Sorry to be corny but there’s something a-maze-ing at The Farm at Swan’s Trail (near Seattle, Wa)


October 16, 2014 by Terumi

corn mazes with kids near seattle

Last year we went to the Farm at Swan’s trail because I saw it in my instagram feed and it looked like the most idyllic place ever to pick apples.  And then this year a friend and her family wanted us to go because she knew they had the most amazing corn maze.  Now things like corn mazes terrify me.  I’ve heard of people getting stuck in them and calling 9-1-1 and I never want to make the news for something like that.  But she and I have been on many brave adventures together, so I always know I’m in good hands and off we went.

For fellow corn-maze-a-phobics, there is a map you can get when you pay your entrance fee at Swan’s Trail,(some things are free but you pay for the jumping pillow area and the corn maze) and it is very helpful.  You can spend hours in the maze if you want, but you can finish it in 20-30 minutes if you really want to too and the kids enjoyed the tractor-pulled hay-ride that brought us out to where the corn maze began.

children in the corn

off the corn maze

The maze is totally set up like the state of Washington, and the kids recognized places like Chelan and North Bend, Bellevue and the Space Needle and we definitely learned many new places too.  The kids were all kind of at the pre-reading stage so they tried to sound out words or look for places they knew.  The boys also really liked that all the paths through the maze were the same as Washington highways and this time THEY had a chance to control where we went along the road. (Again, thankfully with the map, there is practically no way we could actually get lost.)

running into the mazereading the little signs

The bridges were a big hit because they were lookouts high above all the giant stalks.  (These helped make the whole thing less claustrophobic.  I also carried a backpack full of snacks, water and supplies just in case we ended up camped in the corn maze over night.  You can never be too prepared…)

bridge in the corn mazehigh above the corn in the maze

When we finished we checked out some animals.

llama at swans trail

Some of us jumped on a pillow.  (This is also terrifying for me.  Notice how the things that scare me also bring my kids the most glee!)

jumping on the giant pillowjumping on the giant pillow

And watched a few pig races from a vantage point in a hay barn.  The kids had a great time playing in the hay for a while too.

having funwatching pig races at swans trail farmhiding in the hay at the farm at swan's trail

We had an afternoon appointment and ran out of time to even pick out pumpkins, or do any of the other activities we tried when we visited last year for apple picking.  I didn’t realize how much time we would want to spend here when we planned out our day.This is definitely a magical place for kids.

Mine didn’t want to leave, so I know we’ll be back again.  (I wonder how old they will be when they are TOO old for this?  I hope never.  Please tell me kids never get too old for this.)

And have you been pumpkin or apple picking yet this fall?  Even if it’s outside of Washington, I’d love to hear where you go!


  1. majl says:

    Beautiful pics! This weekend (October 18-19) is the apple festival at UBC in Vancouver. Free for littles!

  2. Colleen says:

    Our plan for last weekend was to go apple picking at Swan’s Trail. Thankfully I double-checked their website the night before–they were out of u-pick apples :(. I was so bummed. Do you know anywhere else (sort of local) without driving 2+ hours?

  3. pierogiemama says:

    We have been going to a farm not far from Swan’s Trail because they have a great Living Social deal every year, but I still keep hearing wonderful things about Swan’s Trail. I think the kids and I will go sometime this week! Thanks for an awesome review.

    • Terumi says:

      Thanks! I think Swan’s Trail might have had a groupon or living social too. I always forget to check those out before we go. Thanks for the tip:) I love the whole area with the farm fields and gorgeous scenery! Thanks for stopping by:)

  4. Cathie says:

    Looks like such a fun place. The addition of a grumpy llama makes it all the more appealing!

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