Gourd Goals

Embrace the changing of the season with pumpkin patches, hot cider, and festive fall colors.

Fall Foliage

Throw on your favorite plaid and fill up your Thermos. It’s time to scout out the best locales to watch the leaves change.

Golden Gate, Mount Rainier National Park

Juniper Ridge, Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Loyalty Park, Sumner

Naches Peak Loop, Mount Rainier National Park

Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, DuPont

Nolte State Park, Enumclaw

Point Defiance, Tacoma

Priest Point Park, Olympia

Swan Creek, Tacoma

Titlow Beach, Tacoma

Wildwood Park, Puyallup

Wright Park, Tacoma

Cider Spots

Lattin’s Country Cider Mill and Farm

This cider recipe has been working its way to perfection since 1976. The result? A delectable cup of crisp, autumnal warmth. Check out the fall harvest festivities throughout October. Olympia

Meeker Mansion Cider Squeeze

Head to the historic Meeker Mansion in Puyallup on Oct. 13 for a DIY cider experience. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the mansion will host local vendors, a pumpkin patch, an apple snack shack, and the opportunity for you to squeeze your own fresh cider. Puyallup

Picha Farms

Grab a comforting cup of hot apple cider and a bag of kettle corn from Picha Farms. While you’re at it, try your hand in a pumpkin-slinging contest. If you hit the target, you win 15 pounds of free pumpkin! Puyallup

Community Harvest Festival

Celebrate fall solstice with the kids at the Lake Wilderness Arboretum on Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This sensory-friendly event is organized by Greenplay Northwest, and offers activities ranging from pressing cider to snuggling with farm animals. Maple Valley

Cockrell Brewing

If you’re looking for a seasonal beverage with an extra kick, check out Cockrell Hard Cider. Try a variety of hand-crafted ciders at the farm’s tasting room, called The Roost. If a trip to the farm doesn’t quite fit into your schedule, look for Cockrell’s bottled products at markets around the South Sound. Puyallup

Pumpkin Patches

Carpinito Bros. Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze

After 50 years of being family-owned and -operated, Carpinito Bros. farm knows how to create the allure of the perfect pumpkin patch. Start with the famous pumpkin patch, then navigate your way through an elaborate, Sasquatch-themed corn maze. Between the hayrides, farm animals, and produce stands, the family is guaranteed to find some fun. Kent

Rutledge Corn Maze

Pumpkins, and zombies, and corn, oh my! Choose your spook level at Rutledge Farm, ranging from pumpkin-picking to apocalypse paintball. For the Goldilocks among us, the daytime corn maze adventure might be just right. Kids of all ages will find something that suits their fancy. Olympia

Mosby Farms

If you’re looking for an old-fashioned, family-friendly, pumpkin-picking excursion, check out the patch at Mosby Farms. Their sustainably-grown pumpkins provide a bright backdrop to a festive day packed with hayrides and corn mazes. Auburn

Thomasson Family Farm

This farm knows its pumpkin. Choose from pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin donuts, or even pumpkin spice lattes — Thomasson Farm is sure to satiate all of your autumnal cravings. Oh, and don’t forget to pick a few to take home. Enumclaw

Northwest Glass Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkins don’t always have to be carved to become unique works of art: Some are blown from glass for a creation more delicate and enduring than anything that might adorn your doorstep in October. Glass pumpkins, which are handmade by glassblowers in Tacoma, come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, and can be found by the thousands at Northwest Glass Pumpkin Patches across the Puget Sound from the beginning of September to the end of October.

Schilter Family Farm

Kids will find endless fun at Schilter Farm’s acres of attractions. The annual harvest festival will bring a petting zoo, pumpkin picking, endless eats, and a 5-acre corn maze. This Nisqually Valley family farm has preserved its family-friendly values and practices for more than 60 years. Olympia 

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