This past Friday after my two youngest got home from school, we all jumped in the car, excited to spend the evening at the Shipshewana Corn Maze. Shipshewana, located in the heart of Northern Indiana Amish Country, lies about 45 miles east of South Bend and about 55 miles northwest of Fort Wayne. Even though its population is just under 700, the charming streets of Shipshewana always seem to be bustling with excitement. But more on that another day, today I'm going to focus on the corn maze itself.
Since we'd arrived at dinner time, the first thing we did was head for the concession area—two rows of picnic tables with hay bale seats set under a tent. There's a small, basic menu consisting of things like burgers, hotdogs, barbecue chicken thighs, fries, and a chicken fajita wrap (regular or deluxe), plus chips and a small refrigerator with drinks to choose from. The prices are reasonable at under $4.00 for a large item and $1.00 for a bag of chips or a drink, and the food, which is cooked to order, tasted good.
The corn maze itself is actually made up of three different mazes. Depending on the entrance you choose, there's a smaller .4-mile "kiddy" maze, the 2.5-mile horse maze, and the 3.3-mile tractor maze. You can see how they get their names by viewing the maze from the air—a shot I obviously couldn't get myself, but that you can see in the first photo of this post.
The maze was a lot of fun, with my youngest taking the role of leader, semi-expertly reading the map and guiding us from checkpoint to checkpoint. Did we get lost? Several times? Of course we did! I mean, isn't that half the fun of making your way through a giant maze? (We chose to make our way through the horse maze if you were wondering.) It was a lot of fun, and some good exercise at the same time.
So, hay bales support a giant checkerboard, and even though it's flanked by a couple of chairs, the giant checker-moving stick indicates that it's actually easier to play standing up. Next up is the Human Hamster track. I was laughing and cheering on the kids as they ran, fell, and rolled around inside of their "wheel", but once hubby and I jumped in one, I shut my mouth really fast...because it is much harder than it looks. But between running up the edge, going full-force into the hay bale stop, and rolling around on my back, the only thing that hurt were my cheeks (you know, from smiling so much).
But, even before we set foot through the front gate, I knew that the Corn Cannon would be our favorite activity. Not included in the entrance price, one turn on the double-barreled cannon costs $1.00 (aka 2 cobs for 1 dollar); we came armed with singles for the sole purpose of some target practice. And yes, it was everything we thought it would be. I wouldn't mind having a corn cannon in my own backyard...though my neighbors might say different.
In case you couldn't tell, the Shipshewana Corn Maze was good, quality fun for the entire family. Although my oldest child didn't come along this time due to previous commitments, this is the type of outing that you can enjoy whether you're 2 or 82—teenagers included (because, you know, they're picky beasts).
Season: Thursday, August 27, 2015 - Saturday, October 31, 2015
Location: 505 Morton St., Shipshewana, IN 46565
Telephone: (844) 428-5336
website: Shipshewana Corn Maze
As a US Family Guide blogger, I received free admission for my family into the corn maze. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.