2020’s Best Fall Activities Near Washington, DC

Autumn is a wonderful time of year in Washington, DC. You don’t have to stay indoors to avoid COVID-19; there are great things to do while social distancing and wearing your mask. If you’re settled in your apartment rental in DC and are looking for invigorating, affordable things to do in fall 2020, here are some of the best fall outdoor activities to experience.

Check Out the Foliage

US Capital Building in Washington DC

The city is full of trees to check out as the colors change. Here’s where the changing leaves can be viewed:

  • The U.S. National Arboretum: Only two miles from the U.S. Capitol Building, the National Arboretum is like a vibrant oasis. It covers 446 acres and has numerous gardens and miles of roadways to view the changing colors. Learn more about the U.S. National Arboretum.
  • National Mall: There are many vantage points to view colorful leaves on the trees lining this treasured memorial park. Whether it’s along a path, the Reflecting Pool, or at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the photo ops are practically endless. Learn more about the National Mall[bk1] [AK2] .

Sample Apple Cider

As the weather cools down, you’ll want to warm up. Why not check out some of the area’s top cideries?

  • Anxo Cidery & Tasting Room: Open since 2016, Anxo has 24 ciders on draft. You can visit both locations (in Shaw and Brightwood Park) if you have a reservation and sit socially distanced on the patio. Takeout and curbside pickup are also available. Visit the Anxo Cidery & Tasting Room website.
  • Supreme Core Cider: This Ivy City cidery opened in 2018 and is known for its sugar- and gluten-free drinks. It is located near the National Arboretum. The cidery is currently only open for takeout, so try some samples if you’re nearby. Visit the Supreme Core Cider website.

Pumpkin Picking

Pumpkin patches are alive with activity during the fall season. Many offer fun activities for the entire family.

  • Butler’s Orchard: Located in Germantown, MD, the orchard hosts Harvest Pumpkin Days and, on weekends in September and October, a Pumpkin Festival. The festival includes a pumpkin cannon and temporary tattoos. The site also has hayrides, a petting zoo, and a straw maze. Learn more about Butler’s Orchard.
  • Homestead Farm: This Poolesville, MD pumpkin and apple farm also has many other crops to pick; availability varies depending on what’s in season. Admission is just $2, but babies get in free. The farm has a pond, open grass, and picnic tables. Visit the Homestead Farm website.

Apple Picking

Autumn is the perfect time to find fresh apples. If you cherish the opportunity to pick them yourself, try these orchards.

  • Larriland Farm: You can find apples, not to mention other fruits and vegetables, at this Woodbine, MD orchard. There is an on-site farmer’s market, and you can go on a hayride as well. Social distancing and mask-wearing are strongly enforced. Learn more about Larriland Farm.
  • Hollin Farms: Located in Delaplane, VA, Hollin Farms sits on the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 45 minutes from the DC beltway. The orchard includes numerous types of apples. Pumpkins, winter squash, potatoes, and greens can also be found. Visit the Hollin Farms website.

Contact Keener Management

We hope you benefit from our list of fall outdoor activities for families. If you’re searching for a luxury apartment rental in DC, Keener Management has several properties in some of the district’s most desirable neighborhoods. To learn more, browse our listings or call 202-249-0894 today!

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