These are the absolute best pumpkin patches in Maryland. Your kids will love picking pumpkins and tons of other fun fall activities! (updated for 2023!) Includes a Google Map with all the locations!
There is probably nothing that says ‘fall fun‘ more than picking out the perfect pumpkin (or pumpkins) with your kids. You arrive at the pumpkin patch staging area, load up into a tractor drawn hayride and set out across the fields to acres upon acres of bright orange pumpkins just waiting to be picked and treasured!
Perhaps the pumpkin patch will offer fall fun activities along with pumpkin picking. Some of our favorites are mountain slides, corn mazes, and cow trains. If you are lucky the farm or pumpkin patch will serve delicious (and I mean absolutely drool-worthy) treats like cider donuts, pumpkin spice anything, caramel apples….
Believe it or not, Maryland know how to celebrate the fall season! There are tons of pumpkin patches you can visit this fall. These 30+ pumpkin patches stand out though. They are all so much fun and you will not come home disappointed!
All of these pumpkin patches will definitely serve up fantastic family fun this fall!
1. Butler’s Orchard
Address: 22222 Davis Mill Rd, Germantown, MD 20876
I can’t say enough great things about the Butler’s Orchard Pumpkin Festival. It really does have it all. This is the first pumpkin picking experience we ever visited when my daughter was only 1 year old! It has the best caramel apples ever. There are animals, rubber duck races, live music, a great hay bale barn, and more!
You can take a hayride to the pumpkin patch and pick your own pumpkin off of the vine. Or you can pick from a pre-picked field of pumpkins. Or, you can grab a pumpkin from their orchard store!
Dates: September 23rd – October 29th; Wednesdays through Sundays plus Columbus Day.
2. Larriland Farm
Address: 2415 Woodbine Rd, Woodbine, MD 21797
Nestled out in Western Howard County, Woodbine, Larriland Farm is a fantastic pick your own farm. It will have apples ripe for picking in late September. Starting late September the farm also has a large pumpkin patch and offers weekend hayrides, boo barn, and hay-bale maze.
Dates: Hayrides offered in September and October with pumpkin specific hayrides offered weekdays in October.
3. Baugher’s Orchard
Address: 1015 Baugher Rd, Westminster, MD 21158
Take a nice drive to Westminster, MD and pick some of the best pick your own action in Maryland.
During October weekends, the Baugher’s Orchard pumpkin fields are ready for picking and you can hop aboard the hayride to the fields. Afterwards kids will love the fall festivities like pony rides, face painting, and a pumpkin bounce house.
They also have a great little petting zoo farm. Oh, and don’t forget all the delicious treats like apple cider slushies and cider donuts!
Pumpkin picking hayrides are available weekends in October.
4. Summer’s Farm
Address: 7503 Hollow Rd, Middletown, MD 21769
Summer’s Farm moved in 2022! This is year #2 at their new location in Middletown, MD and it’s still totally fantastic!
Ok, so I didn’t know fall festivals had transformed from hayrides and pumpkin picking to a hay-themed amusement park until my daughter and I visited Summer’s Farm Harvest Festival. Summers Farm is one of the gold standards for a pumpkin patch experience that would appeal to both younger and older kids.
Dates: September 16th-October 31st. Closed Tuesdays but otherwise open every day.
5. Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch
Address: 6521 Holter Rd, Middletown, MD 21769
Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch in Middletown, MD has previously been rated as one of the top 10 pumpkin patches in America. Of course, you have to check it out, right?
Festivities include a corn maze, crafts vendors each weekend, the pumpkin patch and hayrides (of course), petting zoo, horse drawn wagon rides, and more.
Dates: Open daily September 23rd-October 31st.
6. Gaver Farm
Address: 5501 Detrick Rd, Mt Airy, MD 21771
Located in Mount Airy, MD, the Gaver Farm fall festival starts earlier than most– it opens September 7th and is open every day through November 4th!
