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Fall Family Fun - Things to Do with Kids in the Washington, DC Area

Fall Fun in Maryland and Virginia Too!


Fall is a great time of year in the Washington, DC area. The weather is cool and comfortable and there are many fun things to do with the whole family. Here are my top picks of suggestions.

Pick-Your-Own Apples

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Pick your own apples, pumpkins, berries, peaches, vegetables and more at a local farm.

Pumpkin Patches and Fall Festivals

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Pick a pumpkin, ride in a wagon full of hay, or feed and pet farm animals. There are a wonderful variety of farms with pumpkin patches in Maryland and Virginia.

Outdoor Recreation

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The Washington, DC area has great places to enjoy the outdoors. Find the best destinations in the region for these recreational activities: Also, see a guide to local parks:
Washington, DC Parks
Maryland Parks
Northern Virginia Parks

Halloween Events

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Take the whole family to a variety of spooky events in the Washington, DC area, from haunted houses and trails, to pumpkin patches and trick-or-treating.

Fall Foliage

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Get outdoors and enjoy the fall colors. Find the best places to enjoy the fall foliage near Washington, DC.


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Find a variety of German folk festivals in the Washington DC area with great food and live entertainment.

Corn Mazes

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Stroll through a giant corn maze and find puzzle pieces that will complete your own maze map. This is a great family activity available at several farms in Maryland and Virginia.

Special Events

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Attend the best events of the season with great food, music and live entertainment for the whole family. Check out the top festivals in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

Washington Redskins

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Watching the all American sport is a great activity for the whole family. Cheer for Washington, DC's NFL team and enjoy the game.

Charity Walks

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Get some exercise together and raise money for worthwhile Washington, DC area charities at the same time.

Nature Centers

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Fall is a great time to explore the outdoors and learn more about our environment. Visit a nature center and attend a naturalist guided event, enjoy hands-on activities examining nature exhibits or take a peaceful walk in the woods.

Visit a Zoo

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Visit a variety of animals, whether you spend a day at the National Zoo, or one of the regions smaller animal parks - Leesburg Animal Park, Reston Zoo and the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve.

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