It might still be hot and humid in D.C., but the first official day of fall is Friday. Celebrate the changing of the seasons by visiting the area's pumpkin patches and apple orchards at the locations below.
D.C. does not have an abundance of farms, but it does have the 14th and U Farmers’ Market with autumn treats and pumpkins for purchase, as the weather gets chillier.
This nearby favorite offers apple cider, hayrides and a pumpkin festival.
Admission is $12 per person, season passes are $25 per person.
Distance from D.C.: 35 miles
Kids and families alike have plenty to explore at Miller Farms. There are scenic wagon rides, a cow belly bouncer and barn tours where kids can interact with the animals.
Admission is $10 per person on weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On weekdays, admission is $9 per person, but appointments are by reservation only.
Distance from D.C.: 14 miles
The Harvest Fest at C&E Farms on Sundays in October is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It comes with face painting, a petting zoo, seasonal fresh produce, pumpkin patches and hayrides for $7.50 per person.
Distance from D.C.: 18 miles
Between pumpkin patches, hayrides and a moon bounce, this farm is for all ages. From September to November, Montpelier Farms is open on Fridays from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. General admission is $12 per person, but children 2 and under are free.
Distance from D.C.: 20 miles
The Maryland farm offers pumpkin picking for 59 cents per pound, apples for $1.59 per pound and hayrides on weekends for $4 per person.
Distance from D.C.: 31 miles
This sustainable farm offers a pumpkin patch, pumpkin cannon, corn maze and apple orchard on weekends.
Pumpkin prices vary by weight, apple prices by bag size.
Distance from D.C.: 40 miles
For apple cider lovers, this family-friendly farm and market has its own cider press and Apple Cider Festival. The farm boasts its own, patented apple: the Spencerville Red Apple.
Group tours of the farm, including pumpkin picking and wagon rides, vary in price.
Distance from D.C.: 24 miles
Fall fun begins with a tractor-pulled hay wagon ride, their children’s maze and life-sized hay animals. People in a hurry can also buy their pre-cleaned or pre-carved pumpkins.
Distance from D.C.: 29 miles
From Sept. 30 through Oct. 31, Miller Farms will offer wagon rides, pumpkin patches and a moon bounce. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekday admission is $9 per person and weekend admission is $10 per person.
Distance from D.C.: 17 miles
The name says it all. This Virginia pumpkin patch boasts a five-acre corn maze that you won’t mind getting lost in. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious plan your visit after hours for the “Night Maze” - don’t forget a flashlight!
Distance from D.C.: 55 miles
Cox is a family-owned farm, best known for it’s annual fall festival. Open daily from Sept. 22 - Oct. 31, the fest offers games, food, live entertainment, animals and classic autumn hayrides. Can’t wait until Halloween to get spooked? Cox’s Field of Fear has 20 acres of horror, including dead clowns and a haunted maze.
Admission prices vary from $6 per person for the basic farm visit to $30 per person for their field of fear events on peak visit nights.
Distance from D.C.: 40 miles
Get your pumpkin-picking fix at this Virginia farm. If pumpkins aren’t your thing, pick apples for just $1.99 per pound. After munching on cider donuts and made-to-order flatbread from the concession stand, take a walk over to Dirt Farm Brewing just across the street.
Distance from D.C.: 65 miles
Through Oct. 31, the nursery is holding its 23rd annual Fall Festival and Pumpkin Playground. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., admission costs on weekdays are $10 per person and $14 on weekends. Children two and under are free of charge. Each paid admission receives a carvable patch pumpkin and hayrides.
Distance from D.C.: 19 miles