The Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze is literally about 15 minutes from my house. It’s the largest corn maze in Minnesota, and until a few weeks ago, I had no idea it was there.
This year, they paid tribute to the armed forces in the design of the maze AND by donating a portion of all ticket sales to the Minnesota Military Family Foundation. When I asked the owner Bert about why they chose this charity to support, he said it was because they do great work. He personally designed the maze and laid all 27 miles of drip irrigation by hand.
I think calling this the Harvest Festival AND Maze is necessary. There’s so much more to do than just walk through a corn maze. There are bounce houses, face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides, live music, and much, much more. In the photo above, the big circle you see is a giant clearing where all the attractions are set up. I think we spent at least 2 or 3 hours in that area before we even got to the maze.
It all started with face painting. Levi got to be SpiderMan, so I decided to be SpiderMom.
There were airbrush artists on site that created our cool face paint masks. Next up was the giant slide, which I was terrified to go down. Levi loved it though, so we went down it a couple times. He also loved the giant inflatables they had for the kids to climb on. We went to the corn maze with Kelly from Muddy Flowers and her family. Her kids are amazing and helped Levi climb up and play all the way up top. (Yes, I was terrified, but he was just fine.)
There was another bounce house with a slide that Levi couldn’t get enough of. He definitely got a workout climbing up the stairs to slide down over and over again.
The petting zoo had goats, chickens, sheep, and cows for the kids to pet. Levi was a little nervous about the goats, but ventured out to pet them as long as mom stayed close by.
The corn pit, though, was definitely my favorite. Some of the attractions, like the face painting and bounce houses, are an extra fee beyond the cost of admission. The petting zoo and corn pit, though, were our favorites and those are included in your regular admission fee.
It’s not just a little corn pit, either. It’s HUGE. What you see in the photo above is less than a 1/4 of it.
It’s pretty comfy, too. We all had a great time crawling around and jumping in and out of the corn pit.
If you’re looking for fall family photo opps, the Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Corn Maze is a good place for scenery. In addition to the natural background of the corn stalks, they had several photo spots set up to pose for pictures.
The giant tractor was a fun one for Levi, and I also liked the gourds they had stacked up around some hay bales. Levi did, too, apparently.
Speaking of gourds – they do sell pumpkins if you’d like to pick some up during your visit. You’ll want to be sure to check out their pink pumpkins, which are grown as part of the Pink Pumpkins On Your Porch program to help fight breast cancer and fund research towards a cure.
The Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation has partnered with pumpkin growers across the country who have agreed to donate $0.25 per pink pumpkin sold. Funds will then be donated to breast cancer research organizations. My grandma is battling her second round of breast cancer, so I think it’s great to see local growers like Bert here at the Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Corn Maze getting involved to help find a cure.
If you’re looking for a fun family activity that your kids will enjoy, be sure to check out the Twin Cities Harvest Festival & Corn Maze. You can buy your tickets right at the door, or contact them directly if you’re planning a birthday party or special event.
The maze is open weekends through October 28th. Admission is affordable at $9 per person, and kids under 36” are free.
Disclaimer: I received complimentary admission to the corn maze so I could go check out the pink pumpkins. All opinions and amazing fun times are 100% my own & Levi’s.