Like crop circles and intricate cloverleaf on-ramps, grain mazes were originally created to give bored airplane passengers something to look at. Entertain window seaters with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get admission for two (up to a $12 value) and two bottled waters (a $2 value) at La Union Maze (a $14 total value), a short drive from El Paso and Las Cruces. The maze is open on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (10 p.m. on May 21 and 28), Sundays from noon to 7 p.m. (10 p.m. on May 29), and Memorial Day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Hurry to use your Groupon by May 30, when the maze closes.
Robert and Lucy Sondgeroth’s 7-acre maze, cut from corn-lookalike sorghum grass, draws thousands of visitors each fall. Inspired by the success of the maize-y autumn attraction, the Sondegraths decided to open with a spring version for the first time this year. Explorers of all ages can catch a body coming through the pint-size rye labyrinth, which stands 5 feet tall to allow little ones to keep a watchful eye on their parents' antics. After solving the maze and rehydrating with two bottled waters, agri-tourists can hop a ride on the cow train, hone their aim at the air cannon, or hit the oversize jumping pillow for an enthusiastic bounce.
As synthetic-waterfowl enthusiasts pit rubber duck against rubber duck in a high-stakes, water-gun¬-fueled race, homemade roasted corn and ribbon fries beckon nibblers from the concession stand ($3 each, not included in today's Groupon). The farm's goats, bunnies, and ponies, as well as a potbellied pig named Sherly, welcome visits from petters or minor-league-baseball-team recruiters.