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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 10, 2022

Boys ride the pedal cars at Remlinger Farms Family Fun Park mini amuseument theme park near Seattle with dad watching from behind
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Gleeful kids drive pedal cars at Remlinger Farms Family Fun Park. Credit: JiaYing Grygiel

Hooray! Remlinger Farms Country Fair Fun Park is now open for the season.

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 15 rides. It’s 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-sized 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.

Now at 11, my soon-to-be middle schooler is actually closer in age to the staff. The friendly and helpful pedal car attendant was just 14! But nope, my kid definitely hasn’t aged out of Remlinger Farms. 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 2022 at Remlinger Farms County Fair Fun Park

We visited during opening weekend and here’s what we found new and different this year:

There’s a giant, highly Instagrammable swing at the entrance to the park.

A new giant swing at the entrance to Remlinger Farms Fun Park makes for a good family photo op
Snap your Instagrammable family photo on the new swing at the entrance. Credit: JiaYing Grygiel

New brewery and new bar! The bar just opened Mother’s Day weekend, serving $7 pints of house-made beers and $7 taster flights. You can see the brewery through big picture-glass windows. The entrance, which used to be cluttered with displays of jams and pies, now features spacious seating. (Don’t worry, they’ll still hit you in the face on the way out with racks of tempting stuffies.)

The carousel is covered by a new wooden pavilion. Perfect for escaping a spring shower or finding shade in the summer.

Behind the stage coach play area the carousel is now enclosed in a pavilion
Paul Grygiel plays in the stagecoach play area with the newly enclosed picnic pavilion behind. Credit: JiaYing Grygiel

The hay maze — achoo! — is gone, replaced by artificial turf, a rock climbing wall, an enormous monster truck bouncy house and blow-up jump pad. Several parents also joined the fun, and this middle-aged 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 Tolt River train ride is still closed, and the larger Ferris wheel that was suited for non-toddlers is gone.

You can 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

The picnic pavilion is now a fully enclosed building with French doors.

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

Bit of sticker shock when I went to buy our tickets: Prices are up this year, to $23.86 per person. For our family of four, the total came to $110.66 with two pony ride add-ons ($7 each). 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 new this year. Credit: JiaYing Grygiel

We’d visited Remlinger Farms during the middle of the pandemic, when COVID-19 theater was in full swing: timed entry, vats of hand sanitizer everywhere, masks required at all times, ride attendants wiping down every seat after every ride. There are just a few social distancing signs still hanging around. The ride attendant at the flying pumpkins kindly wiped down our seats — to save us from wet butts after a rain shower.

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

With rain in the forecast, 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 Fun Park is sure to be packed this summer, 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 Country Fair Fun Park is open Saturday–Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., through Sunday, June 19. Beginning Wednesday, June 22, the Fun Park is open Wednesday–Sunday through Sept. 18.

Admission: Entry costs $23.86 for ages 2–64; $21.69 for seniors ages 65 and older and individuals with disabilities. Kids younger than 2 enter free. Pony rides must be reserved in advance, which is new, and pony rides are only for kids ages 2–10 who weigh less than 100 pounds. Pony rides cost $7 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 new brewery is open weekends, noon– 8 p.m., and the market (store) is open weekends 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m. Hours for all three will expand after June 19.

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