Labyrinths date back to Greek mythology and have existed throughout history as a way to test and challenge one’s mettle and might. They exist in every corner of the globe, just waiting to challenge intrepid travelers.
The most impressive mazes are constructed from all kinds of unique materials, from corn to hedges and even ice. They’re feats of engineering as much as art. Puzzles that require navigation and intuition. So, why not add one of these destinations to your bucket list?
Hampton Court Palace
- Location: Surrey, UK
- Cost: Adults $28.15, Children $14.14 (children under 5 years old are free)
Loftily claiming to be the “most famous maze in the history of the world,” Hampton Court is one of the most-visited hedge mazes on Earth and the UK’s oldest surviving maze. Commissioned around the year 1700 by William III, the impressive twists, turns and dead ends take visitors an average of 20 minutes to complete. The maze is part of a larger garden called the Wilderness, which contains over 1 million bulbs stretching as far as the eye can see.
Family, student and senior discounts are available. There is also an annual membership option, which provides access to six royal palaces throughout Britain.
Davis Mega Maze
- Location: Sterling, Mass.
- Cost: Adults $19.95, Children $16.95 (children under 5 years old are free)
Designed to be one of the most impressive corn mazes in the U.S., the New England Patriots-themed puzzle can take anywhere from 30 minutes to three hours to complete depending on how lost you get.
Over 3 miles of pathways lead to athletic checkpoints and challenges that include everything from field goal kicks, end goal slides and slingshots — all hidden within the maze. For an additional element, there is also a mobile app with geocaching and in-maze laser tag available.
Pineapple Garden Maze
- Location: Wahiawa, Hawaii
- Cost: Adults $8, Children $6 (children under 4 years old are free)
The intricate cornucopia of the Dole plantation is one of just a handful of botanical mazes in the world. It currently holds the record as the largest maze and is simply a must-do when in Hawaii.
You can also explore the plantation via a guided train tour, stroll through the gardens and taste a variety of refreshing pineapple treats. There are discounts for military and Hawaiian residents available.
- Location: North Yorkshire, UK
- Cost: Adults $20.16, Children $19.49 (children under 3 years old are free)
This is likely one of the most breathtaking sights you’ll ever see. The largest and best maze in the UK, the York maze is open seasonally, crafted each year out of over a million living, breathing maize plants. For Halloween, make your way through a 3D labyrinth of tunnels and bridges to find the hidden mineshaft before participating in the treasure hunt in the haunted maze outside.
Be warned, though — you never know what kind of spooks and goblins might be hiding among the stalks. Discounts are available for purchasing your tickets online, families and those with disabilities.
Longleat Hedge Maze
- Location: Wiltshire, UK
- Cost: Adults $39.25, Children $29.43 (children under 3 are free)
The largest maze in Britain, the twists and turns of Longleat will have you second-guessing your sense of direction as you try to find the central observation tower.
Your ticket includes entry to the UK’s No. 1 Safari Park, which includes a romp with cheetahs, monkeys and lions if you dare. Save 15 percent by purchasing your ticket online instead of at the gate.
The Peace Maze
- Location: Castlewellan, Northern Ireland
- Cost: $6.61 per car
The Peace Maze might not have decades of history like some of the other mazes on this list, but that doesn’t make it any less significant. It held the Guinness World record for being the largest permanent hedge maze in the world until 2007, and more than 4,000 children and 1,000 adults participated in the planting.
Upon completion, guests can ring a bell at the center of the maze, which has been said to chime over half a million times each year.
Richardson Corn Maze
- Location: Spring Grove, Ill.
- Cost: Adults $17, Children $14 (children under 4 years old are free)
The world’s largest corn maze, the Richardson course meanders a whopping 9 to 10 miles, which is actually four mazes in one. Various challenges and checkpoints are hidden within the maze to test your mental and physical stamina from clues to quizzes. Each year has a different theme, and 2017 commemorates the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs.
The Green Man Maze
- Location: Wales, UK
- Cost: $13.27 per person per night
An intricate pagan design located on the Penpont house property, the Green Man maze winds through pools, secret gardens and lavender fields leading you to a secret wishing stone and sprawling flower garden. It’s a whimsical romp through the forest for the privileged few who get to experience its profound beauty.
Reserved only for residents and guests, the gardens and grounds are not open to the general public, so the only way to experience this maze is to book a stay on the property. The cheapest way to do so is by camping, which is available seasonally.
Labirinto della Masone
- Location: Parma, Italy
- Cost: Adult $21.26, Children $11.80 (children under 6 years old are free)
This labyrinth is a maze of 200,000 trees made of 20 different bamboo species. At the time of its installation, bamboo was relatively unknown in Italy, and the maze was inspired by a Japanese gardener who wanted to spread the gospel about its photosynthesis benefits for the environment. It’s a place of great beauty and great zen.
