The time has come to get lost.
For some of us, really lost.
The first corn mazes of the season have been designed, plowed and opened for the season. The Cherry Crest Adventure Farm is in its 20th year of a-maze-ment (excuse the corny play on words), and Flinchbaugh's Orchard and Farm Market is opening its 5-acre maze Saturday. Part of agri-tourism, the mazes create great interactive play for children and adults.
Other local mazes open in August in September, and they all have a bunch of attractions besides the maze, including flashlight nights to try the puzzle (pack your own flashlight).
Don't miss a thing:
Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, 150 Cherry Hill Road, Ronks: Open now. Commonly known as the Maize Maze and the Lancaster Corn Maze, the working farm opens its maze and other agri-tainment for just 85 days in the year. Details: Several concession stands, from traditional lunch fare to sweets (don't miss the apple cider doughnuts); an array of sights, such as a baby chicken hatchery, butter-making station, hay rides and much more; and shopping at a general store and trail shop. Cost: $17 summer day pass (for 3 years old and older). Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday.
Oregon Dairy Supermarket, 2900 Oregon Pike, Lititz: "Happy Crows" is the design for this year's corn maze, which opens Sept. 17. Details: pebble toy box, straw tunnel, bean bag toss, food truck, calf petting and more. Cost: $8 for adults; $4 for children 3-12; free for 2 and younger. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1-7 p.m. Sunday. Flashlight nights are 7-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Cost: $10 for adults; $5 for children 3-12; free for 2 and younger. Kids Pumpkin Pickin' Days are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, from Oct. 3 to Oct. 25.
Flinchbaugh's Orchard & Farm Market, 110 Ducktown Road, Hellam: The 5-acre cornfield is open now for maze fun, and a scavenger hunt has been added to ramp up the adventure. Cost: $5 for adults; $4 for children 3-12; free for 2 years and younger. The Fall Fun Fest focuses on pumpkins and apples with wagon rides, a straw bale jungle gym, crafts, decorations and bakery sweets. That's from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Oct. 3, 10, 12 and 17.
Maize Quest Fun Park, 2885 New Park Road, New Park: While Maize Quest welcomes groups of 20-plus now, the rest of us must wait for the maze and park to open Sept. 5. This is the mother of mazes, built on a portion of Maple Lawn Farms. Details: Numerous maze options for various ages; an 80-foot slide; an obstacle course; gift and coffee shop; pedal karts; a train ride (extra cost); two snack bars; and a picnic pavilion. Cost: $12 for 2 year olds and older. Hours: 1-7 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday (starting Sept. 19, flashlight nights begin, and hours end at 10 p.m.); 10 a.m.-4 p.m. holidays.
Country Creek Produce Farm, 3746 Etter Road, Chambersburg: Follow the yellow brick into the land of Oz in this 2-mile corn maze that opens Sept. 19. For "Wizard of Oz" fans, this will be even more fun, as the mailboxes along the route hold trivia challenges from the story. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m.-dusk Friday and Saturday. Cost: $5 per person or $6 for a ticket that includes the greenhouse and hayride. Children 3 and younger are free.
Stoner's Dairy Farm, 7678 Oellig Road, Mercersburg: Corn maze season kicked off Aug. 29 with a pig roast and the first steps into the 5-acre puzzle. Flashlight nights ($6) begin Sept. 4, and haunted maze nights ($7) are 7-10 p.m. Oct. 24 and 31. The Harvest Fun Festival ($7) includes pig race, hayrides, the maze, inflatables, pumpkin judging, and pony rides from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 3.