Are you looking for a fairly new fall festival in Washington State that’s perfect for photos? We checked out The Harvest at Tulip Town in Skagit Valley this weekend!
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Are you looking for a kid-friendly pumpkin patch in Washington State?
The Harvest at Tulip Town is the perfect place to take your family this fall. They have activities that kids of all ages will love, and it’s only $5/person!
Plus, they have food/drink options with both indoor and outdoor seating. And they even have a beer/wine garden for the grown-ups.
If you’re looking for an adorable pumpkin patch in Washington State, you’ll definitely want to check out The Harvest at Tulip Town.
You can go on a hayride around the fields or explore the corn maze – there are even photo ops along the way!
There’s also an apple cannon (which my boys loved), a petting zoo, and more than enough pumpkins to choose from.
It’s such a great deal – especially when compared to other places we’ve visited before.
It’s open every Friday-Sunday through October.
So what are you waiting for? Go check them out now while the crowds are small! You won’t regret it!!
Keep scrolling to read our full review of The Harvest at Tulip Town!!!
Fall in Washington State FAQs
The Washington State Fair in Puyallup happens every September and it attracts families from all across the state. There’s also the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival, the Remlinger Farms Fall Harvest Festival, and Oktoberfest in Leavenworth.
Some of the best fall activities in Washington State include apple picking, taking fall family photos, and going hiking.
We usually go to the pumpkin patch the last week in September and more often than not, the weather is sunny and in the low 70s. However, most of October the weather is in the 50s-60s and either cloudy or rainy.
What to Expect at The Harvest at Tulip Town
I only heard about The Harvest at Tulip Town a couple of weeks ago when I happened to see a short post on the Tulip Town Facebook Page. I thought it must be a brand-new event, but it turns out this is their second year.
If you’ve been to Tulip Town in the spring for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, you’ll be amazed at how different it looks.
We went on a Saturday morning right when they opened at 10 a.m. and it wasn’t crowded at all. I have a feeling it will get more crowded as we get closer to Halloween.
Here are the top activities and attractions families want to know about.
I figured I’d kick off the list with the actual pumpkin patch. However, my husband and I were honestly underwhelmed with the patch. It’s pretty small and it wasn’t very “pretty” for photos.
However, our kids thought it was cool and they loved pulling the wagon out there and picked their pumpkins in less than a minute. If you’ve ever trekked into larger pumpkin patches for what feels like an eternity, this is a major perk!
They had tons of metal wagons available to haul pumpkins.
There are actually two corn mazes at The Harvest at Tulip Town. There’s the regular corn maze as well as a little kid version.
We only did the little kid version and that was plenty for us. We let the kids lead the way and we were in there for about 20 minutes.
The ground is a bit uneven, so I was glad we all wore sturdy shoes. We thought the patch was plenty wide and it didn’t feel crowded at all.
We first did an apple slingshot at Thomasson Family Farm a few years ago and it was a HUGE hit with my boys.
So, when we saw it offered at this Washington State pumpkin patch, we knew we had to do it.
Basically, it’s a huge slingshot where you can hurl an apple into the air and get it to either hit the wooden wall or go over it.
There was a super cool kid who ran this area and he gave us the best tips! We were so impressed with him.
Each person gets 3 free apples to use as ammunition. After that, you can pay $1 for an additional 3 apples.
Little kids will need help from a grownup. Our 7yo could mostly do it on his own, but our 5yo definitely needed help.
Usually, when pumpkin patches offer hayrides, they are an additional fee. That’s why I was happily surprised to hear that it was included in the price of admission.
We ended up being the only family on board (major win) and we thought it was a cute little ride around the pumpkin patch and corn mazes.
And there was NO line when we went!
Another cool thing about this Skagit pumpkin patch is that they had a little petting zoo.
We got to see little donkeys, goats, and even a pig.
These were their “ambassador” animals who are trained to be around people.
Fall Photo Ops
If your main reason for heading to the pumpkin patch is to get cute fall photos, this will be your new favorite pumpkin patch in Washington State.
