When fall finally arrives in Portland, Ore., that means it's time to visit a pumpkin patch. Throughout the month of October, farms throughout the area open up their doors to visitors and offer all kinds of autumn-themed fun. One such farm is Liepold Farms.
The Liepold Farms Pumpkin Patch usually opens around the last weekend in September and stays open until the last day of October. This is one of the most popular pumpkin patches in the area, and it's located on the east side of Portland, about 20 minutes from downtown Portland in Boring, Ore.
Pumpkin catapult at Liepold Farms Pumpkin Patch — Photo courtesy of Meagan Shamy
Here, you will find all sorts of fun, including a large corn maze. In the maze, there are dead ends everywhere, and your challenge is to find your way out. (For those of you who might be worried about being stuck in a corn maze forever, you can relax: they have multiple exits.)
They offer a game that goes along with the corn maze, too. As you walk through, if you can find all the pictures on a card you've been given, then you are entered to win a special prize.
Not only do they have a corn maze, but they have a hay maze, too, at Liepold Farms Pumpkin Patch. You'll need a flashlight to get through this dark maze, and do not be surprised if you find yourself climbing or crawling your way out.
Once you have had your fill of mazes, you can try out one of their other activities, like the pumpkin pull. Everyone gets three tries to catapult a pumpkin as far as they can into the field with a slingshot. If you’re lucky, you'll hit one of their targets and win a prize.
Kids' play area — Photo courtesy of Meagan Shamy
When you get done slinging pumpkins, you can go on a hay ride around the property. If you ask the driver, they will stop halfway through the ride and give the kids an educational lesson on how to grow a pumpkin. The hayride is a great place to get a photo, and the driver will happily take one for you.
Younger children will love the area just for them. Kids can run through a little hay maze just for them that is open-air and not too scary. They can also ride on a small carousel. For kiddos that like to dig, they have two fun areas. One area has dried corn kernels that they can dig and play in. The other area has shredded tires with trucks that can be pushed around. Nearby is a small petting zoo.
Near the children’s play area is a concessions area with juice, soda, water, wine and beer. They have treats, too, like candy apples and caramel corn.
Of course, no visit to the pumpkin patch would be complete without picking out the perfect pumpkin. They have a pumpkin field that is great for not only selecting one but also for taking pictures. They also sell other gourds and apples.
Concessions include candy apples — Photo courtesy of Meagan Shamy