GET LOST (in a maize maze)

A&E Staff

t’s that time of year again. Beloved fall traditions are making their way onto everyone’s “to do” list. One of the most popular autumnal rituals in the South are corn mazes. We’re giving you a side-by-side comparison of the three corn mazes closest to Georgia Southern. Pro tip: watch “Children of the Corn” before you go, grab a pumpkin spice latte and get lost.

Freeman Farms

Ian Leonard

The George-Anne contributor

Size: 4 1/2 acres

Hours: 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Saturdays, 1-6 p.m. Sundays

Price: $12 General Admissions

Freeman farms is a great choice for some light-hearted weekend fun. Your $12 admission ticket grants you access to not only the four and a half acre maze, but to all of the other amenities the farm has to offer. You can take hay rides, try your luck on the rock climbing wall or simply relax under the shade on one of the many porch swings set up around the farm. It is also one of the closest mazes, only about 15 minutes outside of Statesboro.

Address: 626 Scarboro Hwy, Sylvania, GA 30467

Ottawa Farms

Ian Leonard

The George-Anne contributor

Size: 10 acres

Hours: 1-10 p.m. Saturdays, 1-6 p.m. Sundays

Price: $8 General Admission, children 5 and under free

Ottawa farms is a slightly more family oriented maze. For your $8 admission you can enjoy a plethora of different activities, such as wagon rides, pig races, a 100-foot-tall slide and even a corn cannon. Yes, the corn cannon is exactly what it sounds like: you stuff ears of corn into a cannon and shoot it at things. On top of their maze being a massive 10 acres, it is in the shape of a cowboy riding a wild stallion. It does not get much more southern than that folks. Unfortunately, Ottawa farms is 40 minutes away from GSU, so it’ll be a bit of a drive.

Address: 702 Bloomingdale Rd. Bloomingdale, GA 31302

Poppell Farm

Katheryn Keith

The George-Anne contributor

Hours: Saturday from 11a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Distance: About 1 hour and 15 minutes away

Size of maze: 10 acres

Cost: $8 for the corn maze, plus $8 more for all the activities; $15 for both the corn maze and activities during the daytime hours of 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Special features: The corn maze offers a wide set of activities, especially for the younger crowd. There’s a playground, a petting farm, a hayride, and a ton of other fun things to play with. There’s a catfish pond where you can feed the fish, and duck races. And for all you corn hole fanatics out there, what would a corn maze be without a proper area for corn hole?

For those who like the creepy crawly things that go bump in the night, Poppell Farm has a section of woods properly deemed “the Frightful Forest.” It is a long section of forest that is lined with all things spooky. It opens on Oct. 10. On Oct. 25, there will be a Halloween party and a costume contest. For those who are big on Christmas, Poppell Farms also own a Christmas tree farm that opens for business after Thanksgiving.