Washington State is apple heaven if you plan to take the family apple picking. You will be spoilt for choice as this state produces around 60% of the country’s apples! There are also plenty of pumpkin picking places too – often on the same farm. And we all know that the apple picking and pumpkin picking are just a small portion of the fun – kids love the excitement of going out to the country and all the fun activities like petting barnyard animals, pony rides, and hay mazes.
About: There is no admission fee to the pumpkin patch, just pay for what you are taking home. There are over 60 varieties of pumpkins from mini ones to 200-pound giants, warty ones, long skinny ones, striped ones and even white pumpkins. Free family activities include indoor trike track, outdoor playground, hayride to the pumpkin patch, bonfire, and picnic area. A wristband is required for the 10-acre corn maze, sand pit, rope maze, apple cannon, big slides, corncrib, kid’s maze, and cow train. Bring your own jar and bottle some of the honey from the farm to take home. The Country Store dating back to 1898, when it was used as a calf barn, has plenty of fresh produce – all non-GMO, jar goods and other treats like blackberry butter, pickled garlic, apple butter BBQ sauce – perfect with pork, gourmet cheeses – you have to try the Cougar Gold, and hand packed Amish vegetables.
When: September 22 to October 31 from 10:00 am to dark for the pumpkin patch, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm for the Country Store – but stays open later when the corn maze has extended hours.
Contact: +1 360-668-2506
Cost: Free entry.
About: Get ready for the hay maze, toddler area, a flying pumpkin ride, pony rides, and a u-pick pumpkin patch. Browse the farm market for fresh produce or sit down at the farm restaurant for veggie burgers, hot dogs, Angus burgers, mini donuts with a real pumpkin flavor, and their pies have become quite famous. Call ahead to check u-pick availability. The family fun park is available right through October fall festival period.
When: Every weekend starting September 29 until October 28 from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm. Fun Park open 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Cost: Call for pumpkin pricing. Harvest festival tickets are $20.75 per person.
About: Fall Festival at Fox Hollow Farm means a chance to pick the perfect pumpkin in the pumpkin patch, explore the Haunted Forest, find your way out of the hay maze, dive into the corn bin, play with the friendly animals, ride the ATV’s, and jump on huge inflatables. Hot buttered corn picked fresh from the farm, pumpkin pie, and apple cider, hot chocolate, as well as a variety of coffee drinks will be available from the Espresso café. Enjoy roasting s’mores at the huge bonfire. Besides the fall décor arranged on the farm there is the natural décor of the brilliant fall hues on the trees. Starting the end of September, you can also bring your kids to watch the salmon running up the creek. Most activities are included in the admission prices – the only extra is the tractor rides at $4 per person, and of course if you wish to purchase food or beverages.
When: Open during October Wednesday to Sunday, until Sat October 27. (Check with the farm first before heading out.)
Cost: $50 on Saturdays and Sundays for up to 7 people in one car, weekday admission Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, $10 per person. Infants under the age of 12 months free.
About: The farm offers tractor pulled hay rides on Saturdays and Sundays to the pumpkin patch. There you will find carving pumpkins, pie pumpkins, and all sorts of decorative gourds and winter squash. Ornamental corn is also available as well as corn stalks for fall decorating. There is also a corn maze to get lost in.
When: September 29 to October 30 from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm.
Contact: 253-939-7666 – main farm, 253-405-0711 – pumpkin patch.
Cost: $10 per adult for the corn maze, $7 for kids and for little ones under 3 it’s free.
About: Here you are spoilt for choice with around 100 varieties of heirloom apples grown in the organically maintained orchard. Only GMO free products are sold and water is available in boxes – no plastic bottles.
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm during October
Cost: U – Pick apples – $1.50/lb; $1.25/lb over 20 lbs; $1.00/lb over 100 lbs.
About: Outside Bellingham there is plenty to do at this apple farm with the Apple Bin Express Train ride that takes visitors to the u-pick areas in its 25,000-tree apple orchard. There are around 20 varieties to choose from that include the new Honeycrisp variety, as well as Mountain Rose- it is pink inside, Jonagold, and Golden Supreme. There is a country café and bakery on site serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and here at the farm you can purchase artisan cheeses, caramel, specialty honey and jams, and fresh honey-roasted peanut butter among other goodies. Kids will enjoy the pumpkin patch, the corn maze, and corn cannon. The Distillery Tasting Bar is also open daily.
When: The farm is year round, but for the fall pumpkin patch October 1-31 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm are your best times.
Cost: U-PICK is open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00pm. Honeycrisp $2.00/lb Tsugaru & Gala $1.85/lb when you pick.
About: Kids will love the farmyard animals, and moms will want to buy some of the mini hay bales, corn stalks and interesting gourds to complete Halloween and fall décor, and everyone will want to pick the pumpkins to carve for Halloween and to make into all those fall treats like pumpkin donuts, pumpkin pie, and fritters.
When: October 1-31 from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm.
Cost: Free entry.
About: What makes this place unique is the living playground for kids with teepees, tunnels, and domes covered with growing beans, gourds and other greenery. Here there are hayrides, farm tours, a climbing tractor for kids, a pumpkin slingshot, and more. Food trucks will be on site with fall meals and beverages and families are encouraged to let the kids explore the kids farm all day long if they want – there is picnicking on site. The month-long Oxtober Pumpkin Festival features live music and farm fun for all ages.
When: October 6-28 on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Cost: Free entry and free parking. Activities are paid for with Magic Beans – one magic beans costs $1, obtainable at the farm.
About: Try to visit during the harvest festival, which is held on Saturdays and Sundays in October. Here you get free rides on the hay wagon to the pumpkin patch, have some fun watching the trebuchet pumpkin launch, will be entertained by musicians and can visit the farm market and watch artisans at work and displaying their handmade crafts for sale. There is a kids hay maze, farms animals to pet, cooking demonstrations and hot apple cider served on the barn porch. Try your hand at the hand crank cider press. Local vendors will have plenty of food. This is a Community Supported Agriculture farm, so contact them for more information on the u-pick offerings. The public is welcome to buy from the farm market.
When: October 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Also open Tuesdays and Fridays
Cost: Free admission and parking.
About: The orchard, an hour and a half north of Seattle, opens for picking the first week in October. Kids will enjoy seeing the chickens, ducks, and guinea fowl walking around the farm. You will need to bring your own boxes/containers to transport your apples home but the farm provides buckets for on-site picking, and you can sample the apples off the trees as you go. You may want to make a weekend of it and see the fall foliage en route and stay over in a country inn.
When: Open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm during October. Call ahead to check availability.
Cost: Jonagold, Melrose, Mutsu, Gala and Snow Sweet apples $15 per 5-gallon bucket or $.75/pound.