The Amazing Maize Maze

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City kids get a true taste of the country as they track down clues and solve puzzles to find their way out of this labyrinthine, three-acre maze made of corn stalks. The fun starts with a “Stalk Talk” to brief participants on the clues and puzzles they’ll find along the twisting paths. Once the youngsters reach the exit, reward them with a trip to the pumpkin patch (open from October 3), where they can pick their future jack-o’-lantern from the field. Families up

for a more challenging (and slightly scary) mission can grab a flashlight or navigate the maze by moonlight when it’s open until 9pm.

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Brian M

The Maize Maze is an annual addition to the Queens Farm each fall.  After paying your fee, you can see the designs of the various mazes of the past.  This year's edition has a Triple Crown theme.  The design is shaped like a jockey on a horse and the multiple clues throughout the maze are designed around horse racing.  After getting a brief instruction, grab your colored flag and begin.  Getting lost within its confines, its easy to forget that you are in the borough of Queens, with the exception of hearing the Grand Central Parkway.  80's music was blared through speakers placed within the corn.  A guide in the middle of the maze will provide clues to assist in finishing.  (Hint: look for the orange ribbons).  When you finish, there is a person there to greet you and they announce the flag color of your team.  They also ask for any hints to provide to those still in the maze.  Took about 30 minutes to finish and was great kickoff to fall.