‘Tis the season of all things pumpkin from Kyra’s Bake Shop Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Crumb Doughnuts to the ubiquitous Pumpkin Latte found at your favorite coffee shop. But what about a pumpkin cannon that catapults the season’s favorite orange gourds as far as 400 feet away or a pumpkin pyramid? You can find all things pumpkin both edible and fun at many of the pumpkin patches located within a short driving distance from Lake Oswego.
Be sure to check the websites for Covid-19 policies – some require masks; others recommend them. And in many cases, admission is limited each day so you need to purchase your tickets online and in advance. Hours are subject to change also so be sure to check the websites before heading out.
Here are some spots to check out:
FIALA FARMS. You won’t have to travel too far to hunt for pumpkins at Fiala Farms. Located in West Linn, it’s the closest pumpkin patch to Lake Oswego. And it comes with a five-acre corn maze that’s designed to challenge you. Expect it to take at least 35 to 40 minutes. Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission to corn maze is $7/adults; $5/ages 6-12; Free for kids under 6. 21231 SW Johnson Road, West Linn. 971.777.3727.
LEE FARMS. Located in Tualatin, Lee Farms is also close by. The Fall Harvest Pumpkin Patch Festival is underway with lots of activities for kids to enjoy. Admission to the farm is $12 for ages 3 and older with access to hayrides, corn maze, play area, and animal viewing pen. By purchasing an activities wristband for $24, you can enjoy those activities as well as unlimited time on: hay maze, slide, bounce pillow, jump pad, barrel wagon rides and tricycle rides. Hours: Noon to 6:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 21975 SW 65th Avenue, Tualatin. 503.638.1869.
THE PUMPKIN PATCH. Unlike many locations, there are a few activities you can enjoy here for free including the daily hayrides out to the pumpkin patch, visiting the animal barn and the giant hay pyramid. The corn maze will cost you $8 for ages 13 and older; $5 for children 6-12 and seniors, and should take 30-40 minutes to complete. Rides on the Cow Train (operating on weekends only) are $3/person. Hours: Pumpkin patch and most activities 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., daily (hayrides don’t begin until 10:00 a.m.); Maze: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, ‘til 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday 15611 NW Gillihan Road, Portland. 503.621.3874
TOPAZ FARM. If you like your mazes haunted, you’ve come to the right place. The corn maze that challenges folks by day will frighten them by night on Friday, October 29 and Saturday, October 30 from 6:50 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance. The rest of the time, visitors can choose from two different mazes – one geared more for small children and a giant one for folks who like puzzles. If you’re competitive, you can post your time on their scoreboard and see how you rank among the fastest puzzle solvers. Admission is $10, ages 13 and up; $5 for ages 6-12 and seniors. Hayrides on Fridays through Sunday to the pumpkin patch are free. Hours: Maze Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. And there are lots of goodies: pumpkin bread, caramel apples, pumpkin ice cream, apple cider donuts and apple cider ice cream. 17100 NW Sauvie Island Road. 503.621.3489.
BELLA ORGANIC PUMPKIN PATCH AND WINERY. The corn maze comes both ways here as well depending on whether you catch it by day or by night. Should take you about an hour to complete. Tickets are $8/adult; $7 children and seniors during the day; $25 for the haunted experience on Friday and Saturday nights. Enjoy free hayrides to the pumpkin patch. Other activities come with a fee: cow train, grain train, hay maze, duck races, petting zoo, face painting. Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 16205 NW Gillihan Road. 503.621.9545.
PLUMPER PUMPKIN PATCH. If you want to wear your kids out, this is the place. Activities included in the $12 admission price are the corn maze, playgrounds, animals, walking loops, hobbit house, hay pyramid and access to the pumpkin patch. Pony rides and pumpkin cannons are extra. Reserve your time slot online. Season passes are available for $30. Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. 11435 NW Old Cornelius Pass Road. 503.645.9561.
FIR POINT FARMS. Weekends is when this place kicks into high gear with Harvest Festival activities including a corn maze, pumpkin painting, cow train, paint ball gallery, bounce houses, hay rides, nature trail path, pumpkin patch, petting zoo. Free admission but fees for activities. Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Monday. 14601 Arndt Road, Aurora. 503.678.2455.
BAUMAN FARMS. This family farm turns into a fun zone for its annual Harvest Festival complete with 40 acres of pumpkins to choose from as well as over 25 ativities including mazes, animal barn, apple cannon, giant slide, hayrides, pumpkin hill, and the popular apple cider dumplings. General admission is $10 or $25 which includes unlimited activities. Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday through October 30. 12989 Howell Prairie Road, NE, Gervais. 503.792.3524.
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