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Fall is in the air, and it’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy the changing leaves, harvest festivities, and all things pumpkin with your furry best friend by your side. Many farms and fall events in Maryland welcome canine companions, making for pawsome family outings your dog will love too. We’ve rounded up some of the top dog-friendly pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and fall festivals happening this season so you and your pup can make cozy autumn memories together.

Maryland Capital Region Dog-Friendly Fall Fun

Montpelier Farms Fall Festival

1720 North Crain Hwy, Upper Marlboro, MD

Montpelier Farms’ Fall Festival activities include a 7-acre interactive corn maze (the 2023 maze’s theme is Alien Invasion!), a smaller Spookley the Square Pumpkin Corn maze for little kids, hayrides, a pumpkin patch, feeding the animals, giant slides, pedal karts, playgrounds, a rope maze, pumpkin bowling, duck races, pumpkin chunkin’, and more! Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the festival, including inside the corn maze and on the hayride.

Dates & Hours: September 16th – November 5th, 2023

  • September Hours: Sat 10am – 9pm, Sun 10am – 6pm
  • October Hours: Fri 5pm – 11pm, Sat 10am – 11pm, Sun 10am – 11pm, Tues – Thurs 10am – 3pm
  • November Hours: Sat 10am – 9pm, Sun 10am – 6pm

Admission: $19 Fri-Sun, $14 Tues-Thurs, kids 2 and under are free

Sharp’s at Waterford Farm Fall Weekend Events

4003 Jennings Chapel Rd, Brookeville, MD

Sharp’s at Waterford Farm prides itself on being a simple, authentic, laid-back and dog friendly farm! Enjoy a hayride to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin, feed the animals, get a slice of pizza and a beer from the food and breweries on site, and visit their country store for preserves, local honey, crafts, fall decorations, and more. Dogs are allowed everywhere on the farm—on hayrides, in the store, anywhere you go! Every weekend throughout the fall season, they host a variety of fun family events that change every week. Dog lovers will want to mark your calendar’s for Sharp’s “7th Annual Dog Days” weekend, October 28th & 29th, where they’ll have dog related vendors, dog rescues, and adoptable dogs at the farm. You’ll also receive $1 off any pumpkin if you bring your dog dressed in costume on Dog Days.

Dates & Hours: September 30 – November 5, 2023 | Saturdays & Sundays: 10am – 5pm

Admission: Free

The Corn Maze at South Mountain Creamery

8305 Bolivar Rd, Middletown, MD

South Mountain Creamery has a whirly and winding Snallygaster-themed maze for 2023! There’s also mini maze for little kids. Other fun attractions include their playground and pavilion, Nigerian Dwarf goats, calf feedings, pumpkin picking, and more! South Mountain Creamery is a real-life, working farm with dairy cows, beef cattle, and chickens. Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome on the farm, but they do note that dogs who have not been around large animals may react differently, and if you are unsure, they advise leaving your pup at home, so as not to create an unsafe situation for the cows or other guests.

Dates & Hours: September 23 – October 28, 2023

  • Fridays: 11am – 5pm
  • Saturdays: 10am – 6pm
  • Sundays: 11am – 6pm

Admission: $12, kids 2 and under are free


Central Maryland Dog-Friendly Fall Fun

Cornfusion at Showvaker’s Quality Evergreens

2020 Garrett Rd, Manchester, MD

Cornfusion features numerous super fun fall festival activities, including a corn maze, pedal race cars, apple blasters, slides, a pumpkin patch, hayride, barnyard zoo, nature trail walk, straw bale obstacle course, corn crib, duck derby, and more! Leashed dogs are allowed on the farm, however they may not be taken into the maze.

Dates & Hours: September 16 – October 29, 2023 | Saturdays & Sundays 10am – 6pm

Admission: $18, kids 2 and under are free

Homestead Gardens Fall Festival Weekends

743 W Central Ave, Davidsonville, MD

Dogs are welcome at Homestead Garden’s Fall Festival (and in their store every day of the year). Enjoy seeing the barnyard animals, taking hay rides, picking out pumpkins and connecting with the community. Fall Fest attractions include live music, tractor rides, pillow pad, hayrides, antique farm equipment and tractors on display, baby goats, miniature cows and donkeys, a pipe slide, hay maze, game tent, face painting, pony rides, pumpkin carving, and live shows featuring reptiles and birds of prey. Of special note to pet lovers, a portion of the proceeds from the festival will go to the SPCA of Anne Arundel County on October 21st & 22nd, and there will be a Pet Costume Contest held on the 21st at 2pm.

