Blog: Bucket List - #3 Twin Cities Harvest Festival & Maze
Walking up to the grand entrance of the Twin Cities Harvest Festival & Maze was exciting; especially with a full array of pumpkins on the left, and hay bales lining the castle-like wall enticing you to enter.
Walking up to the grand entrance of the Twin Cities Harvest Festival & Maze was exciting; especially with a full array of pumpkins on the left, and hay bales lining the castle-like wall enticing you to enter. An admission fee of $10 per person (children under 36” are FREE) makes for an inexpensive day with an impressive experience.
Once inside, the corn maze was our first stop. This year’s theme is the beautiful state of Minnesota with Paul Bunyan and Babe, the north woods, a loon, a fish, a spoon and cherry, and an ear of corn scattered throughout the intricate design. We learned from volunteers that the maze was built with only a piece of paper, a pencil and a hoe – no GPS technology was used; how incredible is that!?
As you enter the maze a volunteer passes out a map with trivia on the back. The trivia questions are scattered throughout the maze and the map helps you guide your way to each location. It was a little difficult to navigate the maze at first but once we found a couple of the hidden questions we got the hang of it, or at least our navigator, Lindsay, did.
Of course, the trivia comes with a prize! If you get all of the questions correct, they are multiple choice, you’re put into a drawing for 10 tickets to the 2014 Minnesota Twins season; 5 lucky winners are chosen. That’s a heck of a prize, so of course we turned in our trivia and will continue to cross our fingers until the winners are announced (after October 27th, when the festival & maze is closed). The maze took us about an hour to complete which gave us plenty of time to visit the petting zoo, listen to live music and jump in the corn pit before lunch.
Our favorite part of the day, other than the maze, was the corn pit. Climb, jump, roll around or bury yourself in millions of corn kernels; it’s a unique feeling that can only be experienced. Be prepared for kernels to end up in some weird places after you’re done and make sure to take off rings before getting in the pit, they could slip off. We would recommend wearing socks; the kernels get stuck between your toes!
We only experienced about an eighth of the fun when we visited the maze. With plenty of other activities to try here’s a list of what else they have to offer:
- Straw bale maze, perfect for smaller kids to do on their own
- Climbing wall*
- Pumpkin slinger*
- Food vendors*
- Pony rides*
- Gunny sack slide*
- Helicopter rides*
- Pumpkins* (3 for $10)
- Other fun games*
*Additional cost applies
We went for the corn maze but stayed for the corn pit, live music, and petting zoo – how could we resist? The best part about the Twin Cities Harvest Festival & Maze is a portion of every ticket sold goes to the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. If everything we experienced wasn’t enough to get you out to the maze, maybe giving back to the local community will do it!
The Twin Cities Harvest Festival & Maze is located in Brooklyn Park, MN and is open every weekend, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-6pm until October 27th. Find out what we've checked off on our Bucket List so far!
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