Did someone say pumpkins? Because Fall is finally here and that means pumpkin everything—pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pies and of course, pumpkin patches! There’s no better fall family activity than going to the pumpkin patch. Think hayrides, barns, corn mazes and apple cider (and apple cider donuts!). Check out these five pumpkin patches just outside of Portland for a quintessential Portland pumpkin patch experience.

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Bushue Family Farms

Bushue’s is a third-generation family farm located in Boring, Oregon. In addition to picking your own gourd, you can also catch the last of the summer’s flowers and veggies at the produce market. Don’t miss the unique chance to make your own dirt babies, a little doll of mud and grass that helps kids learn how plants grow. Kids love to watch their babies’ hair grow in the windowsill!

Safety: Online booking and Reservations are required. Private hayrides are available for purchase.
PricingAdmission is free but certain activities require a small entry fee. The corn trail, farm animals, and photo ops are free. Pig train rides are $3 each, Lil’ Punkin’s Playground and the hayslide are $3 each, and the dirt babies kits cost $3 each.

9880 SE Revenue Rd
Boring, OR
503-663-6709
Online: bushuefarming.com
Hours: (Beginning Oct. 2) Thur-Sun TBD
booking opens in mid-Sep.

photo: Roloff Farms

Roloff Farms

Roloff Farms started as a small fixer upper on 34 acres of possibility. The beat up old farmhouse, broken down barn and overgrown peach orchard has grown and transformed into an over 100 acre agritainment extravaganza. Roloff Farms is now an annual destination bringing fun and excitement to thousands of both local and worldwide visitors. Roloff Farms has been the backdrop for many of the antics and adventures of the Roloff family, stars of the popular, long-running TLC reality series “Little People, Big World”.

The Roloff Farms Pumpkin Patch and Scenic Trail Walk is open to the public Fri-Sun through the month of October.  Enjoy the self-guided walking tour with play areas and fun activities along the way, ride the famous group wagon tour,  shoot the cannons, hop on the new Choo Choo train,  a Spooky forest, face painting, yummy food, and of course a variety of pumpkins!

Safety: Facemasks are encouraged and sanitizer is available. The farm is following all safety procedures and precautions–please check the most up to date information on their website or Facebook page before visiting, as some activities might be impacted.

23985 N.W. Grossen Dr.
Hillsboro, OR
503-647-2899
*Advanced Reservation/Tickets Required
Pricing: 
$24/person which includes parking, entrance to farm, all scenic trail and adventure walk activities and their famous group wagon tour
Online:  rolofffarms.com/pumpkin-season
Hours: Oct. 1-30, Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

photo: Packer Orchards

Packer Orchards

Located a bit further than some of the other pumpkin patches near Portland, Packer Orchard’s is well-worth the hour drive to the Hood River Valley. On your drive through the Columbia River Gorge, look for changing leaves, waterfalls, and misty mountains. Once you arrive

On your way back, stop by The Gorge White House for some cider and wine.

2021 Fall Festival: Sep 17 - Oct 31
3020 Thomsen Rd
Hood River OR
Price: $8/person weekdays and $10/person weekends
Online: packerorchards.ticketspice.com/ 
Hours: Mon- Sun. 12-5 p.m., Tue/Wed: closed. 

photo: Pexels

The Pumpkin Patch

Located on beautiful Sauvie Island, The Pumpkin Patch is Portland’s original pumpkin patch. It’s a third-generation family farm that is Good Agricultural Practices certified. The Pumpkin Patch has been around since 1967 and is located just 15 minutes Northwest of Portland on 800 acres with over 50 varieties of fruits and vegetables grown throughout the year. Each October they put on an incredible harvest festival with many attractions including their Big Red Animal Barn, hayrides, giant hay pyramid, original Corn Maize, Patio Café, Giftshop, Pumpkin Perk coffee cart, a bounteous farmers market of produce, and a couple food carts! Feel free hitch a ride on the wagon to U-pick your own pumpkin in the fields or simply pick one out in the market.

Pro Tip: When driving to the patch, make sure you go the full two miles after looping under the bridge (Watch for mile marker #2 on the right side of the road). It is the second farm on the left. And if you’re going on a weekend in October, make sure to leave early and beat the traffic going over the bridge.

Safety: This year, masks are required in all buildings, on the hayrides, and anywhere you can’t social distance.
16511 NW Gillihan Rd., Sauvie Island.
Pricing: No entrance fees or activity fees (other than the food) 
Online: thepumpkinpatch.com/
Hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. Other attractions vary.

photo: Lee Farms

Lee Farms

Owned and operated for seven generations in Tualatin, Oregon, Lee Farms offers something for every fall-loving family. You can visit the animals that live on the farm on weekdays and weekends, navigate the 4-acre cornmaze, or go on a hayride or barrel wagon ride. Their farm market and bakery is open from 9AM-6PM Daily.

Safety: This year, the farm has changed a few things to help enhance safety, like limiting the number of guests. To ensure your spot, go online before your visit to get your timed tickets–they will likely sell out! Masks are required on activities for anyone over the age of 5 and of course masks are required inside the farm market and bakery at all times. Lee Farms will be closed for deep cleaning all activities and touch points of the farm every Monday throughout the season.
Pricing: General admission is $12/person with access to different activities on the farm depending which level wristband you choose (up to unlimited for $24). The Unlimited activities wristband 

21975 SW 65th Ave.
Tualatin, OR
Pricing: General admission is $12/person with access to different activities on the farm depending which level wristband you choose (up to unlimited for $24). The Unlimited activities wristband includes unlimited entry to the haymaze, slide, barrel wagon ride, bounce pillow, jump pad, and tricycles. Pumpkins are not included with wristband purchase however, kids two years and younger are free with adult wristband purchase (excludes pony rides).

Online: leefarms.ticketspice.com/lee-farms-fall-harvest
Hours: Tue-Fri 12-6: p.m., Sat & Sun 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

—Levi Rogers

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