Dates & Hours: September 30 – October 22, 2023 | Saturdays & Sundays 10am – 4pm

Admission: $12, kids 2 and under are free

Maryland Corn Maze Bring Your Dog Weekend

389 Gambrills Rd, Gambrills, MD

The Maryland Corn Maze has been named one of the 25 best corn mazes in the US, and Bring Your Dog Weekend is the ONLY time dogs are allowed, so mark your calendars! The 2023 maze’s theme is Super Heroes. In addition to the maze, there are loads of other fun activities in the farm yard, including a zip line, bounce pad, petting zoo, hayrides, slingshots, giant Lincoln logs, pedal tractors, and more!

Dates & Hours: Saturday, November 4 & Sunday, November 5, 2023 | 10am – 6pm

Admission: $17.95

Pumpkin Patch at Local Homestead Products

2425 Marston Rd, New Windsor, MD

Local Homestead Products is a great place to find the perfect decoration or carving pumpkin! Their pumpkin patch is more than 10 acres with over 15 pumpkin varieties for you to choose from. Enjoy a covered wagon ride to the field or simply choose from ones already picked at the market! Dogs are welcome, but must remain on a leash at all times. They have a corn maze as well, but dogs are only allowed in it during their “Dog Days in the Maze” weekend, September 29th – October 1st. In addition to the pumpkin patch, corn maze, farm market, and greenhouse, Local Homestead also has a 5 acre playground that is completely free!

Dates & Hours: September 29 – November 5, 2023

  • Fridays: 12pm – 6pm
  • Saturdays: 9am – 7pm
  • Sundays: 10am – 5pm

Admission: $9 for admission and any pumpkin in the field, $2 for admission & wagon ride but not getting a pumpkin


Southern Maryland Dog-Friendly Fall Fun

Horsmon Farm Harvest Festival

1865 Horsmon Farm Ln, St Leonard, MD

Leashed, behaved dogs are welcome at Horsmon Farm’s Harvest Festival. Attractions include a hayride, maze, farm animals, pumpkin patch, playground, corn pit, playground, dirt diggers, hop balls, rubber duck races and giant rat race. Enjoy a walk with your dog on ½ mile long farm trail. It goes by both of the farm’s ponds, through the woods and crosses two streams, and along the trail are signs telling the story of how Maryland Farmers are helping to save the bay.

Dates & Hours: September 23 – October 29, 2023

  • Fridays: 11am – 5pm
  • Saturdays & Sundays: 10am – 5pm

Admission: $12 for kids ages 2-12 (small pumpkin included), $10 for adults, kids under 2 are free


Eastern Shore Dog-Friendly Fall Fun

Councell Farms Field of Fun

11773 Old Skipton Rd, Cordova, MD

Councell Farms is fun for humans and pups alike! Friendly dogs are welcome, on leash. Their Field of Fun has over 25 farm-related activities to choose from, including a pumpkin patch, corn maze, jumping pillow, combine slide, Tiny Sprouts Village, farm obstacle course, corn box, duck races, trike track, and straw maze. Check out their farm market for delicious local apples, fresh apple cider, a large selection of jams and jellies, and fall decorations, and enjoy some locally-made Vanderwende’s Ice Cream at their ice cream creamery.

Dates & Hours: Mid-September until Halloween, 9:30am – 5:30pm, 7 days a week

Admission: $6, kids under 2 and grandparents are free


Tips for Bringing Your Dog To Farms and Fall Activities

  • Ensure your dog is well-socialized and comfortable in busy, stimulating environments. Avoid overcrowded areas if your dog seems stressed.
  • Keep your dog on leash at all times. For the safety of other guests, staff, the farm animals, and your dog, all of these farms welcome leashed dogs only.
  • Bring water and take breaks if it’s warm out. Dehydration and heat stroke can happen quickly for pups exerting energy all day.
  • Be aware of your dog and clean up any waste immediately. Bag it and dispose properly in covered bins.
  • Have visible, up-to-date Identification on your dog in case they get separated from you in the crowds.
  • Be courteous of other guests who may be fearful of dogs. Maintain at least a 6-foot distance from others unless they’ve asked or chosen to be closer to your dog.
  • Most of all, remember it’s a fun family outing! Pups love exploring new smells and sights. Make some great family memories and enjoy this time together with your dog!

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