The festival boasts over 45 attractions, including a huge corn maze (and a smaller kiddie maze), cow trains, jumping pillows, giant slides, and a petting farm. In the evening, they host campfires and a flashlight corn maze experience.
Dates: September 1st- October 31st daily.
7. Clark’s Elioak Farm
Address: 10500 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042
Clark’s Elioak Farm is great anytime of the year. However, it is really super fun in the fall. In addition to the petting farm and the Enchanted Forest pieces, there are pick your own pumpkins and special fall festival weekends.
Pumpkin Patch Dates: September 16th-November 5th daily
8. Sharp’s at Waterford Farm
Address: 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd, Brookeville, MD 20833
Sharp’s At Waterford Farm in Brookville, MD will start their fall festivities on Saturday, September 29th. This farm, which is operational throughout the year, will offer hayrides, pumpkin picking, scarecrow making, a corn maze, and feeding farm animals.
9. Buppert’s Doran’s Chance
Address: 6914 Ridge Rd, Marriottsville, MD 21104
This cute farm in Carroll County is perfect for families with young kids. Buppert’s Doran’s Chance Farm has a super fun corn maze, a hayride out to the pumpkin fields where you will pick the pumpkins off the vine, and a few animals to feed as well. The pumpkin season runs weekends during October.
10. Milburn Orchards
Address: 1495 Appleton Rd, Elkton, MD 21921
Milburn Orchards is not just about apple picking. Nope, they open up their Big Backyard every weekend in the fall season and host themed events like Apple Harvest or Pumpkin Harvest weekend, Autumn Colors, and Trick or Treat weekend.
Admission includes access to all the fun activities in the backyard, a boo barn, corn maze, and a petting zoo.
Dates: Every Friday-Sunday from September 1st-November 5th
11. Weber’s Cider Mill Farm
Address: 2526 Proctor Ln, Parkville, MD 21234
In addition to pick your own apples and pumpkins, Weber’s Cider Mill Farm opens up its barnyard fun area every fall. Activities include hillside slides, a boo barn, hay bale maze, hayrides, and the tire mountain.
This is a really fantastic fall festival and pumpkin patch for younger kids in particular.
Dates: September 16th-November 5th open daily
12. Shlagel Farms
Address: 12850 Shlagel Rd, Waldorf, MD 20601
During weekends in October, this Shlagel Farms in Waldorf, MD opens it gates to the public for an authentic pumpkin patch experience. It opens September 30th and is open weekends through October 29th.
13. Montpelier Farms
Address: 1720 Crain Hwy, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Montpelier Farms has actually been a working farm for a few hundred years. Now it’s home to a super fun family farm park!
This farm really shines in the fall season. They have so many animals like alpacas, sheep, horse, bunnies, chickens, rooster, ducks, cows, pigs, turkeys and goats!
Every fall they create a fun corn maze and offer pumpkin picking. Other fall festival attractions include hayrides, giant hill slides, duck races, pumpkin painting, pedal karts, and more!
Dates: September 16th-November 5th. Fall festival on the weekends and fall playdates during the week.
14. Rock Hill Orchard
Address: 28600 Ridge Rd, Mt Airy, MD 21771
Rock Hill Orchard is a really nice orchard in Mount Airy, MD and (hint hint) it is collocated with one of the stops on the MD Ice Cream Trail!
In the fall, you can take a hayride out to pick pumpkins and apples, try out the pumpkin cannon, get lost in a corn maze, watch cows get milked, and even bottle feed the calves yourself (every day at 4pm).
The corn maze and pumpkin patch open on September 23rd.
15. Knightongale Farms
Address: 3924 Solomons Island Rd, Harwood, MD 20776
Located in Harwood, MD (Anne Arundel County), Knightongale Farms is a delightful farm offers pumpkin picking, a corn maze, hayrides, and a number of other seasonal fun activities for kids. Free activities include pedal carts, a straw bale playground, and a petting farm.
Open weekends from September 30th-October 29th
16. Magnolia Meadow Farms
Address: 13001 Creagerstown Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788
Magnolia Meadow Farms is on the same location as the former Winterbrook Farms.. and they even kept many of the iconic farm pieces (like the Transformers).
