9 Local Pumpkin Patches That Rock
We are fired up for Halloween and the requisite patches of pumpkins that abound. With so so many engaging gardens and farms, it’s hard to know where to begin or where to branch out and newly explore. Behold our favorite nine farms, organized by (approximate) travel time. Your little goblins will be out of their gourd if you take them to any of the following fabulous farms.
In About an Hour You Can Be Here:
Bauman’s Farm and Garden
We’re coming out of the gate strong. BF&G offers heaps of mind-blowing action. You can bet the farm your pirates and princesses will have the best day-o-pumpkin-play ever. Here’s just some of what’s in store: giant slide, several mazes, tire pyramid, nut house, animal barn, obstacle course, rock wall, zip line, hayride, frontier fort, little kid play area, apple cannon, and a ginormous jumping pillow! Lots to do and lots of it is covered so go whether it’s raining or shining. Options vary based on whether you visit on a weekday or weekend, so be sure to check the website before your trip.
French Prairie Gardens
Their web site tells it like it is: pumpkin patch, pig races, mazes and more! Go getcha some glee at this farm-fabulous destination. The Pigtucky Derby alone makes it worth checking out. However you don’t wanna miss the pig trains, kids maze with a Thomas theme, tire swings, slide land, farm band instruments and hop along horse bouncers. We could not make up such a fabu way to say hip hip for pumpkins! Make hay-ste to French Prairie Gardens any time from September 29th on.
One of Hood River‘s many farmadises, these cool cats bring it at orange squash-pickin’ time. Their Pumpkin Funland is trademarked! This year’s theme of Children’s Literature will surely turn heads – 50 displays of pumpkins strong. Strike a pose at the pumpkin bowling lanes and dash the corn maze, then swing by some of the other pump-tastic farms in the area on the way home. We say fruit. You say loop.
30 Minutes to Rock:
Our favorite famous farm family, from the TV show Little People Big World, Roloff Farms attracts everybody new to or visiting the state of Oregon in October. They also shine with a petting zoo featuring exotic animals like a baby tiger and pygmy porcupines and a their hay pyramid earns a big gold star for keeping the little ghouls busy for a few hours.
Hands down one of the best adventures to be had when it comes to Portland pumpkin patching. Even midweek you can climb aboard the pumpkin express to the pumpkin patch. The pontoon boat ride through the lake of surprises is fam-friendly and truly unique! Face-painting, photo ops, and hay pyramids also on hand. What’s up awesome?
Those in the know in Vancouver tried to keep this one from us. But the word is OUT. Bizi Farms has it going on and we should all go stat. Included in the admission cost of $9 for any body over 2, comes a free pumpkin, warm drink, wagon ride, and a chance to harness our inner cowpokes. Live music, pedal tractors and a covered corn maze round out the action. Go north for this, young westerners, the orangiest show in Clark County.
Closest to Home – Portland’s Best
Plumper Pumpkin Patch
This working farmapalooza is a must-visit with all the pumpkin patch must-haves like: train and hay rides, mazes, tube and hay slides, and tasty treats in the farm store. They make our short-list for the superb add-ons like tire climbing, play structures, tee pee, pumpkin bowling AND croquet, grain jumping, an obstacle course and a fallow field with hay fort. Well hellooooo Plumper!
Bella Organic Pumpkin Farm
We really, really miss the bouncy house but we’ll forgive Bella Organic almost anything. After all, they gots organic and non-organic pumpkins and just enough activities to keep the little farmhands busy. Hop aboard the cow train and hay rides or get lost in the hay mazes and VooDoo Donuts corn maze. Best of all – have your little piggies feed theirs.
The Pumpkin Patch
Their animal barn alone is reason to go. It’s legit. It was a dairy barn for decades and now it’s home to Elvis the rooster (among others). In peak season they roll several cow trains and hay rides and the lines STILL can be long, so bring your best people-watching sunglasses. Their corn maze is up and running and so is their huge pyramid of hay. See ya there for some instagram-worthy grins.
Where do you scratch your pumpkin patch itch? Share which pumpkin patches your family adores in a comment below.
– Liz Overson
Thanks for the photos Lakeview Farms, Farms, Bizi Farms, Rasmussen Farms and Bauman Farms Facebook pages and Liz Overson.