Halloween is on its way, and that can only mean one thing. Time to plan a trip to a pumpkin patch Portland families love!
Fall is finally here in the Pacific Northwest, and for Portland families that means doing all the things—we’re talking apple picking, corn mazing, and choosing that perfect pumpkin from a local pumpkin patch. Portland families can stay close to home or head out of town to find that just-right jack-o-lantern wannabe. But wherever you choose to go, you can count on plenty of patch perks to make it worth your weekend, like hayrides, barnyard animals, corn mazes, and more. Of course, no trip to the pumpkin patch would be complete without a hearty helping of apple cider and warm mini donuts for everyone. Now’s the perfect time to plan your pumpkin patch outing with the kids!
The Pumpkin Patch
Located on beautiful Sauvie Island, The Pumpkin Patch is Portland’s original spot to pick out your family’s jack-o-lantern in the fall. It’s a third-generation family farm that’s Good Agricultural Practices certified. The Pumpkin Patch has been around since 1967 and is located just 15 minutes Northwest of Portland on 800 acres with over 55 varieties of fruits and vegetables grown throughout the year. They grow over 2 million pounds of pumpkins annually, so you’ll have plenty to pick from!
Each October, they put on an incredible harvest festival with many attractions including their Big Red Animal Barn, hayrides, the one and only original Corn MAiZE, Patio Café, gift shop, Pumpkin Perk coffee cart, a bounteous farmers market of produce, and a couple of food carts. Feel free hitch a ride on the wagon to pick your own pumpkin in the fields or simply pick one out in the market.
The MAiZE at The Pumpkin Patch deserves some individual attention. Visitors have long loved the challenge of making their way through the eight-acre maze that’s divided in two, based on difficulty. If you complete both sides, plan to spend about 45 minutes navigating the field and completing the 10-question passport. The MAiZE is open September 2 through Halloween, and this year it spells out a thank you for 25 years at the farm!
When driving to the patch, make sure you go the full two miles after looping under the bridge (Watch for mile marker #2 on the right side of the road). It’s the second farm on the left. And if you’re going on a weekend in October, make sure to leave early and beat the traffic going over the bridge.
Dates: Sep. 2 through late October
16511 N.W. Gillihan Rd.
Plumper Pumpkin Patch & Tree Farm
Especially great for families with tots in tow is this pumpkin patch in the middle of the city. You don’t have to travel far to find the pumpkin patch adventures your kids crave the same way you crave that first sip of pumpkin spice anything in the fall.
Here, they’ll have their run of the fallow field that’s full of mazes, slides, and an obstacle course that changes every year. The tube slides and play yard are sure to be a hit with your tots, as is the Hobbit House that’s so much fun to explore. Hop on a hayride Wednesday through Sunday for scenic views of the Tualatin Valley or give the kids a pony ride (October weekends only). Add on wagon rides, pumpkin cannons, their biggest corn maze ever, a brand new ball zone, and friendly animals who love to interact with kids, and you’ve got the ultimate fall odyssey planned.
You can also explore the farm store for refreshments, including cold and hot drinks and apple cider donuts, along with local products like honey, jams, and alpaca items. Admission covers all activities except for apple and pumpkin cannons, pony rides, and face painting.
Dates: Sat., Sep 16-Sun., Oct. 29
11435 N.W. Old Cornelius Pass Rd.
Bella Organic Farm
Besides beautiful pumpkins, Bella Organic Farm has plenty of fun fall festivities to satisfy the whole family. Enjoy hayrides to the pumpkin patch, ride on a cow train or a grain train, check out the tot-sized hay maze, root for your favorite birdie in the duck races, meet some new friends at the petting zoo, or get lost in the corn maze — themed this year around “No More Silence, End Gun Violence” to raise awareness on the issue.
Is the regular corn maze not spooky enough for you? Then enter the Haunted Corn Maze every Friday and Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. (starting September 30). Navigate through the maze while avoiding ghouls, goblins, zombies, crazed farmers with chainsaws, and sentient dolls in creepy doll rooms (the scariest of them all, if you ask us!). Just keep in mind that the haunted maze isn’t recommended for young kids and little ones under 5 aren’t allowed.
Drinks and food are available at Bella’s Courtyard, including farm-fresh meals as well as hard cider and Hopworks beer for the adults in the fam.
You can pick and choose which activities you partake in, or buy the unlimited activity bracelets if you want access to everything. Don’t miss the photo ops for memories to last a lifetime! And note that the farm accepts cash only for activities, tickets, and food (but you can use your credit card at the farm store).
Dates: Sep. 2-Oct. 31 (pumpkin patch open Sep. 24)
16205 NW Gillihan Rd.
Bushue Family Farms
Bushue’s is a third-generation family farm located in Boring, Oregon. In addition to picking your own gourd, you can also catch the last of the summer flowers and veggies at the produce market when you make your way to this pumpkin patch—no appointment required. Kids will love playing and exploring the farm (don’t forget to visit with the animals) before finding the perfect pumpkin. And we’re pretty sure a chance to ride the pig train will get them excited.
