It's been a warm and humid start to the season, but fall really is here. Celebrate the changing of the seasons by visiting the D.C. area's pumpkin patches and apple orchards.
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. The market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Nov. 17.
This nearby favorite offers apple cider, hayrides and a pumpkin festival featuring hayrides, hayloft jumps, a corn maze, giant slides, a pumpkin cannon and food. Admission is $12 per person; kids younger than two get in for free. The fest is open on weekends through the end of October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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 (with a free pumpkin) through the end of October, but admission is by reservation only and must be booked 48 hours in advance.
Distance from D.C.: 14 miles
The Harvest Fest at C&E Farms on the last two Saturdays in October is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It comes with face painting, a petting zoo, seasonal fresh produce, pumpkin patches and hayrides for $10.
Distance from D.C.: 18 miles
Between pumpkin patches, hayrides and a moon bounce, Montpelier Farms is for all ages. Their fall festival is open through Nov. 4 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., although some attractions close at dark for safety reasons. General admission is $12 per person, but children age two and under get in free.
Distance from D.C.: 20 miles
The Maryland farm offers pumpkin picking for 65 cents per pound, apples for $2.49 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 Spencerville Red Apple, which can only be found at their market. Group tours of the farm, including pumpkin picking and wagon rides, are available.
Distance from D.C.: 24 miles
Fall fun begins with a tractor-pulled hay wagon ride, a maze for kids and life-sized hay animals. Not particularly skilled at pumpkin carving? You can also buy pre-cleaned or pre-carved pumpkins. Prices vary.
Distance from D.C.: 29 miles
Pumpkin Hill is open at Nalls, featuring apples, squash, plenty of apple cider, and of course, a pumpkin patch. Stop to take a selfie at the pumpkin wall.
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 its annual fall festival. Open daily through Nov. 6, 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 $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 annual Fall Festival and Pumpkin Playground, open daily. Admission is $10 per person on weekdays and $14 on weekends. Children two and under get in free. Each paid admission receives a carvable patch pumpkin and hayrides. Kids younger than two get in free with paid adult admissions.
Distance from D.C.: 19 miles