Whether it’s the feeling of a slight chill in the air, the beautiful colors of fall foliage, or simply a cup of apple cider—autumn is nothing short of amazing. There’s something about the start of fall that invites all sorts of fun possibilities. While students know firsthand that studying can be exhausting, make sure to take some time to relax this semester. Here is a short list of ten must-go adventures to experience this fall.
- Pick a Pumpkin at Butler’s Orchard
Located in Germantown, Maryland, visiting Butler’s Orchard is a well-loved fall tradition by locals. Hop on a hayride to explore the pumpkin patch, or visit the corn maze and barnyard animals. Stop by the farm market for fresh produce, jams, and warm apple cider. Each ticket includes one small pumpkin and a delicious apple to take home.
- Enjoy fall foliage with the Western Maryland Railroad
If you’ve ever wanted to ride the Hogwarts Express—and trust me, you’re not alone—be sure to check out the Western Maryland Railroad this autumn. The route travels directly through the Allegheny Mountains, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding fall foliage. Although this train won’t take you to Hogwarts, this unique experience is certainly bound to offer magical memories of its own.
- Head out on a hike
Take a break from the books and head out on a hike. In the Washington, DC metropolitan area, we are fortunate to have some beautiful trails right outside of our own backyard. Head to Sugarloaf Mountain for a beautiful panoramic view of the Monocacy Valley, or take on the Billy Goat trail and relax by Great Falls.
- Enjoy carved jack o’lanterns
Halloween is an exciting time for kids and adults of all ages. Families will love The Glow: A Jack O’Lantern Experience, boasting thousands of creatively designed pumpkins.
- Spend time on the water
When you’re seeking clarity, sometimes nature can be the best source of solace. Before the weather starts getting too cold, take to the water. Rent a kayak or boat at Little Seneca Lake, or go pedal boating at the Tidal Basin.
- Visit a museum
Although most museums in DC offer free admission, there are a few exceptions. Tomorrow, many institutions will be participating in National Museum Day. Immerse yourself with art and culture celebrate with two free tickets to participating museums.
- Attend a free concert
The power of music can be incredibly therapeutic. Relax and unwind a little with some jazz in DC or attend a free weekly concert at National Gallery of Art. Or, check out the Friday Night Live Concert Series at Rockville Town Center.
- Frightful fun at the Zoo
Take a walk on the wild side with the annual Boo at the Zoo event. Held at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in DC, this family-friendly event offers treat stations, animal demonstrations and live entertainment. Guests can also visit animal exhibits and learn more about zoo education with the Smithsonian.
- March for art
Get ready to march for art this upcoming Sunday at the Wheaton Arts Parade. Come out and support the local arts community. I will be performing with a dance organization I have been a part of since 2012 called Urban Artistry, Inc. If you stop by, please say hello!
- Explore the Renaissance Festival
Huzzah! Another timeless fall tradition includes a trip to the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Embark on an adventure by visiting Revel Grove, a fictional village based of the historical period of 16th-century England. Nestled in the woods of Crownsville, MD, the festival features live music, entertainment, and one-of-a-kind handmade gifts by artisans. First-timers and returning fans alike simply love the live jousting. Indulge with a giant turkey leg and be sure to enjoy the outdoor festivities. Guests can also enjoy archery, ax throwing and other fun games. The Renaissance Festival continues every weekend until October 20-21, 2018, so make sure to plan your visit soon.
Written by Jade Esmeralda