50 Fabulous Fall Activities
Even though we’re sad to say good-bye to our flip-flops and plastic pools, we’re ready to transition into fall (and wear those cute boots we bought at the Nordstrom sale back in July). Lucky for us, fall comes with plenty of autumnal excitement to make the transition easy. From harvest festivals and Halloween-themed activities to new museum exhibits and children’s shows, we’ve rounded up 50 fabulous things to do this fall in Seattle.
1. As soon as those fall leaves start to pile up, head to your nearest park, rake in hand and build some epic leaf jumping piles! (Psst! Stay away from parks that are popular with dogs… If you catch our drift!)
2. Plan a day at Remlinger Farms. This farm is one of our area’s oldest and beloved spots for harvest time fun so you can’t go wrong.
3. Attend a free, family-friendly program on spawning salmon at the Cedar River.
4. Explore the re-developed Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Project. Check out the extensive park and trail enhancements, see the train depot and carpenter shop and make your way to the bottom of the falls.
5. See the salmon return to Issaquah Creek and take a guided tour with a trained docent from Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (FISH).
6. Looking for a fun fall getaway? A trip to Leavenworth is as good as being in Germany itself for Oktoberfest. Well, minus the terribly long flight with your toddler!
7. After you’ve done your pumpkin carving, settle in for a family movie night with It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.
8. Visit the newest exhibit at the Pacific Science Center, RACE: Are We So Different?
9. Then hit the food court at Seattle Center, now known as The Armory, to have lunch.
10. Practice your best German while you check out Fremont Oktoberfest. Don’t miss the awesome chainsaw pumpkin carving contest! (And file it under the “Don’t try this at home” category…)
11. It’s scarf time, Sounders fans! The regular season lasts all the way through the end of October.
12. Who loves a pumpkin as a snack more than a hippo? Or an elephant? Or a bear? Stop by the Woodland Park Zoo the last weekend in October for the ever-popular Pumpkin Bash!
13. From full moon walks to bike rides to pumpkin picking, start a family fall tradition this year.
14. Poor apples! It’s all about the pumpkins this time of year! Show our yummy Washington State apples some love by going apple picking.
15. Make dinner in the morning, so that it’s hot and ready to go after a long day out stomping fall leaves.
16. Corn mazes for every level of adventure, including toddler-solvable mazes at Dr. Maze’s Farm.
17. Buzz down to Meeker Mansion in Puyallup for their annual Cider Squeeze.
18. Can’t stand being stuck in your house for one more second? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with these stand-by indoor Seattle activities.
19. Go on a non-scary pumpkin barn adventure at Craven Farm. It’s 3-D!
20. Head to Woodland Park Zoo to see the new babies. They’re so cute!
21. Who doesn’t love the Seattle Home Show? Kids will get a kick out of the zany demonstrations and all of the free samples!
22. Get lost (and found again!) at these awesome corn mazes.
23. Take a stroll to the Ballard Locks to watch the fish make their way upstream.
24. Enjoy plenty of LOL moments at Pippi Longstocking—playing at the Seattle Children’s Theatre.
25. Take advantage of those roaring fall winds by busting out your kite.
26. Tots can dress up like an octopus, make a fish-print painting and enjoy water play with ocean animals during Toddle Time at the Seattle Aquarium.
28. Explore five lighthouses within a stone’s throw of Seattle.
29. Hit the zip line and then try to find a leaf the size of your face at Lincoln Park in West Seattle.
30. Plan a weekend road trip to Portland and find some fall fun down south!
31. Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean you can’t camp. Book a yurt for fall camping fun!
32. Visit a new spot to play and explore at the Imagine Children’s Museum, just to the north in Everett.
33. Brighten up a grey fall day with a trip to see the amazing and colorful creations and collections at Chihuly Garden and Glass.
34. Bundle up the kiddos and take the ferry to one of these kid-friendly islands.
35. Keep dinner fresh with seasonal goodies from Seattle’s indoor farmer’s market. Don’t forget some pretty fresh flowers to brighten up your home!
36. Spend a rainy fall day cozied up in one of Seattle’s kid-friendly bookstores getting lost in a new read.
37. Haven’t been to the Great Wolf Lodge in a while? In addition to the fab water park, conquer new quests in ShadowQuest, play a round or two of glow-in-the-dark golf at Howl at the Moon Glow Golf and enjoy a delish pizza dinner at Hungry as a Wolf.
38. Take a ride on The Seattle Great Wheel – the gondolas are enclosed for fall weather! Already took a ride this summer? Try going at night this time!
39. Rollercoasters and Halloween costumes? Why not? Fright Fest at Wild Waves Theme Park is major nighttime fun. And, another excuse for your kiddo to wear their costume you spent 38-hours making.
40. Play tourist in Seattle. Have you ever been to the gum wall in Post Alley? Up to the top of the Space Needle? When was the last time you strolled through Pike Place Market? Just don’t forget a raincoat.
41. Visit one of these local parks blazing with fall foliage and spend an afternoon rolling down the hills into the huge piles of soft leaves.
42. When chicken noodle soup from the can just won’t cut it, head out for some yummy fall soup at one of these kid-friendly restaurants.
43. 44. You don’t have to be UW Alums to enjoy a Husky football game! Take the fam to a game and check out the newly remodeled Husky Stadium!
44. Hit the Kelsey Creek Farm Fair for tons of old time activities as well as pony rides, live entertainment, pumpkin decorating and tractor-pulled hayrides.
45. Back by popular demand, Dot & Ziggy returns to the Seattle Chidren’s Theatre. This is a great show for the Littles, especially with all audience participation.
46. Here’s what dad wants to do this fall – visit the LeMay American Car Museum in Tacoma. Little car lovers under age five visit for free!
47. There’s no time like October for pumpkin picking and harvest fun at several local farms—all within an hour’s drive of Seattle!
48. What’s that we spy? Snow before Thanksgiving? We love it! Dig out the mittens and snow pants and head to the local passes to go tubing and sledding!
49. BrickCon is coming back to Seattle this year to celebrate its 12th anniversary – go and get your LEGO on and check out some insane LEGO creations.
Which of these fall activities is a hit with your family? Tell us what’s on your fall must-do list this year!
– Kristina Moy & Katie Kavulla
Photo credit: SupremeCrete on Fickr, Erin Cranston, Bonnie Jones Gilbert, Katie Kavulla, Dr. Maze’s Farm & Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (FISH)