Kids love puzzles of all kinds, especially if they involve the outdoors mixed with a little dirt and a great hunt for hidden clues. With plenty of twists and turns to baffle and surprise your entire crew, we’re sure that navigating these seven nearby, mind-bending corn mazes will quickly become a fall family tradition.Sauvie Island Corn Maze

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The Original Maize at the Pumpkin Patch
Now in its seventeenth season, this longtime favorite 5-acre corn maze boasts intricate pathways carved into a whopping twelve feet of corn. This year’s theme is “Dream Big,” and your tiny adventurers will do just that when they start winding their way through the puzzling paths. 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.
Sauvie Island
$7/adults (13 & up); $5/children (6-12) & seniors; free for children under 5

Fazio Farms
On 6.5 acres at this family farm in northeast Portland, you’ll find an enormous maze with no dead ends. Start your adventure with the boggling maze, and save time for Hayland, the animal barn and a caramel apple from the Snack Shack. Maze opens September 24.

8433 NE 13th Ave.
$10 (age 2 & up); 40% off one admission with a new unwrapped toy

Sauvie Island Corn Maze 2

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Bella Organic
This year, the theme of Bella’s seven acre corn maze is Rip City, honoring Jerome Kersey. Families should plan for about an hour to wind their way through three miles of corn pathways. (Tip: Bring your flashlight.) On Friday and Saturday nights in October, an additional Haunted Corn Maze opens, so enter if you dare. (No flashlights permitted in the Haunted maze.) 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.
Sauvie Island
$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

Bi-Zi Farms
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, apple cider sampling, and more. Do you have a little animal lover? Come at 5:30 to watch the farm animals being fed and put to bed. For those who aren’t easily scared, Bi-Zi Farms has a Nighttime Corn Maze in the dark on Fridays and Saturdays. Opens September 26.

9504 NE 119th St.
Vancouver, Wa
$10/3 & up; $8/seniors; free for 2 & under

The Maize at the Pumpkin Patch

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Kruger’s Farm
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.

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. Opens September 27.

32055 NW North Ave.
North Plains
$4 (includes one boat ride and one train ride)

Sauvie Island Corn Maze 3

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Lee Farms
This cheerful Tualatin farm celebrates their Fall Harvest Festival with a five 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!

—Anna Doogan