9 Unique Mazes
While corn mazes like the one at Cherry Crest are very popular here in the US, farms and venues all over the world have used many different materials to build mazes. Of course, the possibilities are endless, limited only by your own creativity. Here are some of the world’s most fascinating mazes!
The Dole Plantation Pineapple Maze, located in Wahiawa, Hawaii, is one of the only permanent botanical mazes in the world! The maze, open year-round, covers three acres, with two and a half miles of paths. The walls are created from over 14,000 Hawaiian plants, including hibiscus, heliconia, panax, and of course, pineapple.
The Hampton Court Maze in Middlesex, London, is one of the oldest surviving hedge mazes in the world! It was planted around the year 1695, and designed by George London and Henry Wise for William III of Orange. The maze was originally planted with hornbeam, a small deciduous hardwood plant, though it has been repaired many times since then with an assortment of hedge plants. The maze itself covers a third of an acre, but it’s nestled within 60 acres of riverside gardens.
At the Hever Castle and Gardens in Kent, England, lies a unique water maze that is sure to delight! It’s created out of a series of concentric stepping stones sitting on top of the water—but at any moment those stones might tilt one way or the other, and you’ll get splashed by hidden water jets! The goal is to make it to the grotto in the center without getting wet, but few have managed that feat.
Located in Arizona is a challenging maze adventure made up of hundreds of lasers pointing in all directions! You’ll have to be flexible and quick if you want to make it through. If you hit too many lasers, you’ll have to start all over again! Race your friends or try to beat your own score—put your ninja skills to the ultimate test!
If you’re ever traveling down under, consider stopping by the Tangled Maze in Victoria, Australia! This maze only contains about a mile of pathways, but the walls are made out of thousands and thousands of flowers! Because of the warm climate, the 6-ft walls are blooming for much of the year, with clematis, wisteria, jasmine, honeysuckle, and more.
One of the earliest mirror mazes is at Gletschergarten (“Glacier Garden”) in Switzerland. Created in 1896 for an exhibition, it has been on display at the park and monument since 1899. Inside this maze you’ll find mirrors in all directions, which creates a dizzying mess of paths everywhere you look. Make sure you keep your hands out in front of you, or you might run straight into a mirror without trying it!
This wholly organic maze consists of over 30 different species of trees and shrubs and more than 40 species of plants and mushrooms! Because of its material and its location, it is also home to a variety of forest animals, including foxes, deer, hares, lizards, frogs, and 26 species of birds. The maze, located on the island of Samsø in Denmark, has been growing since 1999, and was declared to be the largest permanent maze in the world by the Guinness World Book of Records.
The largest corn maze in the world is located at Richardson Adventure Farm in Spring Grove, Illinois. It spans a whopping 33 acres (Cherry Crest Adventure Farm’s corn maze is 5 acres, in comparison), and consists of five separate maze games. All of the mazes are connected and you can do as much or as little of the whole thing as you wish. The farm also has many fun activities for kids of all ages, similar to those at Cherry Crest!
This maze was a temporary art installation at London’s South Bank, and isn’t in existence anymore. However, it’s a joy to look at and to imagine how much fun it must have been to wander through! This “labyrinth of literature” was entitled aMAZEme, and was created by Brazilian artists Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo. It consisted of over 250,000 books and was put together by hundreds of volunteers over the course of four days. Book lovers could meander through the paths while listening to an audio tour about celebrated literature!