Looking for an exciting way to spend a fall weekend? Need an escape from grueling midterms and assignments? The Great Vermont Corn Maze, located about an hour away from campus in Danville, Vt. offers the opportunity to get lost — literally — in one of the most enormous corn mazes in the country.
The maze includes approximately three miles of dirt trails and provides a pretty strenuous adventure, usually taking one or two hours to complete. The maze’s website even discourages teens and young adults between the ages of 13 and 20, who may become easily frustrated, from taking on the challenge (but that doesn’t faze us Dartmouth students, does it?) Luckily, emergency exits throughout the maze allow disheartened or exhausted visitors to quit or take a break. Successful maze-goers have the opportunity to ring the thunderous Bell of Success.
“This does not sound like a big deal to first timers, but after hearing that bell being rung by other visitors, it is quite exciting to finally ring the bell yourself,” Mike and Dayna Boudreau, maze creators and operators, said in an email to The Dartmouth.
The maze, first created in 1998, is owned and managed by the couple and their two children, and it is located on the family’s dairy farm. Even today, the maze is still a completely family-run operation. Each year, the family designs, plants, and constructs an original, unique maze.
“During the season we typically work from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., or later, seven days a week,” Mike Boudreau said.
The farm also features other attractions including a flower garden, a barnyard-themed golf game and a petting zoo. Visitors are encouraged to bring plenty of water, snacks and good walking shoes. Best to go early while the corn is still in its best condition!
The Great Vermont Corn Maze
1404 Wheelock Road
Danville, VT 05828
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