Looking for fall fun? Here are some pumpkin patches in the DC area

The D.C. area has no shortage of fun fall activities for the family, and that includes pumpkin patches. Most of them offer more activities than just pumpkin picking, including hayrides, fall food, slides and corn mazes.

Check out our list to help make your fall plans.

Great County Farms in Loudoun County, Virginia, features their fall festival from Oct. 1 through Halloween. They have pumpkin picking, a corn maze, marshmallow roasting over a bonfire and more. There are also cider doughnuts for those looking for a taste of fall.

They’ve been holding their fall fest for more than 25 years.

“We’ve grown quite a bit and we’re able to offer more and more to our guests,” Andrew Taylor, general manager of the farm, told WTOP. “We now have a full day experience here. Everything from pumpkin picking, to the corn maze, to a 12-acre play area for the whole family to come out and enjoy the whole day at the farm.”

Taylor says one of the popular attractions over the last five years or so is a pumpkin-eating dinosaur named “P-Rex.”

There’s also a winery and brewery on the property for some adult fun afterwards.

When it comes to COVID-19 and safety, Taylor encouraged visitors to buy tickets ahead of time. He said there’s plenty of space for social distancing on the 500-acre farm.

“We just have so much space for people to spread out. We have a 15-acre play area. We have a large corn maze, and most of the time you’re really not near people,” Taylor said. “We encourage people to come out and get out of the city for the day and enjoy that farm weather.”

The fall festival at Cox Farms in Centreville, Virginia, offers hayrides, their “corny conundrum” attraction and giant slides. It runs from Sept. 25 through Nov. 7.

There’s also live music, a nature trail and a goat village. Food fun is a plenty, as well, including apple cider doughnuts and farm-smoked barbecue. And there are plenty of pumpkins, of all sizes, to purchase.

Greenstreet Gardens in Lothian, Maryland, holds their fall festival  from Sept. 23 through Oct. 31.  They offer a pumpkin patch with pumpkins for sale (of course), corn mazes, hay rides and much more. There are attractions for the whole family too, including a tire tower, an underground slide and a spider web net.

Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch in Middletown, Maryland, features acres of pick-your-own pumpkins. They also host a petting zoo, fall mums and a 20-acre corn maze. Their patch is open everyday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Sept. 25 through Oct. 31.

In Germantown, Maryland, Butler’s Orchard’s 41st Fall Festival runs from Sept. 25 through Halloween. In addition to the pumpkin patch, their festival offers bonfires, private hayrides and more. If the festival doesn’t interest you, you can just buy a ticket to “pick your own pumpkins” to get your home ready for the fall.

Wayside Farm in Berryville, Virginia, offers a corn maze, pick your own pumpkin patch, pig races and more.

Their farm grounds feature an 8-acre field where you can pick pumpkins of every shape, color and size. They said their field is the “perfect backdrop for fall pictures.” Opening day for their fall season is Sept. 25.

Montpelier Farms in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, offers a “pick-your-own” pumpkin patch, face painting and hay rides. They also offer a Halloween-themed movie screening, barnyard basketball and a bonfire for cold evenings.

Their festival runs through Nov. 7.

The pumpkin season at Yankey Farms in Prince William County, Virginia, begins the last weekend in September. They offer a “pick your own” pumpkin patch but will not have hayrides this year.

However, they are offering a corn maze and small farm animal exhibit that is free for those picking pumpkins. They also have apples, honey, corn shocks, straw bales, gourds and more.

Gaver Farm’s Fall Festival in Mount Airy, Maryland, is running through Halloween. The farm is offering pick-your-own pumpkins, apples, sunflowers and more.

Fun at the festival also includes a corn maze, hayrides, farm animals, mini-mazes, giant slides, a jumping pillow and pedal karts. Tickets are available online and in-person.

Summers Farm, in Frederick, Maryland, is bringing its “world famous” corn maze back this year, along with its Fall Festival, which runs through Halloween.

You can also pick your own pumpkins, as well as enjoy a campfire to roast marshmallows and a fireworks show on select nights.

Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk started working at WTOP in 2016 and has lived in Howard County, Maryland, her entire life. She's thrilled to be a reporter for WTOP telling stories on air. She works as both a television and radio reporter in the Maryland and D.C. areas. 

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