Across Maryland and Virginia, the DMV’s best pumpkin patches have all the autumnal elements you need to celebrate fall with the family this year
If you’ve already decorated your home with fall everything, it’s time to pick out that perfect pumpkin that steals the show! Patches are mostly all open by now, so get ready for autumn fun in DC! From Montpelier Farms in Maryland to Wegmeyer Farms in Virginia, here are the DMV’s best pumpkin patches—all within an hour’s drive of Washington, DC—to visit this weekend. Happy pumpkin picking!
The Best Pumpkin Patches in Maryland
Sharp's at Waterford Farm
This 530-acre working farm offers nine pumpkin-punctuated open house events in October. Admission includes a hayride, pumpkin picking and feeding the animals. On the Day In The Life Of a Farmer tour, kids 2-10 will learn about beekeeping and how crops are grown, feed goats, navigate a mini corn maze, and take a hayride.
4003 Jennings Chapel Rd.
Butler's Orchard Festival
The Fairy Godmother may have turned a pumpkin into Cinderella’s carriage, but here pumpkins become fairytale characters who populate the orchard’s popular Pumpkinland. The farm also features hayrides. This farm often sells out, so purchasing your ticket online prior to arriving is recommended (bonus: you score a savings by buying in advance).
22222 Davis Mill Rd.
Looking for something a little more straightforward? Skip the extracurriculars and head here for some simple pumpkin picking. On weekends through Halloween, the farm offers hayrides to the patch, where shoppers can take their time deciding on their favorite member of the cucurbitaceae family, to which pumpkins, squash and gourds belong.
15604 Sugarland Rd.
Clark’s Elioak Farm
Known for its Enchanted Forest, this petting zoo farm has hayrides, cow trains, pony rides and more. If your pint-sized princess loves Cinderella, this is the perfect place to take a stroll through fairy tales and castles and leave with a pumpkin of your own.
10500 Clarksville Pike.
Ellicott City, MD
If you're looking for a pumpkin patch with all the bells and whistles, head here where admission includes corn mazes, hayrides, hill slides and an area for tikes 48 inches and smaller. Extra fees apply for duck races, pumpkin chunkin’ (yes, using slingshots!), and a scarecrow workshop. Stop at the pumpkin patch for an orange orb of fall goodness.
1720 Crain Hwy.
North, Upper Marlboro, MD
Fall Fun Festival at Gaver Farm
Before you pick a pumpkin to schlep around, cover the 45-plus attractions such as the jumping pillow, a petting zoo, giant slides, mini mazes, duck races and photo centers. When the sun goes down, Fall Fun Nights get started with a Moonlight Corn Maze, campfires, and s’mores.
5501 Detrick Rd.
Mount Airy, MD
Get into the spirit with ghost and goblin decorations at the farm, which offers 20-minute weekend hayrides through woods (please note: these no reservation tours are open to the public and do not include a stop in the pumpkin patch. If you would like to include a trip to the pumpkin patch, you must reserve a private hayride this year. You can also enjoy sunflower and apple picking on this farm!
2415 Woodbine Rd.
This farm boasts over 45 family activities and attractions. Check out Summer’s 12-acre cornfield maze, slides, farmer golf, and pumpkin and apple cannons. Candy lovers take note: the pumpkin cannon blasts out wrapped goodies one day a weekend. Fireworks can be viewed on Saturdays from Sep. 30 - Oct. 30.
5620 Butterfly Ln.
Put your thinking caps on for this one. Kids and adults alike can get a better sense of the path food takes from the farm to the table while also enjoying a wagon ride, petting zoo and, of course, the pumpkins.
12850 Shlagel Rd.
Queen Anne Farm
A tractor-pulled hay wagon will give your crew a ride to a pumpkin patch, which has squashes ranging in size from two ounces to more than 200 pounds. You can also make a free stop at the Insta-worthy Pumpkin House.
18102 Central Ave.
The Best Pumpkin Patches in Virginia
Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival at Great Country Farms
There’s a giant jumping pillow, slides and putt-putt. Take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch and get picturesque views of the mountains. Don't forget to head back on weekends in November for Pumpkin Chunkin'.
18780 Foggy Bottom Rd.
You can choose from over 50 different varieties at this u-pick field in Hamilton. These pumpkins are grown with a no-till process, so these fields don't get muddy! There is plenty of space to socially distance while picking your pumpkin off a vine. Reservations are required.
38299 Hughesville Rd.
During the fall, the 120-acre working farm hosts pig races, pumpkin drops and a corn maze. In the patch you'll find gladiator, full moon, fairytale and Cinderella varieties.
5273 Harry Byrd Hwy.