Kids, pumpkins and that crisp fall air: what could be better? Throw in a tractor hayride through the fields, hot apple cider, and the excited yelps of children finding the perfect pumpkin, and you’ve got yourself the perfect autumn experience! From Hillsboro to Mt. Hood, we’ve rounded up the pumpkin patches that are offering all of this and more (Hint: Think Pumpkin-shooting cannons). Read on to find out when and where you can find them.
Photo: Katrina Emery
At the patch:Certified organic, pet-friendly, powered by solar energy, and a beautiful location on Sauvie Island make Bella Organic an easy and smart fall destination. Their annual corn maze is celebrating the Portland Timbers’ MLS Cup Championship this year!
Farm features: Bella’s hay maze, along with duck races, animal viewing and hay rides to the patch are available on weekdays, when your tribe can enjoy a quieter visit. Weekends bring out the crowds along with the cow and grain trains. The gates to the petting zoo open as well. Older families can brave the haunted maze and face painting and costumes are encouraged. Hay rides to the patch are free, everything else has an additional cost. Activity bracelets are available.
Patch hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. The farm is open until 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. every weekend in October
16205 N.W. Gillihan Rd.
The Pumpkin Patch
At the patch: Claiming the title of Portland’s Original Pumpkin Patch, this farm works hard to put a great event every fall. They grow over 50 varieties of fruits and vegetables throughout the year on 800 acres of farmland, and they believe in sustainable farming. If all that wasn’t enough, they put on a an amazing harvest festival each pumpkin season. Check out their 1929 big red barn, the Patio Cafe, or the produce market.
Farm features:You’ll find everything for a great harvest festival: food (hot buttered corn, cider, pulled pork sandwiches), produce (melons, zucchini, dill, peaches, apples and more), festivities (corn maze, animal barn, hay rides, pick-your-own-pumpkins), and fun!
This year’s maze theme celebrates the 50th anniversary of Charlie Brown’s The Great Pumpkin. Solve the “cornundrum” trivia game by completing the maze, and play Peanuts Bingo for a chance to win a trip to see the actual Peanuts Gang at Knotts Berry Farm!
Patch hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily
16511 NW Gillihan Rd.
photo: Stacy Coplin
Bushue’s Family Farm
At the patch: Bushue’s bursts with pumpkins in the fall! In addition to picking your own gourd, you can also catch the last of the summer’s flowers and veggies at the produce market. Don’t miss the unique chance to make your own dirt babies, a little doll of mud and grass that helps kids learn how plants grow.Kids will love to watch their babies’ hair grow in the windowsill!
Farm features: Tractor driven hay rides, pig train rides, farm animals to visit, a playground and Bushue’s own adventure park- tunnels and slides and hay bales to climb make your fall day complete. Separate cost per activity.
Patch hours: Tues. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
9880 SE Revenue Rd
Packer Orchards at The Farm Place
At the patch: Formerly Rasmussen farms, Packer Orchards recently took over the patch and has promised to keep the fun going! Combining their delicious pies and milkshakes from The Bakery into a U-Pick farm with views of Mt. Hood, a visit here means always heading home with treats.
Farm features: In addition to picking pumpkins with views of Mt. Hood in the background, you can get lost in the corn maze, try your hand at pumpkin bowling, and munch on a multitude of pies, cookies, jams, and preserves. Fill your bags with apples and pears to take home while the kids find their favorite pumpkin!
Patch hours: Open daily 9-5
3020 Thomsen Rd
Hood River OR 97031
Fruit Loop #7
photo: Daryn Barry via Flickr
At the patch: A family farm built on following passions, creating community and fostering as much family fun as they can. The Bauman farm harvest festival has such an abundance of activities and fun, a farm market, country store, coffee shop and display gardens to partake in that you might just forget you came out to pick a pumpkin.
Farm features: The list of activities reads like a kids fantasy land! Bug train, corn tunnels, frontier fort, gopher hole, pedal carts, wooden labyrinth, cider samples, barnyard bridge, corn maze, dark maze, rope maze, hay ride, sock hop, nut house, and even an apple canon! Phew. The regular entry fee gets you access to a few of these, but your best bet is to get an activity wristband for maximum access.
Patch hours: Mon. – Sat. 9 a.m.- 6 p.m, Sun 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
12989 Howell Prairie Rd.
photo: Meg via flickr
At the patch: The Heiser family grew their first pumpkins in 1994, and expanded their farm with a grand re-opening in 2010. Now they have a fully restored barn, the perfect centerpiece for social gatherings and watching families find their ideal pumpkins during harvest time.
Farm features: Entrance is free along with hayrides, a petting zoo, a hay pyramid and slide, and pedal tractors. Extra activities include both a corn and a hay maze, and on weekends visit the inflated giant pumpkin, Ferdinand the Fire Engine rides, pony rides. Be sure to stop by and watch the pumpkin cannons shooting their orange missiles, or shoot your own!
Patch hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
21425 SE Grand Island Loop
Wooden Shoe Pumpkin Fest
At the patch: You might have visited in spring for tulips, but be sure to head back now for everything Pumpkin! This giant farm provides plenty of fields, mud, pumpkins, and even a few views of Mt Hood between rain clouds.
