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.
Voted About.com’s Best Haunt in Memphis for two years running, Hauntedweb of Horrors ushers guests through two winding walk-throughs filled with gruesome scenery and ghoulish live denizens. The Tormented haunt plunks guests into Dr. Hacker's asylum, where they encounter frenzied inmates in macabre hospital locales. Eluding the doctor deposits patrons in the Dark Bayou—a quagmire beset by bloodthirsty locals and the vengeful ghosts of catfish dinners past. Feet can also tiptoe past psychedelic terrors in The Dark Matter haunt's labyrinthine tangle, navigating a surreal landscape of 3-D visuals that baffle the senses. Each frightful journey lasts approximately 15–20 minutes or 20–40 high-pitched screams. Although Hauntedweb does not recommend that children tour its spooky innards, its proceeds help Youth Villages to reach kids in need. While this Groupon is valid any day through October 31, customers attending the Hauntedweb of Horrors October 29 through October 31 should expect long lines and possible delays.
A fully operational farm with far-spanning views and stable-lined fields, Our Family Farm treats local and visiting autumnthusiasts to a variety of seasonal activities. In the snaking, spacious corn maze with more than a mile of trails, youngsters and the young at heart can immerse themselves amid the many merry rows of pre-popped kernel stalks. Explorers keep their eyes peeled for hidden scarecrows and take on countless fork-filled dilemmas, finally emerging in the outside world with newfound confidence and admiration for the impenetrability of well-watered crops. Pre- and post-maze meandering, visitors can enjoy other on-site fun (not included in the value of today's Groupon), including the pluckable pumpkin patch, the farmer's market and gift shop (open Friday through Sunday during general public hours), and full-on farm tours for the agriculturally curious individual that travels with a gleaming entourage of at least nine would-be farm hands (reservation required).
The Arkansas State Parks fete vibrant visitors and loping locals alike with a dizzying array of landscapes, natural and cultural resources, and myriad learning opportunities at parks scattered throughout the state. Familial units with children 18 and under can flex their pass muscles multiple times throughout the year at a wide range of museums, gleaning valuable state knowledge while conversing with park guides or well-read white-tailed deer.
Outdoors Inc. is a one-stop shop for outdoor gear and apparel. With a vast stock of goods from brands such as Patagonia, The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Arc'teryx, and more, there's no shortage of trustworthy items to layer atop your torso, snuggle inside of, or grapple with over a sheer cliff's face. Socks from Smart Wool (up to $20) protect the other end of the human form in a variety of sweat-wicking, cozy options. Customers can pack a peck of pickled peppers in a purse from Kavu ($40 and under) or slip safely into a pair of women's classic argyle Uggs ($140). Find all sorts of accoutrements, from Wilderness Systems Tarpon kayaks ($749), Arbor Slater Koa skateboards ($179.95), and North Face venture jackets ($99) to Vibram FiveFingers Bikila shoes ($100) and perennially fashionable headlamps ($50) in time for your annual hiking trip into the Pacific Ocean with the nature-ready goods at Outdoors Inc.