One of the first seasonal attractions I heard about upon moving to the Twin Cities area was Sever’s Corn Maze in Shakopee, Minnesota. It seemed like everyone was raving about the experience saying it was a must-do in the fall. Many parents told me it is an annual outing their families look forward to every year. Naturally, we had to find out what all of the fuss was about and it ends up we weren’t disappointed. This autumn attraction is much more than I expected. You can easily spend several hours or even a day here since there is plenty to keep the family occupied, plus there’s a nice selection of food vendors. Many of the extra attractions are free but a few (like the pumpkin blasters, camel ride and giant slide) do have a nominal fee. Sever’s is open Friday through Sunday and well into the evening on some days (check the website for exact dates and times). So pack your sunscreen for the day or flashlight for night…
Here are some of the highlights of our visit to Sever’s:
Pick a pumpkin. The first thing you notice upon arrival is a massive pre-cut pumpkin patch. All sizes, all shapes to take home and perfect for photo-ops.
Amazing maze. Every year a new maze theme is designed. I’d love to learn how it’s created.
Corn. If you get lost, at least you won’t go hungry.
Maps. Guest are given a map to help in navigating the maze. There are stops throughout labeled A-Z (be sure to bring a pen so you can cross each stop off the list). Note the shape of the maze this year…it’s Harvesting Memories.
Learning Opportunities. Each sign offers a fun-fact about corn. For example, we learned that Sever’s is the second oldest corn maze in the United States.
Tire Mountain. As you can see the tire mountain is quite a hit with kids of all ages.
Jumping Pillows. Check out my daughter jumping. These jumping pillows welcome the little and the big. There are two jumping pillows, one for the younger, softer jumpers and the other for the bigger kids and teens. Adults are welcomed, too!
Corn pit. This corn pit is a blast. First, it’s much deeper than it looks. As I was trudging through it I sunk to my knees. But what’s really funny is getting home and finding your pockets are full of corn! I guess that’s a good tip – check all of your clothing’s nooks and crannies for corn kernels before climbing out of the pit.
Petting Zoo. The petting zoo was great fun and there is animal feed for sale. We saw Camels, water buffalo, Eurasian eagle owl, African crested porcupine, water buffalo and – my favorite – Red Kangaroos!
All in all, Sever’s Corn Maze really is a fun, fun, fun way to spend the day. And not to brag or anything, but we couldn’t have picked a better day. The temperature was perfect and there was a light breeze in the air that rustled the corn stalks as the sun beat down. It felt like heaven.
Thank you Sever’s for offering my family passes to experience your little slice of heaven. It really it as fun as everyone says.