Labyrinths cut into fields or grown out of hedges have a deep history. These living plant mazes were created for amusement and even to test the skills of soldiers. Remnants in England can be traced back to medieval times!
Given that long tradition, it’s kind of surprising it took until 1993 for the first corn maze to be built.Every year, Cabot farmers create corn mazes with a new design. #cabotcheese Click To Tweet
Today, many farms open carefully constructed corn mazes late summer into fall, and families have created their own tradition of returning every year to challenge themselves. Not only is a great way to have some outdoor fun, but it’s another way that Cabot farmers demonstrate their entrepreneurial spirit while also bringing people closer to the source of good, wholesome food.
None of the Cabot farm mazes give the Guinness World Record held by a 60-acre maze in California a run for its money, but they have other things to commend them including cute calves to pet, flashlight evenings with bonfires and unique designs.
Let’s learn more about Mazes:
Unicursal – Maze without branches. Sometimes called a circuit maze.
Multicursal – Maze with branches and dead ends.
Blind Alley- Branch that is a dead end.
Island – Asection of the maze containing walls not connected to the external wall of the maze. Sometimes also referred to as a detached wall.
Theta – A type of maze composed of concentric circles.
Braid Maze – A type of maze with branches, but without dead ends. All branches loop back to other branches.
Perfect Maze – Maze with no islands or isolated sections. A perfect maze has only one solution.
Delta Maze – Maze consisting of interlocking triangles.
Plainair Maze – A maze on something other than a flat surface. For example, a maze painted on the outside of a cube or sphere.
If you want to know more cool kids history factoids about Mazes click here. And for extra credit, check out the difference between a maze and a labyrinth.
Please note: Not all mazes take credit cards and always call to check if the weather is questionable.
The Escobar’s Highland Farm Corn Maze: Portsmouth, RI
The Escobars of Rhode Island take their maze very seriously, ensuring their thousands of annual visitors have an… ahem … amazing time. The maze this year celebrates the Farmer. The Maze covers 8 Acres and was designed by Brett Herbst of The Maize.
255 Middle Road, Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Dates: September 4th through November 8th, weather depending
Hours: Fridays 10am – dusk; Saturdays, 10 am – dusk; Sundays, 10 am – dusk. Columbus Day 10 am – dusk.
Entry: $10/ages 12 and up, $8/ages 5 to 11, 4 & under free.
Fort Hill Farms Corn Maze: Thompson, CT
Fort Hill Farm’s 2020 seven-acre corn maze design is a tribute to “Monarch Butterfly“. Come walk through their educational corn maze as you learn about the monarch butterfly’s wonderful life and its importance to the health of our planet. For a shorter experience, buzz through their Bee Mini Maze.
260 Quaddick Road, Thompson, Connecticut
Dates: 8/23 through 10/31, weather depending
Hours: Sunday & Monday 11am-6pm. Tuesday-Thursday 12pm-8pm, Friday & Saturday 10am-9pm.
Entry: $15/adults for main maze. Mini maze $10/person on weekends, weekdays 7$ per person $3 ages 3 and under.
Percy Farm Corn Maze: Stowe, VT
“It all started when I was standing in the farmyard, watching all the people go by on the bike path,” recalls Paul Percy, who farms in Stowe, Vermont. “I thought, ‘There’s got to be a way to capture a little money and to educate all these folks a bit on what farming is all about.” Paul estimates it was about 16 years ago. “Time goes by when you’re having fun,” he jokes. He began by drawing a design on paper but then, when he got out the field, he couldn’t figure out how to translate the paper design into reality. “I never designed another after that,” Paul laughs. “I just go do it!” The 8 to 10-acre maze is different every year, but it always includes a “bridge to nowhere,” from which visitors get a beautiful view of the mountains. Families return year after year and kids of all ages enjoy petting and feeding calves and goats.
2919 Mountain Road, Stowe, Vermont
Dates: 8/9 through weekend of 10/12, weather depending
Hours: 10 am-5 pm daily
Entry: $6/adults, $3/seniors, $3/students and kids; 7 & under free; free for active military; special pricing available for school or other large groups.