Does this time of year make you start thinking about hayrides, pumpkin patches and corn mazes? Fall is in the air and Maryland has some great places to go to ring in autumn and find that perfect pumpkin to carve up for Halloween. These are our 4 favorites in the area!
Summer’s Farm is located at 5620 Butterfly Lane in Frederick, Maryland. It is well worth making the 50 minute drive from Silver Spring. This is the kind of place youcan spend all day and still not get to everything. Summer’s offers so many amenities that it is high up on our list of favorites. There are farm animals to pet and feed, live music, pig races, corn mazes, hay rides, pumpkin patches, multiple corn pits, slides and more slides, 2 large air pillows to jump on, apple guns, pumpkin cannons, concessions and ample parking! They even have a quiet, private area for moms and new babies to slip away for some down time or privacy to nurse. I always have a bit of sticker shock when we get our wristbands, but then after the day is over I realize it was worth every penny. Wristbands are $17 each, but can be purchased ahead of time to avoid the line and save 10% using the code PIG10. Things not included in the admission price are the pumpkins by the pound from the pumpkin patch, concessions and the apple guns. There are campfires with picnic tables available
reserve for those that want to extend the evening past sun down and enjoy some smores! This place can get busy, but you never feel like you can’t find your group because of how it is set up. Get more information and advance purchase tickets at summersfarm.com
Gaver Tree Farm & Pumpkin Patch is located at 5501 Detrick Road in Mount Airy, Maryland and is also well worth the 50 minute drive from Silver Spring. Gaver Farm has an extensive corn maze, animals to pet, hayrides and wagon rides, pick your own pumpkin patch, pre-picked pumpkins, concessions, a large corn pit and air pillows. Depending on the weather, apple picking may also still be available. There is a small pond with ducks to feed and duck races as well. If you find yourself ready to head out before the month of October, Gavers tends to open a week or so earlier than the other options in the area. There is a large, concrete floor barn with picnic tables for folks to escape the sun and relax for a bit. You’ll find everything you need here to decorate your porch and home for fall (mums, hay bales, pumpkins and the like) in there. If you don’t make it here for the pumpkin patch, you should certainly consider it for your next Christmas tree! They offer a great variety of cut your own or pre-cut trees that are well-taken care and last throughout the holiday season. Admission is $11/person for all folks 2 years and older. Get more information as gaverfarm.com
Homestead Farm is located at 15604 Sugarland Road in Poolesville, Maryland. It’s slightly closer than the previous pumpkin patches with a 40 minute drive from the Silver Spring area. Homestead Farm is much more of a farm experience than Gaver’s and Summer’s. There are many farm animals to walk around to pet, feed and even hold. If your kids want to milk a cow or hold a chicken then this is the place for them. They do offer hayrides to the pumpkin patch and also welcome folks to walk. Pumpkins are bought by the pound. Refreshments are available for purchase.They also offer other pick your own crops throughout the year. Admission is free, but hayrides are $4/person for all riders 2 years and older. Get more information at homestead-farm.net.
Butler’s Orchard is located at 22222 Davis Mill Rd in Germantown, Maryland and is the closest of the options with approximately a 35 minute drive from the Silver Spring area. Because of its close proximity it tends to be VERY busy! They do have ample parking and plenty to do though. Butler’s offers a pumpkin patch, hayrides, a corn maze, corn pits, slides, animals to pet and feed, picnic areas and concessions, a pumpkin cannon, live music and a great farm market to buy a few things to take home and stock your pantry and fridge with. Face painting and pony rides are also available for additional purchase. This year will be their 37th annual pumpkin festival so you know it’s a well-run machine! Butler’s offers other pick your own crops throughout the year as well as cut your own Christmas trees. Admission is cash only and is $12/person for everyone 2 years and older. Get more information at butlersorchard.com.