Pumpkin Patches in Central Oregon

Plan a Pumpkin Patch Outing in Central Oregon

As the leaves start to turn red and orange, the air in Central Oregon is crisp and cool. Just perfect for growing pumpkins!

When the calendar turns from summer into autumn, you'll want to plan a trip to one of the several pumpkin patches in Central Oregon. East of the Cascade Mountains, the region is drier and sunnier than in the northwestern part of the state. Most likely, you can leave your mud boots at home and simply enjoy a family outing at the pumpkin patch.

There are several pumpkin farms in Deschutes County - within 20-30 miles of Bend, Oregon. Not only can you pick out a prize-winning gourd, but seasonal treats are often offered at the farms, as well. What better time of year than fall to enjoy caramel apples, hot apple cider, scones, popcorn and homemade jellies? A bit farther north, but still east of the Cascades, is another pumpkin patch gem near the Columbia River, in Hood River County.

Visiting the pumpkin patch is an annual family tradition for us. The kids love going on hay rides, running through intricate corn mazes, and launching rotten pumpkins with a cool, specially-designed cannon! There's also face painting and petting zoos. Of course, the point of our annual outing is to pick out pumpkins to carve into Jack-o-Lanterns, and to use to make our own home-baked pumpkin bread and pies.

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Pumpkins for sale! (c) Stephanie Hicks
Pumpkins for sale! (c) Stephanie Hicks

DD Ranch Information

Hours: 9-5 daily through October 31 for the pumpkin patch (hay rides only on the weekend)

Location: 3836 N.E. Smith Rock Way, Terrebonne

Cost: Free to enter the pumpkin patch; hay rides are $2.50; to enter the play area with hay maze, zip line, slides, obstacle course is $3.50

Contact: 541-548-1432

DD Ranch in Terrebonne, Oregon

My children have all been to DD Ranch on pumpkin patch field trips. Just north of Redmond, Oregon in the town of Terrebone is this working cattle ranch that includes a fully-stocked pumpkin patch. It's a family-owned ranch, passed down from generation to generation.

Of the pumpkin patches in Central Oregon, this one is the most affordable! But there's no discount on fun at DD Ranch. The fall season kicks off with an annual fun run and race, on Saturday, September 25, 2010. A barbecue follows the run with live music - all to benefit the Opportunity Foundation of Central Oregon.

On the weekends, kids love to pick out the perfect pumpkin and then enjoy riding a huge zip line, bounce around in the playhouse and get up close with farm animals at the petting zoo.

After Halloween, DD Ranch takes a few weeks to transition into "Christmas mode." Starting the first weekend in December, head back out to the ranch to pick out a fresh cut tree, hand-made wreath and other gifts. Children can visit Santa Claus on the weekends, as well as the petting zoo.

A markerDD Ranch -
3836 NE Smith Rock Way, Terrebonne, OR 97756, USA
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Heading into the corn maze at Central Oregon Pumpkin Co. (c) Stephanie Hicks
Heading into the corn maze at Central Oregon Pumpkin Co. (c) Stephanie Hicks

Information for the Central Oregon Pumpkin Co.

  • The corn maze opens on Saturday, September 25, 2010, and runs until October 31. Admission is $7.50 for those 12 and over, and $5.50 for kids ages 6-11. Under 5 is free.
  • The Central Oregon Pumpkin Co. corn maze, covered wagon rides, pumpkin cannon and pony rides are available only on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • The pumpkin patch is open daily, M-F from 12-6, and weekends from 10-6.
  • Other free activities: hay rides, hay fort and petting zoo
  • Nominal costs for pumpkin cannon, pony rides and zoo train
  • Birthday parties are welcome! Reserve a 2-hour picnic table by calling 541-404-1414.The cost is only $25!
  • Contact the Central Oregon Pumpkin Co. for preschool and grade school field trips (cost $5 per child)
  • Location: 1250 N.E. Wilcox Ave., Terrebonne, OR

The Central Oregon Pumpkin Co.

Not to play favorites, but our annual pumpkin patch trip is always to the Central Oregon Pumpkin Co. With dramatic Smith Rock in the background and a simply a-mazing corn maze covering 8 acres of land, its worth the price of admission to take the family here!

