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Some great activities to enjoy during the autumn season in and around Issaquah, Washington.
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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:
12031 Issaquah-Hobart Rd SE Issaquah, WA 98027Cost:
$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 98014Cost: $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.
19525 SE 54th St. Issaquah, WA 98027Cost: $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.
October 4-5th, 2014Front Street, Issaquah, WACost: Free!
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.
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
For a smaller scale game, attend
a Friday night HS game and support the local Issaquah Eagles!
2656 244th Ave SE Sammamish, WA
98075Cost: 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!
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!
I live in Issaquah, WA with my husband, Mike and daughter, Taylor. I've lived in the greater Seattle area my entire life and have a strong love for all things Pacific NW. I work part time at a commercial real estate investment firm and spend the rest of my week at home, with Taylor. I
enjoy staying active and being outside whenever the Seattle weather
permits. From walks to hikes, to farmers
markets, to park play-dates; Taylor and I like to keep busy during the week.
I believe that life is short and nothing is guaranteed so I do my best to live every day to the fullest and really try to focus on what is most important to me: good friends and family.
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