Photo by Justin Oba
If pumpkin patches, hayrides and corn mazes are on the annual fall agenda, Olympia and its surrounding farmlands have you covered. There are pumpkin patches and fall festivals with your perfect gourd waiting. Find quintessential harvest fun at a variety of farms and festivals along the Thurston Bountiful Byway, or take it up a notch as some seasonal traditions go beyond the expected.
There’s more than a day’s worth of Fall fun along the Thurston Bountiful Byway in the Olympia region. Plan a weekend getaway and be sure to make time for tastes from local makers (think seasonal ales from local breweries) and warm cider doughnuts straight from the oven.
Rutledge Corn Maze, Sept. 21–Nov. 3
Rutledge will open its corn maze, along with a bevy of farm fun, to the public from Sept.21 through Nov.3, 2019. Family-friendly activities include a pumpkin patch (opens Sept.28), cow train, story times and more. At night, the maze transforms into a space for zombie apocalypse paintball or a haunted maze experience. Each year, Rutledge features a new, impressive maze design. The 2019 maze is a partnership with the American Heart Association to raise awareness. New this year, pick sunflowers from Sept. 21-28!
Pumpkin Fest at Ashley Creek Farm, Sept.28 –Oct.31, 2019
What can we say... pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins. We can also say squash, squash, and squash! Whether it is for eating, decorating, large or small, the variety and the farm’s charm make the annual pumpkin fest a worthy stop!
Boo-coda Spook-Tacular, October, 2019
Bucoda, Washington proclaims to be the World’s Tiniest Town with the biggest Halloween spirit. Each year the town changes its name for the entire month of October to BOO-CODA by proclamation. Activities include: Pine Box Derby Casket Races, Zombie races, Hearse Procession and Viewing, Scary-Nites Haunted House, Family Friendly Haunted House, the Bucoda Thriller Dance, as well as Pumpkin Pancake Breakfasts, Pumpkin Decorating Contest, Coloring Contest, and Trick or Treat every night the entire month of October!
Fall Festival at Schilter Family Farm, Sept. 28-Oct. 31
Photo by Clickery Photography
Finding the perfect pumpkin is just the beginning at Schilter Family Farm. Find a five-acre corn maze, a hay pyramid, a corn cannon, farm animals, pony and tractor rides and much more.
Fall Fun at Hunter Family Farm, Sept. 28-Oct. 30
Visit the farm for every fall photo opportunity imaginable. From pony rides to a carousel, pumpkins and corn mazes, Hunter Family Farms provides a pumpkin patch and much more.