When you enter the corn maze (they call it the Corn Maize), you'll watch an introductory safety video and be given a map. Its not easy to find your way out, but every time we've gone, there have been plenty of other families wandering through the maze, too. Each year, the theme changes: 2009's theme was Jungle Safari, in 2008, it was a castle, the year prior, we wandered through a Pirate Ship maze. We can't wait to see what's in store for 2010!

We've been enjoying this pumpkin patch since moving to Bend in 2006. My kids have literally grown up enjoying the zoo train, a hay fort, pony rides and face painting. We always bring extra cash for lemonade or hot apple cider.

Perhaps not surprisingly, my teenage son's new favorite thing at the Central Oregon Pumpkin Co. is the pumpkin cannon! For a small fee, you can shoot rotten gourds across the fields. It must be a guy thing....

A markerThe Central Oregon Pumpkin Co. -
1250 NE Wilcox St, Terrebonne, OR 97760, USA
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Introduction to Pirate-Themed Corn Maize at Central Oregon Pumpkin Co.

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Information about Rasmussen Farms

Address: 3020 Thomsen Road, Hood River, Oregon

Hours: 9-6, 7 days a week from April 1-December 23

Contact: (541) 386-4622, or (800) 548-2243

Rasmussen Farms, Hood River, Oregon

A little over 2 hours north of Bend, Oregon and about an hour's drive east of Portland is Rasmussen Farms. Near the Columbia River in Hood River County, Rasmussen Farms operates year-round as a farm-direct produce company.

In September and October each year, families come from all over Oregon to enjoy the free Pumpkin Funland and Corn Maze. Events open on Saturday, September 25, 2010 and run until November 11. This year's theme is "Mysteries," and you'll just have to head to Hood River to find out what the mystery is....

Rasmussen Farms' Pumpkin Funland includes pumpkin bowling, picnicking, the "Halloween Hut," and the corn maze. Of course, you can pick your own pumpkins, as well as a large selection of fall vegetables and fruits.

Did I already mention that its FREE?

The pumpkin patch and other activities at Rasmussen Farms has been rated as one of the 11 best places in the United States for Halloween by nickjr.com. Sunset Magazine also recommends Pumpkin Funland as a "must see."

But don't trust me - plan your own trip to the pumpkin patch at Rasmussen Farms!

A markerRasmussen Farms, Hood River, OR -
3020 Thomsen Rd, Hood River, OR 97031, USA
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Halloween Family Fun

No matter your age (or the ages of your kids) Halloween is a fun family time. From carving pumpkins, to selecting costumes, Halloween is becoming nearly as big a holiday as Christmas!

Why not start your own fall traditions by planning a visit to a local pumpkin patch? Buying a pumpkin at the grocery store is so..... boring!  Get out and enjoy the fresh air.  Browse local farm offerings and maybe even get your face painted.

Its time to start planning your trip to one of the several pumpkin patches in Central Oregon, or in your hometown.  Get in the spirit of the season!

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The Sisters Mountains over corn fields in Central Oregon (c) Stephanie Hicks
The Sisters Mountains over corn fields in Central Oregon (c) Stephanie Hicks
Clydesdale horses pull wagons at the Central Oregon Pumpkin Co. (c) Stephanie Hicks
Clydesdale horses pull wagons at the Central Oregon Pumpkin Co. (c) Stephanie Hicks

Comments 24 comments

Natasha 6 years ago

Great article! Love the pictures. :)


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In The Doghouse 6 years ago from California

Steph-

Amazing review of the pumpkin patches in Bend Oregon. I loved the pictures of your family enjoying themselves there. Although we really don't have the seasonal changes as much in California, I do love Halloween and Fall? lol


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Natasha and Diana!

We really do love fall here. And I have to laugh at what you said- a few years ago I was in Southern California a week before Thanksgiving. I went walking in the morning and it was already 70 degrees and people were watering their lawns. I had to remember what time of year it was!! LOL


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Road Trip Amy 6 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

This hub is so cool, and the pictures are awesome! It makes me want to start planning a road trip to Oregon immediately, since I don't think I'll have much luck finding a corn maze and a pumpkin cannon in Center City Philadelphia.


