Pumpkin Season has arrived Washingtonians!
Changing leaves aside, is there something more autumnal than pumpkins? Probably not. Pumpkins are the predilect fruit of Fall (apart from apples), they’re in our lattes, our pies, cookies and even donuts sometimes. Nor is there something quite like a perfectly carved jack-o-lantern to get you into the mood for the spooky season. The versatile orange fruit is a total staple of Fall. That’s why we’ve put together this list of awesome pumpkin patches around DC, so you can pick out the perfect pumpkins to suit all your Fall cravings. Check ’em out!
Swing by this Alexandria fresh produce store to goof around in their pumpkin patch and stock up on fresh fruit and veggies for the week. Currently, on stock you’ll find pears, pumpkins, kale, mushrooms, potatoes, sweet potatoes, apples, squash and more! Nalls Produce is open Sunday through Thursday 10 am until 6 pm and Friday through Saturday 10 am until 7 pm.
Where: 7310 Beulah St, Alexandria, VA
2. Gaver Farm
Looking for a well-rounded Fall adventure? Then Gaver Farm is the place to go. Besides its bountiful pumpkin patch, the farm boasts more than 45 different fall attractions including a giant corn maze, cow trains, a giant slide, a petting farm and more! In the evenings they also host campfires and flashlight excursions into their corn maze. Their 12-acre pumpkin patch is open every day from 10 am until 6 pm and doesn’t require prior reservation.
Where: 5501 Detrick Rd, Mt Airy, MD
3. Rock Hill Orchard
Rock Hill Orchard it’s a total blast (literally). This fun farm not only has its regular and beautiful pumpkin patch but it also has a totally awesome pumpkin cannon. That’s right, at Rock Hill you’ll get to pick your pumpkins and chuck them around in their compressed-air “punpkin chunkin” machine. How far can a pumpkin fly with this totally awesome cannon you ask? Well, in 2013, the cannon set a world record of 4,382.96 feet, so we’d say pretty far!
Rock Hill Orchard is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 p to 5 pm.
Where: 28600 Ridge Rd, Mt Airy, MD
Jump on the tractor-led hayride and head into this 300-year old farm’s giant pumpkin patch. Belvedere’s pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes so you can wander around the patch and pick the perfect one. And if you run out of time, the patch is also lit on Friday and Saturday nights so you can get some extra time under the moonlight, who knows you might even get a glimpse at the “Great Pumpkin” of Peanuts comic strip fame! The farm is open every Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am until 2 pm and is also open on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 pm to 10 pm.
Where: 1410 Belvedere Dr, Fredericksburg, VA
Take your pick of the patch at Wegmeyer Farms. This Virginia farm offers over 50 varieties of pumpkins including traditional jack-o-lanterns and all kinds of unique heirloom varieties perfect for kicking your Fall decorating up a notch! Pumpkin picking season at Wegmeyer starts on September 28 will be open Thursdays through Sundays and October 12 from 10 am to 6 pm.
Where: 38299 Hughesville Road, Hamilton, VA
Find the perfect pumpkin and venture into Marylands largest corn maze at Winterbrook Farms. This farm located in Thurmont has plenty to offer aside from pumpkins aplenty, of course. Take advantage of your day out on the farm and try out the zipline, mountain lines, apple cannons and more than 10 other super fun activities! Winterbrook Farms is open every Sunday and Saturday from 10 pm until 6 pm and requires guests to reserve their tickets for their Fall Festival.
Where: 13001 Creagerstown Rd, Thurmont, MD
Fall festivities at Sharp’s starts on September 28 and will offer hayrides, scarecrow making, a corn maze, feeding farm animals as well as their totally awesome pumpkin patch! Fall activities at the farm will be open every weekend from 10 am until 5 pm.
Where: 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd, Brookeville, MD
See also: 10 Awesome Day Trips From Washington DC
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