Apple cider doughnuts, getting lost in a corn maze, finding the perfect or the “perfectly imperfect” pumpkin…Below are our suggestions for 5 great Maryland pumpkin patches near Washington DC, enjoy!
What To Bring:
- Sunscreen and hats
- Layers (you never know with the unpredictable Fall weather!)
- Camera for those picturesque family photos
- Picnic lunch, or cash for snacks
- Comfortable shoes (rubber boots are great for trudging through apple orchards!)
*For those suffering from environmental allergies keep in mind that you will most likely be exposed to grass, straw, animal hair or possibly mold during your visit to the pumpkin patch.
5 Maryland Pumpkin Patches Near Washington DC
- Butler’s Orchard, 22222 Davis Mill Road Germantown, MD 20876. Tel: (301) 972-3299
- Weekend Festival Admission: $12 per person over the age of 2
Butlers’s Orchard is a huge family run farm in Montgomery County, MD. Butler’s has a large festival every weekend in October with live music and food venders. The food is great – favorites of mine include the quinoa and sweet potato stew and the pit BBQ sandwiches with fries and freshly brewed tea.
Included in the festival admission are hayrides to the pumpkin patch, giant slides, a playground, corn pits, a ride on the farm tractors, straw and corn mazes, rubber duck races, and more.
Bring CASH for entry fees, food and additional activities (face painting, pony rides, etc). Butler’s also has a really great farmer’s market with fresh produce, delicious baked goods and seasonal decorations and crafts.
BONUS: If you want to make a full day of it, explore the festival and then pick some apples to take home or let the kids pick wild flowers to make their own seasonal bouquets.
- Summers Farm, 5620 Butterfly Lane Frederick, Maryland. Tel: (301) 620-9316
- Weekend Admission: $17. Weekday $10 (check online for “supersaver days” and other discounts)
Summers’ farm is a real working farm with a ton of kid-friendly activities. This farm is best suited for an active family, as there are huge slides, giant bouncing pillows (our favorite!), corn bins, a huge corn maze, animals, apple cannons, pick your own pumpkins with a hayride, a treasure hunt, food concessions and much more! Expect some crowds as you enter the farm and during checkout before you leave.
Summers’ has several food options available on the weekends, but it’s somewhat limited during the week. There is a small farmer’s market at check out and the homemade cider doughnuts are a must-try! If you have older kids or want to stay until the evening fireworks, you can rent a fire pit. Summers’ farm now offers fireworks in the evening and wood-fired pizza – both just added this year!
- Gaver Farm, 5501 Detrick Road Mt. Airy, Maryland. Tel: (301) 865-3515
- Fall Fun Festival admission: $7.75 per person (weekdays) and $11.00 per person (weekends). Children 2 & under are free.
Included in the entry fee: Hayrides, corn maze, giant slide, animals, jumping pillow, cow train (runs on the weekends), playground, giant tricycles, rubber duck races, corn pit and more! You can also pick your own apples for an additional cost. There is also a farmer’s market at Gaver’s that sells baked and canned goods, fresh apples and pumpkins, and some seasonal items. On the weekend food from the grill is available for purchase.
- Jumbo’s, 6521 Holter Road Middletown, Maryland. Tel: (301) 371-6874
Jumbo’s is a smaller pumpkin patch with free admission. While Jumbo’s doesn’t offer a long list of activities, if it’s just pumpkins and a free hayride you’re after, then look no further (hayrides run Friday-Sunday)! There is also a petting zoo, play area and general store. While the entry is free, additional activities are available for purchase such as a corn maze, pony rides and face painting (Saturday and Sunday only). Be sure to look online for discounts on the corn maze!
- Larriland, 2415 Woodbine Road Woodbine, MD. Tel: (410) 442-2605
- Admission: Free. Weekend Hayride: $6.50 additional fees for Straw Maze & Boo Barn
Larriland is another small farm with no entry fee but the option to pay for additional activities. There is a pumpkin patch, a 20-minute hayride through decorated woods and a stream, a straw maze and the Haunted Barn. The hayrides only run on Saturdays and Sundays for the public. If you plan to visit with a large group it is possible to reserve a hayride during the week. At Larriland you can also ‘pick your own apples’ and grab a bite to eat on the weekends (apple fritters, hot dogs, etc).
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Washington, D.C. Travel Resources
Your Washington, D.C. vacation doesn’t have to be stressful. We’ve got the resources you need to plan your trip and make the most out of your time in the city and surrounding area. If this is your first time to the capital region, check out our Washington, D.C. trip planner and itineraries.
For transportation, check out our D.C. driving guide and our guide on how to ride the metro. For those flying in, you’ll want to read our guides to BWI, DCA and IAD airports.
Dive into our things to do in D.C., which is always being updated and evolving to make sure you have the latest and greatest activities to fill your checklist of things to do. Don’t forget about food, the real reason we all travel, right? Our Washington, D.C. restaurant guide will get you started and lead you into neighborhoods full of delicious treats.
For more resources, check out our pages on Baltimore, Richmond and beyond.
Where to Stay in Washington, D.C.
Budget: When it comes to Washington, D.C. budget hotels, prices vary depending on the season. In the middle of October, a four-star hotel could be under $150, while in December it may be over $400. At any given time of year, though, Hotel Hive is a safe bet for value when it comes to resting your head. If you are looking for a hostel, Hi Washington D.C. Downtown is well located for exploring all of the D.C. museums, restaurants and bars at the fraction of the price of a hotel. Check rates and availability here.
Mid-range: Every USA hotel chain can be found in Washington, D.C., but stay at the St. Gregory Hotel when you want a local touch. The modern, light-filled rooms will welcome you to the city, whether you are in a studio or suite with wraparound terrace. The hotel is walking distance to Georgetown, the National Mall and Embassy Row, making it easy to explore without a rental car. Check rates and availability here.
Luxury: You are spoiled for choice when it comes to luxury hotels in Washington, D.C. We love cozying up at the Graham Georgetown, a sweet little boutique hotel in one of the hottest neighborhoods in the city. Check rates and availability here. Major hotel brands like The Fairmont, Mandarin Oriental, Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons Hotel Washington D.C. and St. Regis Washington D.C. all have outposts here as well. If you want something a bit more historic, we recommend The Jefferson, Washington D.C. Ninety-nine rooms in this luxury boutique hotel bring together an attentive staff, petite spa, and the Michelin-starred Plume restaurant with all of the history you could hope for when you are in the nation’s capital. Check rates and availability here.
Family-friendly: We always gravitate towards the Kimpton hotels whenever we are traveling with kids. Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington D.C., once the General Post Office building, is located in the Penn Quarter neighborhood just four blocks off the National Mall near the National Gallery of Art. Price point is mid-range, depending on the time of year you visit. Parents will love the nightly wine events and evening nightcap perks as well as complimentary coffee and a tea bar each morning. Kids will love that they can borrow a fish friend for their stay, and that there is always a treat on hand that they can enjoy, and the robes are just their size. Kimpton also has adult and child-size bikes to borrow so you can cruise around town during your stay. Check rates and availability here.
Planning a Trip to Washington, D.C.? Don’t Forget Travel Insurance!
Whether you are traveling domestically or coming from an international destination, travel insurance is a must for anyone coming to Washington, D.C. You will be exploring both inside and outdoors; hiking may even happen if you get adventurous. You could find yourself on a Segway or bike tour. The city is highly populated and accidents and crime do happen. This is not to scare you, but to prepare you for what could occur when you are checking out the free museums, exploring neighborhoods, finding the best food and learning about the local street art. Should something happen, travel insurance has you covered. Check rates and availability here.
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