Ready to celebrate fall with kids in the Washington, D.C Metro area? Here’s a list of some of the best ways to celebrate fall with kids in the District:
Visit a Pumpkin Patch:
There are several pumpkin patches in and around D.C. where kids can pick their own pumpkins. It’s a great opportunity for a fun photo session and pumpkin carving at home.
Explore the Botanic Gardens:
The U.S. Botanic Garden often has special fall exhibits and events suitable for all ages. The outdoor Children’s Garden features terraced platforms, interactive panels and watering and planting stations, to name a few. It’s a great way to teach kids about different plants and enjoy the changing foliage.
Fall Foliage Hikes:
The D.C Metro area boasts a wide variety of scenic hiking trails for you to choose from. There are trails suitable for all levels. Here is a list of all the hiking trails located near D.C.
There are orchards within driving distance from D.C. where you can go apple picking. It’s a great way to bond as a family and enjoy fresh apples.
Many farms have corn mazes during the fall season. Kids love navigating through them, and some farms offer additional activities like hayrides and petting zoos.
Look for local fall festivals in our Washington Parent Autumn Outings Guide. These events often have rides, games, and live entertainment.
Spend a cozy afternoon at home doing fall-themed crafts like making leaf rubbings, creating handprint turkeys or decorating pinecones.
The National Zoo is a great place to visit in the fall. It’s less crowded than in the summer, and the animals are often more active in the cooler weather.
Indulge in fall treats like apple cider, caramel apples and pumpkin-flavored goodies from local bakeries or cafes.
Take a scenic drive through the countryside to enjoy the fall foliage. The nearby Blue Ridge Parkway is known for its stunning fall views.
Many local libraries and bookstores host fall-themed storytimes and activities for kids.
Visit some of our iconic monuments and Smithsonian museums, which are great for kids year-round.
Attend a Washington Nationals baseball game or local high school football game to enjoy the fall sports season.
Start planning Halloween costumes with your kids, and perhaps even attend a costume parade or contest in the area.
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