They have carefully set up some totally Pinterest-worthy backdrops perfect for photos with kids, solo shots, or cute couple photos.
There are so many that I will break down my favorite spots later in this blog post.
Just like at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, there’s a shop that sells locally made items.
We bought some mini apple pies and mini pumpkin pies that were super tasty. Our kids were drooling over the caramel apples and other sweet treats. The prices are a bit high, so look before you buy!
They also had lots of jars of food items. Plus, branded merchandise and some super cute stickers.
They also sold fresh fruit and vegetables from the farm. It’s only $5 to fill up a bag!
There are also some incredible carved pumpkins on display that are part of a pumpkin contest. You can donate cash to “vote” for your favorite.
We were really impressed with all of them but our kids thought the one with the eyeball was the most unique one they had ever seen.
There are three places to get food/drinks at The Harvest at Tulip Town.
Right in the entrance, you’ll spot a kettle corn truck. Here, you can get kettle corn, caramel corn, and even mini donuts.
It smells amazing! Plus, they sell small bags of kettle corn and caramel corn that are perfect for kids.
If you’re visiting this Mount Vernon pumpkin patch in the morning or around lunchtime, you’ll appreciate their large assortment of caffeinated drinks and food items.
They also have other fun drinks for kids. My 7yo got a creamsicle drink that was pretty amazing.
They have lots of indoor seating available with folding tables and chairs. And there’s a smaller outdoor dining area.
For grown-ups who want to unwind a bit with an adult drink, head over to the beer and wine garden. There were a lot of seating options there.
Best Pumpkin Patch Photo Spots
Out of all the pumpkin patches in Washington State that we’ve experienced over the past 8 years, this one has the BEST photo spots by far.
Because I know a lot of us are visual, I figured I’d show you some of the photo setups.
And I have a full blog post all about how to get the cutest pumpkin patch photos with kids.
Outdoor Photo Spots
Indoor Photo Spots
My Tips for The Harvest Festival in Skagit Valley
1. Bring a Tripod
Even though I thought about this ahead of time and my husband and I thought we put it in the trunk, we totally forgot our tripod at home. I was kind of bummed because that meant we didn’t get a family photo.
2. Bring Masks
If you want to enter the indoor space to shop the boutique or get food, you’ll need to wear a mask to enter.
3. Check the Weather
If you plan on taking a lot of photos, you’ll want to check the weather before you go. It’s always best to go on a cloudy day for better lighting. And you’ll want to avoid rainy days if photography is your main reason for going.
However, it can be a lot of fun playing at the pumpkin patch in the rain. Just be sure everyone is wearing rain boots and a rain jacket. And it helps to have extra clothes for the kids in your trunk.
4. Bring Bugspray
The corn mazes attract a lot of mosquitos. We weren’t expecting that so we didn’t think to bring bug repellant. I’d highly suggest packing some. It was the main reason the kids didn’t want to do the larger maze.
5. Wear Fall Clothing
If you’re planning on taking a lot of photos, you’ll definitely want to make sure your family looks extra cute.
We went with a plaid shirt theme. When our kids were little, we used to dress them in overalls, too.
I saw a few families with teens that went with a sweater or chunky scarf look and that worked well with the backgrounds.
What Else to do in Skagit Valley
If you want to make a full day of it, combine The Harvest at Tulip Town with a visit to Gordon Skagit Farm. It’s a boutique pumpkin patch just a few minutes from Tulip Town and it’s worth checking out.
There’s also Christianson’s Nursery that sells cute home decor and gift items.
I also recommend stopping for apple cider at Cedardale Orchards. They even sell fresh apple cider donuts on the weekends that are amazing!
Harvest Festival in Washington State Wrap Up
When it comes to Washington State pumpkin patches, you can’t go wrong with The Harvest at Tulip Town.
From the budget-friendly price tag (just $5/person) all the way down to the perfect photo opportunities, this place has everything!
And don’t forget about all of its kid-friendly activities too – your little one will have a blast while you take in some fall sunshine.
We hope that if you’re looking for a new pumpkin patch destination this year, The Harvest at Tulip Town is on your radar. If not, definitely check them out!