Fall Fun With Mazes, Pumpkins, and Apples Around DC

Kristi Campbell - Washington Dc
October 7, 2014

For those of us in the DC area, October is often touted as a family's favorite season. Fall is a magical time for children, full of pumpkin patches, apple orchards, and corn mazes. Whether you prefer an all-day getaway to a spot complete with festivities, slides, pumpkins, animal petting and more, or a quiet day gathering the fruits of the season, Savvy has some great destinations to share with you.

Cox Farms

Each year, Cox Farms (Centreville, VA) hosts a fall festival through November 4. Complete with swings, slides, and local apple tasting, you and your family will enjoy a lovely fall outing here. Cornundrum, while not a maze, is a winding path with surprises, caves, and pirates around every turn. The maze at Cox is made of straw bales and is full of caves, climbing opportunities, and jump-in-it fun. Whether you prefer llamas, goats, bunnies, or chickens, you'll delight in them all during this fall festival. Younger children will forever remember their fenced-in Kiddie Zone, full of musical instruments, a wooden train, and a corn crib.

Larriland Farm

Bring the family to pick your own apples, flowers, beets and whatever else is in season at Larriland Farm in Woodbine, MD. Enjoy a Saturday or Sunday hayride, or simply revel in the fall color display of the changing leaves. There are thousands of pumpkins, yours for the picking, apple cider, and proper Halloween decor of ghosts and goblins.

Dick and Jane's Farm

Enjoy a hayride, choosing a pumpkin, and a cornstalk maze at Dick and Jane's Farm in Harwood, MD. Pick apples, squash, or sit back and remember what fun fall is with a great hay ride through the farm. Dick and Jane's Farm also has an option where you can roast marshmallows or hot dogs by campfire in the woods. They provide everything but the food.

Green Street Gardens

Green Street Gardens' Fall Festival offers an incredible five-acre maze, a straw castle, and an underground slide. This is one of those farms that you'll want to spend the day at. And with a tire tower to climb, a delightful corn box, a jumping pillow, and even pumpkin bowling, why wouldn't you?

Montpelier Farms

Want the area's largest corn maze? Visit Montpelier Farms, complete with a seven-acre corn maze for the brave, or a smaller one for tiny children. Little kids will delight in the cow bounce, a bounce house set up for them to burn off some steam. Pick your own pumpkin, visit the coffee shop and farmers market, or build your own campfire with wood provided. Roasting sticks and s'mores kits are available for purchase.

Pumpkin Village

Pumpkin Village (formerly Pumpkinville) located in Leesburg, VA, is a Savvy favorite and most definitely worth the drive from urban DC or Maryland. The giant slides will thrill young and old alike, and the entire family will revel in being up close, petting and feeding camels, goats, and more. Come jump in the moon bounces, go on a spider web crawl, and get lost (and found) in the great kids' maze. Everybody enjoys fresh apples and cider at stations near the entrance, brings home a miniature pumpkin at the end of the day, and can even ride a camel on the weekends. They also allow field trips, so book your child's school or group today.

Does your family enjoy the fall? If so, what are some of your favorite activities, pumpkin patches, and apple orchards?

Kristi Rieger Campbell's passion is writing and drawing stupid-looking pictures for her blog, Finding Ninee. It began with a memoir about her special-needs son Tucker, abandoned when she read that a publisher would rather shave a cat than read another memoir. Kristi writes for a variety of parenting websites including Huffington Post Parents, has been published in four popular anthologies, received 2014 BlogHer's Voice of the Year People's Choice Award, and was a proud cast member of the DC Listen to Your Mother show.      

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