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Is The Harvest at Tulip Town Worth the Drive?

Is The Harvest at Tulip Town Worth the Drive?

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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

What are the best fall festivals in Washington State?

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.

What are some kid-friendly fall things to do in Washington State?

Some of the best fall activities in Washington State include apple picking, taking fall family photos, and going hiking.

What’s the weather like in Washington State in the fall?

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.

Get all the top tips for exploring The Harvest at Tulip Town by top Seattle blog Marcie in Mommyland. Image of a boy posing in front of the Tulip Town sign.
This is the entrance to The Harvest at Tulip Town. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

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.

Pumpkin Patch

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.

Image of a bunch of medium orange pumpkins lined up at a Skagit Valley pumpkin patch.
This is the Tulip Town pumpkin patch. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

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.

Corn Mazes

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.

The Harvest at Tulip Town features 2 corn mazes. Image of a mom and boy dancing in front of the little maze sign.
The Little Maze at The Harvest at Tulip Town. Photo credit: Darren Cheung

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.

Exploring the Little Maze. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

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.

Apple Slingshot

We first did an apple slingshot at Thomasson Family Farm a few years ago and it was a HUGE hit with my boys.

Image of the Apple Sling sign with the catapults in the background.
Apple Sling activity at The Harvest at Tulip Town. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

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.

The Apple Sling was a hit with all my boys! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

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.

Hayride

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.

This hayride was perfect for my kids. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

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!

Petting Zoo

Another cool thing about this Skagit pumpkin patch is that they had a little petting zoo.

Image of a boy looking at a little donkey at the petting zoo at The Harvest at Tulip Town in Skagit Valley.
The little petting zoo was perfect for kids. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

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.

Boutique Shopping

Just like at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, there’s a shop that sells locally made items.

Image of caramel apples, pumpkin cookies, and pumpkin bread slices.
You can find all sorts of delectable treats! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

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.

Image of farm fresh produce for sale at Tulip Town in Skagit Valley.
Produce from Tulip Town. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

They also sold fresh fruit and vegetables from the farm. It’s only $5 to fill up a bag!

Pumpkin Contest

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.

Image of a pumpkin carved to look like there's an eyeball inside it.
This was the coolest carved pumpkin! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

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.

Food/Beverage Options

There are three places to get food/drinks at The Harvest at Tulip Town.

Kettle Corn

Right in the entrance, you’ll spot a kettle corn truck. Here, you can get kettle corn, caramel corn, and even mini donuts.

Image of a red kettle corn food truck at The Harvest at Tulip Town.
Ma & Pa Kettle Corn. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

It smells amazing! Plus, they sell small bags of kettle corn and caramel corn that are perfect for kids.

Cafe

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.

This is the beverage menu as of September 25, 2021. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung
Food menu as of September 25, 2021. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

They also have other fun drinks for kids. My 7yo got a creamsicle drink that was pretty amazing.

Image of a boy sitting at a long table inside Tulip Town.
Indoor seating at The Harvest at Tulip Town. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

They have lots of indoor seating available with folding tables and chairs. And there’s a smaller outdoor dining area.

Image of outdoor picnic tables in the shade.
Outdoor seating. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

Beer/Wine Garden

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.

Image of the beer/wine menu at The Harvest at Tulip Town.
Lots to choose from at the beer/wine garden. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

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

Image of a boy measuring his height against scarecrows at The Harvest at Tulip Town.
One of the many measuring stick photo ops. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung
Image of a little boy pushing a green tractor while another boy sits at the drivers seat.
Kids can climb inside a real John Deere tractor! Photo credit: Darren Cheung
Image of a woman standing in a wall of pumpkins.
Gotta love a wall of pumpkins! Photo credit: Owen Cheung
Find out the best photo spots at The Harvest at Tulip Town! Image of a mom and two boys sitting in front of a rusted truck covered with pumpkins.
We love old trucks covered in pumpkins! Photo credit: Darren Cheung
Image of a little tiny house decorated for fall.
What an adorable porch photo spot! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung
Image of truck with pumpkins and apples in the bed.
You could easily sit a little kid in the truck bed. Photo credit: Darren Cheung
Image of a large empty picture frame with a mom and two boys poking their heads through.
We LOVE this picture frame photo spot! Photo credit: Darren Cheung
Image of two boys posing on a bench swing with pumpkins in the background.
This is the same swing photo spot as during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

Indoor Photo Spots

Image of a boy sitting in a pumpkin photo op with black and white pumpkins and buffalo plaid.
My 7yo reluctantly took this photo as a favor to me 🙂 Photo credit: Marcie Cheung
Image of a boy standing on a bale of hay with a sign that says Harvest in the background.
This photo spot is near the indoor dining areas. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung
Image of a woman wearing a plaid shirt posing in front of an angel wings photo wall.
Cute angel wings Instagram spot. Photo credit: Owen Cheung

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!

Looking for more things to do in Washington this fall? Check out Gordon Skagit Farms Pumpkin Patch, Stocker Farms Pumpkin Patch, my top pumpkin patch photo tips, and the best PNW weekend getaways this fall.

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