No tigers on this safari (Sept. 5-Oct. 26)

September 3, 2008

This Friday night (Sept. 5) at 6 p.m. is the grand opening of one of the region’s most beloved fall traditions: the Great Godfrey Corn Maze. It may be a bit soggy this year if the remnants of Gustav swing through over the next few days as predicted, but if your kids love mud like my kids love mud, they won’t mind a bit.

The seven-acre field at Glazebrook Park features two mazes, mowed in a safari theme this year. It’s a total of 2.4 miles of trails. Depending on how many times you get lost, your trek could be more than that. (Help from above is available for those who get well and truly stuck.) Navigating it during daylight is challenging enough, but on Fridays and Saturdays, the maze stays open after dark, so bring your flashlights. Hours are: Fri.–6 to 10 p.m., Sat.–11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun.–1 p.m. to dusk.

Admission is a very reasonable $6 for adults, $4 for ages 6 to 11, and free for kids 5 and under. (There’s also a $1 off coupon on the homepage.)  Throughout the fall the maze hosts various events — haunted trails, free movies, a corn festival — and during the week school groups can visit at a reduced rate.  For details, call All Around Alton, the convention and visitors’ bureau, at 800.258.6645.

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