It is officially fall which means it's time to start enjoying some harvest festivals and pumpkin patches. I've been hitting up the corn mazes and the like long before I had children; I love hunting around for the perfect orange gourd, racing through the mazes, gobbling down cider donuts and partaking in the farm activities. Now that I have kids, I love making the trek even more for our now traditional pumpkin patch photo ops!
We've narrowed down the field to the nine best patches (complete with farm fun) to explore this harvest season throughout the Puget Sound region.
Please note that most farms are not pet-friendly (though there is one on the list that welcomes leashed dogs!) and you should plan to leave the stroller at home to avoid getting it stuck in the mud. Pack extra boots and bring cash as not every location accepts cards. Be sure to check ahead before heading out as farms sometimes change their hours based on field and weather conditions. Most farms keep their Facebook pages current so check there first.
North of Seattle
The Farm at Swan's Trail
Find 45-acres of pumpkin patches and a 12-acre Washington State shaped corn maze at this fall harvest-themed farm located on the Snohomish River just 45 minutes from Seattle. Enjoy fall fun with wagon rides, a petting farm, live duck races, 3-story hay bar, 40-foot slide, U-Pick Apple Orchard and Farmer Ben's Famous Four Little Pigs Show. Make sure to enjoy their cider donuts (the best we've ever had), kettle corn, caramel apples and hand-dipped corn dogs.
7301 Rivershore Rd.
Snohomish, WA 98290
Online: thefarm1.com or Facebook
Dates: Sept. 27th through Oct. 31st
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: General admission and parking is free and includes wagon rides, pig show, duck race and petting farm; other activity costs vary from $2-$25.
Bob's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm
This farm offers over 50 varieties of pumpkins on their 30-acre pumpkin patch which is accessed by a free hayride. After picking your perfect pumpkin, anything in between giant 200 pounders to wee mini pumpkins, head to the corn maze for twisty adventure. The maze winds through 10 acres of tall corn with 15 fire pits (all of which are reservable) placed throughout the field. Make sure to also check out the Kiddie Trike Track, playground, cow train, pony rides, hayrides, face painting, Pig Show, Duck Race and Petting Farm. The onsite photographer and hot food concession stand are available on the weekends.
10917 Elliott Rd.
Snohomish, WA 98296
Online: bobscorn.com or Facebook
Dates: Sept. 26th through Oct. 31st
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Cost: No admission fee to enter the pumpkin patch; activity costs vary. Fall Harvest activities take place on the weekends starting Fridays at 3 p.m.
The Zipline/Swing, Zombie Paintball, Haunted Attractions and Night Corn Maze with reservable Bonfires, makes this farm an adult paradise! Blast pumpkins through the air with the Pumpkin Cannon and take on the Farm Scene Investigation (FSI) corn maze for even more fun. There is also plenty of delight for the kids here with farm animals, a tube slide, pony train and the Kids Korral, along with the pumpkin patch.
630 Sunnyside Blvd. S.E.
Lake Stevens, WA 98258
Dates Sept. 26th through Nov. 1st
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: Admission is free; activity costs vary. Pumpkins start at $1.
The Festival of Pumpkins
Interested in visiting more than one farm? The Snohomish Valley Festival of Pumpkins is a partnership between seven neighboring farms (Stocker Farms, Craven Farm, The Farm, Bob's Corn, Bailey's , Carleton and Thomas) to promote agri-tainment tourism. Visit http://www.festivalofpumpkins.org/ for all the details.
Fox Hollow Farm
Find the perfect pumpkin, take a train ride, pet animals, ride ponies, roast s'mores, play in the corn bin and explore the Farm Village during the Fox Hollow Farm's Fall Festival. The farm offers reserved sessions for the Fall Festival which sell out fast at this popular location. Kids will squeal with delight over the enormous inflatables and hay-bale maze. The annual Halloween Carnival is a can't miss delight! The farm transforms into a spooktacular play area for little ghosts and goblins. Activities include Halloween-themed games, trick-or-treating and an old-fashioned cake walk.
12123 Issaquah-Hobart Rd. S.E.
Issaquah, WA 98027
Online: foxhollowfamilyfarm.com or Facebook
Dates: Daily, Sept. 25th through Oct. 31st
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $10/person (18 months & under free). Some activities require an additional fee.
Old-fashioned harvest entertainment can be found at Remlinger Farms with their steam train ride, antique cars, 4-H barnyard animals and hay maze. The toddler play area, flying pumpkins ride pedal go-carts and inflatable slide are barrels of fun. Take a hand-led pony ride before filling up on cider donut holes and kettle corn. The farm also offers a U-pick 10 acre pumpkin field and corn maze.
32610 N.E. 32nd St.
Carnation, WA 98014
Online: remlingerfarms.com or Facebook
Dates: Weekends, Sept. 26th through Oct. 31st
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: $18.75 (under 1 Free); free to enter the U-pick pumpkin patch.
Kelsey Creek Farm
The popular Fall Festival is held on Saturday, October 10th and is hosted by the city of Bellevue. Children can ride a pony, bleat at the the goats, check out the chickens and rabbits and take a tractor ride through the farm. Search out a pumpkin in the pasture and decorate it before exploring the pint-sized corn maze. Free shuttle service available from Wilburton Park and Ride, 720 114 Ave SE and Bannerwood Sports Park, 1630 132nd Ave SE.
410 130 Pl SE
Bellevue, WA 98008
Online: http://www.farmerjayne.com/ or Facebook
Dates: Saturday, Oct. 10th
Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
South of Seattle
For more than 21 years, this family operated farm has been a Southsound favorite. Find more than 50 varieties of pumpkins, gourds, squash and ornamental corn at Spooner Farms. The farm's Harvest Festival hosts a corn maze, pumpkin sling shots, pedal karts, pony rides, face painting, duck races and a kids barn. The Jr. corn maze, candy story and concessions makes this a farm not to be missed.
9710 State Route 162 E.
Puyallup, WA 98374
Online: spoonerberries.com or Facebook
Dates Oct. 1st through Oct. 31st
Hours: Corn maze open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sling shot open Mon.-Fri., 3 p.m.-6 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Pumpkin patch open daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: Free to enter farm; activity costs vary.
This pet-friendly harvest-style pumpkin patch has a huge pumpkin patch, tractor-pulled hayrides and an awe-inspiring corn maze. Keep pets leashed and support local agriculture at this farm. The newly updated farm stand has plenty of treats including locally grown fruits and veggies, gourmet food, cheese, bread, dairy and Northwest wines and brews.
12754 S.E. Green Valley Rd.
Auburn, WA 98092
Online: mosbyfarm.com or Facebook
Dates: Oct. 2nd through Oct. 31st
Hours: Daily 10 a.m.-dusk.
Cost: Free; Corn maze: $6-$9 (3 & under Free)
Thomasson Family Farm
Come for the Darigold Farmalicious corn maze, stay for everything else! This operating family dairy farm hosts a large selection of pumpkins, bubble table, duck races, cattle roping, sandbox and slides. There are also tractors and tires to climb on along with tractor train rides. The Korral Kafe has hot cider, homemade breads and pumpkin treats along with kid's hot dog meals.
38223 236th Ave. S.E.
Enumclaw, WA 98022
Online: thomassonfarm.com or Facebook
Dates: Oct. 1st through Oct. 31st
Hours: Daily, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Cost: $2.50-$12. Adults free on weekdays.