With countless acres of family-owned farmland, a burgeoning culinary scene and easy access by plane, train or automobile, Washington state’s capital region offers all things required for a fall family getaway. Find pumpkins, fresh hop ales, cozy hotel rooms and more at this decidedly different fall destination.

Here are five ways for families - and the young at heart - to explore the area this fall.

  • Explore the burgeoning Deschutes Landing Warehouse District in Tumwater. Find fall-inspired (read: pumpkin spice) jams and jellies. Treat the kids to some freshly baked pastries while you taste a variety of harvest sips from the on-site cideries and breweries.


  • Rutledge Corn Maze offers its popular corn maze, along with a bevy of farm fun, including a pumpkin patch, cow train, story times and more. Each year, the Maze features a new, impressive design, and this year’s theme is “Making Strides against Breast Cancer” in partnership with the American Cancer Society.  


  • Find the perfect pumpkin at Schilter Family Farm, with a portion of this year’s proceeds supporting the ALS Association and awareness for ALS-Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Enjoy their five-acre corn maze (designed in the likeness of Lou Gehrig), a hay pyramid, a corn cannon, farm animals, pony and tractor rides, and much more.


  • Visit Hunter Family Farm for every fall photo opportunity imaginable. From carousels, pumpkins and corn mazes, Hunter Family Farm provides a pumpkin patch and much more.


  • Bring the kids to the Hands On Children's Museum for their Boo Bash! Investigate bioluminescence and glow rocks, use your ears to "see like a bat," try spelunking in a black light cave and learn to love the animals that thrive in the dark. It's the perfect way to spend the weekend before Halloween (Oct. 27th and 28th) and sure to give the kiddos something magical, and not too spooky, to remember. 

In the mood for more seasonal sips and some scarier sights this time of year? If you dare, check out our Frightfully Fun Itinerary to Sip and Scare.

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