A year ago, you could have found me perusing Pinterest and Washington, DC based Instagram pages in hopes of finding all of the fun fall activities. I am from the Midwest where I am surrounded by corn mazes, pumpkin patches, apple orchards, and trees full of reds, oranges, and yellows. Over-sized sweaters, flannels, and boots are a staple in my closet. Moving to Washington, DC, I knew fall would be different, but I was determined to make the most out of what this beautiful city had to offer during the fall season.
Either through Pinterest, Instagram, or by word of mouth, I found that there is a lot you can do to make the most of the fall season in Washington, DC. Even though it felt as if DC went straight from summer to winter overnight, I made the most of the few fall days we had. Here are my top 5 recommendations for things to do in Washington, DC in the fall:
Butler’s Orchard, Germantown, MD
You’re not going to find a pumpkin patch within Washington, DC limits. I was told that you could find corner lots selling pre-picked pumpkins, but I never saw any of those either. I did a quick google search for pumpkin patches in Maryland and Virginia and found one that was highly recommended, Butler’s Orchard in Germantown, Maryland. We went on a whim and it ended up being a festival day. You should look at their calendar because admission and paying for parking is different on different days. Another thing I should mention is that Butler’s Orchard is cash only, so either be prepared and have cash on hand before arriving or there are ATMs on the premises. Butler’s Orchard is very family oriented with corn mazes, sunflower fields, pumpkin patches, playgrounds, and farm animals. You can also enjoy yummy fall treats such as candy apples and apple cider donuts.
CityCenterDC, Downtown, Washington, DC
With the change of every season, CityCenterDC changes their walkway decorations. I was so lucky to get to experience summer, fall, and Christmas. My favorite, however, was definitely fall. The hanging fall leaves with the reds, oranges, and yellows hit me in all the fall feels. If you get the chance, CityCenterDC is definitely one you will want to check out even if it’s just for a quick walk through or if you want to take your time and do some shopping, dine at one of the high end restaurants, or stop or a sweet treat at Milk Bar. CityCenterDC is the perfect spot for an Instagram shot and more often than not, someone will see you admiring and offer to take your picture before you have to find someone to ask to take a picture for you.
Meridian Hill Park, Columbia Heights, Washington, DC
Meridian Hill Park, also referred to as Malcolm X Park, is a park full of history and is located in the Columbia Heights neighborhood, near the famous Adams Morgan neighborhood. My roommate and I were hoping to see the cascading waterfall, but unfortunately the day we went, the waterfall was not running. This did not stop us from exploring the historical park, hearing the crunch of fallen leaves beneath our feet, enjoying the cooler weather and listening to kids and adults laugh and play throughout the park. This is definitely one park I wish I had lived closer to and had spent more time in.
National Mall, Washington, DC
If you don’t visit the National Mall any other time of the year, you will definitely want to visit in the fall when it’s cooler, the crowds aren’t as packed, and the concrete isn’t melting the shoes on your feet and you won’t have to jump into a random fountain to save your feet. The leaves are changing and falling, there’s room to walk on the sidewalk, and of course the monuments look different in every season, at least in my opinion. Fall is also a great time to show any friends or family around so they too aren’t sweating and melting their feet off. There is also always something happening at the National Mall, so be sure to check out events in the area.
Fall is my favorite season right after summer, and Washington, DC has a lot to offer whether you’re visiting for a day, weekend, or relocating. There were just a few of my favorites and most definitely not all DC has to offer. Let me know what some of your favorite fall activities are in DC or elsewhere!