Located in Thurmont, MD, this fall festival boasts one of the largest corn maze in Maryland. Other activities include pumpkin picking, a zipline, mountain slides and 20 other fun attractions. We love the covered barn with tons of animals you can feed and pet!
Dates: Open September 23rd-October 29th every weekend
17. Lockbriar Farms
Address: 10051 Worton Rd, Chestertown, MD 21620
There are many great reasons to visit Lockbriar’s Farm– pick your own fruit, flowers– including sunflowers, and in the fall loads of pumpkins, apple cider slushies, and a corn maze. Of course they have an ice cream barn that serves delicious flavors as well.
They are open for fall fun every weekend in October!
18. Councell Farms
Address: 11773 Old Skipton Rd, Cordova, MD 21625
This sweet little farm and creamery in Cordova, MD also serves Vanderwende’s Ice Cream (a fantastic creamery located just over the state line in Delaware). The Creamery rotates 16 flavors daily of Vanderwende’s famous ice cream, including flavors such as Butter Pecan, Peanut Butter Fudge, and Holy Cow.
In the Fall Councell Farms has pumpkin picking and a Field of Fun with 20+ farm related activities, including the corn maze, jumping pillow, combine slide and pumpkin patch.
Open mid-September through October
19. Emily’s Produce
Address: 2214 Church Creek Rd, Cambridge, MD 21613
Emily’s Produce is a family run farm in Cambridge, MD has a lot to offer from pick your own fruit and flowers to grass fed beef. In the late summer/early fall they also have pick your own sunflower fields and (I think) a small sunflower maze. And after that they host a great pumpkin patch and corn maze!
Open weekends through the end of October for fall fun!
20. Homestead Farms
Address: 15604 Sugarland Road, Poolesville, Maryland 20837
Homestead Farms in Poolesville is one of the nicest farms in the area for pick your own crops.
Every year they offer pick your own for cherries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, apples, and pumpkins. You can also feed the goats, see alpacas, chickens and cows, pick flowers, and play on hay bales. This is a lovely family fun farm!
21. South Mountain Creamery
Address: 8305 Bolivar Rd, Middletown, MD 21769
One of the best creameries in Maryland started fall events for the first time in 2022! Starting in September South Mountain Creamery is offering Sunflowers, a Corn Maze, and a Pumpkin Festival!
22. Miller Farms
Address: 10140 Piscataway Rd, Clinton, MD 20735
Miller Farms is a great family farm in Clinton, MD offers a fun hayride with wacky scarecrows (have to see this!), giant slides, a corn maze, animal encounters, a jumping pad and more! Open every weekend in October.
23. Maryland Corn Maze
Address: 389 Gambrills Rd, Gambrills, MD 21054
The Maryland Corn Maze is one of the most epic corn mazes in the region. The 2023 corn maze theme is Super Hero. It was named one of the 25 best corn mazes in the US too!
This is an 8 acre corn maze with loads of other fun activities on the farm you can do afterwards like zip lines, jumping pillows, a petting farm, and hayrides!
Open weekends from 16-17 September through the first weekend in November.
24. Cornfusion Corn Maze
Address: 2020 Garrett Rd, Manchester, MD 21102
This fantastic corn maze is run by, Showvaker’s Quality Evergreens– a Christmas Tree Farm in Manchester, MD. The Cornfusion 2023 Corn Maze theme is ‘Mad Scientist’! They also have super fun fall festival activities as well!
Dates: Fall weekends September 16th – October 29th.
25. Mary’s A-Maze-ing Pumpkins
Address: 4979 Sheppard Ln, Ellicott City, MD 21042
This fall festival at Mary’s Land Farm in Ellicott City has a great corn maze, live music, pumpkin picking, and tons of animals!
Dates: September 23rd – October 29th weekends only.
