Sure, grabbing a pumpkin at your neighborhood farmer’s market is quick and tempting, but nothing compares to the experience of hopping aboard a tractor-pulled hayride, stomping through muddy fields, tripping over vines and searching for that perfect pumpkin. From Sauvie Island to Mt. Hood, we’ve picked a pack of pumpkin patches that not only have the hayrides, they also feature shark-infested waters and pumpkin shooting cannons. Read on to discover how Portland does pumpkin patches.
photo: Stacy Coplin
At the patch: A 100-acre, certified-organic farm that is 100% run on solar energy. They are also known for their corn maze – Rip city themed this year, with about three miles of pathways that will take you at least an hour to get through. For this one, you are welcome to take your leashed dog with you.
Farm features: Bella’s hay maze, along with duck races, animal viewing and hay rides to the patch are available daily. Weekends bring out the cow train, grain train and opens the gates to the petting zoo. 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: The Pumpkin Patch was established in 1967, and are proclaimed to be Portland’s Original Pumpkin Patch. They grow over 50 varieties of fruits and vegetables throughout the year on 800 acres of farmland, and they believe in sustainable farming, both at home and abroad, working with families in Africa. If all that wasn’t enough, they put on a an amazing harvest festival each pumpkin season, complete with their famous big red animal barn.
Farm features: A cottage gift shop and a Cafe with daily hot buttered corn, hot drinks, and pulled pork sandwiches on the weekends. Free activities include a visit to the animal barn, hay maze, hay pyramid and hay rides to the pumpkin fields. Other activities include cow train rides and a six-acre corn maze.
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 is a small family farm specializing in u-cut flowers, a produce market and plenty of plump pumpkins in the fall. One of the unique features on their farm is the chance to make dirt babies, (think homemade chia pets), which are adorable critters that help kids learn how plants grow.
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
photo: Stacy Coplin
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: Your best bet will be to pick up an activity wristband upon arrival, as it includes so many of their activities that the cost is well worth it– animal barn where you can feed the animals, apple tasting, barnyard bridge, bug train, corn tunnels, corn maze, dark maze, frontier front, giant slide, gopher hole, hay ride, jumping pillow, kids maze, kids zone, little tyke zone, nut house, obstacle course, playground, mystical maze, pedal carts, pumpkin hill, swingline, hoppy horses, slide tower, sock hop and tire pyramid. On top of all that, they have an area where you can pan for gems like a real miner, an apple slingshot and an apple cannon! Some activities not available on weekdays.
Patch hours: Mon. – Sat. 9 a.m.- 6 p.m, Sun 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
12989 Howell Prairie Rd.
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: Free activities include hayrides, a petting zoo, pedal tractors, a hay pyramid, slide, and pumpkin cannon viewing. Corn maze and hay maze are available all week, and the weekend-only activities at an extra cost include a giant inflated pumpkin (for 6 & under), a ride on Ferdinand the Fire Engine, pony rides, and a ride on a miniature train. Packages available.
Patch hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
21425 SE Grand Island Loop
Wooden Shoe Pumpkin Fest
At the patch: Wooden Shoe is not just about the tulips! They have all the awesome attractions available at their Tulip festival, but pumpkin-ized for fall. With beautiful views of Mt. Hood on clear fall days, the full-scale farm experience and a harvest party bubbling over with fun, you can’t go wrong making the scenic drive to this patch.
Farm features: One thing to set Wooden Shoe apart is a series of educational tents to help children explore crops and farming– featuring information and activities on tulips, a roping station, canning green beans, growing grass seed, a corn kernel box to play in, trying your hand at grinding wheat, and joining the hunt for the golden hazelnuts. And if these weren’t enough, they have duck races, tube slides, pedal trikes, hay pile with tunnel and slide, spider web for climbing, a cow train ride that goes through a corn maze, horse swings, a scavenger hunt with chickens, a 9-acre walking corn maze, pumpkin cannon, hay tractor ride, paintball gallery, archery practice range. Whew! So much fun you may have to go twice to see it all. Admission is $7 for 3 & up, discounted to $4 Mon. – Thurs. with limited activities.
Patch Hours: 10a.m. – 6p.m. daily
33814 S Meridian Rd
photo: Baggenstos Farm by Stacy Coplin
At the patch: Farming since 1919, over three generations of Baggenstos have carried on the family tradition. They grow over 150 acres of speciality potatoes, as well as many other fresh fruits and vegetables often featured in their farm store.
Farm features: Hay rides to the pumpkin patch, hay maze, farm animals, play structure, tractor, hay “house”, tractor tires, fall sign photo ops and the long black tube are all free attractions. On the weekends they feature hand cut french fries, German sausages, kettle corn, pumpkin bowling and duck races. But even the classic pumpkin patch trip wouldn’t be complete without a corn maze! Their 5 acre maze takes about 45 minutes to complete, and costs $5-$7/person. Kids under 5 are free with an adult.
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. They have fresh produce and family fun all year long, featuring 4 different festivals. Looking for an extra treat to go with your pumpkin hunting? They have fresh homemade apple cider and pumpkin donuts for sale right in their country store that won’t disappoint. Also keep an eye out for Spookley the Square pumpkin, the official spokespumpkin for National bullying prevention month. Lee farms is a 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: Have you ever taken a train ride to pick your pumpkin? Lakeview farms is known for its train rides and boat rides to the pumpkin fields, adding a fun and exciting twist for any pumpkin hunter, big or small. Whether hopping aboard the Halloween train or the stern wheelers, your trip to the patch will be festive and filled with Halloween fun – especially when the mechanical shark pops out of the water.
Farm features: If you still have the time and energy, you can attempt their seven mile corn maze, 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. With pumpkins in bins by the farm store and barn, pre-plucked and waiting in a grassy field, or still hanging onto the vine in the fields, you will have your share of options when trying to pick the perfect one. All fields are close enough for walking at this patch, so the hay ride is dedicated to taking you up the rolling hills for a farm view not to be missed.
Farm features: A wide variety of activities await you in addition to the hay ride, including fallow field for climbing and playing, hay slides, tube slides, 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, food and drink from the farm kitchen, and the notorious pumpkin flinging machines. All activities require an activity pass or tokens to access, and extra tokens are required for canon use and pony rides.
Patch hours: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily
114345 N.W. Old Cornelius Pass Rd.
At the patch: After purchasing their 34 acre farm in 1990, the Roloff family set out on quite an adventure, finding themselves on TLC’s Little People Big World, with a popular pumpkin patch, and raising a family all the while. New this year, you can try their Roloff Pumpkin Salsa, and maybe even have a Roloff family member autograph the jar.
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 patch: A farm purchased by the Pomeroy family in 1910 has evolved over the years into the sweet pumpkin patch experience they offer up today, filled with stunning photo opportunities. An experience unique to this farm is Pumpkin Lane, featuring a one-mile hayride with more than 100 handmade pumpkin people stationed all along the route.
Farm features: In addition to Pumpkin Lane, you can choose a pumpkin, visit the animals, complete the hay maze, try the pumpkin flume and take a tour of the log house. The farm cafe has pumpkin pie, hot chocolate and other goodies. If you pop up the weekend of October 17th-18th, you can view the encampments of their Civil War reenactment, which is included with your paid Pumpkin Lane admission.
Patch hours: Sat. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
20902 N.E. Lucia Falls Rd.
Which is your family’s favorite pumpkin patch? Let us know in the comments below!