10 Best Pumpkin Patches Near Washington, DC for Kids
Nothing says autumn like a trip to the pumpkin patch, and even in these odd corona-times, getting out on a beautiful fall day to pick a pumpkin, enjoy some apple cider, and have fun on a hayride is the perfect way to celebrate the fall season in the DC metro area.
So we've put together our top 10 favorite (and active!) pumpkin patches for DC families in both Maryland and Northern Virginia. Many of these pumpkin patches take place on local farms with fall festivals, corn mazes, playgrounds, petting zoos, and even apple slingshots and pumpkin canons in some cases! for kids to explore. Read on to pick the nearby pumpkin patch that's right for your family.
Hit the slide at Butler's Orchard. Photo by Brian Vallelunga/CC BY 2.0
Pumpkin Patches in Maryland
1. Butler's Orchard — Germantown, MD
Pumpkin patch is open September 26 - November 1, 2020, on Wednesdays to Sundays
From potatoes to berries, herbs to apples, Butlers' Orchard is a great spot to pick-your-own fruits and veggies throughout the growing season. Better yet, there's also an on-site petting zoo, giant slides, hayrides, and playground. During the week, take part in the Harvest Pumpkin Days ongoing fall festival, which includes a small pumpkin and apple, plus access to a straw maze that's perfect for the little ones. During select weekends in September and October, the farm hosts Pumpkin Festival for autumnal fun that's kicked up a notch, with temporary tattoos and a pumpkin cannon. (And don't forget to come back in November for the Holiday Open House and in the spring for Bunnyland!) Advance timed reservations are required.
2. Homestead Farm — Poolesville, MD
Pumpkin patch is open daily from late September through Halloween
Looking for a straightforward, relaxing pumpkin patch experience? Homestead is just that. Along with a plethora of pumpkins, apples are also currently in season. Admission costs $2 a person (babies are free); after that, just pay for what you pick.
3. Montpelier Farms — Upper Marlboro, MD
Pumpkin patch open daily from September 19 - November 8, 2020
Head over to Montpelier Farms for its annual fall festival. The admission price includes a corn maze, hayrides, pumpkin bowling, petting zoo, and evening bonfires, among many other attractions. When you’re all tapped out of the extra activities, head to the pumpkin patch and pick out a pumpkin. If you go on a weekday (Mon-Thu, 10am-7pm), the admission fee is just $8/person. Purchase timed tickets in advance.
Photo courtesy of Clark's Elioak Farm
4. Clark’s Elioak Farm — Ellicott City, MD
Pumpkin patch is open September 19 - November 8, 2020, from Tuesday-Sunday
This farm is truly enchanting, complete with a fairy garden, enchanted forest, storytimes, and more. Looking to get close to cute farm animals? There’s also a petting zoo. And for the pumpkin pickers, the seasonal pumpkin patch is open in the fall until the farm closes for the year on November 8. Purchase timed tickets before you go.
5. Queen Anne Farm — Mitchellville, MD
Pumpkin patch open daily from September 27 - October 31
Enjoy a tractor-pulled high ride to the pumpkin patch, where pumpkins ranging from itty bitty two-ouncers hang out alongside giant 200-pounders. Kids will enjoy the petting zoo and Pumpkin House, and don’t forget to browse the country store. If you hate the chore of cleaning out pumpkins for carving, you can purchase pre-cleaned gourds, ready to cut, from October 30-31.
6. Gaver Farm — Mount Airy, MD
Pumpkin patch open daily from September 4 - November 3, 2020
Hitch a free hayride to this Maryland pumpkin patch daily. No reservations necessary! If you want to enjoy more of the farm's kiddie attractions, book a ticket online for "Fall Fun Days," and they can try the slides, visit barnyard animals, attempt the corn maze, hit the playgrounds, and more activities.
Photo courtesy of Wayside Farm Fun
Pumpkin Patches in Northern Virginia
7. Wayside Farm Fun — Berryville, VA
Open September 26 - November 1, 2020, from Friday through Monday
Wayside Farm's autumn fun includes an 8-acre u-pick pumpkin patch, a corn maze, a pumpkin playhouse, a playground, pig races, and more. Reserve tickets online in 2020. Farm fun activities are a separate ticket from the Virginia pumpkin patch.
8. Great Country Farms Harvest Festival — Bluemont, VA
Open daily from September 28 - October 31, 2020
Pig races, apple cider donuts, and pumpkin picking, oh my! Families can head to Great Country Farms any day of the week for the annual Harvest Festival. Kids will love the 5-acre play area and P. Rex, the pumpkin-munching dinosaur. Rates vary depending on weekday or weekend admission and which activities you add on. Note: Weekend tickets have already been selling out for apple picking fun, so reserve your October weekend now.
9. Burke Nursery and Garden Centre — Burke, VA
Open daily from October 1 - October 31, 2020
While Burke is limiting its 2020 fall celebrations due to the coronavirus, families can still meander through this low-key Virginia pumpkin patch and enjoy the outdoors amid pumpkins and Halloween-inspired backdrops.
10. Fall at Cox Farms — Centreville, VA
Open daily from September 25 - November 2, 2020
Cox is pulling back a bit for the 2020 season, inviting pumpkin seekers to "drive-your-own-car" through the traditional hayride route. Don't worry, though - the How Tall This Fall? photo stations are up and ready to document gains in height made by little traditionalists. Last admission of the day is 45 minutes before closing. Tickets are available online only and are subject to availability. 2020 is a strange year, and this is a brand-new offering for Cox, so days/hours of operation are subject to change. Check online before you go.
A version of this article was first published in 2019.