Now that fall is officially here, it’s time to get out and enjoy all the season has to offer. Why not pack up your family or gather a group of friends to check out a local corn maze? It’s no surprise that amid all the corn grown in Portage County, there are also some great mazes to experience.
Speaking of experiences, the Derthick’s Corn Maze on State Route 82 in Mantua also offers an added Farm Experience to the mix. There are 17-acres of fun, including the large Ohio State-themed maze and two less challenging, kid-friendly mazes. While you’re there, play the Farmer Joe Clue game, the farm tracks kids maze game, hunt for treasure, or hang out with your kids in the round bale play area – but that’s only half of the equation.
The Farm Experience provides a wonderful opportunity to have fun with your kids while learning more about farming. You can get up close and personal with pigs, chickens, goats, and rabbits; pony rides are also available during special hours. In addition, your Farm Experience admission also reserves your seat on the bucking cow train. Derthick’s Maze is open each weekend through Nov. 1. Pricing starts at $6 per person for Maze entry or $10 for a combo ticket, which includes the Farm Experience. Derthick’s maze is open Fridays and Saturdays 5 to 11 p.m., with final tickets sold at 9:30 p.m.. On Sundays, the maze is open from 1 to 6 p.m., with final tickets sold at 4:30 p.m. Detailed pricing information is available here.
Guyette Farms on Chamberlain Road, also in Mantua, cuts their maze by hand. Their goal is to design a maze that’s short enough for small families, but challenging enough for avid enthusiasts. The design features many exits, offering families with small kids the chance to escape when they’ve had enough. In addition, Guyette Farms offers a hay bale maze for small children, a petting zoo, hayride, and corn box with slide, where children of all ages can dig, dump, and slide to their heart’s content.
Their maze is open each weekend, now through Oct. 25. Each Saturday, visit from 11 a.m. through 7 p.m. Each Sunday, stop by from 11 a.m. through 5 p.m. Each day, the last ticket is sold one and a half hours before the maze closes for the night.
Whether you plan your visit during the day, or pack flashlights to experience an a-mazing evening, you’ll be making memories that will last through the coming winter weather.