by Laura Kocum
on Friday, October 16th, 2015 at 9:28am.
Last weekend, my family took our annual trip to a corn maze, and had a great time wandering a local field, learning map skills and supporting a local farm. The popularity of these mazes have increased, nationwide, over the last ten years. They provide great entertainment, exercise and help support local agriculture. Locally, there are a significant number of mazes to choose from. The Madison area offers countless farms within close proximity to most neighborhoods. In addition to the maze, your outdoor fall experience can include apple-picking, a visit to a pumpkin patch, a petting zoo, hayrides, and a number of other specialty activities. If you haven't already found a place for fall fun, here's a list of options near Madison:
Fitchburg Farms, located just south of Madison off of Highway MM, offers a 4.5 mile maze, a smaller version for kids, and a wide selection of beautiful mums for fall decorating. This year's maze includes a butterfly, and the Fitchburg Farms logo.
Eugsters Farm, south of Madison on State Highway 138, offers an 8 acre maze for adults, a 2 acre maze for kids, a full petting zoo, hay rides, weekend events, apple picking and a pumpkin patch.
Schusters Playtime Farm, east of Madison on Highway 12/14, offers an 8 acre maze, a jumping pillow, putt-putt, hayrides, a pumpkin patch and other special weekend events. This year's maze features a design welcoming home UW Coach Paul Chryst.
Treinen Farm, north of Madison and west of Lodi on State Road 60, boasts a top 10 rating for a national rank of Corn Mazes made by USA today. The maze is 15 acres, intricately designed to show Aesop's fable The Fox and the Grapes, and comes with unique challenges for visitors and opportunities for prizes. Those who make it out without using their map are rewarded. Treinen Farm offers night time adventures in the maze (Zompocalypse), along with a pumpkin patch and hayrides.
Mayr Family Farm, northeast of Madison on Egre Road in DeForest, offers a 7 acre corn maze with a patriotic theme, hayrides and a pumpkin patch. This year's events will raise money for the Badger Honor Flight program, honoring veterans with a chance to see their Memorials in Washington D.C.
Sutters Ridge, southwest of Madison off of Highway 92 in Mount Horeb, offers a 6.5 acre corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides and apple picking. A petting zoo and sandbox with tractors add to the fun.
One of these farms is sure to be a short drive for locals. Pick your favorite, and get lost in the fun!