If you’re like many of us busy parents here in Portland, you may be just a bit behind in getting ready for the Halloween trick or treating. Maybe you have decided to avoid the National Lampoon style top to bottom yard decorating, but still want to get some fun Halloween time in with the family. For a lot of us around the Portland area that involves the pumpkin patch followed by some pumpkin carving.
Yes parents we are behind, but it’s not too late to plan something fun with the family and friends. With our perfect Portland climate for growing pumpkins, there are numerous pumpkin patches that can not only land you the perfect pumpkin for carving, but also provide a memorable time out of the house this Fall. If your next question is “yes, but what Portland area pumpkin patch should we go to”, then we have a few suggestions that should make your list.
Cool Portland Area Pumpkin Patches
With literally tons of pumpkin patches scattered all around the Portland Metro area, we have put together a list of a few of the best. They are listed by area and each have a description that will help you determine what they have and whether it is a good fit for your family.
Westside Portland Area Pumpkin Patches
Baggenstos Farms, Sherwood, Oregon
Baggenstos is one of the oldest area farms and pumpkin patches on the westside. It is located on Roy Rogers Road on the Beaverton side of Sherwood. This Portland area pumpkin patch is great because of the number of activities that go right along with the pumpkin picking. They offer hay rides, mazes, a free animal ara and various other games and activities over an expansive 150 acre farm.
This year their corn maze leaves the normal fun behind as it pokes fun at the 2016 Presidential candidates. check out their Trump vs Clinton corn maze. This made us giggle a bit.
LakeView Farms, North Plains, Oregon
One of our favorite Westside Portland area pumpkin patches that we have visited before is the LakeView Farms pumpkin patch just outside of Hillsboro in North Plains. Just a quick trip out Hwy 26 will get you there in no time and we think you will agree it is worth the 20 minute or so drive from downtown Portland.
The LakeView Farms pumpkin patch is way more than just a pumpkin patch. They sport an awesome train ride, cute animals, an awesome lake as well as plenty of games, trinkets and refreshments. The beautifully manicured pumpkin patch area has ample parking and plenty of things to do for the whole family. This pumpkin patch will create some wonderful memories. It did for us!
North Portland Pumpkin Patches
Bella Organic, NW Portland
How about a totally organic pumpkin patch in Portland? Seems fitting for our Portland lifestyle of green and sustainable, doesn’t it? That’s just a taste of what you’ll find at the Bella Organic pumpkin patch and winery. If the name doesn’t automatically get you thinking win-win for adults and kids, we are not sure what will.
This Portland pumpkin patch has a large and small pumpkin patch and get this… A 2.7 mile, 7 acre Sauvie Island corn maze. Not a small one, but great for the adults and older children in your house! What’s more, they have a train, farm animals for the youngins and as well as wine and beer on tap! I think you’re getting the picture of this one. Adults and even dogs are welcome at this Portland pumpkin patch.
Bi-Zi Farms, Vancouver, Wa
You can’t get much more North in our Portland area than Vancouver, but it is still a part of our beloved Portland. We wanted to be sure to include a unique pumpkin patch option for our friends near the border also, and Bi-Zi Farms is the perfect Vancouver pumpkin patch for you.
At Bi-Zi Farms you’ll find everything from an awesome tunnelled out haystack pyramid, hay rides, corn mazes and cute baby animals covers just about everything you would want in a perfect Portland area pumpkin patch for the entire family. They add to all of this with face painting, pony rides and even a free hot drink with admission, making it a must see in Vancouver area!
South Portland Area Pumpkin Patches
Lee Farms, Tualatin
Lee Farms in Tualatin pretty much has everything all in one place. If you are near the westside or southern part of the Portland area, this is the must attend pumpkin patch.
Lee Farms offers everything from mazes (corn and rope), animals, hay rides, play areas, slides and even tricycles. They even have pony and barrel wagon rides available, as well as face painting and lots of treats. They have pretty much covered just about all you want in a Portland area Pumpkin patch. A perfect place for the entire family to spend the afternoon.
Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, Woodburn
The fall harvest season is the one of the most memorable tihttp://www.woodenshoe.com/events/pumpkin-fest/mes to visit a farm. The Wooden Shoe Farm sets up for its Pumpkin Fest for the month of October, ending on the 30th!
The family can meander through their corn maze or have the kids ride on the cow train. Of course picking out your pumpkins must be on your list before you leave. If you find a few pumpkins your don’t like they might be included in the pumpkin cannon to be shot 1/4 of mile through the air!
Have the family try their hand at archery or duck races. All in all, just a regular day at the farm!
Eastside Portland Area Pumpkin Patches
Liepold Farms, Boring
Visiting Liepold Farms you can explore through 5 acres of corn mazes to get lost in! The Fall Festival season is the perfect time to come to this farm and enjoy all the fun festivities they have spread out over the farm. If you are interested in antique tractors and farming equipment then this is the farm for you! There is plenty to eat at the farm in their rustic cafe, The Owl Bistro, where you can indulge in local brews and wine, plus grilled chicken, BBQ pulled pork, nachos, salads and more.
The children can ride aboard an old-time hay ride through the farm’s property and beautiful views of Mount Hood, then take turns launching apples with a catapult. If you hit the target you win a free pumpkin! There is also a smaller hay maze that they can try to wind their way out of and perhaps easier to tackle for smaller legs than the 5 acre corn maze. Next have the younger children try our tricycle race track! Big wheeled trikes make it a fun day for everyone in your family at the farm in the Fall. Lastly head over to the Children’s Pavilion for fantasy play with a miniature tea house, a fairy tale castle and kick your shoes off in the corn bin to jump around.
Pick out your favorite pumpkins and have your little ones maneuver their own selections to the scales with our kid sized wheelbarrows. Moms and Dads can pick from our large selection of gourds, corn stalks and hay bales to make decorating the yard and house a blast!
Packer Orchards, Hood River
This little gem is located in Hood River and makes a great destination for all your fall festival fun! The whole month of October enjoy picking your favorite pumpkin in their pumpkin patch plus many other farm activities throughout the property. You can try your hand at pumpkin bowling and see how luck you get in getting a strike! There are bins of apples and pears to choose from plus many delicious farm prepared baked goods. If you can’t just select one go with one from each, cookies, pies, jams and preserves. There is a covered picnic area if you can’t wait to get home to sample some of your foodie favorites.
We would love to hear from you about which of these you have visited in the past and/or if you plan on visiting any of them this season.