Pick a pumpkin, ride in a wagon full of hay, or feed and pet farm animals. What better way is there to enjoy the change of seasons? Fall festivals are held in a variety of places throughout Maryland and Northern Virginia. Here are some of the best pumpkin patches in the Washington, DC area.
Pumpkin Patches in Maryland
Butler's Orchard - 22200 Davis Mill Road, Germantown, Maryland (301) 972-3299. Annual Pumpkin Festival is held weekends throughout October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pick a pumpkin; take a hayride; explore a hay maze; and enjoy crafts, food, and family activities.
Agricultural History Farm Park - 18400 Muncaster Road, Derwood, Maryland (301) 948-5053. October 7, 2017, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. No pumpkins to pick, but this Montgomery County facility hosts one of the largest harvest festivals in the area. Activities include hayrides, scarecrow making, farm demonstrations, crafts, hay maze, live entertainment and more.
Homestead Farm - 15600 Sugarland Road, Poolesville, Maryland (301) 977-3761. Harvest festival is held weekends through October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take a hayride, pick your own apples or pumpkins, find your way through the hay maze. See Photos of Homestead Farm.
Larriland Farms - 2415 Woodbine Road, Woodbine, Maryland (301) 854-6110. Annual Pumpkin Festival is held weekends throughout October. Pick a pumpkin; take a hayride; and explore a hay maze and more.
Sharp's at Waterford Farm - 4003 Jennings Chapel Road, Brookeville, Maryland (410) 489-2572.
Fall festival held each weekend from mid-September to mid-November. Activities include pumpkin picking, corn mazes, hayrides, campfires, feeding animals, and more.
Montpelier Farms - 1720 North Crain Highway, Upper Marlboro, Maryland (410) 320-0464. Fall festival runs on weekends, September - October. Hours are Fri. 5-11 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-11 p.m., and Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Corn maze, grass maze, hayrides, animals, pedal karats, hay and play, kids corral, hill slides, pedal tractors, korn crib, corn tepee, straw bale maze, farm football lounge, and pumpkin daycare.
Gaver Pumpkin Patch - 5501 Detrick Road, Mt. Airy, Maryland (301) 865-3515. Open late September through October, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Free hayrides are offered Fri-Sun. The fall festival features a challenging “Casey the Cow” themed corn maze, large farm animal area, straw mountain, pedal bike track, giant slides, pirate ship, bale mazes, toddler corn maze, and play areas.
Summers Farm - 5620 Butterfly Lane, Frederick, Maryland (301) 620-9316. Pumpkinland festival is open September 23 - October 31, 2017. Fall farm attractions include cornfield maze, hay rides, pig races, jumping pillow. Farm animals, pick your own pumpkins, hay slides, a flashlight corn maze and more.<br/>Crumland Farms - 7612 Willow Road, Frederick, Maryland. (301) 845-8099. Pumpkin patch, corn maze, haunted hayride, pedal carts, giant trikes, mini-barnyard, hay jump, giant slide, MooChoo train and more. 2017 Dates to Be Announced, Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rock Hill Orchard - 28600 Ridge Road Mount Airy, Maryland (301) 831-7427. Pumpkin patch, corn maze, pick your own apples, visit the farm market, launch a pumpkin during the Pumpkin Chunkin. Open through October, closed on Mondays. Corn maze open on weekends only.
Jumbo's Pumpkin Patch - 6521 Holter Rd., Middletown, Maryland (301) 371-6874. Open daily September 19 - October 31, 2015, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Pick your own pumpkin, explore the Crazy Corn maze, haywagons, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting and much more.<br/>Clark's Elioak Farm - 10500 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, Maryland (410) 730-4049. Open every day in October. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Enjoy the petting farm, a pumpkin patch, hayrides, pony rides and storybook characters from the Enchanted Forest.
Shlagel Farms - 12850 Shlagel Rd. Waldorf, Maryland (301) 645-4554. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in October for pick your own pumpkins. The farm offers wagon rides, a petting zoo, a straw maze for the under 10 crowd, a corn box for clean sandbox type fun and educational tours for school or private groups.
