5 Amazing Maryland Pumpkin Patches near Washington DC
Apple cider doughnuts, getting lost in a corn maze, finding the perfect or the “perfectly imperfect” pumpkin…Below are our suggestions for 5 great Maryland pumpkin patches near Washington DC, enjoy!
What To Bring:
- Sunscreen and hats
- Layers (you never know with the unpredictable Fall weather!)
- Camera for those picturesque family photos
- Picnic lunch, or cash for snacks
- Comfortable shoes (rubber boots are great for trudging through apple orchards!)
*For those suffering from environmental allergies keep in mind that you will most likely be exposed to grass, straw, animal hair or possibly mold during your visit to the pumpkin patch.
5 Maryland Pumpkin Patches Near Washington DC
- Butler’s Orchard, 22222 Davis Mill Road Germantown, MD 20876. Tel: (301) 972-3299
- Weekend Festival Admission: $12 per person over the age of 2
Butlers’s Orchard is a huge family run farm in Montgomery County, MD. Butler’s has a large festival every weekend in October with live music and food venders. The food is great – favorites of mine include the quinoa and sweet potato stew and the pit BBQ sandwiches with fries and freshly brewed tea.
Included in the festival admission are hayrides to the pumpkin patch, giant slides, a playground, corn pits, a ride on the farm tractors, straw and corn mazes, rubber duck races, and more.
Bring CASH for entry fees, food and additional activities (face painting, pony rides, etc). Butler’s also has a really great farmer’s market with fresh produce, delicious baked goods and seasonal decorations and crafts.
BONUS: If you want to make a full day of it, explore the festival and then pick some apples to take home or let the kids pick wild flowers to make their own seasonal bouquets.
- Summers Farm, 5620 Butterfly Lane Frederick, Maryland. Tel: (301) 620-9316
- Weekend Admission: $17. Weekday $10 (check online for “supersaver days” and other discounts)
Summers’ farm is a real working farm with a ton of kid-friendly activities. This farm is best suited for an active family, as there are huge slides, giant bouncing pillows (our favorite!), corn bins, a huge corn maze, animals, apple cannons, pick your own pumpkins with a hayride, a treasure hunt, food concessions and much more! Expect some crowds as you enter the farm and during checkout before you leave.
Summers’ has several food options available on the weekends, but it’s somewhat limited during the week. There is a small farmer’s market at check out and the homemade cider doughnuts are a must-try! If you have older kids or want to stay until the evening fireworks, you can rent a fire pit. Summers’ farm now offers fireworks in the evening and wood-fired pizza – both just added this year!
- Gaver Farm, 5501 Detrick Road Mt. Airy, Maryland. Tel: (301) 865-3515
- Fall Fun Festival admission: $7.75 per person (weekdays) and $11.00 per person (weekends). Children 2 & under are free.
Included in the entry fee: Hayrides, corn maze, giant slide, animals, jumping pillow, cow train (runs on the weekends), playground, giant tricycles, rubber duck races, corn pit and more! You can also pick your own apples for an additional cost. There is also a farmer’s market at Gaver’s that sells baked and canned goods, fresh apples and pumpkins, and some seasonal items. On the weekend food from the grill is available for purchase.
- Jumbo’s, 6521 Holter Road Middletown, Maryland. Tel: (301) 371-6874
Jumbo’s is a smaller pumpkin patch with free admission. While Jumbo’s doesn’t offer a long list of activities, if it’s just pumpkins and a free hayride you’re after, then look no further (hayrides run Friday-Sunday)! There is also a petting zoo, play area and general store. While the entry is free, additional activities are available for purchase such as a corn maze, pony rides and face painting (Saturday and Sunday only). Be sure to look online for discounts on the corn maze!
- Larriland, 2415 Woodbine Road Woodbine, MD. Tel: (410) 442-2605
- Admission: Free. Weekend Hayride: $6.50 additional fees for Straw Maze & Boo Barn
Larriland is another small farm with no entry fee but the option to pay for additional activities. There is a pumpkin patch, a 20-minute hayride through decorated woods and a stream, a straw maze and the Haunted Barn. The hayrides only run on Saturdays and Sundays for the public. If you plan to visit with a large group it is possible to reserve a hayride during the week. At Larriland you can also ‘pick your own apples’ and grab a bite to eat on the weekends (apple fritters, hot dogs, etc).