Farm features: While the Wooden Shoe farm keeps pretty crowded, they do pack a lot in for a family visit. Kids can try out the horse swings, spider web, scavenger hunt, duck races, tube slide, cow train and tractor rides, and even try their hand at archery, all included in the admission cost. Activity tents provide indoor education fun while learning about planting corn, roping cows, canning green beans, and more farm-focused fun. And we almost forgot to mention the pumpkins! Pick your own from the patch or choose one ready from around the farm. Some activities only available on the weekends.
Patch Hours: 10a.m. – 6p.m. daily
33814 S Meridian Rd
photo: Baggenstos Farm by Stacy Coplin
At the patch:This small farm, around since 1919, offers relief from the crowds of some of the other festivals without sacrificing the fun. They focus on specialty potatoes (which magically turn into french fries during the festivities), as well as berries and other produce.
Farm features: All the classics are available. Free activities include hay rides to the pumpkin patch, hay maze and hay “house,” farm animals, tractor tires, and crazy photo op cut-outs. For a small cost you can head to the 5-acre corn maze, or try pumpkin bowling and duck racing. Refuel by treating yourself to hand-cut french fries, Mt. Angel German sausages, and plenty of kettle corn.
Patch hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
15801 S.W. Roy Rogers Rd.
At the patch: Established in 1869, this farm has been family owned and operated for seven generations. For fall, enjoy their fresh produce, homemade apple cider, pumpkin donuts, and plenty of fun decorations. Keep an eye out for Spookley the Square Pumpkin, the official spokes-pumpkin for National Bullying Prevention Month. Lee farms is one of many pumpkin patches across the country embracing Spookley and featuring him in their activities to help spread the word.
Farm features: Activities include hay rides, barrel wagon rides, a slide, hay mazes, farm animals to visit, and a giant bouncy pillow. On weekends they also have a 5-acre corn maze, pony rides, and pedal carts. There is a ticket price for each activity, and wristbands are available.
Patch hours: Weekdays noon – 6 p.m., weekends 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
21975 SW 65th Ave.
photo: Lee Farms by Stacy Coplin
At the patch:Take a boat ride to pick your pumpkin! Lakeview’s sternwheelers add a fun and exciting twist for any pumpkin hunter, big or small. Or stay landbound and take the train—either way your trip to the fields will be full of fun. But watch out for that [mechanical] shark in the water!
Farm features:After boats, trains, and pumpkins, you can burn off any extra energy in their seven-mile corn maze, or visit the animals, peruse the gift shop, grab a cup of hot cider or coffee. And on the weekends, you can also get your face painted, take a caterpillar ride, a pony ride or visit the snack shack.
Patch hours: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
32055 N.W. North Ave.
Plumper Pumpkin Patch
At the patch: Located on 65 acres with beautiful views, they have been popping up 24 varieties of the plumpest pumpkins since 1998. All fields are close enough to walk, so pick a “whopper lopper” and head out into the field with a wagon or wheelbarrow to find your favorite gourd! Stay close-by with pre-picked options in the store instead.
Farm features:There’s so much here! Learn about farming in the fallow field (for climbing and playing), or head to the hay and tube slides. There’s a grain jump bin, a wide variety of farm animals to view, play structure area with tires to climb on, large picnic area, and a farm store. Weekends bring the extra fun of pumpkin bowling, pumpkin croquet, pony rides, cow train, face painting, and food and drink from the farm kitchen. Don’t miss the notorious pumpkin flinging machines!
Patch hours: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily
114345 N.W. Old Cornelius Pass Rd.
At the patch:This family (and farm’s) claim to fame is having a television show all their own! The Roloff family and their pumpkin patch starred in TLC’s Little People Big World. Visit for yourself, pick a pumpkin, and try the family’s salsa!
Farm features: A wide variety of pumpkins in the field– even blue and pink ones, a gift barn, wagon tours, pony rides, face painting, adventure area, hay pyramid, kiddie train, spooky forest trail loop, tarantula track, corn-stalk maze, giant sling shots, obstacle course, exotic animals, petting zoo, tepee play area, putt-putt golf and a pumpkin fun area.
Patch hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Fri.-Sun.
23985 N.W. Grossen Dr.
photo: Plumper Pumpkin Patch by Stacy Coplin
At the farm: The Bi-Zi acres have been serving Clark County since the 1800s with fresh seasonal fruits and veggies. Their corn maze is 7 acres of fun– try it at night for an extra challenge!
Farm features: The one admission-for-all ticket gets you into the Harvest Festival for activities like the corn maze, pedal trucks, calf roping, bale maze for the little kiddos, farm animals, pumpkin launchers, hot drinks, wagon ride, corn shelling station. What’s more, any pumpkin you can carry is included! For a bit extra treat yourself to face painting, pony rides, fresh kettle corn, and other food and drinks.
Patch hours: Fridays 2pm-6pm, Saturday and Sundays 10-6pm (stay late for the Nighttime Corn Maze Friday and Saturday until 9:30pm!)
9504 NE 119th St.
Vancouver, WA 98662
Which is your family’s favorite pumpkin patch? Let us know in the comments below!