Farm country in the Snoqualmie Valley is close to the big city, but it feels like a world away.
Suddenly, you are in a lush landscape of rolling hills and good-looking farms. Farmers in these parts take pride the beauty of their land.
Here are eight options for pumpkin patches east of Seattle. They all have different styles and activities.
Before you go:
Here are some things to keep in mind when planning your pumpkin excursion:
- Dress for weather and mud.
- Do not bring pets.
- COVID-19 restrictions apply in farm country too. Wear masks, bring hand sanitizer, and be prepared to distance.
- The COVID-19 rules mean that farms have to limit the number of visitors that come in. If you’re going somewhere that doesn’t take reservations, be ready to kill time for a little while as you wait for your turn in the farm. (Possible side-trips: Snoqualmie Falls or Tolt-MacDonald Park.)
- Because of the pandemic, the farm may have canceled or modified some activities you might remember from previous years.
- It’s a good idea to call ahead, especially when near the end of October. Farms can and do run out of pumpkins.
If you are looking for a pumpkin patch with a festival atmosphere, visit this one. Even though COVID-19 rules are in effect, with masks, distancing, and limited numbers, it still feels like a day at the fair.
The Family Fun Park has more than 25 rides and activities for children, plus tractor-drawn hay rides. You can also eat at the farm restaurant or shop at the farm market.
Getting in: Admission to the Family Fun Park, counting tax, is just under $25 for people aged 2-64, and free for under 2s. (With paid admission, you get a free pumpkin.) If you are skipping the Family Fun Park, and just going to the pumpkin patch, entry is free.
You need to make a reservation either way.
Hours: The Fall Family Festival runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends through Halloween.
6104, 32610 NE 32nd St, Carnation
Jubilee farm offers hot cider, food and some activities, along with its pumpkin patch.
Three activities that were popular in previous years: the trebuchet, hay rides and the hay maze, are canceled because of COVID-19.
Getting in: Admission is free.
Jubilee Farm will let people in to the pumpkin patch on a first-come first served basis. You have to arrive in time to get a spot in the parking lot.
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays in October 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
229 W Snoqualmie River Rd NE, Carnation
Oxbow Farm & Conservation center grows organic food and spreads the word about sustainable farming. And one month a year, it’s Oxtober.
You can take a hay ride ($2 per person), or try the pumpkin slingshot ($1 per shot). There’s also a playground (with a climbing tractor and vine tunnels), a kids’ farm, hiking trails, a self-guided audio tour, and food.
This year, the farm is changing the entrance for the fall festival, and your electronic navigation system might deliver you to the wrong place. The right way is off Highway 203, 1.4 miles south of the 124th Street roundabout. Once you are in the neighborhood, look out for signs.
Getting in: Admission is free.
There is an option to reserve a two-hour slot, or you can just show up. (If the farm has reached the maximum visitor it can have under COVID-19 rules, you might get turned away for a little while.)
Hours: October weekends 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Halloween.
10819 Carnation Duvall Rd NE, Carnation
At Fox Hollow Family Farm, you follow a one-way adventure trail around the 22-acre property. It’s pretty there. On the way, you can see a variety of animals, including piglets, kittens, baby bunnies, mini-ponies, and chickens. When you have finished the trail, you can choose a pumpkin, buy other produce from the farm, have your own picnic on one of the tables or buy something from the café and bakery.
Getting in: Admission is $45 per car (with up to six people).
Buy your tickets in advance and reserve a specific time slot.
Hours: Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays through Oct. 28, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 31. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Oct. 29.
12123 Issaquah Hobart Rd SE, Issaquah
This farm near Snoqualmie Falls has lovely scenery, plus farm animals to see. This year, they will not be selling food and drink apart from gallon and half-gallon bottles of cider.
Getting in: Admission: $5 for up to 5 people (not counting kids 3 and under)
Hours: Fridays and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
3636 Neal Rd, Fall City
Carnation Farms is not having any harvest festival activities this year, apart from their U-pick pumpkins. After you get your pumpkin, you can stop at the Farmstand for shopping and a hot drink.
Getting in: Free admission.
Hours: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 31, and Noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 15 through Oct. 29.
28901 NE Carnation Farm Road, Carnation
For convenience to the Eastside, this 24-acre farm is hard to beat. It’s actually within Redmond.
Serres farm reimagined its corn maze this year. According to the website: “This year it isn’t a MAZE as you have seen in the past. This year you try to choose the path that doesn’t have a ‘monster’ sign. It’s a 50/50 chance. If you do come across a ‘monster’ sign you should do what it says until you come across the next set of arrows. At the end count up how many ‘monster’ signs you came across and check your score on the scoreboard.”
The farm may also modify its other harvest activities: duck races and an animal train.
Getting in: First-come, first served.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays
20306 NE 50th St, Redmond
If you are looking for a pumpkin patch which is all about pumpkin cultivation, and not about the extras, this could be the place for you. They do have farm animals, though.
Getting in: Call (425) 333-4313 before you go to reserve a time.
Hours: Open 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October.
7110 310th Avenue NE, Carnation