What started as a humble and quaint pumpkin patch has sprouted into a full-fledged “agritainment” destination for thousands of Puget Sound area families. It serves guests of all ages who seek the thrill of navigating their way through the corn maze, searching for and finding that perfect sunflower, pumpkin or picture in our picturesque fields, or braving the now infamous Haunted Woods.
This Buckley-area farm offers great food options, scenic hayrides around the farm. Depending upon the season, you’ll find an animal barn full of goats, sheep, rabbits, chickens and pigs; and for those with a bit more energy who are seeking the more adrenalin-driven activities, there’s live pig and duck races, the kids’ courtyard (an overgrown playground of sorts with about a dozen kids’ activities), Mega Slide, a huge jumping pillow, speleo cave, low ropes course, zip lines, mechanical bull riding, large tube slides, apple blaster cannons (in the fall), human foosball and a massive candy cannon (Baby Animals and Fall seasons).
“You should be able to come here and spend at least half a day enjoying any number of activities,” says Dale Maris, who dairied on the 40-acre location for 15+ years before selling his herd and turning it into what it is today. “There’s an activity for every age group and it’s as affordable and wholesome a form of family entertainment as you’ll find anywhere.”
Maris early agri-tourism efforts happened with the help of Joanne Templeman, his brother-in-law Steve Templeman and mother, Kay with a small 2 acre pumpkin patch on the family’s homestead site in the late 90’s. In 2000 Maris Farms’ relocated to the dairy and introduced its first corn maze (a rendering of Mount Rainier). The Haunted Woods venue was added in 2003 and has grown into legendary scary status. Sunflower Days debuted in 2020 and Baby Animals and Blooms in 2021.