Parc del Laberint
- Location: Barcelona, Spain
- Cost: Adults $2.63, Children $1.68
Barcelona’s oldest garden, the 55 acres of landscaping at Parc del Laberint includes flowerbeds, a waterfall and quadrants made of elegant flora and fauna, which conceal secret mythological sculptures.
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Small temples and a pavilion dominate the landscape as much as the hundred-year-old trees and exotic plants. Canals also line the labyrinth, providing a distinctly Italian feel.
Free entry to the park is available on Sundays, Wednesdays and for neighbors in November. There is also free winter access from December through March for seniors and children, and free entry also on the Day of Mercy (Sept. 24).
- Location: Cornwall, UK
- Cost: Adults $13.22, Children $6.61
Designed 180 years ago out of cherry laurel, this windy garden maze was constructed along the banks of a sloping estuary. Playfully called the Giant’s Stride, the canopies and tree cover provide a beautiful view of the beaches dotted with traditional English teahouses.
Don’t miss the rope swing that marks the center point as it’s sure to have you squealing like a child again. Family and group discounts are available. All-day parking costs just $2.36.
- Location: Teichland, Germany
- Cost: Free
A maze made entirely of juniper bushes, the labyrinth is just one of the attractions in the German amusement park, Erlebnispark Teichland. The path surrounds a bell, which signals a successful completion.
While you’re there, make sure to experience the toboggan slide, zorb, bungee trampoline and other thrill rides. Entrance to the park and the maze are free, but other amusements are paid via token packs. Parking is available for $2.36.
The Maze at Schönbrunn
- Location: Wien, Austria
- Cost: Adults $6.79, Children $3.96
Originally designed in 1720, the gardens were an essential part of UNESCO-listed Schönbrunn Palace. The labyrinth was added in 1999 with a number of physical and mental games designed to test and challenge visitors. A giant kaleidoscope lets you see from every possible angle to get your bearings.
- Location: Innerleithen, UK
- Cost: Adults $5.95, Children $4.63
The largest hedge maze in Scotland, Traquair was planted in 1981. There are four checkpoints before reaching the center and no dead ends. The maze has been featured in a number of TV shows, movies and even a Bollywood production.
The best time to visit is Easter when over 6,000 eggs are hidden among the beech trees. There is an additional fee for touring inside the property itself.
Lacombe Corn Maze
- Location: Alberta, Canada
- Cost: Individual Day Pass $15
Alberta, one of the best destinations to visit in Canada, is home to the country’s most famous corn maze. The Lacombe corn maze comes to life each year in a different shape thanks to the Kraay family. This year, it commemorates Canada’s 150th anniversary with a living maple leaf.
Come in the evening to really test your sense of direction via flashlight or glow stick under the inky moon. There are trivia games hidden in the maze, as well. Additional farm activities — such as pumpkin blasters, the OK corral, wagon rentals and gemstone mining — are available with a token purchase.
Ashcombe Maze & Lavender Gardens
- Location: Mornington Peninsula, Australia
- Cost: Adults $18.50, Children $10 (children under 4 years old are free)
The Ashcombe maze was planted over 40 years ago, but each year the hedges grow bigger making the paths narrower and even more challenging. The Mazekeeper and his staff trim the organic plants three to four times a year, with each effort taking about a month to complete.
The maze is split into two sections, each with two flags and garden gnomes hidden along the route, making for one epic scavenger hunt. Family and senior discounts are available.
Fred Meyer Maze
- Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
- Cost: Adults $16, Children $8 (children under 6 years old are free)
A 1,000-foot maze made entirely of ice, Kids Park is open from February through March in celebration of ice sculpting in Alaska. There are slides, skating rinks, sculptures and playgrounds, all artistically crafted out of frozen water. Make it a full day with dog sled rides or ice sculpting classes — just remember to bundle up. Discounts are available for seniors, groups and people with disabilities.
Super Scary Labyrinth of Terror
- Location: Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
- Cost: Up to 4 people in 1 group $72.78
Fuji-Q Highland, the amusement park and anime theme land at the base of Mount Fuji, has over 40 different attractions from heart-pumping roller coasters to mellow merry-go-rounds. It is also home to the longest and scariest maze in the world.
It’s described as part haunted house and part escape room, providing a full sensory experience with sights, sounds and smells that’ll leave you questioning if you’re afraid of the dark. It takes approximately 50 minutes to complete, so if you don’t like being spooked, you might want to skip this attraction. If you’re bringing the young ones — be forewarned. Elementary school students must be accompanied by an adult.
All ticket prices are subject to change.