Don’t miss the unique offering of this farm: the dirt babies. And yep, they’re exactly what they sound like—seeded dirt kits that kids can use to make their own cute dirt creations. Water them regularly and watch their “hair” grow (kinda like chia pets!). Take home a kit when you visit.
The farm also has a wide selection of fall decor, including decorative pumpkins, gourds, straw bales, and corn stalks. Fall Porch Kits are available for easy fall decorating.
There’s no entry or parking fee, but select activities are priced (though adults don’t need to pay to enter a play area with their kids).
Dates: Sep. 30-Oct. 29
9880 S.E. Revenue Rd.
Roloff Farms started as a small fixer-upper on 34 acres of possibility. The beat-up old farmhouse, broken-down barn, and overgrown peach orchard have grown and transformed into an over 100-acre agri-tainment extravaganza. Roloff Farms is now an annual destination bringing fun and excitement to thousands of local and worldwide visitors. In fact, the farm has been the backdrop for many of the antics and adventures of the Roloff family, stars of the popular, long-running TLC reality series “Little People, Big World.”
When your family visits, they’ll find plenty to do. Start with the self-guided Scenic Trail Walk where you’ll find play areas and fun activities along the way. Then ride the famous group wagon tour, shoot the cannons, hop on the colorful train, explore a spooky forest, and maybe even get your face painted while you’re there.
Among the usual beloved attractions are a couple of new attractions, including a trike track, duck races, a busy bunnies area, panning for gold, and a brand-new coffee house. As usual, yummy food and a variety of pumpkins are part of this trip. And despite prices rising all around the country, Roloff Farms actually has new reduced entry fees.
23985 N.W. Grossen Dr.
Owned and operated for seven generations in Tualatin, Oregon, Lee Farms offers something for every fall-loving family. You can visit the animals that live on the farm on weekdays and weekends, navigate the corn maze, go on a hayride, or play in the activity area when you visit. Aside from pumpkin picking, you can also gather corn stalks, hay bales, and festive decorations at this farm. Don’t forget to indulge in their famous donuts, a must-try treat available at the bakery and market.
For an additional challenge, try your hand at the Scarecrow Contest, a chance for families to get creative and spooky.
Dates: Sep. 23-Oct. 29
21975 S.W. 65th Ave.
Heiser Farms offers pumpkin picking and fall activities galore—many of which are free of charge! Open on weekends in September and October, the fall festival features a petting zoo, pedal tractors, rubber ducky races, hay pyramid and slides, hayrides, and more. There are a few ticketed activities for a small fee each, too, including a hay maze and corn maze, fire engine rides, the Grand Island Railroad, giant inflated pumpkin, and a pumpkin cannon whose fee proceeds will be donated to breast cancer research. After all the fun, settle down for some live music, featuring a different band every day.
And good news: this farm is dog-friendly! Dogs are allowed as long as they’re leashed and well-behaved. Plus, be prepared to be greeted by the special welcoming committee of Maggie and Lily, the owners’ dogs!
Dates: Sep. 30-Oct. 29
21425 SE Grand Island Loop
French Prairie Gardens
Celebrate fall with sunflowers, pumpkins, and pig races! The festivities begin with the sunflower festival, which features stunning fields of blooming sunflowers for perfect photo ops. The sunflower festival also brings with it live music, tire swings, tubs slides, obstacle courses, farm ninja courses, hamster rollers, farm animal meet and greets, delicious bakery treats, and more.
Then, starting October 7 the fall festival comes into full swing with a pumpkin patch, “a double super mega ride n’ slide,” a new corn maze with games within the maze, tractor wagon rides, and more. Of course, you have to catch the famous Pigtucky Derby Pig Races, a thrilling site for the whole family!
Need a date night? French Prairie Gardens has you covered with some adult-only evening events: “Beers & Sunflower Bouquets” provides a farm bar experience, a tractor wagon ride to collect sunflowers for bouquets, and a bouquet or centerpiece workshop. “Sunflower Farm to Table Dinner” includes a sunset stroll in sunflower fields, a plated 6-course dinner, live music, and picturesque sunset views. Finally, “Hops in the Cornstalks & Find the Wine” features local beer and wines, a giant corn maze, live music, and delicious food (with even more details to be announced). Check the website for dates and deets.
Date: Sunflower festival is Sep. 16-17, 23-24, 30, and October 1. Pumpkin patch is Oct. 7-Oct. 29.
17673 French Prairie Rd. NE
St. Paul, OR
Fir Point Farms
This perfectly rustic farmhouse in Aurora is just over half an hour away from Portland, making it a perfect day trip destination from the city. Parking and admissions are free, along with a variety of more active than typical activities, including volleyball, badminton, tetherball, and corn hole toss. Also included for free is admission to the petting zoo, where kiddos can say hi to the farm animals.
