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Many people flock to the Northeastern region of the United States 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, hayrides, 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 some of the best pumpkin patches to enjoy with your family this season in Oregon.
The Original Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island, Portland
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, pumpkin picking and hayrides are offered, and you can climb the giant hay maze and hay pyramid.
Smith Rock Ranch, Terrebonne
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. At this Terrebonne destination, you can shoot a pumpkin with a bow and arrow, play some mini golf, hop on a wagon ride, and enjoy Clydesdale rides. There’s even a fun Wild Zoo train ride for little ones, face painting, and a market with winter squash, gourds, honey and jams.
Liepold Farms Fall Festival, Boring
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 farm has been in operation since 1952, and the farm embraces sustainable agriculture with its 5th generation as a farming family. Past fall festival events included a corn maze, pedal karts, candy store and animal viewing and offered sweet treats such as caramel popcorn and hot corn on the cob.
Lee Farms, Tualatin
Lee Farms in Tualatin is also a prime spot to be for pumpkin picking and visiting farm animals with your family. 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 includes hayrides, a corn maze, animals, and parking. Don’t miss the fresh apple cider, pumpkin donuts and fresh kettle corn.
Mahaffy Ranch, Coos Bay
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. Check the calendar for fun events such as Josie’s Art Lab Class and live music performances.
Plumper Pumpkin Patch, Portland
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, hayrides, and farm animals here too.
Fir Point Farms, Aurora
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 includes a six-acre pumpkin patch and kids zone with bouncy houses, cow roping, nature trail and giant slides. Sweet lovers will appreciate the fresh apple cider donuts.
Bauman’s Farm & Garden, Gervais
Head to the Gervais area this fall to check out Bauman’s Farm & Garden, 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.
Pheasant Fields Farm, Medford
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, hayrides, 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.
Fort Vannoy Farms, Grants Pass
A popular fall attraction in Southern Oregon, Fort Vannoy Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch is a family-friendly spot with a long list of fun activities. Along with an annual 8-acre corn maze, there’s a pumpkin patch, a Cow Train Ride, The Pumpkin Chunker, an apple cannon, pumpkin painting, a petting zoo, hayrides, and more. You can pick the perfect pumpkin for carving or decorating, as there are a variety of shapes and sizes and even a variety of colors available. Best of all, the corn maze, along with the 23-acre pumpkin patch, is open every day in the month of October.
Dates: Open Daily in October, 2023