Finding the center of a corn maze is easy, but escaping requires patience, ingenuity, or a dog trained to track the scent of parked cars. Follow your nose to freedom with this Groupon.
- $10 for two general admissions (up to a $20 value)
With general admission, guests can go on a hayride through the farm and access all of the attractions in the Back 40 entertainment area. There, two corn mazes merge to make one themed picture and baffle explorers for 60–90 minutes, and a children's maze entertains youngsters with a simpler design. Kids zoom down the giant Mine Shaft slide or race friends down separate quad slides. An animal exhibit hosts intriguing critters—including a few visitors from Rainforest Adventures—a tire-mountain play area challenges climbers, and a bouncing pillow launches jumpers into the air. For an additional $5, guests can take home a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch.
In 2011, WBIR-TV reported that local racecar driver Trevor Bayne dropped by Oakes Farm to see his face carved into the cornfield. The farm had adopted Bayne as that year's maze theme, shaping the field to look like his face and his racecar when viewed from above. On the ground, however, the maze was a tangle of curves and dead ends that often took guests 90 minutes to solve, longer if they neglected to learn ancient Greek in order to ask the minotaur directions.
The farm updates its agricultural labyrinth annually to reflect a new motif, but it never fails to entertain explorers with its routes and interactive games. Just as delightful are the hayrides that ferry visitors to and from the pumpkin patch, the smell of autumnal sweets from the Cornfections stand, and the echoes of laughter from inside the Mine Shaft—a giant slide in the farm's Back 40 entertainment area. These attractions, alongside animal exhibits, pedal karts, and open zones for freeform play, draw families to the seasonal hotspot. In the days approaching Halloween, however, the farm endeavors to make patrons flee with its haunted attractions and pop quizzes for school children.