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Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes

Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes

Autumn is upon us. That means it's time to get lost in a corn maze and pick the biggest pumpkin you can find. Most area pumpkin patches and corn mazes also offer hayrides, children's activities, and petting zoos. Grab the family and get out there!
Here's a list of places in and around Washington County to explore.
Crumland Farms: 7612 Willow Rd., Frederick. 301-845-8099. www.crumland.com. Open Saturdays and Sundays 10am to 6pm through Nov. 1. The last corn maze ticket is sold at 4:30 and the last free hayride to the pumpkin patch leaves at 4:30. The former dairy farm's seventh annual corn maze features an eight-acre design cut into the shape of Mazey the Cow, the farm's mascot; maze-goers can complete a puzzle to discover Mazey's latest identity. A hayride to a six-acre pick-your-own pumpkin patch is free with the purchase of a pumpkin. The farm also has a market and offers numerous children's activities such as pedal tractors, a "MooChoo" train, giant slide, hay jump and farm animals.
Jumbo's Pumpkin Patch: 6521 Holter Rd., Middletown. 301-371-6874. www.jumbos.org. Open daily 10 to 6 through Oct. 31. Take free hayrides to the 15-acre pick-your-own pumpkin patch Friday-Sunday 10 to 5:45. A petting zoo and play area also are free. A general store sells fall items and antiques. Additional activities include pony rides, with a cowboy hat, and face painting.
Mayne's Tree Farm/Pumpkin Patch: 3420 Buckeystown Pike (Route 85 south), Buckeystown. 301-662-4320. www.maynestreefarm.com. Open October weekdays 10 to 6, Saturdays and Sundays 10 to 5. Weekend activities include a moon bounce and a pedal tractor course. A five-acre corn maze, designed and built by the Mayne family, includes five checkpoints featuring corn and pumpkin questions to answer to determine which way to turn. Other October highlights, Saturdays and Sundays 10 to 5, include free hayrides to the 15-acre pick-your-own pumpkin patch, geese, ducks, apple cider, scarecrow making, antique tractor display, face painting (on weekends), and a straw jump geared toward children. Fling pumpkins with a giant slingshot.
Summer's Farm: 5614 Butterfly Lane, near Interstate 70 west, Frederick. 301-620-9316. www.summersfarm.com. Admission fee includes Jumping Pillow, rubber duck races, pedal cart derby, giant slides, straw mountain campfires, farm barnyard pumpkin train, pig races, pony rides and delicious farm food. There's also a play area with slides and more. Hayrides to the pumpkin patch are free. Visitors can also enjoy Moonlight Maze from 6 to 10:pm Friday and Saturdays nights all through October. Increase the challenge! Explore the maze by flashlight, if you dare! Bring your own flashlights or purchase them at the farm. Visit their webpage for hours and more details.
Brookfield Pumpkins: 8302 Ramsburg Rd., Thurmont. 301-898-3527. www.brookfieldpumpkins.com. Open Monday-Thursday 3 to 6, Friday-Sunday 10 to 6 through Oct. 31. At six acres, the farm's second annual Corn Maze for the Cure is double the size of its predecessor. The farm focuses on family fun. They also offer free hayrides to the pick-your-own pumpkin patch, face painting and a petting zoo, mums, straw, crafts, pumpkin carving supplies, and more.
Reynolds Farm: 11129 Gehr Rd, Waynesboro. 717-762-2986. The Farm's Annual Fall Festival runs now through October 31. During the festival, you can: purchase mums, asters, pansies, pumpkins, and fall decorations. The farm is open to the public on weekends for hayrides and pick-your-own pumpkin patch. Pumpkins and fall decorations can be purchased anytime. Take time to relax while your kids enjoy the Mountain Slide and Noah's Ark play area (available for the children at no charge). Also, don't let them miss out on their newest attraction - The Goat Walk.

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