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Remlinger Farms Fun Park: Our Seattle-Area Mini Amusement Park

All the thrills kids love, plus find out what’s new for this season

Published on: May 11, 2023

Kids and families enjoy a carnival ride, the spinning swing, at Remlinger Farms a mini theme park near Seattle opening Mother's Day weekend
Ride the spinner swing at Remlinger Farms Fun Park. Credit: JiaYing Grygiel

Hooray! Our local mini amusement park, Remlinger Farms Fun Park, opens for the season the weekend of May 13–14, 2023.

For the uninitiated, Remlinger Farms started as a family farm with a produce stand more than 50 years ago; today, it includes a mini theme park with about 15 rides. It is located about an hour east of Seattle in the town of Carnation.

Remlinger Farms’ flying pumpkin ride is a kid favorite at its fun park near Seattle now open for summer
Remlinger’s Flying Pumpkin ride is an all-ages favorite. Credit: JiaYing Grygiel

Remlinger also offers U-pick berries in the summer and a harvest festival in the fall, but we’ve never made it past the Fun Park. My kids love it.

We have been regulars for many years, and what’s great about Remlinger Farms is that it’s fun for kids of all ages. One ticket gets you in for all the rides you can handle.

Remlinger Farms’ roller coaster is just thrilling enough for kids
The roller coaster offers a right-size thrill for kids. Credit: JiaYing Grygiel

Fun for kids of all ages

For tots, there is a digger sandbox, tractors to climb on, little canoes, a toddler-size carousel and a Ferris wheel. As the kids get older, they graduate to the wrecking ball, big swing and baby roller coaster — it is just thrilling enough. Note that several rides have posted height requirements.

Now my middle schooler is actually closer in age to the staff. One friendly and helpful pedal car attendant last summer was just 14! But nope, my kid definitely hasn’t aged out of Remlinger Farms. On opening weekend last year, we stayed from open to close, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and finally headed out when a staff member called out, “One minute left!”

Remlinger’s antique cars in the car ride are mini Model T’s built for the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle
The Antique Car Ride features mini Model T cars built for the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle. Credit: JiaYing Grygiel

New for 2023 at Remlinger Farms Fun Park

Here’s what’s new and fun this season at the Fun Park:

The steam train is back! After being out of commission for a few years, this popular, all-ages ride is back in business as of last fall — with an ultracool new steam engine. Hop aboard for a shady ride along the edge of the park.

Boys ride the pedal cars at Remlinger Farms Family Fun Park mini amuseument theme park near Seattle with dad watching from behind
Driving the pedal cars on a drizzly day at Remlinger. Credit: JiaYing Grygiel

There’s a zip line! What?! Yep, kids at least 48 inches in height can zip over the Remlinger pond for a kid-size thrill.

Last year, an enormous inflatable jump pad replaced the sneezy hay maze — achoo! Now, you’ll find a rock climbing wall and a monster truck bouncy house alongside the jump pad. Several parents also joined the fun, and this middle-age mom can attest that running on the jump pad is very fun, like bouncing on the moon. (And it did not pop!)

A huge inflatable jump pad has replaced the hay maze at Remlinger Farms and even adults can enjoy it
Even moms (and other adults) can enjoy bounding around on the inflatable jump pad. Credit: JiaYing Grygiel

The carousel is now covered by a new-last-year wooden pavilion. It's perfect for escaping a spring shower or finding shade in the summer.

Also, word is some new attractions will open in June. Stay tuned!

Farm friends

You can also see a menagerie of animals throughout the park: bunnies, goats, sheep, geese, a peacock and a darling trio of alpacas.

You used to buy pellets from gumball-type dispensers in the barn to feed the goats by hand. Now you buy $1 bags of food in the shop that you dump into a tube that funnels into the animals’ food bowls. Not as exciting, but probably more sanitary. 

Admire the alpacas and other animals during a visit to Remlinger Farms Fun Park
Say hello to the alpacas during your visit. Credit: JiaYing Grygiel

Pony rides

Pony rides are a highlight for many kids visiting the Fun Park. For any kind of country kid, the rides are very tame. But for city-slicker kids, they’re quite a thrill.

Pony rides have strict limits: They’re for kids ages 2–10 only, and kids within that age range wanting to ride must weigh less than 100 pounds. Only one pony ride per visit per kid is allowed, and the cost is $8. (Book your pony ride when you book your tickets.)

A boy in a mask takes a pony ride at Remlinger Farms during a pandemic-era visit
A pony ride during a previous visit to Remlinger Farms. Credit: JiaYing Grygiel

Outside food isn’t allowed in the park; we packed a lunch and ate outside the gates. You can buy burgers and fries in the restaurant, where two model trains chug around on elevated tracks.

Remlinger Farms visitor Joseph Grygiel is smiling and ready for a ride on the big swing
Remlinger regular Joseph Grygiel, age 11, is ready for a ride on the big swing. Credit: JiaYing Grygiel

New prices

I felt a bit of sticker shock last year when I went to buy our tickets: Prices are up, but that’s true everywhere. Reserved admission for 2023 costs $23.99 per person. There is a small discount for seniors and people with disabilities, and tots younger than 2 enter free. Remember the good ol’ days when you could find $12 tickets on Groupon, with unlimited pony rides? It’s a new era.

New monster truck inflatable at Remlinger Farms Fun Park
The monster truck inflatable is a thrill for kids. Credit: JiaYing Grygiel

We also visited Remlinger Farms during the middle of the pandemic, when safety protocols limited crowds a bit. Now that all that is over, expect heavy crowds on sunny spring and summer weekends.

With rain in the forecast on our visit last year, we lucked out with a low-crowd day. It was fantastic. My kids had the best time riding their favorite attractions to their hearts’ content. The ride attendant at the flying pumpkins even wiped down our seats — to save us from wet butts after a shower.

The Fun Park is a treat, so here’s my parenting tip for you: Go early in the season, and hope for wet weather to keep everyone else away. Have fun!

If you go ...

Find it: Remlinger Farms is located at 32610 N.E. 32nd St. in Carnation, about an hour’s drive east of Seattle.

Open hours: The Fun Park is open weekends, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., beginning Saturday, May 13. Beginning mid-June, Fun Park hours expand. Check back for details!

Admission: For 2023 admission, you’ll pay $23.99 for ages 2–64; $21.95 for seniors ages 65 and older and individuals with disabilities. Kids younger than 2 enter free. Pony rides must be reserved in advance and are only for kids ages 2–10 who weigh less than 100 pounds. Pony rides cost $8 each in addition to regular admission. Book your entry tickets and pony rides online.

Dining: The restaurant is currently open on weekends, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. The newer brewery features beer brewed on-site (for grown-ups, of course) and live music most Friday and Saturday nights. The market (store) is open weekends 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m. Hours for all three will expand beginning in mid-June.

More Seattle-area fun for families:

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in 2022 and was just updated for 2023.

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