Studies show that navigating a corn maze is the second most popular harvest-time activity, just behind helping an anthropomorphic scarecrow fit in at school. Explore autumnal possibilities with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get two base-admission season passes to The Maize at Little Darby Creek in Milford Center (a $40 value). Season passes are valid from September 17 through October 31. Click here for a list of all 16 attractions included in base admission.
The Rausch family’s Maize at Little Darby Creek has whirled visitors through 9 acres of unexpected twists for 10 seasons, during which other harvest-themed activities have sprouted adjacent to the stalks. This season’s maze design, created by Columbus Dispatch artist Aaron Harden, commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War—visitors can wander around an outline of Ohio or stand on the shoulders of a musket-wielding infantryman while wondering where all this corn learned how to draw. Trekkers can tackle phase one, which takes about 10–20 minutes to complete, or brazenly scoff at adversity by continuing onto phase two, a more challenging path requiring anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes of skillful negotiation. Activities woven into the maze’s winding causeways test patron’s mental mettle with numbered signs, puzzles, and clues written in corn text designed to lead patrons to freedom or to a buried chest of cursed doubloons.
Once they’ve had their fill of puzzlement, visitors can undertake any of the other 15 activities included in their base admission. Guests of all ages can romp on the ball bouncer, engage in laser-tag combat, or hobnob with the farm-friendly fauna in the petting zoo. Thumb noses at ground dwellers by conquering the sand mountain or watch years of physical training pay off by watching your duck take first in the rubber-duck race.
The Maize at Little Darby Creek
In addition to berries and pumpkins, the 125-acre farm by Little Darby Creek also cultivates fun. The Maize at Little Darby Creek was transformed from a Holstein cow farm into its current state more than 10 years ago by agriculturalists Randy and Jayne Rausch and their children. While this family is the fifth generation of owners to till this plot of land, they're certainly the first to fill its grounds with family-friendly activities. The central attraction, a 9-acre corn maze, changes its theme every year, staying challenging with signposts that make you solve puzzles to proceed and spray you with pumpkin pie-filling if you try to sneak past. Meanwhile, a kid-sized train, giant inflatable bouncing pad, farm-animal petting zoo, and outdoor laser-tag arena encourage visitors of all ages to play outside.
The farm also hosts a range of traditional seasonal events, ranging from berry-picking in the spring and summer to a haunted corn maze in the autumn. In the fall, Randy also greets visitors with a special family tradition: buckets of homemade kettle corn.
8657 Axe Handle Rd.
Milford Center, Ohio 43045