The air is getting colder, the leaves are turning, and the sun is setting sooner—telltale signs that it’s fall. Celebrate by navigating your way through the dead ends, endless circles, and random pathways of Portland’s hyper-designed corn mazes, then treat yourself to seasonal favorites like apple cider donuts or caramel apples. (Pro tip: If you’re headed to Sauvie Island, beat the crowds and the traffic by getting an early start.)
16511 NW Gillihan Road, Portland
Price: kids and seniors are $6, and adults are $8
The 2021 theme of the 8-acre “Maize” is Bridgetown, celebrating the bridges that connect Portlanders to one another. Fuel up for the maze at the Pumpkin Patch’s café with burgers and German sausages, and make sure to grab some of their caramel apples.
16205 NW Gillihan Road
Price: kids, seniors, and adults on weekdays are $8; on weekends adults are $10. Fast passes are available to skip the lines for $45.
This 7-acre maze features the timely theme “United Against Hate.” On Fridays and Saturday nights throughout October, the maze is transformed into a haunted attraction for the bravest groups. Important note: vendors and ticket booths only accept cash.
17100 NW Sauvie Island Road
Price: ages 6-12 are $5, and $10 for ages 13 and up.
A special end of season haunted maze and family friendly hoe-down/bonfire on Friday, October 29 is $15 for kids, $35 for adults. Tickets need to be bought in advance for this event.
Topaz Farm made two mazes to better serve all age groups: one short path for the younger ones, and a larger and more challenging maze for the rest that becomes haunted on Halloween weekend. The farm worked with six local artists, including Jack Kent from Sketchy People, Stephanie Choi, and Jason Walton, to showcase their art within the 7-acre maze. Guests can also visit some of the farm’s animals, including mini donkeys, goats, and a dwarf cow, or load up on seasonal foods like house-made ice cream and pies.
9028 NE 13th Ave
Fazio Farms is making their maze as COVID-friendly as possible by reducing corn stalk height and making the paths 6 feet wide. Although the stalks are shorter for COVID safety and increased ventilation, they promise that the height of the maze doesn’t change the level of difficulty. Young ones can also check out the hay maze and a large slide while parents grab popcorn and pickles to fuel up.
14050 SE Richey Rd, Boring
Price: ages 2-13 are $15, ages 14 and up are $20.
Established in 1952, Liepold Farms works all year round to provide fresh and local produce such as berries, sunflowers, and pumpkins. Their corn maze takes up six acres, and this year’s theme is “Pollination Party” (Look for decorative Easter eggs that echo this theme throughout the farm). While working through the maze, try and find all the dead ends to win a prize, or stay until night to work through the maze in the dark. Reward yourself for making it through with some of their specialty donuts, including apple cider mini-donuts served on weekends only.
17673 French Prairie Road, St. Paul
Price: admission $12 on weekdays, $20 on weekends.
French Prairie Gardens goes above and beyond the average corn maze by adding three other kinds of mazes. Besides the four-acre corn maze, guests can also find an in-bloom sunflower maze, a hay maze for the kids, and finally a challenging rope maze. They just opened their newest attraction, the 150-foot-long Super Mega Ride ‘n’ Slide, (must be at least 42 inches tall to ride) so slide over to check that out as well.
22242 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Beaverton
Entrance to farms is free; corn maze is $6
The largest maze on our list belongs to Hoffman Farms, spreading across 10 acres. On weekends, you can also fuel up at their BBQ truck, and relax after you make it through the maze by listening to live music.
The Coconut Club is a cheap, cheerful and colourful restaurant with a spotlight on the classic street-food nasi lemak. Several versions are on offer but the best is the original ayam goreng, or spiced fried chicken, which comes with coconut rice, fried egg, crispy anchovies, peanuts, cucumber and sambal. Fill your spoon with little bit of each and take a big bite. There are cocktails and mocktails, but I would go for a bottled beer from Singapore or an iced calamansi (lime) with sour plum to take away some of the spice. Afterwards, take a walk around one of Singapore’s prettiest preserved neighbourhoods and its original shophouses. (Website; Directions)
— Roselyn Helbling, gourmet traveller, Dubai