One sure way to strengthen your family bond is to spend hours working together to find your way through a maze. If winding your way through cornstalk puzzles, petting farm animals, and eating tasty fall-fare, sounds like a good way to spend some family time and prepare for Halloween then we’ve got the perfect roundup for you. Read on to find out where the best mind-bending and fun filled corn mazes in town can be found.
Photo: Anna Doogan
The Original Maize at the Pumpkin Patch
Now in its eighteenth 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 this year is one both parents and kids alike will enjoy. The Maize has teamed up with Peanuts Wordwide to celebrate the 50th anniversary of, “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!” The maize is custom designed with a Peanuts theme that features Charlie Brown and Snoopy in the pumpkin patch. Two 16-foot observation bridges provide stunning views of the cornfield and Sauvie Island. 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.
$8/adults (13 & up); $6/children (6-12) & seniors; free for children under 5
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 take in some of the many other 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. Maze opens September 26.
8433 NE 13th Ave.
$10 (age 2 & up)
photo:Parker Knight via Flickr
This year, Bella Organic is providing a Portland Timbers MLS Cup Championship Maze for your crew to explore. You can expect seven-acres of mind-bending fun to explore. Families should plan for about an hour to wind their way through three miles of corn pathways. (Tip: Bring your flashlight.) Come on Labor Day weekend and get into the Portland Timbers Corn Maze for free. With food and beer vendors and a variety of additional autumn activities (duck races, anyone?) you’ll be happy to get lost in all of the festive fun. Maze opens September 5.
16205 NW Gillihan Rd.
$7/adults (13 & up); $5/ seniors & children (6-12); free for 5 & under
Additional activities available (cash only)
Haunted Maze: $12/all ages
Combo Pass (Both Haunted & Rip City (regular) Maze): $17
In 1996, Bi-Zi Farms had their first pumpkin patch, with a single wagon that shuttled guests and a tiny petting zoo. Today, Bi-Zi Farms has grown to celebrate 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. And this year, your little farmhand can test their skills at the new calf-roping station! For those who aren’t easily scared, Bi-Zi Farms has a Nighttime Corn Maze in the dark on Fridays and Saturdays. Opens October 1.
9504 NE 119th St.
$10/3 & up; $8/seniors; free for 2 & under
photo:DM via Flickr
Get lost in the corn on Sauvie Island. This favorite scenic spot has a corn maze, hay rides, farm animals and a market of fresh produce. Get dizzy in the maze before searching one of the patches for the perfect pumpkin and toting it home.
17100 NW Sauvie Island Rd.
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. Opens September 24.
32055 NW North Ave.
$5 , $1 per year up to age five.
credit: Anna Doogan
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.
What’s your favorite corn maze near Portland? Let us know in the comments below!