We went to the Maize at The Pumpkin Patch recently. We had a great time. We’ve never been to the Maize before. In addition to the corn maze, there was a pumpkin patch, tractor hay ride, a kiddie tractor ride, barn animals, a kiddie maze, a haystack to climb up, and a neat country store where my daughter bought some kettle corn. We also left with four pumpkins and they only cost us $10 (total). It was a great deal. BTW, the Pumpkin Patch is offering $2 off admission to The Maize with this coupon.
Did you know my oldest daughter laughed at me when I told her we were going to a corn maze? My teenager said how hard can that be? OK, the Maize wasn’t hard. But it wasn’t easy either. It wasn’t anything like the kiddie mazes we’ve been through in the past. Because my teen-aged daughter thought it wasn’t going to be so easy, I let her lead. And she did a great job leading us… around in circles. We eventually made it out of the maze, but it took us about 30 minutes.
We could’ve made it through The Maize quicker if we did a couple of things. First, we didn’t bother to study the maze map at the entrance. Second, we elected not to use clues. In the corn maze, there are ten markers and each marker has a clue associated with it. All you have to do is answer the question correctly to figure out what direction to go next. Note: you need to pick up the questions sheet at the entrance of the maze. The questions are not posted at the markers.
In the corn maze, there’s also a fun activity to do. At various points, a conundrum is posted for you to answer. You don’t get anything for solving the riddles, but it something fun for you and the kids do while you are hopeless lost in the maze.
After the maze, we checked out the kiddies area, which featured a big haystack, a mini maze, and a cow-themed trailer ride for little kids.
Our next stop was the pumpkin patch. We could’ve walk to the patch, but it’s more fun to hitch a ride on the tractor hay ride. Plus who really wants to walk a quarter mile carrying a heavy pumpkin with four children, who were also carrying pumpkins. Not me. I’m not that crazy. Anyways, the pumpkins were a great deal. The pumpkins are only a $1 each for up to five pounds, $3 for up to 15 pounds, $5 for up to 25 pounds, and $7 for over 25 pounds.
The Maize at The Pumpkin Patch is located on Sauvie Island at 16511 NW Gillihan Road. It’s only about 15 minutes from downtown Portland, and the drive there from our house was scenic. Here’s something funny that happened during our visit to the Maize. We sorta of got a little lost before arriving at the Maize. OK, we didn’t actually get lost, but we went to the wrong corn maze. There’s actually another farm with a corn maze about quarter a mile before the turn off for the Maize at The Pumpkin Patch when you’re driving on Gillihan Road from Highway 30.
The Maize at The Pumpkin Patch Hours
- Sunday through Thursday 10am to 6pm
- Friday and Saturday 10am-10pm (October 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 31)
- Open 10am-10pm on October 26 (Sunday), October 29 (Wednesday), October 30 (Thursday), November 1 (Saturday) 10am-10pm
More info: The Maize at The Pumpkin Patch
[Disclosure: I received admission to The MAiZE for writing this review. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]