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5 fantastic corn mazes in MD for the family

CornMazeGirlScouts1WBy Karen Stysley

It’s that time of year for families to get hopelessly lost in a Maryland corn maze.

Last fall, Columbia Girl Scout troop 10057 took on a wildlife trivia challenge with a bit of a twist at Sharp’s Farm corn maze in Brookville, Maryland: get the question wrong and they would wander aimlessly in the depths of the maze.

Fortunately, the kindergarten and first-grade troop members knew their animal facts, which helped them find their way out.

“They didn’t have to rely on the adults to tell them what to do. That’s pretty empowering,” says Christie Lassen, Columbia mom and co-leader of the troop.

It took the girls less than an hour to make it through together. They also went on a hayride, saw some animals and earned a patch for their sashes.

Whether your family wants to decipher clues, follow maps or just meander through, corn mazes are the perfect fall fun for the family.

CornMazeSpiderHallEntranceWAmy Rippey’s family has been running a corn maze out of Spider Hall Farm in Prince Frederick for 10 years. When they first started, “it was a good day if 10 families showed up,” she says. Now business is booming. On weekends “the parking lot fills up fast,” she says, with all the families hoping to get lost in the 9-acre maze cut by her brother.

It’s “good old fashioned fall fun for the family,” agrees Stacy Greenstreet, of Greenstreet Gardens in Lothian. “I think the reason our corn maze is so popular is that it speaks to so many age ranges.”

For those with little kids or phobias of getting lost, many farms provide quick-exits or workers who watch out for maze explorers needing assistance.

“Lots of people will get lost, but only some people will be worried about it,”
says Marian Fry, director of agritourism for Maryland Sunrise Farm in Gambrills, where they have “Corn Cops” to help out.

At Greenstreet Gardens, visitors can check out an aerial map of the maze before entering, and at Spider Hall, they can climb up a watchtower to get an aerial perspective.

“It’s not so ridiculously hard you need a strategy,” Greenstreet says. “It’s definitely not Harry Potter. You’re going to get out alive.”

And the kids will head home tired and dirty, Greenstreet assures. “They will have an awesome time and have a taste of the farm.”

5 fun corn mazes in Maryland

If you are looking to navigate a corn maze this fall, here are five around the area to choose from. Information updated September 2015.

1. Councell Farms, Eastern Shore
The 2-acre corn maze is geared toward families with younger children, according to co-owner Chip Councell. It is not really difficult and takes about half an hour. “We want kids to have fun and not be frustrated,” he says.
Two watchtowers in the maze offer not only a higher vantage point but also slides that go back down into the maze. After families get out, they can enjoy 25 other fun activities from duck races to lassoing plastic steer to shooting scarecrows with tennis ball slingshots.
Where: 11773 Old Skipton Road,
Cordova (40 minutes from Annapolis)
When: Every day Sept. 1-Oct. 31, 2015
Price: $5 per person, which includes all activities

2. Spider Hall Farm, Calvert County
Spider Hall’s 9-acre corn maze emphasizes education by posting fun farm facts about agriculture and its Southern Maryland heritage along the way. Kids can enjoy a smaller sorghum maze as well as a variety of activities like a petting zoo and pumpkin patch. New this year is a haunted maze at night that will spook visitors with scary props, actors and effects.
Where: 3915 Hallowing Point Road, Prince Frederick (55 minutes from Annapolis)
When: Saturdays and Sundays in October
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