This month my family of four had an absolutely great time visiting The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island & adventuring through their ‘Keep Portland Lost’ Maize. We weren’t exactly sure what to expect never visiting prior to recently. But what we partook upon while there left us with nothing but fun memories to share and remember for years to come!
Celebrating 15 years of corn Maize fun, the themed design this year is “Keeping Portland Lost”. This maze is two miles in total. It’s full of all sorts of twists and turns that keep you guessing which way you should go next! The prices are very reasonable at $5 for ages 6-12 and seniors 60+; $7 for ages 13 and up, and FREE for ages 5 and under. The Maize will be available to explore Sunday thru Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; October: 18-19, 25-27, 30- 31 and it’s open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Also if you are having a birthday during the season, admission is completely free into the corn maize!
Before entering the “Keeping Portland Lost” maize, my family and I opted to grab a few of the passports. The passports are filled with helpful trivia questions that if correctly answered, will point you toward the next path on your way out of the Maize. They have passports of all kinds, we grabbed the Tiny Tots ( perfect for young children), scriptural (great for brushing up on the Bible skills), and Corny (very suitable choice when going through a corn maze). You answer each question at a numbered check point in the maze. Though you may skip over number completely if you take all the right twists and turns. Now, you don’t have to use the passports at all but I think they add to the experience. Also if you think you’ll need a map, be sure to scan the QR code with your cellphone at the entrance.
Word of advice, if you are heading through the Maize, I would recommend you wear rain boots. It was pretty muddy in spots. Also if you have young children with you, it might be a good idea to bring an extra pair of clothes for them. My little ones ages 5 & 2 1/2 were pretty muddy at the end of our day and we really didn’t want to trek that much mud into our car. So if planning ahead, please keep that in mind.
There’s no worry of getting your children lost between rows if they stay on the path and keep up with you. The corn on each side of the path has a mesh type of fence so that ensure no skipping between the path. While exploring the Maize, there are fun CORNundrums to read and if you can locate them all, I believe you enter a grand prize drawing at the Maize exit. There are a couple of bridges in maze in which you can see for miles mountains and the pumpkin patch.
There are actually two parts of the maze so once you get through the first part, you are brought back to the starting point where you can partake in some refreshments and take a seat for a bit and then venture on to part two. The Maize was really a lot of fun and we are already planning on going again next year making it a yearly Fall Fun tradition!
One thing I really loved it that the hayrides to the Pumpkin Patch are completely free! This was my kids first hayride and they had so much fun on the ride and exploring a real pumpkin patch. There only experience with pumpkins before were ones that were already picked, cleaned, and out sitting a field ready to be grabbed. These actually were sitting in a field they were grown in and some still attached to the vines. The view was amazing and the perfect back drop for family photos. Just be warned it’s a bit muddy and slippery once you get off the ride! (The Hay rides out to the pumpkin patch are from 10am-5:30pm. Pumpkin prices range from $2-7 depending on the weight of the pumpkin.)
Aside from adventuring through one of the Maizes or taking a Hay Ride out to the Pumpkin Patch, there’s so much more to do at the The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island! There’s a Big Red Animal Barn, Cow Train Rides, Hay Climbing Pyramid, Farm Fresh Market, Gift Shop, Food Vendors, and more! Now that you know what to expect, my family and I would highly recommend making this place a part of your Autumn Season traditions!
**Disclosure: We were given tickets for The Maize to facilitate this review. My opinions are my own and have not been altered by anyone.**