Dayton Corn Maze
Corn mazes are a great way to have family fun during the autumn time. They are spooky places where you can try and work your way through rows of corn to the center of the corn maze. Corn mazes can be fun, difficult, or even scary. Corn mazes are made from corn fields where the corn is planted relatively close together and is grown as thickly as possible. Then, a maze design is cut into the rows before they grow too high so that as the corn grows, it starts to wall in little pathways throughout the corn, making it like a giant walled maze where all you can see is the corn and what's ahead and in front of you. Some of these mazes are designed to be more abstract, with more traditional loops and curves that we see in mazes all the time. But then some of the mazes... some of them are designed to be awesome.
Yes, you can see just how cool a corn maze can be. This particular corn maze is in Dayton, Ohio at Adventure Acres, which is a little ways to the southeast of the city itself. This is the largest corn maze in Ohio and is one of the better designs, for my money, that I've seen. Particularly since Dayton lies right in Ohio State country, and the Game, as it's called, falls right at the end of Autumn each year. If you are familiar with the Michigan Wolverines helmet, you can make out the wingtips, and if you are familiar with the Buckeyes jersey, you can make out the stripe and the little Buckeye insignias that go on a players helmet for each great play they've had. At the bottom, they've even thrown in Brutus the Buckeye and the Michigan Wolverine. It's a great place to get lost in for sports fans, and for anyone who is interested in as much, there are 4 mazes covering 8.5 miles worth of trail. You could walk quite a ways here through your favorite teams logo before finding your way back! For those worried about getting lost in the field, no worries: there is a watchtower that can keep an eye on all of the hikers, and you don't have to worry about any risk to yourself.
Some people these days go through corn mazes with GPS devices, which act as a sort of new era compass. Others actually bring out a compass, and many just depend on their own wits and directional aptitude to get through the maze. This is probably your best choice in terms of mazes in Ohio, and certainly in the Dayton area. This is a full-on entertainment farm. Aside from the biggest maze in the state, they have the haunted hay rides on two antique tractors, which include marshmallow and hot dog roasts. On top of all of this, they have a cow train ride for the younger kids, and then a pumpkin patch so you can pick out your Halloween Jack O'Lantern Pumpkin. Then there are the corn cannons. A corn cannon is everything you imagine it is and more. These corn cannons can launch an ear of corn 500 feet. They have target practice for the accuracy inclined! For the youngest kids, there is a playground in the shape of a pirate ship, as well as a petting zoo full or farm animals, and anyone who wants to have a bonfire can in the giant fire pits! This really is the classic thing to do during the fall seasons.
Adventure Acres has a barn that sits right on the entrance to the maze, which is where the watchtower also sits. The barn was nmed the 2009 Ohio Barn of the Year, and those wandering through the mazes will find a number of puzzles that allow them to compete for a Nintendo Wii. From September 1st to November 3rd in 2012, the farm will be open to visitors. The barn is open Thursday through Sunday. On Thursday it is open 6 pm to 10 pm, on Friday it's open from 6 to 12, on Saturday it opens at 12 pm and closes at 12 am, and on Sunday it opens at 12 pm and closes at 6 pm.
Corn mazes hold a solid place in the American mind. Not only is corn a quintessentially American crop, but corn grows high and tight, making the fields a creepy (but in a good way) place to get lost in. Classic scenes in corn fields include the field from Field of Dreams, as well as Children of the Corn, Signs, and Sleepy Hollow for good measure. Then you have the hedge maze in The Shining. It all makes for some pretty great Halloween time movies, and does a good job at keeping the creeping melancholy of Autumn in keeping with the traditional use of this time of year as the Harvest time.
So if you want to go to Adventure Acres, we've linked to their site here, and you can use that to get to the spot from the highways near you. It is right outside of Dayton, but is also pretty close to most of Greater Cincinnati, and isn't all that far off from Columbus as well. So if you are looking for the perfect Dayton corn maze, this is it. Check out their site and get the directions that you need to get from your city here today!
Especially as all of the leaves turn colors and the corn changes from the green stalks and leaves to the brittle yellow and orange that comes with the end of the season and makes the field rustle just a little bit more in the field, this is the time to be lost in corn mazes. Or, if you are from Britain, Maize mazes. Ironically, Michigan refers to their colors as maize and blue, which makes this awesome maze even better on even more levels.