One sure sign of fall in New England is the opening of corn mazes. Varying in scope and size, they might be standalone mazes or part of a larger farm with other activities. Fun for both kids and adults, they range from very easy for the youngsters to quite tricky for adults willing to brave them.
Yankee Magazine has rated the Maize, at Sherman Farm, in Center Conway, N.H., one of the best in New England. The 12 acres of corn form an intricate labyrinth that will challenge even those with the best sense of direction. It includes three phases, one for every ability. There are games to be played within the maze such as a treasure hunt, barnyard bingo, and cornundrums (riddles to solve). Correct answers point you in the right direction. The maze is open weekends from Sept. 25 to Oct. 24, plus Columbus Day.
With your admission you also have access to several other attractions. Great for kids is the corn box. It is similar to a sand box, but with corn. Goats and pigs in the petting area are eager for visits. The mini maize is great for the littlest kids, while the pumpkin pad, just for bouncing, is great fun for all. The pumpkin patch is the place to purchase your Halloween pumpkin. There’s a limited menu of food available, plus ice cream, doughnuts, and kettle corn, or you can bring your own picnic to enjoy on the grounds.
Coppal House Farm, in Lee, N.H., will have its maze open through the last day of October. Each year it sports a different theme embracing something you might see in your backyard, such as an animal, bird, plant, or reptile. This year’s theme is the red fox. Eight-to-nine-foot corn stalks surround the paths through the maze, with mailboxes placed in strategic locations. Each box contains a trivia question. Answer it correctly and you’ll be directed to the correct path or a shortcut. Miss the question and you could be sent the wrong way, or at least a longer way. If you’re looking for more of a challenge you can reverse the course and enter the maze from the exit. Trivia provides no assistance this way. On selected Saturdays, you might want to experience the maze at night. It’s open from 6:30-9 p.m. Bring your own flashlight and be sure to make a reservation, as slots are limited.