Take family-game-day to the farm. Forget using crayons to navigate paper puzzles. Get out, get lost and then find your way through giant cornstalk mazes instead! If your crew likes a good challenge coupled with tasty fall-fare and hanging out with cute animals, then heading to one of these cool locations is the perfect way to spend some family time and prepare for Halloween. Read on to find out where the best mind-bending fun in and around Portland can be found. 

photo: SupportPDX via Flickr

The Original Maize at the Pumpkin Patch
Now in its nineteenth season, this longtime favorite 5-acre corn maze is located on the stunning Sauvie Island only 15 minutes from downtown Portland. It boasts intricate pathways carved into a whopping twelve feet of corn. The theme for 2017 is celebrating 50 years of family fun and farm-fresh produce at The Pumpkin Patch, and features the Big Red Animal Barn built in 1929 and a giant white oak tree next to it. The Pumpkin Patch’s original logo is even depicted on the front of the Animal Barn. Have fun navigating over two miles of twists and turns (the MAize staff will provide you with trivia cards call “passports” which help lost maze-goers successfully complete the challenge). After you’ve solved the maze once (or twice), make sure to check out the hay pyramid and cow train rides. Munch on a grass-fed burger from The Patio Café before jumping on one of the free hayrides to pick the perfect pumpkin from one of the many patches.

16511 NW Gillihan Rd.
Sauvie Island
Sept: open daily from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Oct: open Sun-Thurs. from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
$8/adults (13 & up); $6/children (6-12) & seniors; free for children under 5
503-621-7110
Online: portlandmaze.com

Fazio Farms
This 6.5-acre maze has twists and turns that will delight every family member as they try to make their way through at least once or twice. Start your adventure with the boggling maze and then hit some of the additional activities like the Hayland and Pyramid which includes a maze made out of hay bales perfect for your little ones. More fun can be had checking out the farm goats or going on a hay ride tour. There is even a bouncy slide perfect for getting the last wiggles out at the end of the day.

8433 NE 13th Ave.
Open Mon-Fri. from 4p.m.-8 p.m.; Sat.& Sun. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
$10 (age 2 & up)
503-289-2020
Online: faziofarms.com

 photoRichard T. via Yelp

Bella Organic
This year, Bella Organic is paying tribute to the Portland Timbers with a twisting and turning maze shaped like Damian Lillard. You can expect seven-acres of vertigo-inducing fun to explore and 2.7 miles of paths to navigate (Tip: Bring your flashlight for evening adventures). With food and beer vendors and a variety of additional autumn activities including hay rides, a cow train and a petting zoo, you’ll be happy to get lost in all of the festive fun.

pro tip: All activities and food/beer booths, outdoor vendors are cash only!

16205 NW Gillihan Rd.
Sauvie Island
503-621-9545
$8/adults (13 & up); $6/ seniors & children (6-12); free for 5 & under
Online: bellaorganic.com/corn-maze

Bi-Zi Farms
Bi-Zi Farms  celebrates the fall season with their huge annual Pumpkin Patch and Harvest Festival, including a seven-acre corn maze. Admission includes the maze, the hay pyramid, one free pumpkin from the enormous patch (any size you can carry,) the petting zoo, one hot beverage of your choice, live music, and apple cider sampling. If your crew is brave the Nighttime Corn Maze will be open Friday and Saturday nights from 6 – 9:30 p.m. after the Pumpkin Patch closes and you can do the Corn Maze in the dark by itself for a $5 admission.

9504 NE 119th St.
Vancouver, Wa
$10/3 & up; $8/seniors; free for 2 & under
Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-6p.m.
Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
360-574-9119
Online: bizifarms.com

photo:Bella Organic Farm via Yelp

Kruger’s Farm
Kruger’s is a 150-acre farm located on Sauvie Island.Get lost in the corn on Sauvie Island. This year, visitors have the opportunity to navigate their Summer of Love Anniversary maze and if your family is brave, they also offer a terrifying (and we do mean terrifying ) haunted maze open to kids 5 years and up. When you are done the fun isn’t over, there are hay rides, farm animals and a market of fresh produce to enjoy. End your day searching one of the patches for the perfect pumpkin and toting it home.

17100 NW Sauvie Island Rd.
$6/5-years & up.
Open Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-6p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
503-621-3489
Online: krugersfarm.com

Lakeview Farms
This giant ten-acre corn maze works well for everyone—you can walk through at a leisurely stroll, or time yourselves as you look for all five hidden checkpoints. After the maze, take a ride across the lake on one of the three sternwheeler paddle boats. (Keep your eyes peeled for the shark and Loch Ness Monster that will pop up out of the water.) The fifteen-acre pumpkin patch won’t fail to inspire the perfect jack o’lantern.

32055 NW North Ave.
North Plains
Open: Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
$6 6-years and up , $1 per year up to age five.
503-647-2336
Online: thelakeviewfarms.com

photo: Support PDX via Flickr

Lee Farms
This cheerful Tualatin farm celebrates their Fall Harvest Festival with a three-acre corn maze on weekends. Other festival activities include a bounce pillow, farm animals, hayrides, barrel wagon rides and fresh apple cider. Open weekends in October.

21975 SW 65th Ave.
Tualatin
Open Mon.-Fri. 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
$15/wristband
503-638-1869
Online: leefarmsoregon.com/pumpkin-patch

What’s your favorite corn maze near Portland? Let us know in the comments below!

—Annette Benedetti