A recently discovered alternative to the indoors, going "outside," offers adventurous explorers exposure to things such as wind, sunshine, and the naturally occurring mazes found in corn fields. Leave the indoors with today's Groupon: for $12, you get a family admission (two children and two adult tickets) to The Mid-South Maze (a $24 total value). Upgrade to four adult tickets by paying the difference at the ticket booth (an extra $4).
The Mid-South Maze is celebrating its 10th year as the Mid-South's agritainment capital. With a new, inventive design each year, the nine-acre corn labyrinth takes most meanderers an hour and up to three miles of trekking to navigate. This year, the labyrinthine paths create a visual tribute to the maze's history, as glimpsed by aerial observers; the photo itself can be used as a map for amateur Amerigo Vespuccis. Explorers who would rather chart their own course through the maze can rest easy, knowing that designated "corn cops" are posited throughout to assist walkers woefully lost or peskily pursued by the ghost of Shoeless Joe Jackson. The maze is open Thursday through Sunday in September and Wednesday through Sunday in October. Check the schedule for daily hours.
Valid only for corn-maze admission; offer excludes jumping pillow, corn cannon, haunted hayride, and the haunted maze (7 p.m.–10 p.m. on Friday & Saturday nights in October and Halloween night, Sunday, October 31 at 7 p.m.).
- …a labyrinth with as many twists and turns as Stephen King's "Children of the Corn." – Michael Lollar, Commercial Appeal
The Mid-South Maze
Most of the modern world is mapped—GPS devices capably guide people through entire road trips and atlases describe more terrain than most people could cover in an entire lifetime. While it's difficult to reawaken humanity’s sense of surprise and discovery, The Mid-South Maze is up for the challenge. Every year, the maze’s manufacturers spend months carving up their cornfield into clever patterns that, when viewed from the sky, might appear as a famed sports logo or the face of a long-departed pharaoh. On the ground, however, that pattern vanishes, leaving wanderers to use their wits to navigate the arching corn passageways.
The Mid-South Maze entertains with more than just its winding labyrinth. On Friday and Saturday nights in October, actors clad as ghostly apparitions haunt the herbaceous hallways of a spooky tractor ride. A giant jumping pillow launches kids skyward and gently cushions their falls, and a corn cannon fires ears of corn at targets up to 100 yards away. Anyone who hits a target wins a prize from one of the maze's sponsors and the right to eat nothing but popcorn balls until Thanksgiving.