Autumn has officially arrived and for my family, that meant a trip to The Original Corn Maze at the Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island! We had visited last year for the first time and made some great memories! My kids this year knowing Fall was right around the corner started asking me when we'd be taking a trip out there again. Even though we visited early in the season this time there was still much to do and we all had so much fun. Honestly, I couldn't think of a better way to kick off the very first full day of the Fall season and spend time with my family.
This year, Portland's original cornfield maze is celebrating its 16th season! The maze design is of the iconic Big Red Animal Barn, 100 year old oak tree, and tractor pulling in a load of pumpkins. It's a classically appealing design that reflects the Pumpkin Patch at Sauvie Island perfectly. The twist and turns overall make up about two miles in this five acre cornfield! My kids thought it was really cool the design included some of their favorite attractions at the farm!
We knew the drill since we'd been last year but if you have any questions or are wondering how to get through the Maize a helpful staff member will fill you in. It's unique and adds an element of fun on how you can get through. Basically upon entering the Maize, my family and I opted to grab a passport. 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.
There are passports of all kinds, we grabbed the Tiny Tots ( perfect for young children, it was actually a little to easy for our 3 1/2 year old and 6 year old daughter). You answer each question at a numbered check point in the maze. If you answer correctly you'll be told which path to take next. 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.
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 (you can enter even if you don't find them all, but you only have a chance to win if you mark all the correct answers). 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. Once you get through the first section, you are brought back to the ticket and refreshment area in which can rest and have a snack before going into the second more challenging path! There were many twist and turns throughout the Maize that proved not just fun but challenging too. Roughly it took us about an hour or so to get through with my 6 year old daughter and nearly four year old son. I was very impressed with their endurance and we trekked through.
The paths in the maze were pretty dry right now but since it's been raining and will rain more, I would highly recommend rain boots considering our experience last year. Also if you have little ones, an extra pair of clothes might be a good idea as well. It's a farm, they are bound to get messy! It doesn't hurt to plan ahead.
If you plan on visiting know there's a lot to do! There's the Big Red Animal Barn full of chickens, peacocks, emus, sheep, a goat, and more. There's a hay maze for the tots, a giant hay climbing pyramid, and cow train rides! There are also many places to take fun fall photos of the kids! The free hayrides to the patch to pick out pumpkins are opening this weekend and that was a lot of fun for us last year!
Be sure to visit the gift shop, farm fresh market, and there are food vendors during the weekend. I picked up several decorative gourds, pumpkins, and a couple of mums for my yard from the farm. We love the Maize at Sauvie Island and will continue to come back every year. We are always excited to share about how nice it is out there. It's great fun for the whole family.
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September: Open every day: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. October: Sunday thru Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. October: 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-27, 30- 31 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Open Sunday, Oct. 27, Wednesday, Oct. 30 and Thursday, Oct 31 until 10pm
**Disclosure: We were given tickets for The Maize to facilitate this review. My opinions are my own and have not been altered by anyone.**