Fall is here — and it’s pumpkin patch time! With 5 kids under the age of 11, Redux Realty Lead Agent Chris Craddock is a pumpkin patch pro. Here are his top five favorite picks for your family this fall:
1) Ticonderoga Farms — set on acres of beautiful countryside (and not too far a drive), Ticonderoga has it all … chickens to chase, air pillows to jump on, bamboo mazes, hayrides, slides, forts, a castle for goats and, of course, an enormous pumpkin patch. We visited last fall and were amazed by the size of the place (it wasn’t too crowded, either) — it was paradise for kids who want to run around and explore the great outdoors.
OPEN: September 19th-November 8th, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
COST: Weekdays $9.95, Weekends $16.95
2) Leesburg Animal Park — if animals are your favorite, Leesburg Animal Park is or you! We love that we can feed barnyard pets by hand (and see a few more exotic species) while getting to play on all the fun pumpkin patch toys, too!
OPEN: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
COST: Adults, $11.95, Children & Seniors $9.95 (Children under 2 are FREE)
CLICK HERE for Pumpkin Village Coupon!
3) Cox Farms — no Northern Virginia pumpkin patch list is complete without the area’s premier pumpkin patch, the enormous fall spectacular of Cox Farms. Cox Farms has it all, and then some. It tends to be a lot pricier (and much more crowded) than other local pumpkin patches, which is why it is #3 on our list.
OPEN: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. through November (closes at 5 p.m. in November)
COST: Prices Vary Depending on the Day … ranges from as low as $5 all the way up to $17 a person. Under age two is FREE. Hint: GO ON A WEEKDAY! 🙂
4) Merrifield Garden Center — we call the Merrifield Garden Center the zoo for plants … if you are looking for a FREE fall activity that you and your kids will love, it’s hard to beat splashing in the fountains, walking through the groves of trees, and eating all the popcorn you can handle. Koi ponds, waterfalls, the last of the butterflies … and, of course, plenty of pumpkins! There are no slides or trampolines here, but you can’t beat the FREE beauty of fall!
OPEN: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at three locations (Gainesville is the biggest, but Fair Oaks is the most beautiful)
COST: FREE!!! (Unless you can’t resist buying the amazing plants for sale!
5) The Corn Maze in the Plains. No pumpkin patch list is complete without a bona fide trip to a nighttime corn maze. Our long standing favorite is the Corn Maze in the Plains … known for it’s elaborate designs land (their apple butter is pretty amazing, too). Voted repetitively as the “Top Corn Maze Attraction in the DC Area”, it’s open in the day, too … but definitely even more fun/creepy at night!
OPEN: Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 2 through November 7th, 6-10 p.m. and daily on weekends
COST: $10 General Admission, $9 for 12 and under, Under 3 is FREE