26. Valley View acres
Address: 4005 Valley View Rd, Middletown, MD 21769
Valley View Acres will hold their fall festival and pumpkin patch October 7-8 and 15-16, 2023. They will have pumpkin picking, sunflower fields, artisans, food trucks, and local breweries.
27. Falling Branch Brewery
Address: 825 Highland Rd, Street, MD 21154
Falling Branch Brewery is bringing all the fall fun with their PumpkinFest 2023. Being held every weekend from September 17th through the end of October.
Activities include a pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, hayride, children’s corn maze, farm animals, scarecrow making, live music, food trucks, and all kinds of pumpkin-themed libations.
28. Queen Anne Farm
Address: 18102 Central Ave, Bowie, MD 20716
Queen Anne Farm in Bowie, MD is gorgeous in the fall. They offer loads of varieties of pumpkins and mums, as well as family fun activities, including a very insta-worthy pumpkin house.
The pumpkin patch is open every day in October.
29. Brookfield Pumpkins
Address: 8302 Ramsburg Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788
Brookfield Pumpkins (or Brookfield Farm) is a family run farm in Frederick County that offers a really family friendly fall experience. Their 2023 season runs from Saturday, September 23, through Tuesday, October 31!
There are 15 acres of pumpkins to choose from and they also have a great corn maze to raise money for charity every year!
30. Y Worry Farm
Address: 1501 Rossback Rd, Davidsonville, MD 21035
Y Worry Farm in Davidsonville, MD offers a fall pumpkin patch and corn maze weekends in October. There are animals, a straw pyramid, a small corn maze, and more. Admission to the farm is FREE!
31. Triadelphia Lake View Farm
Address: 15155 Triadelphia Mill Rd, Glenelg, MD 21737
The Triadelphia Lake View Farm is open every October for a corn maze and pumpkin patch! This is a great experience with a hayride. They also have farm animals and special event weekends!
32. Glade Valley Farms
Address: 9201 Liberty Rd, Frederick, MD, United States, Maryland
Glade Valley Farms is a small but fantastic farm in Frederick County that offers a pumpkin patch, corn maze, and other fun activities for kids like animals, corn and pumpkin shooters, barrel slides, and more!
They are typically open mid-September through the end of October.
33. Bowles Farms
Address: 22880 Budds Creek Rd, Clements, MD 20624
Bowles Farms is a fantastic corn maze and pumpkin patch in Clements, MD has all kind of fun activities for families. The 2023 corn maze theme is Think Pink!
Dates: October 1st-29th weekends only.
The largest pumpkin patch venues with the most activities are Gaver Farm, Summers Farm, Butler’s Orchard, Maryland Corn Maze, Montpelier Family Farm, and Magnolia Meadows Farm.
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There are no right or wrong answers here. It’s really up to personal preference. Some things to consider:
1. Are your kids young and will they become overstimulated at one of the bigger pumpkin patch/fall festival experiences?
2. How far are you willing to drive for the perfect pumpkin patch experience?
3. Is there a location closer to you that is ‘good enough’?
4. Is there a particular feature that’s a ‘must have’? For instance, some pumpkin patches have hay bale barns, some have jumping pillows, or cow trains, hayrides, etc… what features matter the most to you?
5. Are fall treats important to you? If so, pick a pumpkin patch that also has a bakery, catered vendors, or food trucks.
In order to get the best pumpkins don’t visit the pumpkin patch too early, but don’t wait until the end of October either. Early October seems to be the sweet spot between fantastic pumpkin variety and pumpkins that are fully ripe. Unfortunately, this is when everyone else will also be picking pumpkins. So, try to visit during the week or arrive first thing in the morning on pumpkin picking day.
Typically pumpkins last 1 month at room temperature or 2-3 months if stored in a cool, dark place. So, if you pick your pumpkin in early October it will still be good for Halloween! Once you carve your pumpkins for Halloween, they will last about 3-7 days before rotting.
Pumpkin Patches Near Me!
Check out this map of all the pumpkin patches and fall festivals listed in this post and more! Pumpkin patches in Maryland, southern PA, and Northern VA.