There’s nothing quite so quintessentially fall as an old-fashioned corn maze. In Portland, we’re surrounded by opportunities to get lost in the cornstalks, with family-friendly farms in just about every direction. The festivities start mid-September and often run through October. Make a day of it with hayrides, donuts and cider, pumpkins, animals, and more. Read on for more on all the a-maize-ing local favorites.

photo: The Original Maize via yelp

The Original Maize at the Pumpkin Patch

Just 15 minutes from downtown Portland, Sauvie Island is a mainstay of fall festival lists. For 21 years, the Pumpkin Patch has been carving pathways into acres of corn, and inviting the public to challenge themselves to solve the puzzle. You and your gang can wander through over two miles of pathways, and don’t worry: you can pick up a “passport” with clues to help if you get lost. Hang out for refreshments at the Patio Cafe, then hop on a free hayride (October only) to pick out a pumpkin in the fields.

Safety: This year, the maze is still open for safe outdoor fun across its 8 acres, with an appropriate theme of “Better Together!” Masks are required inside the maze and any buildings, as well as anywhere that 6’ of distance from others can’t be maintained.

Insider tip: Bring boots and raingear if the weather is wet! Things can get muddy.

16511 NW Gillihan Rd.
Sauvie Island
Sept: open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Oct: open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
$8/adults (13 & up); $6/children (6-12) & seniors; free for children 5 and under
503-621-7110
Online: portlandmaze.com

Fazio Farms

For more advanced puzzlers, try your luck in this 6.5-acre maze– the only corn maze within Portland city limits, on a 3rd-generation farm that has been growing fresh produce since 1919. After the maze, plan to stay for plenty of fall fun. The hay bale maze is a great choice for younger children, and you can hop on the hay ride to tour the farm. Pet the goats and zip down the bouncy slide before picking up some fresh goodies at the farm store.

Safety: Check online before you go for the current policies on safety and openings.

8433 NE 13th Ave.
Open Mon.-Fri. from 4p.m.-8 p.m.; Sat.& Sun. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Wristbands start at $12 (age 2 & up); other activities priced per each
503-289-2020
Online: faziofarms.com

photo courtesy Bushue Farm

Bushue’s Family Farm and Nursery

If you’ve got younger corn maze enthusiasts in your midst, head east to this perennial favorite for parents of very young children. You can wander the corn trail for free, and it’s a much simpler, shorter version for those with short attention spans (and their exhausted parents.) Did we mention they have some of the best fresh donuts around? Take a ride on the adorable pig train, pet the goats, pick a pumpkin, and let your bigger kids test out the Hayslide Adventure park, or make a craft in the Dirt Babies activity area.

Safety: Please check their website and social media pages for the most up to date information on this year’s policies and openings, as some activities might be impacted.

9880 SE Revenue Rd.
Boring, OR
Sep 28- Oct 31, Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm.
Corn trail and farm animals: Free; Hayrides: $3; Hayslides Adventure Park: $3; Lil’ Punkins’ Playground: $2
503-663-6709
Online: bushuefarming.com

Firpoint Farms

Just south of Portland, this farm is usually jam-packed with fall activities that includes their 6-acre corn maze. This year, many activities are not happening in order to keep safety a priority. But don’t fear! After your maze fun you can still enjoy the petting zoo, a nature trail, snack on apple cider donuts, and find the perfect pumpkin.

Safety: Masks are required inside the store and anywhere you can’t maintain 6’ of distance. Handwashing stations will be available.

14601 Arndt Rd.
Aurora, OR
Weekends from Oct. 2-25 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m
Admission is free for everyone, corn maze is $6
Online: firpointfarms.com

photo: Bella Organic via yelp

Bella Organic

This Sauvie Island favorite takes a creative approach to their annual corn maze, with a changing theme that often includes giant letters carved into the corn. Impressive! This year’s theme is dedicated to the Frontline Workers of the 2020 pandemic– including free admission for all frontline workers in the month of September!

The maze covers 2.7 miles of twists and turns within a 7-acre design. (Psst: Make sure to choose the best maze option for your group. There’s a second Haunted Maze on Fridays and Saturdays in October, not recommended for small children.) Food and beer vendors, along with classic fall activities like hayrides and pumpkins, make this a standout choice for local fun.

Safety: Masks are required inside the corn maze at all times.

Insider tip: All activities and outdoor vendors are cash only. Bring your flashlight to walk the maze after dark on weekends!

16205 NW Gillihan Rd.
Sauvie Island
October hours: Daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat./Sun until 10 p.m.)
503-621-9545
$8/adults (13 & up); $6/ seniors & children (6-12); free for 5 & under
Online: bellaorganic.com/corn-maze

Bi-Zi Farms

For a full day across the river, head to the seven-acre corn maze at Vancouver’s Bi-Zi Farms. Admission to the Pumpkin Patch and Harvest Festival gets you access to the maze, a wagon ride, hay pyramid, two shots on the pumpkin launchers, apple cider sampling, the petting zoo, and a free pumpkin!

Safety: Purchase timed tickets online in advance of your visit. Wear a mask at all times while at the farm. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the farm. While some activities have been eliminated, many are still happening!

9504 NE 119th St.
Vancouver, WA
$10/3 & up; $80/seniors; free for 2 & under
Tues. – Fri. 2– 6 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
360-574-9119
Online: bizifarms.com

photo: The Pumpkin Patch via yelp

Lee Farms

This energetic fall festival features a 3-acre corn maze, and that’s just the beginning. Enjoy hayrides, a giant slide, bouncy houses, farm animal visits, and even pony rides on the weekend. Plus, take your pick from over 27 varieties of pumpkins. Sample fresh apple cider and donuts, kettle corn, and treats from the bakery.

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 2- hour timed tickets–they will likely sell out! Masks are required during arrival, on the wagons, and in the pumpkin fields.

21975 SW 65th Ave.
Tualatin, OR
Sept. 11- Oct. 31. Open Mon.-Fri. 12 p.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
General admission (ages 3 and up): $10 weekends; Wristband for activities/includes general admission: $22 
503-638-1869
Online: leefarmsoregon.com/pumpkin-patch

Packer Orchards

If you’re up for a drive, Packer Orchards in the Hood River Valley boasts a wonderful corn maze, a kids-only corn maze, hay tower, and unlimited hayrides on the weekends. Check the calendar for flashlight-maze events as the days get shorter and Halloween approaches. After the maze, try your hand at pumpkin bowling before you pick one out to take home. And don’t forget to sample an array of fall treats, from apple pies and ice cream at the bakery, to jams and cookies in the sales barn.

Safety: Tickets will be sold online only to help limit the number of guests. Some activities may be impacted due to safety concerns.

3020 Thomsen Rd
Hood River, OR
Sept 18 – Nov 1, Open Wed-Sun. 10 p.m.-5 p.m. (Closed Tues. and Halloween)
$5/person ages 2 and up
Online: packerorchards.com

-Katrina Emery

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