On Saturday, October 10th, we visited Jacob’s Corn Maze with my in laws. This was our second year attending the corn maze and is a fun family outing especially on a sunny fall day. The activity is aimed at kids and they are sure to enjoy attempting to navigate through the maze while collecting clues.

For our visit, it was a rather cool fall day so we were thankful that the tall corn stalks help block out some of the wind. I recommend bringing a jacket with you and wearing comfortable walking shoes. My pedometer registered over 6000 steps for this event so it is quite a bit of walking.

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This year features an Egyptian theme called “Escape from Egypt” and of course includes pyramid shapes within the ten acre computer designed maze. You will want to pick up your activity sheet, the maze map and a crayon or pencil before you venture out. A pen does not work as well for the rubbings activity you will do along the way. You will also collect “fill in the blank’ historical facts that lead to a word scramble to solve at the end.

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Jacob’s Corn Maze has been owned and operated by the Witkop family since 1892 and is recognized by the State of Michigan’s Historical Commission as a Centennial Farm. The maze was launched in fall of 2008. Admission is $10.00 per adult and $7.00 for children ages 5-11 (4 and under are free). The facility does take credit cards as well as cash. The maze is open daily from 10:00-6:00 pm and is self serve so you are not part of a tour and solve the maze at your own pace.

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Jacob’s Corn Maze is actually larger than ten high school football fields with over five miles of trails and you should plan a couple hours or longer to complete this activity. The cornstalks display colored ribbon that coordinates to the different colored sections on the map for ease in navigation. This year’s maze was more challenging than last year with the white section featuring extra twists and turns. Before leaving, we enjoyed some donuts and cider. I do wish hot chocolate was also available during the cooler weather.

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Liz Ball is a freelance writer focusing on Michigan travel and local events in her community.