Many people flock to the Northeastern region of the U.S. in the fall season to see the colorful foliage and enjoy festive autumn events. But the Pacific Northwest is also a wonderful place to be during the fall, especially if you enjoy traditional outings like pumpkin patches, hay rides, and apple picking. There are lots of pumpkin patches in Oregon, for example, that are worth a visit if you’re a local or just visiting for vacation. Here are 10 of the best pumpkin patches to enjoy with your family this season in Oregon.
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The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island, Portland (Nearby Hotels)
This is the original pumpkin patch of Portland, Oregon and a great one to visit year after year. Beyond just pumpkins, this farm grows dozens of types of fruits and vegetables throughout the year. Top things to do here in the fall include picking your own pumpkins, eating and drinking at the patio café and Pumpkin Perk, browsing the Pumpkin Cottage Gift Shop, taking a hayride, and going through the maze. There is no entrance fee to come to the pumpkin patch, but dogs are not allowed. In October, free pumpkin picking hayrides are offered from 10am to 5:45pm, and you can climb the free giant hay maze and hay pyramid between 9am and 6pm each day.
Smith Rock Ranch, Terrebonne (Nearby Hotels)
Located near the beautiful and scenic Smith Rock State Park, known for rock climbing and just a short drive from Bend, Smith Rock Ranch is a fun place to be in the fall. This is a dog-friendly ranch, which is good to know because many of the pumpkin patches around the state don’t welcome pets. The activities and maze are open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. At this Terrebonne destination, you can shoot a pumpkin with a bow and arrow, play some mini golf, hop on a wagon ride, and perhaps even arrange for a hot air balloon ride. Big Sky Balloons, a local guide company, launches its colorful hot air wonders from the ranch in the mornings throughout the fall season.
Liepold Farms Fall Festival, Boring (Nearby Hotels)
Liepold Farms in the Oregon town of Boring has family-friendly activities for fall, including an apple catapult, tricycle race track, children’s pavilion, and a hay maze. This is the fall festival’s 18th year in operation, and the farm embraces sustainable agriculture. Fall festivities kick off on September 23rd, 2018 and run from 9am to 5pm on most days, unless the weather is bad. The corn maze costs $9 per adult, dark maze $2, pumpkin/apple slingshot $2 for four tries, and a complete pass for all activities is $15 per adult.
Lee Farms, Tualatin (Nearby Hotels)
Lee Farms in Tualatin is also a prime spot to be for pumpkin picking and visiting farm animals with your family. There’s even Spookley the Square Pumpkin wandering around the farm to remind us all about how to be nice to everyone, especially during National Bullying Prevention Month. Come here on weekends to make your way through the four-acre corn maze, go on a barrel wagon ride or hayride, and let the kids get up-close and personal with animals at the petting zoo. There are 27 varieties of pumpkins grown in the fields here. General admission tickets are $5 and include the hayride, corn maze, animals, and parking.
Mahaffy Ranch, Coos Bay (Nearby Hotels)
If you’re planning to spend some time on the Oregon Coast this fall, head over to Mahaffy Ranch in Coos Bay. On weekends in October, you can hop on a hayride, find your way through a corn maze, and pick out a pumpkin to take home with you. Stop by between September 28 and October 31st, 2018 on weekdays from noon to 5pm and on weekends from 10am to 6pm. There are no parking or entrance fees, but visitors will pay for pumpkins and certain activities, like the corn maze ($4) and the hayride ($3).
Lakeview Farms, North Plains (Nearby Hotels)
We also love spending a day at Lakeview Farms in North Plains in the fall to pick pumpkins and have some fall fun at this family-owned farm. There’s a nice gift shop on site, a train ride and boat ride for the kids, a coffee cart to warm up with on chilly days, and face painting too. This pumpkin patch is unique because it’s set along a lake where you can take a cruise on a sternwheeler boat. Lakeview is open Thursdays through Sundays and costs $5 per person over age two.
Plumper Pumpkin Patch, Portland (Nearby Hotels)
Another great place to be in fall in the Portland area is the Plumber Pumpkin Patch. This pumpkin patch offers lots to see and do for families, including mazes, hay and tube slides, an obstacle course, pony rides, and even pumpkin croquet. It’s fun to check out the pumpkin flinging machines, hay rides, and farm animals here too. Plumper is open daily from September 29th to October 31st, 2018 and costs $7 to $12 based on what you want to do.
Fir Point Farms, Aurora (Nearby Hotels)
You can also head to Fir Point Farms in Aurora to have fun with all sorts of activities, including a corn maze, petting zoo, nature trail, and cow train. Fir Point is about 15 minutes south of Portland, and general admission for all activities is $14 per person.
Bauman’s Farm, Gervais (Nearby Hotels)
Head to the Gervais area this fall to check out Bauman’s Farm, which is a top-rated pumpkin patch in Oregon’s Mid-Valley. This is a great place for family fun with activities like the corn maze, apple cannon, jumping pad, pumpkin hill, and cider samples. It’s also fun to spend a day playing on the pedal carts, barnyard bridge, rope maze, and on a hayride. This is a great local spot to check out if you’re in the Salem area of Oregon, and the Harvest Festival runs daily from 9am to 5pm or 6pm.
Pheasant Fields Farm, Medford (Nearby Hotels)
If you’re in the Medford area, don’t miss out on a trip to Pheasant Fields Farms this fall. On October weekends, the farm turns into a fall festival with a cow train, hay rides, a corn maze, and an animal exhibit. This farm also doubles as a bed & breakfast if you want to stay for the night and make a festive weekend trip this fall.