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photo by Michael Amador

Escape the urban pressures of traffic and deadlines, and head down to the fifth-generation Graff 7A Ranch in Hondo during weekends from Sept. 15 to Nov. 25. The South Texas MAiZE is a 7-acre maze cut from 12-foot high sorghum. The maze is divided into two parts and takes 15-30 minutes to complete each side. Bring a flashlight if you plan on exploring after dark. Campfire sites can be reserved for an additional fee. Explore the farm on a tractor-pulled hayride, pet and feed the ranch’s Boer goats, and watch squealing pigs race. During the month of October, the pumpkin patch creates an ideal backdrop for fall family photos. Climb on giant hay bales, become human popcorn on the two corn popper pillows, or slide down the giant MatterCorn. Owners caution that the last two weekends of October are the busiest, so expect longer lines.

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