Fall is in the air (or maybe that’s just the return of the pumpkin spice lattes we smell?). In any case, whether you’re ready to embrace fall or not, it’s time to start thinking about Halloween and pumpkin patches. One of our area’s oldest and beloved spots for harvest time fun is Remlinger Farms in Carnation. From U-pick pumpkin fields and corn mazes to “Flying Pumpkins” and pony rides, you will have no problem finding something fun for everyone in your brood at this family farm.
When to Go
May through October. The summer months are great for U-pick berries, and the fall months are great for pumpkin picking and harvest-time activities. The Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival runs September 28 through October 27.
Approximate Travel Time
Depending on traffic, the trip should take about 45 minutes from Seattle and about 30 minutes from the Eastside.
What to Wear
Since Seattle weather can be fickle, be sure to dress in layers, bring along a light jacket and be sure to pack the sunscreen, even in the fall months.
What to Bring
The photos opps are endless here so be sure to bring your camera or iPhone. Don’t plan on bringing a big backpack full of snacks and lunch because no outside food is allowed in the park. Instead, take only what you need—a reusable water bottle or sippy cup and your stroller. If you want to enjoy a packed lunch, exit the park and grab a picnic table in one of the shady spots near the entrance. When everyone is done refueling, head back inside the park for more farm fun!
What to Do
With activities and rides galore, you will have no problem keeping your family happy and entertained. Tots and big kids alike will love riding the amusement park rides including the authentic steam engine train, mini twister roller coaster, Model T electric cars, and “Flying Pumpkins.” Older kids will love racing the pedal go-carts around the track while little ones ride the mini Ferris wheel or embark on a mini canoe adventure.
Your little animal lovers can visit and feed the farm animals in the 4H farm petting zoo and go on a pony ride. Mom and Dad will love the Farm Market & Country Store. You can grab a coffee, stock up on some farm-fresh fruits and veggies or stop in for lunch or ice cream at the Railway Cafe. You’ll even find a play area in the back complete with a climbing toy and train tables so you can sit and enjoy that piece of apple pie you had your eye on when you walked in the door.
Starting September 28th, Remlinger’s famous Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival begins and runs every weekend through October 27. The cost is $17.11 for adults and kids and $14.94 for seniors (babes under age 1 are free). The fun includes corn and hay mazes, live performances by Eric Ode and Funny Farmer Lolly, rides and of course, lots of pumpkin-themed activities. Kids can even experience a Pioneer Homestead and General Store. Head out to the U-pick pumpkin patch and you’ll find plenty of possibilities for your family’s jack-o-lanterns.
Where to Eat
If you end up staying at the farm all day (which is easy to do) you can drive into the cute little town of Carnation for dinner. Swing into Lazy K’s Pizza & Pasta for some fabulous pizza and a “Cow Pie a la Mode” (deep dish chocolate chip cookie topped with vanilla ice cream) or head across the street for authentic Mexican fare at Ixtapa. Just make sure to pack the kids’ jammies for the car ride home, your little farmhands will be tuckered out and ready to hit the hay.
Fall Festival hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Saturdays and Sundays (September 28 – October 27); admission gate closes one hour before finishing time.
Farm Market hours: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm, daily (through November 23)
What does your family like best about Remlinger Farms? Let us know in a comment below.
–Kristina Moy, photos and words