What a summer! If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting weeks for the weather to cool down, excitedly counting down for the days of cocoa and spooky movies. Now that it’s finally here, we’ve come up with a fun list of fall activities to keep you busy this season. Even if you’re more into sunny beaches than changing leaves, we think you’re going to love these great seasonal suggestions.
- Gourd Riddance!
Maybe this is a little cliché to some, but there’s something so satisfying about trudging through the mud looking for the perfect pumpkin! Carving pumpkins originated over 150 years ago in Ireland, and is a great activity for the whole family. We’re lucky enough to live in a climate where these squash can thrive, so you’ll have plenty of options for places to go. However, one popular option is Bob’s Corn and Pumpkin Maze in Snohomish. It’s not really fall without a pumpkin on the front porch!
- An A-maize-ing Idea
Another fall classic, the corn maze (or maize maze if you’re in the UK), is a guaranteed hit with kids and adults alike. Did you know the largest corn maze ever was 60 acres? I can’t imagine trying to find my way out of that one! If you’re looking for a more manageable task, Craven Farm in Snohomish and Remlinger Farms in Carnation are both good options for spending the day amidst the stalks.
- Something is Brewing
Oktoberfest events are becoming more and more popular as the craft beer craze continues in full swing. Fortunately, we live in one of the best areas to sample a few cold ones, with Washington producing the largest quantity of hops in the country (nearly 75 million pounds last year alone!). We’re also lucky enough to have our very own Bavarian themed city, Leavenworth, which has something for everyone. With popularity on the rise there are many Oktoberfest events to choose from, from the Fremont Oktoberfest, to smaller festivals that take place at a brewery near you.
- An Apple a Day…
Whether you live for the smell of warm apple pie, or can’t live without your hot apple cider, this next idea will definitely bear fruit with your friends and family. People have been enjoying apple cider for over 2,000 years, and nothing beats when its freshly squeezed from apples right off the tree. Check out The Farm at Swan’s Trail in Snohomish if this has caught your sweet tooth. Did you know that Washington produces over 2 million tons of apples a year?
- Find Your Zen
With the leaves starting to change, what better way to enjoy it than a stroll through the 20 acre Kubota Japanese Garden? Started in 1927 and open to the public starting in 1987, this iconic Seattle park is full of every variety of plant you can imagine. This is the perfect way to spend a crisp autumn day, and best of all it’s completely free (although donations are encouraged)! It even has a scavenger hunt to further immerse you in the rainbow of colorful foliage.