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Live Fairfax: Top 5 fall family-friendly fun in Fairfax County

Live Fairfax is a bi-weekly column exploring Fairfax County. This recurring column is sponsored and written by Sharmane Medaris of McEnearney Associates. Questions? Reach Sharmane at 813-504-4479.

As the air turns crisp and leaves begin to change color, Fairfax County transforms into a picturesque wonderland during the fall season.

It’s a time when families gather to create cherished memories amidst the backdrop of autumn’s beauty. As a local expert, I’m excited to share the top 5 family-friendly experiences in Fairfax County this fall.

1. Cox Farms: The Ultimate Fall Adventure

Nestled in Centreville, Cox Farms has earned a reputation as the ultimate fall destination in the region. Here, families can immerse themselves in a world of pumpkins, hayrides, corn mazes, and thrilling slides. The farm is brimming with exciting activities for all ages, including the infamous “Cornundrum” corn maze and the friendly barnyard animals. Cox Farms has something for everyone and is a must-visit for a fun-filled fall day.

2. Great Falls Park: A Natural Haven

Just a short drive from the bustling city, Great Falls Park offers a serene escape for families looking to appreciate the beauty of autumn. Explore the picturesque trails along the Potomac River, have a picnic, or simply enjoy the breathtaking views of the cascading waterfalls. It’s a fantastic spot for family hikes and outdoor adventures.

3. Orchard Adventures: Pick Your Own Apples & Pumpkins

Fall is synonymous with apple picking, and Fairfax County boasts several orchards and farms that invite families to pick their own fruit. Places like Hartland Orchard and Marker-Miller Orchards offer apple-picking experiences that kids love. Don’t forget to visit pumpkin patches like Ticonderoga Farms or Frying Pan Farm Park, where you can choose the perfect pumpkin for carving.

4. Family-Friendly Halloween Fun

Fairfax County offers a variety of Halloween events for families to enjoy. Burke Lake Park hosts “Goblin Golf,” a spooky, Fall Festival hosted by Citylight with “truck-a-treat”, bounce house, petting zoo, and free food. Another great option is the Workhouse Arts Center’s Haunt,” where you can explore haunted trails (I will be in the not scary part).

5. Scenic Drives: A Journey Through Fall Colors

For those who prefer a leisurely adventure, don’t miss the scenic byways in the area. Take a drive along the George Washington Memorial Parkway or the Blue Ridge Parkway, and be captivated by the vibrant fall foliage. These drives are perfect for a relaxing family day out, offering a front-row seat to the splendor of autumn.

Fairfax County truly comes alive in the fall, and these family-friendly experiences make the most of the season’s charm. From the adventures at Cox Farms to the serene beauty of Great Falls Park and the magic of pumpkin patches, there’s something for every family to enjoy. So, gather your loved ones, put on your coziest sweaters, and immerse yourselves in the magic of fall in Fairfax County.

It’s an experience you won’t soon forget.

Explore Fairfax with Sharmane Medaris of McEnearney.

Sharmane Medaris | Live Fairfax | | | @soldbysharmane | 813-504-4479 | 374 Maple Avenue Suite 202, Vienna, VA 22180

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