze locations also offer other fun, seasonal family activities, so you can plan a fun, fall-themed day at very reasonable prices!
The medium sized corn maze at J&F Farms in Chester, NH, is an annual favorite. It is fun for all ages, no spooks or ghouls. In addition to the maze, J&F Farms offers a full farm stand, pumpkin picking, fresh apple cinnamon donuts (on weekends), and a free petting zoo! You can also purchase grain in the farm stand to feed the animals for $1 per cup.
Washburn's Windy Hill Orchard in Greenville, NH, plots its maze on 4.5 acres of corn. For a small fee, families can test their navigational skills in a maze that's just big enough to make it lots of fun for all ages. Windy Hill Orchard also offers a gift shop, bakery, and pick-your-own apples and pumpkins!
Riverview Farm in Plainfield, NH, has put a punny spin on this year's "Corn ish Art Museum." The art-movement themed maze presents a mystery in a character-filled labyrinth. While winding through tall corn stalks, visitors are on the lookout for a very specific ear, Vincent Van Goat's left ear, to be precise. The clever corn maze will delight and intrigue both adults and children. Riverview Farm also offers a barn store, apples and apple cider, hayrides, and other family activities.
Coppal House Farm in Lee, NH, has carved an adorable salamander design into living walls of corn over 10 feet high! This year's maze will delight and challenge all ages! It takes about 40 minutes to complete, but it could take longer, depending on which path you select! There are several ways to get through the maze, not just one path! In addition to daytime maze tours, you may opt for a Public Flashlight Night Maze on October 12th; $10, BYO flashlight. Includes a huge bonfire, cider & donuts (while supplies last). Or, for the slightly more daring, a Public "Slightly Spooky" Flashlight Maze on October 25th; $10, ages 5 & up, includes a huge bonfire, cider & donuts, and Halloween candy for the little ones. This "slightly spooky" maze is appropriate for all ages. There might be some scares, but no chasing. Coppal House also offers wagon rides with optional bonfires, and more!
The 2013 maize at Sherman Farm in East Conway, NH, is fun for a fantastic cause. Events throughout this season in the "Stand Up To Cancer" design corn maze, will benefit The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing and Jen's Friends Cancer Foundation. Corn maze $10 admission per person includes ALL activities, including Grain Train: a family ride around the maze grounds, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, Moo Express, interactive maze "games," kettle corn, cider donuts, and more!
Check out the NH.com Fall Fun page to find out more about these and other New Hampshire corn mazes, and more autumn activities in your area!
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