One of my favorite fall traditions is heading to a nearby farm – it’s harvest season! The tractor or hay ride to the pumpkin fields, where we search and search for just the right pumpkin. A cup of hot apple cider, warming your hands. A walk through a corn maze with friends, getting lost, finding dead ends, and hiding behind the bend in the path to jump out and yell, ‘boo!’ Enjoying the end-of-the-season goodies, like popcorn balls, fruit pies, caramel apples, and kettle corn. Here’s a few of the Best Corn Mazes & Pumpkin Patches the Northwest has to offer.
Showing Off NW Team Pride
Schilter Family Farm in Olympia, WA, is honoring Ken Griffey Jr. with their corn maze design this year. Griffey was inducted in the Hall of Fame this summer, and the Seattle Mariners have retired his ‘24’ jersey number. The Pumpkin Patch is open from 10am-6pm daily. The Family Farm has many child-friendly activities, including a petting farm, duck races, and a giant sand table play area. Check out their website for weekday and weekend pricing.
The Corn Maze at Bella Organic is celebrating the Portland Timbers 2015 MLS Cup Championship! The Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch are open daily from 9am-6pm, with free hayrides to the pumpkin patch. Fridays and Saturdays, the corn maze is open until 10pm. Bella Organic also has a Star Wars-themed Haunted Corn Maze on Friday and Saturday nights, til 10pm.
Fun for the Whole Family
Bi-zi Farms in Vancouver, WA is the pumpkin patch experience by which I compare all others. It is the pumpkin patch that I visited as a youth, and the patch that I continue to take my children to. The admission includes one pumpkin, the wagon ride to the pumpkin patch, the corn maze, a visit to the farm animals, one hot drink, and so many kid’s activities: bale maze, bale pyramid, pedal tractor driving, farm animals, corn crib, and two shots at the pumpkin launcher! Additional fee activities include pony rides, face painting, fresh kettle corn and other food or drink. The harvest activities are only available on the weekends, but make for a great afternoon or full-day excursion!
In Woodland, WA, ‘The Patch’ is home to over 40 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds. If you’re looking for just the right pumpkin for a project, craft, or family recipe, try ‘The Patch’. Take your kids on a journey from the biggest pumpkins (up to 200lbs) to the smallest ‘Baby Bear’ or ‘Baby Boo’. ‘The Patch’ also has a hay maze, hay rides, and pumpkin bowling.
Hanging out on the East Side? Colville Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch is a fantastic stop for fall! A 12-acre corn maze will keep you busy, or head to the pumpkin patch in search of your perfect jack o’ lantern pumpkin. Pumpkins are priced $1-7, depending on size, or priced per pound if you’re getting a pumpkin weighing over 40 pounds. If you’re in search of farm-fresh fall produce, Colville Corn Maze has sweet corn, winter squash, and pie pumpkins.
Liepold Farms puts on a great family-friendly harvest festival. Yes, it is possible to have fun in Boring, OR! The corn maze is 5 acres, hay ride, hay maze, plus the children’s pavilion is a great place if you have little ones who just want to run around a bit – including a child-sized play house, small hay maze, fairy tale castle and sand-box-style corn bin. You can get a bite to eat at the Owl Bistro or the BBQ Pit. Parents can even enjoy a local brew, wine or hard cider.
Best Maze for Groups
The Corn Maze at Bob’s Corn & Pumpkin Farm in Snohomish, WA has the perfect Corn Maze for groups. Within the Night Maze, there are 18 firepits that can be rented for private groups. Want to take your co-workers? Or is there a birthday that needs celebrating? The large firepits can hold 20-80 people, with two tables, benches and a 10’ x 20’ tent. The small firepits are great for groups of 2-16 people, with benches around the pit. Firewood and tiki torches provided. Bring your own roasting sticks and food, and they will be transported to your fire pit while you wander the maze. If you’d rather visit during the day, Bob’s Corn has a daytime maze, as well as 2 kids’ mazes. There are hayrides, fresh corn-on-the-cob, pumpkin fields, and more. Don’t leave without trying the freshly made cider donuts!