Best Pumpkin Patches Near DC for Kids and Families
Nothing says autumn like a trip to the pumpkin patch. 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 area. So we've put together a list of our favorite pumpkin patches near DC for kids and families. Many of these pumpkin patches near DC are part of local farms with fun fall festivals, elaborate corn mazes, playgrounds, petting zoos, and other fun activities.
Read on for our list of 14 great pumpkin patches near DC for families. For even more ways to celebrate autumn, check out our Fall Fun Guide for Washington, DC kids and our Halloween Events and Activities Guide for Kids in Washington, DC.
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Hunt for the biggest pumpkin at Butler's Orchard.
1. Butler's Orchard — Germantown
Butler's Orchard's Pumpkin Festival takes place on Wednesdays through Sundays from late September through late October. Admission to the festival includes a visit to the pick-your-own-pumpkin patch and a slew of other activities, including hayrides, a corn maze, jump pads, farm animals, giant slides, pedal tractors, and more. It is strongly recommended that you buy tickets ahead of time online—especially on weekends—to ensure that they are not sold out.
2. FarmAtHome — Poolesville
This quaint fruit and vegetable farm invites kids and families to enjoy a quiet fall outing filled with pumpkin picking, photo ops, picnicking, caramel apples, cider sipping, and other seasonal attractions. Prepaid appointments are required, but the payment can later be applied to the purchase of items on-site. Sensory-friendly appointments are also available. Open through the end of October.
3. Homestead Farm — Poolesville
Looking for a straightforward, relaxing pumpkin-patch experience? Homestead Farm has just that. Along with a plethora of pumpkins, apples are also currently in season. Admission costs just a few dollars for everyone age 2 and older; after that, just pay for what you pick. The pumpkin patch is open daily from late September through Halloween, and you may just get a glimpse of goats, pigs, and other farm animals.
4. Montpelier Farms — Upper Marlboro
Head over to Montpelier Farms for its annual fall festival, which takes place on select days from mid September through early November. The festival includes a variety of activities like corn mazes, hayrides, pumpkin bowling, a petting zoo, evening bonfires, and more. When you’re all tapped out of the activities, head to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin. You can also forgo the festival and visit just the pumpkin patch for free; you'll only have to pay for the pumpkins you pick. If you do want to go to the festival, pre-purchase tickets online to streamline your visit.
5. Clark’s Elioak Farm — Ellicott City
This farm is truly magical for young kids, with a fairy garden, an enchanted forest, storytimes, and more. If you're looking to get close to cute farm animals, there’s also a petting zoo. And from mid September through Halloween, you can pick a child-sized pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, as well as larger and mini pumpkins and gourds from the farm market. Clark's Elioak Farm is open Tuesdays through Sundays in September and daily in October.
Plump pumpkins and pretty views make Queen Anne Farm a must-visit in the fall.
6. Queen Anne Farm — Mitchellville
Enjoy a tractor-pulled hayride to the pumpkin patch, where pumpkins ranging from itty bitty two-ouncers to 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, on October 30 and 31. Queen Anne Farm's pumpkin patch is open daily October through early November.
7. Gaver Farm — Mount Airy
Gaver Farm's Fall Fun Fest takes place every day from early September through Halloween. At the festival, kids can cruise down giant slides, pet and feed barnyard animals, wind their way through the corn maze, hit the playgrounds, and participate in many more of the festival's 60-plus attractions. Festival admission also includes a hayride to the pick-your-own pumpkin patch. If pumpkins are all you are after, you don't have to pay admission—just take a free hayride to the pumpkin patch!
8. Jumbo's Pumpkin Patch — Middletown
Jumbo's Pumpkin Patch is open daily from late September through Halloween. Weekday admission is free and includes a large selection of pumpkins and mums, fall shopping, and a petting zoo. On Fridays, guests can also enjoy hayrides to the pumpkin patch, multiple play areas, and (for a fee) a 20-acre corn maze. Jumbo's charges a fee for admission on Saturdays and Sundays to tis fall festival, which features all of the Friday activities and many more.
Take a peek inside the Pumpkin Hut at Summers Farm.
9. Summers Farm — Middletown
Families can enjoy over 45 fun activities at the Summers Farm Fall Festival, including wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, corn pits, mini golf, a pumpkin train, and lots more. The farm is also known for its interactive corn maze, which includes 2.5 miles of trails and a hidden scenic bridge. The theme of this year's maze is Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.
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10. Wayside Farm — Berryville
From late September through late October, Wayside Farm is open Thursdays through Sundays for fall fun including a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, a 10-acre corn maze, a pumpkin playhouse, a playground, giant slides, a hayride, pig races, and lots more. You can also skip the activities and just visit the pumpkin patch.
Pick your pumpkin right off the vine at Great Country Farms.
11. Great Country Farms — Bluemont
Pig races, apple cider donuts, and pumpkin picking, oh my! Families can head to Great Country Farms any day of the week in October for its annual Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival. Kids will love the 12-acre play area, the corn maze, and P. Rex, the pumpkin-munching dinosaur. Advance tickets are recommended for weekend visits and can be purchased online. Active-duty military and veterans can get free admission on weekdays for up to six family members.
12. Burke Nursery and Garden Centre — Burke
While Burke Nursery is well known for its annual Pumpkin Playground, it is limiting its fall activities due to COVID for the third year in a row. Still, families looking for a low-key experience can meander through the pumpkin patch for free to find the perfect gourds and take pictures in front of Halloween-inspired backdrops. There will also be several play structures available for kids. The pumpkin patch is open every day in October.
13. Cox Farms — Centreville
The wildly popular Cox Farms Fall Festival, open Thursdays through Mondays, is back from mid September through early November. The fun includes the farm's famous 20-minute hayride, tons of slides, a goat village, a tractor museum, and lots more. At the end of it all, you can choose your perfect pumpkin from the makeshift pumpkin patch, which includes pumpkins brought in from other farms.
The variety of gourds at Wegmeyer Farms are perfect for fall decorating.
14. Wegmeyer Farms — Hamilton
Wegmeyer Farms grows a whopping 50 varieties of pumpkins, from traditional Jack-O-Lantern pumpkins to unique heirloom varieties. You can visit the pumpkin field to pick your own pumpkins right off the vine, or shop for pre-picked ones. Wegmeyer Farms is open for pumpkin picking Thursdays through Mondays beginning in late September, and the farm asks that you reserve a time to visit ahead of time online.
15. Hollin Farms — Delaplane
For a no-frills pick-your-own pumpkin experience without the crowds or endless activities, head over to this four-generation family farm. In addition to picking pumpkins, families can pick apples and fall greens, and they can even dig their own peanuts and potatoes. Leashed dogs are allowed on the farm; just not in the pumpkin patch of vegetable gardens.
All photos courtesy of the farms
This post was originally published in 2019 and is updated annually.