Sweater weather, pumpkin spice everything, warm side of the color wheel. That’s right, Fall has arrived and we couldn’t be more excited! The DC metro area has plenty to offer for those of us longing to wave goodbye to those hot summer days and say hello to crisp Autumn offerings. Check out our list of activities that are sure to keep you entertained all season long.
1) Visit Shenandoah National Park
Whether you’re looking for great fall color or a hiker’s paradise, Shenandoah has you covered. Nestled just 75 miles away from Washington, D.C., this park boats over 500 miles of hiking trails, 105 which are part of the Appalachian Trail. Hiking not your thing? Travel along Skyline Drive to view some of the most spectacular seasonal leaves change color, or stop for a picnic. $30 single vehicle entry fee. Follow this link for our recommended point of entry: https://goo.gl/maps/YhW89EYNFeq8q8BV9
2) Pumpkin Patches for the Family
COX farms - Centreville, VA. Family-owned since 1972, hosts one of the largest Fall Festivals in the area.
Great Country Farms - Bluemont, VA. Large farm with plenty of activities. Check out the pig race! Wristband also gets you 10% off wine bottles at their sister business, Bluemont Vinyard.
Queen Anne Farm - Bowie, MD. Traditional family farm with lots of produce, flowers, and pumpkins. Free admission!
Gaver Farm - Mt. Airy, MD. 7-acre corn maze. 60 additional attractions. Food market, barn bakery, and hayrides.
3) Scream at a Haunted Forest
Markhoff’s Haunted Forest in Dickerson, MD is the state’s greatest Halloween event. They offer multiple haunted trails, as well as a haunted village with zip lines, a DJ, food, and the biggest bonfires around. They promise you will soil yourself! Grab tickets online before they sell out!
Need something stronger? Check out the newest kid on the orchard block. Capitol Cider House is a DC Cidery offering locally-sourced, made-in-house hard ciders. Hard cider is the original American beverage of choice, but it fell to the wayside during prohibition. Haute or cold, cider is the perfect beverage. Capitol Cider House hosts a variety of family-friendly events all season long, so kids and adults can all have fun. Please drink responsibly.