You can purchase admission to additional activities or buy an all-access wristband. These include the corn maze, hay wagon ride, mini pumpkin painting, cow trains, bounce houses, a playground for the younger kids, and even a paintball shooting gallery. And, of course, there’s a pumpkin patch for you to pick the perfect pumpkin to take home!
Dates: Sep. 30-Oct 28
14601 Arndt Rd.
Smith Berry Barn
Smith Berry Barn offers pumpkin picking starting in late September, grown using sustainable and primarily organic methods. And while most farms recommend that you wear boots to avoid potential mud and dirt, Smith Berry Barn has grown grass between the rows—so boots are totally optional.
The play area is geared toward the younger kids in the family, like a cute Tiny Tots Hay Maze and a straw pyramid house. Bring plenty of quarters, as the kids will want to keep feeding the friendly farm animals here!
Do you love all things pumpkin? Smith Berry Barn has tons of delectable options, including pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pie milkshakes, and more. Yum! Adults in the group can also snag some hard cider on select days. And be sure to stop by the charming farm store, where you’ll find homemade jams and pies.
Dates: September and October
24500 SW Scholls Ferry Rd
Liepold Farms is a family-owned, certified organic farm in Boring, Oregon. The farm has been hosting an annual Fall Festival every year since 1998, with attractions for all ages. Go pumpkin picking, take a ride on the bee train (weekends only), embark on a scavenger hunt, get up close and personal with miniature goats, and more.
The corn maze this year is themed “Under the Sea,” with the aim to better understand the role that our oceans play in our life and the food we eat. Kids can seek out various sea creatures and starfish. And keep an eye out for 10 marked dead ends in the corn maze—snap a picture of all 10 to win a prize and be entered into a drawing for a grand prize. Thrill seekers can attempt to navigate the dark maze with flashlights (although note that the maze is just dark, not haunted or spooky!).
You’ll also want to stop by the café on the weekends for delicious treats including fresh donuts and caramel apples, as well as the farm’s beloved homemade pulled pork.
Date: September and October
14480 SE Richey Rd.
Bauman’s Farm and Garden
Bauman’s Farm offers a huge range of fall activities—over 25 options for all-ages entertainment! The Harvest Festival’s offerings include pumpkin picking (of course!), a 3-acre corn maze, a pygmy baby goat barn, cider tours, animal feeding, a giant hay pyramid and slides, and oh so much more. New this year is a nut house—literally, a giant bin of hazelnuts for kids to dive into and play in.
Stop by on a weekend to also catch special events like the apple cannon and bug train ride.
Still not enough? There’s also a giant jumping pillow, rope maze, 1-hour long dark maze, a barnyard playground, obstacle course… and basically things to keep the kids (and adults) entertained for literal hours!
Dates: Sep. 23-Oct. 29
12989 Howell Prairie Rd NE
Located a bit further than some of the other pumpkin patches near Portland, Packer Orchard is well worth the hour’s drive to the Hood River Valley. On your drive through the Columbia River Gorge, look for changing leaves, waterfalls, and misty mountains.
Once you arrive, your little pumpkins won’t want to stop. Whether they’re drawn to the corn maze or can’t wait to feed a treat to the farm animals, there’s more than enough to keep the kids entertained (and tucker them out for the car ride home) all day long. The updated activity field includes a play area, trike track, and a giant hay slide the whole family can enjoy. And who can resist jumping into the corn bin?
The corn maze is large enough to be fun but not too large that you’ll get lost. On Fridays and Saturdays, the farm will stay open until later for the not-too-scary flashlight maze, which is a huge hit with big kids (and brave Littles). For the 12 and up crowd, there’s also the haunted corn maze, which is on the scarier side and a fun thrill. Be prepared for loud noises, bright lights, strobe lights, and more.
On your way back to the city, stop by The Gorge White House for some cider and wine.
Dates: Sep. 1-Oct. 29
3020 Thomsen Rd.
Hood River, OR
Smith Rock Ranch
Smith Rock Ranch is a bit farther from Portland at a three-hour drive, but it’s worth the visit for the scenic views of Smith Rocks and the Cascades while you pick your pumpkins. Every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., you’ll also get the chance to enjoy some live music.
The ranch has plenty of the fall staples, including pumpkin cannons, and a themed corn maze. The maze design is always incredible, and this year’s theme is Spongebob! You’ll also find pony rides, a petting zoo, a fun zoo-themed train, face painting, mini-golf, and a western-themed Skull Hollow Shooting Gallery, for kids ages 5 and up.
The ranch is pet-friendly (though dogs aren’t allowed in the maze) and has a Bark Park for dogs to play off-leash.
Date: Sep. 29 through late October
1250 NE Wilcox Ave.
Make sure to capture all the fall fun—and share them with your family and friends near and far—with the Tinybeans app. The secure platform puts parents in total control of who sees and interacts with photos and videos of their kids.