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The ultimate fall guide to getting lost in a cornfield


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It’s that wonderful time of year where we Iowans enjoy looking at the pretty leaves, sipping hot cider and getting lost in gigantic mazes made out of food. I’m talking about corn mazes, of course! We have a number of them within driving distance of Iowa City, and most of them offer all sorts of autumn-themed amenities for those looking to occupy a Saturday afternoon. Let’s take a look, shall we?

Harvestville Family Farm Fun

1977 Highway #2, Donnellson IA, 56265 – More details

Worth Noting: If Harvestville Farm’s claims are accurate, then it would take about 7.5 football fields to house this enormous labyrinth. That’s a little intimidating, right? Every Saturday throughout October, maze aficionados also have the pseudo-masochistic option of walking the maze at night with nothing but a flashlight. These people are serious about mazes.

Our new 10-acre maze is filled with twist and turns that’s good farmin’ fun for adults and kids alike! It’s the perfect fall family experience! Smoking and alcohol are not permitted in the maze.

For families with young children, pull your little ones through the maze with a wagon or a stroller or you may walk through our mini maze. The mini corn maze is part of the 10-arcre corn maze, however, it is the perfect size for little ones and virtially stress free for parents! Smoking and alcohol are not permitted in the mini maze. Cost: $6.00 per person. No one under the age of 12 will be allowed in the maze without an adult at any time.

Flashlight Maze

Want to attempt the maze at night by flashlight for a completely different maze experience? Every Saturday night in October, our “Moonlight Maze” will be open from 7:00-10:00 pm! (last admittance at 9:30 pm) Test your nerves as you brave the dark in hopes to make it through our 10-acre corn maze. If you thought our maze was tricky during the day, wait until you tackle this challenge! Remember to bring your own flashlight! Smoking and alcohol are not permitted in the maze. Cost $8.00 per person. $1 off coupon available.

Admission: $6-$7

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Dan-D Corn Maze

2044 Iowa 14, Knoxville, IA 50138 – More details

Worth noting: This maze’s theme involves the incredibly popular video game Angry Birds, and it is adorable. In fact, the bird depicted in this maze was launched all the way from Berryville, Virginia, where a second maze depicts the iconic Angry Birds slingshot in all its glory. If you loathe corn mazes, do not mention this to your children.

Enjoy a unique experience – find your way through our cornfield maze with miles of twists, turns and dead ends. Take the challenge and see if your family and friends can find their way out of the miles of twists, turns and dead ends. Don’t worry everyone eventually gets out.

The 2013 maze theme is the infectious Angry Birds. Have you or your kids spent ours trying to pass a level well know you can get lost in it. Use your imagination to see the Angry Bird landing on our farm. But who knew it is actually being launched from Berryville, Virginia. This is the first-ever multi-state corn maze!

Have a dandy time at Dan-D Farms!

Admission: $5-$8

Bloomsbury Farm Fall Festival

3260 69th Street, Atkins, IA 52206 – More details

Worth Noting: In addition to two corn mazes (One of which is equal in size to the aforementioned Harvest Family Farm maze!), Bloomsbury Farm offers an enormous pumpkin patch and a number of kid-friendly activities to occupy an afternoon or two.

Bloomsbury Farm is a destination for families and kids of all ages! Whether you’re 1 or 100, everyone will enjoy an exciting, fun-filled day on the farm here at Bloomsbury Farm! We offer many activities for visitors to experience: from a Jumping Pillow to bounce on to a Corn Maze to get lost in, there is always fun to be had!

With the area’s largest Pumpkin Patch, you will have no problem finding the perfect pumpkin! Bloomsbury Farm has over 17 acres of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes to choose from! Ride the Pumpkin Shuttle out to the patch and pick your own, or stop by the Harvest Barn to choose one that’s already been picked fresh from the Pumpkin Patch!

Bloomsbury Farm also features TWO Corn Mazes! A 10-Acre Corn Maze for the adventurous ones, and a smaller 4-Acre Kid’s Maze for those less daring! Both are sure to be full of fun and excitement! Bloomsbury Farm is the perfect place for Family Fun!

Admission: $8.50-$11.50

Barnyard Blooms Corn Maze

337 Cemetery Lane, Grandview, IA 52752 – More details

Worth Noting: Barnyard Bloom’s Corn Maze features a large labyrinth with a number of stations to track down before being able to dawn the title of Maze Master (an unofficial title I once held as a youth due to my glorious triumphs in the field). Hayrack rides, games and campfires are held every Friday and Saturday night.

Start a family tradition or just get out of the house and have some fun. Either way, our 8 acre corn maze will delight the kid in everyone. You will have a blast in this life-sized living labyrinth. Make your way to every station in the maze and be entered in our grand prize drawing. Friday and Saturday night campfires, games and hayrack rides will be a perfect way to enjoy a fall day and into the evening. Gift shop hours will be extended to coincide. The maze is subject to the elements, so it may close in inclement weather or if it is too muddy. PLEASE CALL AHEAD if you think these conditions may apply.

