Tuesday, April 23, 2013

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Cowtown CattlePen Maze ~ Fort Worth, Texas

The Fort Worth Stockyards hosts a fun way to burn off some energy and possibly get lost at the Cowtown Cattlepen Maze.   This human maze is built with over 5400 square feet of wooden pathways that resembles an actual cattle pen.  When my kids saw it, they immediately were up for the challenge.
You can race against the clock or take your time finding 4 checkpoints that spell out the word MAZE.  
Being that my kids are competitive, they opted to race against the clock. I think they "thought" it would be easy. Ha.

I was able to stand on an observation deck to watch them scramble, get lost, get frustrated, and then race away when they found an opening.  From up above it looks like a mess - I even had a hard time figuring out which way to go.
The maze gets changed periodically, so there is a new challenge each time you visit.  And challenging it was - it became a little frustrating for them at times.  But it was great to see them work through the maze and race to the finish.
It took both of them under 15 minutes to complete, but it is a reasonable price, so absolutely worth the fun.  They both finished and received their prize and said they wanted to go again to improve their time!

This is a fun & quick activity to do if you have ridden the Grapevine Vintage Railroad and have some time to kill at the Fort Worth Stockyards before heading back to Grapevine.
Instead, I just threw them in jail so I could go enjoy the rest of the stockyards.....

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Texas Travel Facts for Cowtown Cattlepen Maze:
Location: 145 E. Exchange Ave, Fort Worth, TX
Hours:  Open Daily weather permitting 
Admission: $6.00 (children 2 & under free with adult paid admission)              
Recommended Time: 30 minutes
Good to know: Admission is good for one trip through the maze; you can let the kids go through the maze while you watch them from the observation deck

3 comments:

Sonja Hoyt said...

That looks fun!

Jenography.net said...

This looks fantastic. We visit Texas every summer but I hadn't heard about this. Kind of like the garden mazes in England, but more bovine.

Tonya said...

We have corn mazes here and my kids hate them. We visited one when they were little and I was recovering from a serious illness. I didn't have a ton of energy to begin with, we got lost, I got tired, the kids' got frustrated. Let's just say it was not a great experience. Since then, mazes of any kind are off limits. I did capture a great picture of my daughter after she plopped herself on the ground...pouting away. I chuckle when I look at it now. :)