The best place to pick out the perfect pumpkin isn’t the grocery store—it’s at a local pumpkin patch. The greater Seattle area is home to many beautiful U-Pick farms, but celebrating the fall with hayrides and corn mazes may be very different this year. Here are some things you should know before you visit some of your favorite patches.
Bailey Farms is well known for their U-Pick selections where you can choose from apples, gourds, corn, or potatoes. This year the farm is encouraging visitors to bring their own buckets, clippers to trim produce, and shovels to dig potatoes. The barn that’s usually home to corn slides and children's activities will be turned into a pumpkin display area, and the play activities will be moved outside into the grass field areas.
Bob’s Corn and Pumpkin Patch will still be offering all of their fall activities. Their corn mazes, U-Pick sunflowers and pumpkin, bonfires, hayrides, cow trains, trike tracks, and rope mazes are all ready to safely help guests enjoy a safe fall experience. They ask kindly that you come willing to comply with their COVID guidelines and be conscientious of the people around you. Additionally, they have implemented online ticket sales to help people avoid lines and contact.
Craven Farm is currently hosting their Fall Festival -through October 31. The activities include their U-Pick Pumpkin Patch, 15-Acre Adventure Maze, Human Foosball, Rubber Duck Races, Making a Scarecrow, I-Spy Mini Barn, Hayride Journey and their apple slinger. Craven Farms is limiting the number of people allowed inside buildings or at any attraction at one time. They also ask their guests to maintain a 6-foot distance between groups of people. Visit their website for Fall Festival hours of operation.
Maris Farms is a Fresh Chalk favorite because of all great activities that are available for the whole family. They are encouraging visitors to purchase tickets online in advance. Guests planning on cutting flowers or apples should plan to bring their own pruners. The famous Haunted Woods and Flashlight Maze are still open this year, and visitors should expect to remain socially distant from one another and face masks are required at all times with no exceptions.
Oxbow Farms remains focused on growing safe, healthy food and increasing their availability in the community. They’ve scaled back some of their fall activities in the interest of community safety, but they’re still offering their Living Playground, Kids’ Farm, Hay Rides, their famous Sling King, and U-Pick pumpkin patch, as well as food available on site. Visit their website for a calendar of events.
Remlinger Farms has a variety of activities that the whole family can enjoy, but their activities are especially fun for children. Kids can enjoy the pony rides, farm theatre, roller coaster hayrides, animal tours and the U-Pick pumpkin patch. The Farm offers families the option to rent a fire pit as well as a venue to host private birthday parties. School tours and pie fundraisers are also available. Pony rides are now on a first come, first serve basis, so be sure to get there early. The animals can only handle a certain number of rides per day.
Although some of their most popular attractions, such as Zombie Paintball and the Escape Rooms, aren’t running this year, Thomas Family Farm has a variety of activities to keep the family busy. They’ve met with government officials to ensure that their farm is COVID-safe for visitors, and they’re still offering Haunted Hayrides and have added a Nighttime Pumpkin Patch. Be sure to check out their Flashlight Corn Maze—a nighttime alternative to the daylight classic, where you use your flashlight to navigate in the dark.
Stocker Farms is well-known for being one of the most picturesque farms in King County. The vibrant fall colors in mid-October are a big attraction for visitors. With tons of activities for the family, it’s a hard farm to pass up. This year Stocker Farms has converted their haunted house experience into a drive-thru to keep their patrons safe. Their Sunflower Fields are also a great place to take the family to wander around and enjoy those crisp autumn days.
Spooner Farms is still offering their famous pumpkin slingshot this year. Their extended hours ensure that everyone can safely participate and enjoy the farm and its activities. This year the farm has over 50 varieties of pumpkins, gourds, squash, and corn for everyone to enjoy.
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