The first day of fall was September
23rd which means one thing: my
very favorite season is upon us! Like many areas of the United States, autumn
is absolutely stunning in Washington State.
The weather cools down; the leaves begin to fall off the trees and all
of the green abundance that our state is known for turns to beautiful tones of
red, copper and golden yellow. The
change in season also brings a much needed change of pace to our family life;
after what has been yet another crazy, busy summer.
One of my favorite things about fall in Issaquah is all of the family friendly activities that pop up all around us. Here are some ideas of things to do with your family in the area:
Fox Hollow Family Farm
12031 Issaquah-Hobart Rd SE Issaquah, WA 98027
Cost: $10 per person (babies under 12 months are free)
Fox Hollow Family Farm is located in Issaquah, WA and is family owned and operated. The farm is a recreational destination and great for kids of all ages. During their Fall Festival you can experience a ton of different activities on the farm. These range from: going on a hay ride, picking a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, navigating your way through the hay-bale maze, going on a pony ride and petting the various farm animals that roam the property. You can purchase food and drinks on the farm or bring in your own! This farm is one of my favorite spots in all of Issaquah. From the minute you pull in the parking lot, you feel like you are in a different world. The farm is beautiful year round, but especially gorgeous during the fall.
32610 N.E. 32nd Street Carnation, WA 98014
Cost: $15.75 per person (festival admission)
Remlinger Farms opens their gates every fall for five weeks of old fashioned Harvest entertainment starting on Sept. 27th. In addition to the Farm Market Fall specials, the Gift and Craft Shops, the Farm Restaurant and the U-Pick pumpkin fields, the Northwest’s largest Fall Harvest Festival continues every weekend in October from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The farm features extravagant fall décor, 25 rides and attractions, a hay maze, a climbing wall, live entertainment and so much more. There is something for everyone in your family at Remlinger and it is only a short 20 minute drive from Issaquah.
Cougar Mountain Zoo
19525 SE 54th St. Issaquah, WA 98027
Cost: $9 per person (children 2-12), $12.50 per person (13+), and children under 2 are free
The primary focus of the Cougar Mountain Zoo is on endangered species and education. Having a zoo right in Issaquah is such an amazing resource in regards to animal education for our little ones. The zoo is large enough to spend a few solid hours but not so huge that it is hard to get through with young children in tow. Cheetahs, tigers and cranes are just a few of the animals featured at this zoo. Bundle up, grab a hot cocoa and go explore the Cougar Mountain Zoo – you won’t be disappointed.
Issaquah Salmon Days
October 4-5th, 2014
Front Street, Issaquah, WA
Issaquah Salmon Days is a 45 year old festival that celebrates the return of the salmon to the downtown Issaquah hatchery. It is internationally recognized and an award winning festival that draws an estimated 150,000 people each year. With over 500 vendors, 60 food booths and multiple entertainment stages, there is something for everyone at Salmon Days! Salmon Days is an event that my family does not miss each year. Not only are the vendors and entertainment great, getting to see all of the spawning salmon is quite a marvellous site.
Local Football Game – Seattle Seahawks, University of Washington Husky’s or Issaquah High Eagles
Who doesn’t love fall football?!? A great weekend family activity is to head into Seattle and attend a NFL or NCAA football game. The Seattle Seahawks are the reigning Super Bowl Champs so you will undoubtedly find yourself at a very exciting game. The UW Huskies just built a brand new stadium and you can spend the entire day at the stadium if you enjoy the tailgating scene!
For a smaller scale game, attend a Friday night HS game and support the local Issaquah Eagles!
Nightmare at Beaver Lake
2656 244th Ave SE Sammamish, WA
Cost: Family Scare: $11.00 per person. Full Scare: $18.00 per person
Nightmare at Beaver Lake is Seattle’s largest indoor/outdoor haunted house. I have personally experienced this haunted walk and I was quite terrified (and this was just the family scare)! Be mindful of little ones as the volunteers really do put on a great show each year. If you have children that enjoy a good spook, this is a must-see!
Fall Nature Walk
With all of the amazing parks and trails in our area, getting out on a crisp, clear day is a great, inexpensive way to burn some time (and calories) with your family. Throw the baby in a hiking pack or stroller and head out to one of the numerous parks and trails in Issaquah. There is something for every fitness level and the fall foliage colors will surely not disappoint. Check out the Issaquah parks and recreation website to plan your next fall nature walk!