Fall Family Fun in the Washington, DC Area

Fall Fun in Maryland and Virginia Too!

Fall is a great time of year in the Washington, DC area. The weather is cool and comfortable and there are many fun things to do with the whole family. Here are my top picks of suggestions.
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    Butlers Orchard. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Pick a pumpkin, ride in a wagon full of hay, or feed and pet farm animals. There are a wonderful variety of farms with pumpkin patches in Maryland and Virginia.

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    © Getty Images
    Apple picking season begins in late August and runs through October in the Mid-Atlantic region. Pick your own apples, pumpkins, berries, peaches, vegetables and more at a local farm.
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    Black Hill Park. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The Washington, DC area has great places to enjoy the outdoors. Find the best destinations in the region for these recreational activities:

    Also, see a guide to local parks:
    Washington, DC Parks
    Maryland Parks
    Northern Virginia Parks
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    Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Take the whole family to a variety of spooky events in the Washington, DC area, from haunted houses and trails, to pumpkin patches and trick-or-treating.
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    Tidal Basin. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Get outdoors and enjoy the fall colors. Find the best places to enjoy the fall foliage near Washington, DC.
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    Photo © City of Gaithersburg
    Find a variety of German folk festivals in the Washington DC area with great food and live entertainment.
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    © Corn Maze in the Plains
    Stroll through a giant corn maze and find puzzle pieces that will complete your own maze map. This is a great family activity available at several farms in Maryland and Virginia.
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    Photo © Kids Euro Festival
    Attend the best events of the season with great food, music and live entertainment for the whole family. Check out the top festivals in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
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    Washington Redskins

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    Watching the all American sport is a great activity for the whole family. Cheer for Washington, DC's NFL team and enjoy the game.
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    Get some exercise together and raise money for worthwhile Washington, DC area charities at the same time.
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    © Compassionate Eye Foundation
    Fall is a great time to explore the outdoors and learn more about our environment. Visit a nature center and attend a naturalist guided event, enjoy hands-on activities examining nature exhibits or take a peaceful walk in the woods.
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    © Smithsonian National Zoo
    Visit a variety of animals, whether you spend a day at the National Zoo, or one of the regions smaller animal parks - Leesburg Animal Park, Reston Zoo and the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve.