Grab your rain boots and camera because it ‘s pumpkin picking time! Carve a day out of your week to check out a few of the best pumpkin patches in the South Sound. The abundance of pumpkin patches in the area make it difficult to decide which one to mark as your stomping ground. We visited them all and narrowed it down to the top five patches that will surely provide you with a ‘gourd’ time.
Maris Farms – Buckley
If you are looking for the full festive experience, head to Maris Farms — a fall destination for the entire family. From the live duck and pig races to the zipline and mine shaft slide, there is enough on this farm to keep you busy all day long. Hop on a hayride to explore the patch for your perfect pumpkin — and don’t worry about there being a short supply, as there is five-acres of pumpkin patch to explore. Take a detour with their corn maze and find your way during the day. If spooks are more your speed, take a chance with their Haunted Woods — this isn’t for the faint-hearted. With the 35 plus unique activities at Maris Farms, this patch had to make the top of our list.
Spooner Farms – Puyallup
The annual Spooner Farms Fall Harvest Festival at this family owned farm is a tradition for many in the Puyallup area. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until Oct. 31 grab a caramel apple and explore. Choose from over 49 varieties of pumpkins, gourds, squash, and corn. Before you leave take a turn at the pumpkin slingshot and take a stroll through the quant gift shop full of autumn goods that will complete your home.
Carpinito Brothers – Kent
Grab a wheelbarrow and pile in your perfect pumpkins at the Carpinito Brothers 25th Annual U-Pick Pumpkin Patch. With 20 plus acres of farm, it would be difficult to not find your perfect pick to become your porch décor this Halloween. Before you leave, check out their produce stand with a selection of fresh, locally grown items to take home to your table. Also, make sure to taste their Carpinito Brothers sweet corn — trust us, you don’t want to miss it!
Rutledge Corn Maze – Olympia
Rutledge Corn Maze has it all! From traditional farm fun to spooktacular frights, this farm has something for all ages. If you are looking for an adrenaline rush, check out their Zombie Apocalypse Paintball or get lost in the Rutledge Corn Maze — friendly by day and haunted by night. If the old-fashioned fun is more what you are looking for, visit their pumpkin patch which is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to find your pick to carve. Make sure to plan your trip ahead of time because each attraction has different hours and prices.
Schilter Family Farm – Olympia
Visit Schilter Family Farm between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. in Olympia if you are looking for a day on the farm. Not only will you have family fun, you will also support a charitable organization at the same time. Sip cider, snack on donuts, and try some of their homemade fudge before exploring the 180-acre farm. Venture into the corn maze — the first corn maze in Thurston County — and try not to get lost. A portion of each admission will support Ronald McDonald House of Washington and Alaska — a charitable organization that provides housing for families with seriously ill kids at the Seattle Children’s Hospital.