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The Best Pumpkin Patches

Kaela Cote-Stemmermann
Kaela Cote-Stemmermann
Posted on September 20, 2022   |   Updated on June 18
Sky Meadows State Park in VA. (Virginia State Parks/ Flickr)

Sky Meadows State Park in VA. (Virginia State Parks/ Flickr)

Thursday is the first day of fall, and I’m not above making it my whole personality. Kick it off with a festive trip to the ole’ pumpkin patch. These farms are all day-tripable. Picking starts in late September.

  • Queen Anne Farm – Jump in the tractor-pulled hay wagon in search of your perfect pumpkin. They even have a pumpkin house? Admission: $10/car, Drive from D.C.: 45 min
  • Montpelier Farm – Truly a fall wonderland, Montpelier has pumpkins, a corn maze, giant slides, and animals. Admission: Varies, Drive from D.C.: 50 min
  • Sharp’s at Waterford – Has a different fall festival practically every weekend. Take your pick. Admission: $9/person, Drive from D.C.: 60 min
  • Butler’s Orchard – Check out the great farmers market and kids’ play park while you’re there. Admission: $5/person, Drive from D.C.: 50 min
  • Wegmeyer Farm – Find 50 varieties of pumpkins from Jack-O-Lanterns to giant green heirlooms. Admission: $30 (includes pumpkins), Drive from D.C.: 75 min
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