Best corn mazes in Metro Detroit

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Corn mazes are a fall Michigan tradition. What's a corn maze? It's a multi-acre corn field in which corn stalks are mowed in creative pattern. The pattern may be words, designs, or images. Intrepid corn maze visitors pay to traverse the labyrinth without getting lost. That's easier said than done. It took my daughter and me nearly two hours to find our way out of a 6-acre cornfield maze we visited. Some corn mazes feature intriguing puzzles to solve, too.

Metro Detroit boasts several corn mazes, including some spooky evening venues. Here are the best ones in the area. I don't recommend taking young children in full-size corn mazes, even in the daytime. The tall corn stalks can be frightening. Many children do not like the feeling of being lost. I suggest saving the corn maze event for children 5 or older.

Three Cedars Farm: Located at 7897 Six Mile Road, Northville, Michigan, this 7-acre corn maze will definitely challenge your navigational skills. It costs $5 for ages 4 and up. Children 3 and under are free. There are prizes for finding the three cedar trees hidden in the maze. Three Cedars Farm is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. There are hay rides, a petting zoo and storybook barnyard play land, and a you-pick pumpkin patch.

Westview Orchards: This apple orchard and fall harvest venue is located at 65075 Van Dyke Road, Washington Township, Michigan. Westview Orchards has two corn mazes: one for daytime use and the other for nighttime. Cost for the nighttime corn maze is $6.99 per person. It's open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. This corn maze is located about a third of a mile from the main farm.

The daytime corn maze is available on the weekends and is part of the fall fun package, which costs $8.99. This price applies only to children over 30 inches tall. It includes a 6-acre corn maze, two petting zoos, straw mountain, log obstacle course, inflatables, slides, a black hole, and lots more. Train rides, pony rides, and hay rides are available for an extra fee.

One unique and educational feature of Westview Orchards is that they have an operational data-gathering weather station. It's operated by Project Green of Michigan State University's extension program. This makes Westview Orchards an excellent, value-added field trip opportunity for science classes. Students can explore, learn, and have fun all at the same time.

A lifelong resident of "Pure Michigan," Marilisa Kinney Sachteleben writes for Yahoo! Contributor Network about people, education, economy, history, and natural resources in the Great Lakes State.

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