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Yes, you should plan a road trip to Oregon! But that's a pretty long drive from PA! Thanks much for the comment. We love our pumpkin patches and corn mazes here in Oregon :)


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WordCustard 6 years ago from Scotland

What a fun family activity, as I can see from the big grins on faces, and the setting looks so beautiful. I'd love to visit a pumpkin patch... we just don't have anything like that here as far as I know.


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks WordCustard - its our favorite fall activity! The kids never seem to out grow the pumpkin patch. Cheers, Steph


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Simone Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

Eeeee!! Pumpkin patches are my favorite! This is a great hub and great guide!! I love the photos- and I can't wait to visit my own local pumpkin patches this fall!!


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Simone!! Obviously, we love pumpkin patches. My oldest son's birthday is on Halloween, so its always a big celebration leading up to it. :)


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dgicre 6 years ago from USA

Love this time of year when the great pumpkin makes an appearance once again.

Thanks for sharing these local patches to find this years pumpkins. Best regards from Southern Oregon


ben 5 years ago

Great Pictures, not really something we get here in the UK, bit sad really.


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MyMastiffPuppies 5 years ago

What adorable pictures of the kids! They look so happy and who can blame them, it looks like so much fun. I love fall, and all the beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing another great journey to Oregon!


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

You are most welcome! I am super excited because we are headed to the pumpkin patch/corn maze in 2 weeks - perfect fall weather and its our annual family tradition. Wouldn't miss it! :)


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Karen Ellis 5 years ago from Central Oregon

Great info. The Terrebonne sign pumpkin patch is very familiar, as I drive by it often - the one on 97.


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Zoidian 5 years ago from Newcastel upon Tyne, England

Id love to go here, looks a great day out!


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Karen - that's right! Hope you are enjoying Fall in Central Oregon!

Zoidian - we love going to the pumpkin patch each year. No better way to get in the spirit of the season.


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trimar7 5 years ago from New York

I enjoyed this hub. Is there anything funner than choosing a pumpkin right from the patch this time of year?


Peter Krause 5 years ago

Great information from past events, but I am looking for any upt to date 2011 information. I have tried searching for new info but can't seem to find any. can any of you up in then Bend area provide me some links or point me in the right direction for this year. I am trying to plan a trip with my son again in October and we were there in 2010 and went to a pumpkin patch event just after Bends down town fall festival. There were several game type demonstrators there and he got a real kick out of them. Mostly the trampoline, he keeps talking about that. He had a great time. I have family up in Bend and hope to visit the same or similar event this year. If you can help I appreciate it.

Jaegermann@aol.com


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Peter, the pumpkin patch event in Bend (put on by the Bend Parks and Rec Dept) was canceled last year. No word yet if they will try it again in 2011. I agree - it was a great event! If I find anything out, I will email you. Thanks, Steph


Peter Krause 5 years ago

Thanks, that is more info that I have found so far. It's a bummer it's been canceled, I'll keep my fingers crossed that something fun gets put into the works. Thanks for keeping me posted with an email if there is anything new.

Peter


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acc12 4 years ago

Great photos! Those family times when the kids are young are so important. Now that my kids are teens, pictures of them choosing their pumpkins in a field when they were young are even more treasured. Love the horses & the mountains in the background of your photos! Happy autumn.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks acc, I have some really great photos from so many years ago at the pumpkin patch. My oldest turns 14 on Halloween, which is hard to believe that so much time has passed. We really love the holiday and the experience of getting out in the fresh air for some corn maze and pumpkin selecting fun. Best, Steph


stessily 4 years ago

Steph, I love pumpkin patches! It's so great that this is one of your family's annual traditions, and that your kids are growing up with this fun activity in their memory banks.

Fantastic photos. I especially love the photo of the Clydesdales and the one of Sisters Mountains. I'd love to go for a ride on that old farm tractor that's in your ending photo. Really nice.


stessily 3 years ago

not the right maze

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