You can "lose yourself" for a little bit, though, even amid the throngs of fall foliage groupies--at a corn maze! In fact, you may just find yourself begging strangers to give you clues as to how to find your way back out!
Then again, perhaps you won't be quite as daunted as Bruce and I were when we found ourselves hopelessly tangled in New England's oldest and one of its largest cornfield mazes--the 8-acre Mega Maze at Davis Farmland in Sterling, Massachusetts.
Each year, Davis Farmland creates a new challenge that is fun--if a bit frustrating--for both kids and adults. Never fear--help is available from the Maze Masters who are strategically positioned within the three miles of dead ends and detours. They'll at least help you find your way to the snack shack within the maze so you don't become famished while climbing the corn maze's bridges and swearing to your maze-meandering companions that you are sure you've seen every one of the more than 3 million corn plants that make up the maze... at least twice!
On August 15 2013, a new Mega Maze inspired by the movie National Treasure debuts. The 16th anniversary Mega Maze is a life-size, 3-dimensional puzzle that offers visitors all new challenges. This year, the Mega Maze has seven extreme mazing levels, so guests can choose their adventure's intensity. Complete intellectual and physical challenges including slingshots, obstacle courses, belly bouncers and more to find your way. For an even more challenging experience, visit the Mega Maze during special Flashlight Nights.
In addition to the 2013 Mega Maze, the Maze Courtyard features an International Collection of smaller mazes to try as a warm-up.
Davis Farmland, a family farm attraction featuring rare livestock breeds and fun activities for small children, and the Mega Maze are located off Route 62 in Sterling in central Massachusetts, just about 20 miles from Worcester. The 2013 season will run until October 27, conditions permitting. For directions and admission prices and to check dates and hours of operation, call Davis Mega Maze at 978-422-8888 or visit the Mega Maze Web site.
If you'd rather cut your teeth on one of New England's smaller corn mazes before you venture into the Mega Maze, there are plenty of farms throughout the region that have carved mazes into cornfields for the amusement of visitors.
More Cornfield Mazes in New England
(Note: Call ahead for directions, hours of operation and admission fees. Weather can affect corn maze conditions, so it's always a good idea to call on the day you plan to visit. As a rule, most corn mazes open for the season anywhere from mid-July to early September, and they stay open through late October.)
Connecticut Corn Mazes
Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm
227 Ekonk Hill Road
Fort Hill Farms
260 Quaddick Road
Foster Family Farm
90 Foster Street
South Windsor, Connecticut
670 Daniels Farm Road
Maine Corn Mazes
Pumpkin Valley Farm
100 Union Falls Road
Ricker Hill Orchards
295 Buckfield Road (Route 117)
Massachusetts Corn Mazes
Davis Mega Maze
145 Redstone Hill
Mike's Maze at Warner Farm
[The Dail-rama! is 2013's Creation]
23 South Main Street
New Hampshire Mazes
Beans and Greens Farm
245 Intervale Road
Gilford, New Hampshire
Beech Hill Farm
[Three Themed Corn Mazes in 2013 including Boston Bruins]
107 Beech Hill Road
Hopkinton, New Hampshire
Coppal House Farm & Corn Maze
118 North River Road (Route 155)
Lee, New Hampshire
Neighboring New York Corn Mazes
Ellms Family Farm Amazing Maize Corn Maze
448 Charlton Road
Ballston Spa, New York
Bridgehampton, New York
Liberty Ridge Farm
[Spookley the Square Pumpkin-themed Corn Maze]
29 Bevis Road
Schaghticoke, New York
Long Acre Farms Amazing Maize Maze
[Get Lost Inside the Rainforest-themed Corn Maze]
1342 Eddy Road
Macedon, New York
Tucker Farms Great Adirondack Corn Maze
[Expanded to 10 acres for its 10th anniversary!]
Gabriels, New York
1821 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road
Penfield, New York
163 Burritt Road
Hilton, New York
Rhode Island Corn Mazes
Escobar's Highland Farm
255 Middle Road
Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Vermont Corn Mazes
The Great Vermont Corn Maze
1404 Wheelock Road
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