Temperatures are beginning to dip and leaves are starting to fall; yes, it’s that time of year again when everything is pumpkin-flavored and stores are brimming with all-things Halloween. If your family’s idea of a quintessential fall weekend features hayrides, corn mazes, haunted houses and pumpkin festivals, look no further than Leesburg, a suburban town with preserved pockets of rural charm. With working farms and pick-your-own pastures, this is a one-stop shop for completing your autumn bucket list.
Temple Hall Farm Fall Festival boasts the largest corn maze on the East coast. You can also shoot pumpkins and corn cobs from a “blaster” at speeds of 50 to 60 miles-per-hour. The Pumpkin Village Fall Fest at the Leesburg Animal Park features wagon rides, moon bounces and a hay maze (along with lemurs and camels and zebras, oh my!). If you’re looking for a fright, Shocktober has been dubbed the best haunted house in the region. It’s considered a PG-13 attraction, but special “no scare” glow necklaces are available for an additional fee. For an adventure that features ghosts without the gore, check out Loudoun Museum’s Haunting Tours. Have a few detectives in your crew? Escape Room LoCo offers a hands-on murder mystery adventure. Sixty minutes to stop a murderer fosters some serious family bonding!
What to See and Do Around Town
You’ll find antique stores, small boutiques and family-owned restaurants nestled in the Georgian and Federal structures that line the streets of downtown Leesburg. Not to miss is Finch Sewing Studio, a quaint fabric and yarn shop that also offers kid-friendly classes and workshops. Not far from downtown is Morvan Park with over 1000 acres of fields, woods and gardens. There are three admission-based museums, but roaming the grounds is free (and the perfect place for a picnic!). If your kiddos still have energy to burn, check out Ida Lee Park, which has a shaded playground and an educational garden to explore.
Where to Eat
Longing for a taste of LoCo Ale Trail, but have the kids in tow? Head to Dog Money a relatively new brewery and restaurant with hand-crafted ales and lagers (brewed on site) and a menu sure to please even your pickiest eater.
Where are your favorite Leesburg hangouts? Tell us in the comments section below.