With an expansive cornstalk maze and a 600-foot zipline, Fields of Adventure enlivens fall outings at a family-owned, working farm. Guests can explore the African safari-themed maze, which carves up 7 full acres to honor famous explorer Dr. Livingstone's enthusiasm for maize-based logic puzzles. Shaped to resemble an overhead view of a lion and two elephants, the labyrinth features several unique sections, each of which challenges patrons with an educational game pertaining to the safari and its hidden, overarching meaning. After dark, maze-goers can flip on their flashlights and challenge the winding paths without the sun's kind direction or helpful cheat codes. After exploring, visitors grab hold of the farm's zipline and descend 70 feet from a tower to soar over the farm's pond.
Carlisle Sports Emporium is a 20-acre complex, which houses a new 7,000-square-foot laser-tag arena, multiple go-kart tracks, large arcade area, and two 18-hole miniature-golf courses. Flanking these three attractions is a roller rink where skaters can experience walking on wheels without having to stick their legs through two different cars’ sunroofs. Visitors can also stretch their sinews on the computerized indoor climbing wall—which can simulate classic climbs such as El Capitan or Devil’s Tower—or hone their hand-eye coordination in an arcade with more than 100 games.
This sort of deft dodging is required at the 5,000-square-foot arena in Owings Mills. Teams compete in one of ten missions during each game of Frontal Assault tactical laser tag, which are inspired by popular video games such as Call of Duty and Battlefield.
The snack bar at XP Laser Sport reenergizes players with Polar Shock slushies and personal pizzas. Meanwhile, windmills, loops, and carousels obstruct the path of LED mini-golf balls tumbling down the nine-hole indoor course. The facility's projection screens broadcast the latest angry faces of professional sports coaches, and two 25-foot screens let up to eight guests compete in Xbox 360 games such as Mortal Kombat.
At Adventure Park USA, visitors amble, shriek, and laugh through a sprawling 17.5 acres replete with Old West–themed rides and attractions such as the Wildcat roller coaster, which dips and curves around a track in order to elicit screams of joy. Outdoor diversions such as bumper boats and go-karts stoke competitive fires, and a collection of little tykes rides invite pintsize riders to spin in teacups or gallop on carousel horseback. Open year-round, a 22,000-square-foot indoor frontier playzone thumbs its nose at inclement weather with laser tag, an arcade, a ropes course, and a climbing wall. Owner Larry Stottlemeyer continues to expand this already extensive list of family-friendly diversions.