Il Labirinto D’Amore, Stra, Italy
In the 18th century, the Doge of Venice, Alvise Pisani, commissioned architects to design a maze of hornbeam hedges in his villa’s extensive gardens just outside of Venice. Forming nine concentric rings, the tall hedges (now of boxwood) lead to a lookout tower in the center, which is reached by ascending a double-spiral staircase.
Pineapple Garden Maze, Wahiawa, Hawaii
Built on the Dole Plantation in 1997, the Pineapple Garden Maze was named the Guinness Book of World Records’ Largest Permanent Hedge Maze in 2007. Stretching over three acres, the labyrinthine path is nearly two and a half miles of more than 14,000 colorful Hawaiian plants, including hibiscus, croton, heliconia and more
Peace Maze, Castlewellan, Ireland
In 1998, more than a thousand community members began construction of this three-acre hedge maze made out of 6,000 yew trees. Located in Castlewellan Forest Park, the maze—which has two miles of path and covers almost three acres—cost around $1 million to build. Designed in two halves, which must be crossed to reach the bell in the center, the maze commemorates peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.
Cool Patch Pumpkins Corn Maze, Dixon, California
To lure people to their pumpkin patch in Dixon, California, farmers Matt and Mark Cooley decided to build a maze in 2000. Originally starting with only 15 acres, the Cooleys have created a bigger and better design each year, which they hand-cut themselves with family and friends. By 2009 it was the largest corn maze in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, at 40 acres. But this year, they’re upping the ante to 45 acres!
Since 1996, Cherry Crest Adventure Farm has been home to two and a half miles of some of the world’s most interactive trails. Every year, former Disney Broadway producer Don Frantz produces the interactive experience in which visitors encounter clues, tunnel slides, watering stations, musical entertainment and more. The 2010 design is inspired by the Boy Scouts’ 100th anniversary.
Longleat Hedge Maze, Longleat, England
Located at Longleat Safari Park & Attractions, this permanent 1.69-mile-long-pathway hedge maze was first laid out in 1975 by designer Greg Bright. Made from more than 16,000 English yews, it boasts six wooden bridges and an observation tower at the center. Spread over nearly one and a half acres of land, it takes approximately 45 minutes to solve