WASHINGTON – Fall has finally arrived and what better way to spend it than with the family at the pumpkin patch! Carving pumpkins, making pumpkin pie, and just seeing the beautifully-colored trees are all great ways to celebrate autumn.
Here are eight great places to take the whole family for fall:
2415 Woodbine Rd. Woodbine, MD
Located an hour away from D.C, Larriland Farm is a great escape from city life. Known for its fresh fruits and vegetables, Larriland Farm offers customers the chance to pick their own pumpkins, apples, and strawberries. Lucky for you, fresh strawberries can still be picked, but will close for the season once the farm opens the apple orchards on November 4, 2018. Additionally, Larriland Farm’s pumpkin patch is located one mile north of the grounds. The farm also provides hay rides and a “Boo Barn” for the kids.
4003 Jennings Chapel Rd. Brookeville, MD 208533
Just an hour outside of our nation’s capital, Sharp’s at Waterford include fantastic opportunities for kids to hand-feed chickens, goats and cows, make their own scarecrows, and pick and paint pumpkins. The farm also offers groups the chance to experience “A Day in the Life of a Farmer," which begins October 4 and ends November 4 for kids ages 2-10. They will learn about the importance of the honey bee, how to harvest corn, and will be given the chance to harvest their own pumpkin.
22200 Davis Mill Rd. Germantown, MD 20876
This infamous orchard is less than an hour away from Washington, D.C. and has always had some of the best pumpkins and apples. The orchard hosts pumpkin festivals every Saturday and Sunday through October 29. Admission is $12 per person, which includes hay rides, corn maze and a giant slide.
10500 State Route 108 Ellicott City, MD 21642
This farm is only an hour and a half away, but don’t let the distance discourage you! This farm’s enchanted forest has been a major attraction since it was created in 1955. The forest is open to all ages and open at 10 a.m. every day and will remain opened until November 4, 2018. The petting zoo includes chickens, horses, cows, and bunny rabbits.
19270 James Monroe HWY Leesburg, VA 20175
Leesburg Park is less than an hour away from D.C. and offers all kinds of spectacular activities for the family to enjoy. Pumpkin picking may be overlooked by the kids who will be infatuated with the inflatable bouncy house, camel rides, and face painting. This outing will certainly be one for the memory books. Admission fees for kids 2-12 is $11.95 and $14.95 for adults, while seniors will be charged $11.95 to enjoy in the festivities.
15604 Sugarland Rd. Poolesville, MD 20837
Only 55 minutes from the city, Homestead Farm allows their guests to pick delicious apples and pumpkins. Hay rides are given on the weekends from 9:30 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. and charge $4 per person per ride. If the hay ride doesn’t interest you, guests can enjoy the fresh market that offers local honey, fall squash, and cider.
12523 Popes Head Rd. Clifton, VA 20124
This family-owned farm produces its own vegetables and sells them it their own fresh market! Whitehall is about an hour outside of D.C. and charges a $12 admission fee for persons over the age of 3. Fall Fun Days are held every Saturday and Sunday during the month of October and the ground open at 10 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. Come and enjoy hayrides, farm animals, and the pumpkin patch!
7310 Beulah St. Alexandria, VA 22315
This family operation once began as a wagon store and has slowly turned into something great! Now offering customers the chance to pick from their own “Pumpkin Hill”. Guests can also interact with Nalls’ own resident teacup piggy, Penny! Try out some of Nalls’ own FallSpice which is perfect seasoning for baked items, tea, and yogurt.