A corn maze is an enormous puzzle designed by manipulating a cornfield by cutting paths with a tractor. Challengers start at one end of the maze and maneuver through the maze at his/her own speed. Farms and nonprofit organizations often raise funds by offering corn mazes to the public for a fee. These three mind-boggling corn mazes are an entertaining fall treat.
- Pinter's Corn Maze: Pinter’s Corn Maze is located in Decorah in Winneshiek County. Guests may take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch and select a pumpkin or two to take home. The farm boasts a life-size chess board. The younger generation will enjoy diving into a box filled with corn. The corn maze may confound the most experienced mazers. The young and young at heart will enjoy go-karts, giant slides, tire maze, duck races and farm animals.
- The Original Iowa Maize Maze: The Original Iowa Maize Maze is located at the Gilbertson Conservation Education Area, about ½ mile east of Elgin in Fayette County. Maps of the maze are available to assist visitors who traverse the maze’s complexities. The goal of the maze is to preserve the agricultural history of the area. A small fee is charged and donations are accepted to help finance the maze each year. There are 14 mailboxes placed throughout the maze. The goal is to reach each mailbox and collect a $5.00 gift certificate to a local restaurant as the prize. The center boasts hiking trails, horse riding trails, a fishing pond, nature center and farm tool museum.
- Cerenze Haunted Corn Maze: Cerenze Haunted Corn Maze is located in Lime Springs in Howard County. A cornfield is transformed into a mind-boggling maze each fall. A bird’s eye view will reveal a piece of art in a crop circle type pattern. Visitors are prepared with a scareific tale before entering the maze to set the proper tone. This terrifying maze is not recommended for younger children. Children of all ages will enjoy selecting the perfect pumpkin from the patch to take home and decorate.
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