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Step into the Upside Down at this colossal Stranger Things corn maze

With the recent announcement that season 3 of Stranger Things may not hit Netflix until summer 2019, fans of the nostalgia-inducing sci-fi series will no doubt be scrambling for any excuse to head back to Hawkins before next year. With that in mind, an enormous corn maze inspired by the hit show has been unveiled in Indiana (where the series is set), that will allow visitors to set off on an epic adventure through a twenty-acre winding space.

The corn maze in Lafayette, Indiana.
The corn maze in Lafayette, Indiana. Image by Exploration Acres

Open to visitors from 14 September to 28 October, the impressive labyrinth was created by Exploration Acres, Northwest Indiana’s largest corn maze and pumpkin patch. Located in Lafayette, the maze is the equivalent of approximately fifteen football fields, and the available paths total over ten miles. The largest attraction the company has ever attempted, President and CEO of Exploration Acres Tim Fitzgerald was inspired after binge-watching the entire Stranger Things series last year. “I knew we had a unique opportunity to create an immersive environment for fans at our farm. It’s the perfect setting, we are in a rural Indiana location with woods and a pumpkin patch. I reached out to Netflix in January to ask permission to do the corn maze and sent them a preliminary design and they were receptive to the idea,” he told Lonely Planet Travel News.

The labyrinth has over ten miles of available pathways.
The labyrinth has over ten miles of available pathways. Image by Exploration Acres

The design features familiar images from the franchise, with the towering figure of the show’s heroine Eleven seen at the top of the maze, and in the bottom corner, the monstrous Demogorgon. An intricate pattern, state-of-the-art GPS equipment was used to plant the field. “This year, new technology allowed us to plant the maze design like an inkjet printer— dropping seeds into the precise design we imagined,” Tim said. Fans of Stranger Things will also find several backdrop areas and signs at the farm where can to take photos.

The farm’s owner was inspired to create the maze after binge-watching Stranger Things. Image by Exploration Acres

In addition to the maze, Exploration Acres offers other activities for families, including an eleven-acre pick-your-own pumpkin patch, fire pit rentals, and hay rides. Visitors can also purchase food and beverages from local vendors on-site.

More information on visiting the Stranger Things corn maze is available at Exploration Acres official website.