Do you like facing a challenge? When you’re on vacation, you might not want to put your brain to the test, but it can be fun sometimes. We’re not talking about sitting in your room trying to memorize pi to 30 decimal points, but going out and finding your way through some of the world’s coolest mazes. Don’t worry; this isn’t “The Shining” – there won’t be anything scary hiding behind these hedges.
Richardson Corn Maze
You have to hand it to the people responsible for the Richardson Corn Maze in Illinois; they’re a dedicated bunch. Every year, they redesign the maze in different ways to offer visitors a challenge, as well as provide people flying overheard with something exciting to look at. Their past designs have included tributes to the Beatles and the Chicago Blackhawks, just to name a few.
The fact that the maze is redesigned so frequently to such a high standard shows how much time and effort people are willing to put into the project. Anything with that much dedication is bound to be good.
Dole Pineapple Maze
Considering its name, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Dole Pineapple Maze in Hawaii features a pineapple in its design. The maze, which features paths stretching two and a half miles long, is full of natural Hawaiian ingredients that grow on the plantation. If you love the smell of fresh, local fruit, then you’re sure to enjoy a wander through the intricate pathways of this Hawaiian maze.
For people who want an added challenge, there are rewards for making your way to the center in the fastest time. It’s a great way to challenge your friends and family when you’re looking for something to do on vacation.
Villa Pisani Labyrinth
It’s not the biggest maze in the world, but the Villa Pisani Labyrinth in Italy is definitely one of the more difficult. Many people have tried it in the past, including some notable historical figures, but their ability to complete it has varied. Napoleon reportedly attempted it back in the early 1800s, although he apparently gave up when it proved to be too hard.
If you’re up for the challenge, this is one maze that’s definitely worth trying out. The views on offer upon reaching the middle are exemplary, although they don’t quite match the sense of accomplishment you’ll surely feel upon completing it. Just try not to forget how to get out again.
The Peace Maze in Ireland is relatively new, having only been designed back at the turn of the century. Unlike some of the other mazes on this list, you’ll be able to see over the tops of the hedges as you make your way to the center. This is to encourage socializing while you navigate the twists and turns, making it an ideal activity to try out with friends and family.
The maze was created with the intention of representing peace following the establishment of the Good Friday agreement, and that’s clear to see in the design. Just try to keep that in mind before you fall out with people for leading you down the wrong path.
It’s not easy creating a hedge maze. Not only do you have to come up with the design, but you also have to go about turning it into a reality. The work that’s gone into these mazes is impressive, and you ought to have a blast trying them out for yourself. By the time you’ve completed them all, you’ll be able to navigate your way out of a maze in your sleep.