Pumpkin Patches in Northern Virginia
Cox Farms - 15621 Braddock Road, Centreville, Virginia (703) 830-4121. One of the largest fall festivals in Virginia! 2017 Dates to Be Announced. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (10-5 in November), last admission is one hour before closing. The festival includes 5 giant slides, hayrides, rope swings, farm animals & their babies, CORNundrum(R) cornfield adventure, straw tunnels, Farm Chores, Kiddie Zone, goat village, apples & cider, food, entertainment, over 90 acres of fun! Everyone gets a small patch pumpkin to take home free with paid admission.<br/>Leesburg Animal Park - 19270 James Monroe Highway, Leesburg, Virginia (703) 433-0002
2017 Dates to Be Announced, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. (5 p.m. after Daylight Savings) The farm play area includes an Indian teepee, giant slides, a hay maze, unlimited hayrides, straw mountains, tot maze, rope swings, tractors to climb on, a large inflated firetruck slide, moon bounces, and much more.
Mount Vernon Fall Harvest Family Days - George Washington Parkway, Mount Vernon, Virginia (703)780-2000.October 21 - 22, 2017, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit George Washington's estate and enjoy autumn activities including horse-drawn wagon rides, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, a straw bale maze, early-American games, music and demonstrations. This is a huge fall festival with traditional harvest activities, but no pumpkins.
Ticonderoga Farms - 26469 Ticonderoga Road, Chantilly, Virginia (703) 327-4424. Mid September to first week of November, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festival includes hands on pick your own pumpkins, spooky fun zones, hayrides, hillside slides and tunnels, giant jumping pillow, cow pow train ride, Noah’s Ark, petting animals, giant xylophone, bamboo panda puzzle maze, swinging bridge, antique tractors, fire pits, park-like log cabin play areas, picnic areas, weekend specials and more.<br/>Burke Nursery and Garden Center - 9401 Burke Road, Burke, Virginia (703) 323-1188. October 1-31, 2017. The annual Fall Festival and Pumpkin Playground runs daily from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. through October. Highlights include pirate and western-themed activities, Native American storytellers, slides, tumbling tubes, rope swings, A Monster Truck, mechanical rides, farm animals, clowns, magicians, musicians, Wobble Wagon rides and much more.
Heather Hill Gardens - 8111 Ox Rd., Fairfax Station, Virginia (703) 690-6060. Throughout October. The fall festival features a pumpkin fort, slide, rope swing, mini zipline, moon bounce, farm animals, and more. Open Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Great Country Farms - 18780 Foggy Bottom Road Bluemont, Virginia (540) 554-2073. The annual fall harvest festival features pick-your-own pumpkins, the Pumpkin Princess, P-Rex the pumpkin munchin’ dinosaur, Derby Pig Races, Pumpkin Jumpin' Pillow, a Double Barrel 60' Slide, rope swings, a new corn maze and more. October 1-31, 2017, open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Hollin Farms Orchard - 1524 Snowden Road Delaplane, Virginia (540) 592-3574. Pick your own fruits and vegetables at this orchard, where over a dozen varieties of apples are available, as well as pumpkins, winter squash, fall greens, and dig-your-own potatoes and peanuts. Open Wednesday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through October.
Clark's Farm - 721 Courthouse Rd (Rte. 630), Stafford, Virginia (540) 659-2172, Moon bounce, maze, face painting, pumpkin painting, straw mountain with tunnels, penny pit, corn box, pumpkin bowling, barn yard animals, pony rides and more. Open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily through October.
Wayside Farm - 5273 Harry Byrd Highway, Berryville, Virginia (540) 539-3276. LEGO Superhero corn maze, hayrides, u-pick pumpkins, pumpkin playhouse, corn crib, barnyard animals, slides, pig races and more. 2017 Dates to Be Announced, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wegmeyer Farms - 38299 Hughesville Road, Hamilton, Virginia. (540) 751-1782. U-pick pumpkins, hayrides and corn maze. Travel off the beaten path to an authentic working farm and pick your own pumpkin right from the vine. Open through October, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.