Admission: $5-6

Uncle Bill’s Farm Corn Maze

244 400th Avenue, Grinnell, IA 50112 – More details

Worth Noting: This maze is another 10-acre monster, and upon entering, the sadistic Uncle Bill will (presumably) cackle and wring his hands as helpless travelers become lost in the cornstalks. But that’s okay, because afterwards you can “feed the precocious pygmy goats and watch them climb the Golden Goat Bridge.” There’s nothing like adorable animals to help wash away the memories of a traumatic maze encounter.

Uncle Bill has a very special corn maze design this year and it’s going to be especially challenging and fun. Your exciting adventure begins when you enter the maze to try to figure out how to get across the field and out at the end. Get some good exercise walking on ten acres of corn field and enjoy a fabulous fall day in the corn maze with your friends and family.

You must pay the farm admission and the $1.00 for the maze if you want to go through the maze. Weather and ground conditions permitting, wagon rides to the field are included in admission until 5:30 p.m.

Season passes are $20.00 per person. You may use the pass any time during pumpkin season of the year you purchase it. You must check in at the admission desk upon each arrival. Passes are not transferable and you may be required to present your ID when you check in at the admission desk.

Admission: $8-$20

Allsup’s Pumpkinville and Corn Maze

618 Center Ave South, Mitchellville, IA 50169 – More details

Worth Noting: Pumpkinville claims to have a 20-25 acre maze with “at least” 20 challenges that can take “several hours” to complete depending on the corn conditions. If the previously mentioned 10 acre mazes are large, then Pumpkinville’s is almost absurd by comparison. The family farm even offers guests the opportunity to come back — free of charge — and ‘try again’ if they aren’t able to make it through on the first attempt. “This is not a maze for slackers,” they point out. I’d have to agree.

Pumpkinville is the site of two awesome corn mazes!

We have a twenty to twenty-five acre large corn maze that is full of challenges, at least twenty. You don’t just walk through this maze, it is more of a scavenger hunt. Early in the season when the corn is dense and full it can take several hours to complete the maze. Later in the season it can usually be navigated in an hour. Don’t fret, if you don’t complete the challenge on the first try, as long as you hang on to your ticket, you can come back, at no additional charge, until your ticket is completed.

This is a great maze for team building exercises, scouts, youth groups, school groups and anyone who enjoys a challenge. This is not a maze for slackers. It can be a great workout.

Admission: $6

Cotter Road Corn Maze

10526 Cotter Road, LaPorte City, IA 50651 – More details

Worth noting: The Cotter Road Corn Maze features ridiculously tall cornstalks that should be perfect for getting horribly lost. If mazes aren’t your thing (in which case, I’m surprised you’re still reading), then perhaps you might be interested in the “miniature barn and farm animals,” because sometimes you just need a good cuddle, right? Cotter Road also mentions a sandbox filled with whole kernel corn, which sounds great if you like sandboxes but hate the whole “building things” part.

This year’s corn maze, featuring corn over 11 feet tall, is an old fashioned maze and not in a particular pattern. There are four things to look for this year in the maze: a turtle, a hobby horse, a shell and the wooden owl.

Participants also may play with miniature barn and farm animals or in a sandbox filled with whole kernel corn, challenge others in a cowchip throwing contest or gunny sack races and visit the garage sale. There also will be farm-fresh eggs and peacock feathers to purchase. Pumpkin sales start in September.

Admission: $5

Colony Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze

2780 Front Street, North Liberty, IA 52317 – More details

Worth Nothing: Based in North Liberty, this pumpkin patch and corn maze is closer than most and offers a broad range of family-friendly activities. The corn maze is a modest five acres, which means it’ll be perfect for those who “like” mazes but aren’t quite as fanatical as, say, people like me.

Come late September you and your family can visit our farm, located in the heart of Eastern Iowa’s Corridor, to enjoy a day of hunting for the perfect pumpkin in our U-pick patch, test your trivia and direction skills in our 5 acre corn maze, tire the kids out with some of our fall attractions, and find some great fall decor that is sure to make you the talk of your neighborhood!

2013 Corn Maze is open each business each day, weather permitting.

Admission: $5-6

Country Corner Corn Maze

5333 US Highway 150, Alpha, IL 61413 – More details

Worth noting: Although this maze is based in Illinois, it’s not too far east of the Quad Cities and offers a good amount of variety to warrant a mention. In addition to a dozen hidden checkpoints, this maze boasts a number of quirks including a GPS-based challenge and trivia questions to point attendees in the right direction (should they answer correctly, of course).

This is our 19th Corn Maze-and is a favorite of customers for miles around. Families have built a tradition around seeing who can solve the maze the fastest. Groups and organizations hold team building parties; Schools & teachers challenge their students with the selection of different age level opportunities!

Open to everyone, individual or group. Our maze has twelve hidden check-points. Any number of games, activities, competitive or team building opportunities can be utilized to fit the age or skill level of a group or individual. Each check-point has a paper punch to be used to punch your purchased ticket.

A map marking your current location at each check-point allows for re-orientation and clues on how to proceed towards the next hidden check-point or maze exit.

Utilize your Smart phone to play one or more of our other available games.

Admission: $5


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