With Halloween less than a week away; if you haven’t already, it’s time to visit a farm to pick your perfect pumpkin and join in some festive fall fun. Located right off of 301 in Upper Marlboro, Maryland is Montpelier Farms. An amazing farm that offers festive fall fun right here in Southern Maryland.
This was our first visit to Montpelier Farms and I have to say I was feeling silly for not discovering it sooner. There was so much for my little pumpkins to see and do! It was exciting to find a place where we could have hours of wholesome fun at an affordable price. General admission is only $12 per person and children 2 and under are free. Admission includes: 7-Acre corn maze, Jack and the cornstalk maze, hay ride, animals, cow belly moon bounce, pedal karts, hay & play, corn crib, pallet maze, corn tepee, kids playground area, farm football lounge, Spookley movie screening, piggy pile up and a public bonfire.
Montpelier Farms also sells tickets for additional activities. Tickets cost $1 per ticket or you can buy discounted packs: $10 for 11 tickets, $20 for 23 tickets, $40 for 48 tickets or $80 for 100 tickets). The following activities are available for tickets: Giant Pumpkin Pad (3 tickets), Duck Racing (3 tickets), Pumpkin Chuckin’ (3 tickets), Paint a Pumpkin (5 tickets) Gem Stone Mining (6 tickets) and Scarecrow Workshop (8 tickets).
We started our adventure at the top of the hill. The first activity we came to was Duck Racing. I was surprised that the boys got to race three times and keep their ducky they raced with. They were thrilled to take home a prize. We also splurged on the mining activity. It was pretty nifty to sift through the dirt to find gems.
Then we headed over to the pumpkin painting tent so that our pumpkins would have plenty of time to dry before heading home. We turned in our tickets, picked out two pumpkins, selected paint colors and my boys started working on their master pieces. The boys were a little messy but that’s a sign of true artistic talent! Luckily the paint is washable and comes right out of clothing. We were able to leave our pumpkins at the tent until the end of visit which was plenty of time for them to dry before heading home.
Next, the boys ran straight for pallet maze. My oldest son loves mazes; they are great for autonomy. He enjoys venturing through independently and always comes out proud and excited when he makes it to the end on his own. Also, in this section are a giant pumpkin bounce, swing set, tire dragon and wooden play tractor. The boys spent a lot of time on the giant bouncy pumpkin. It was definitely one of their favorites since we revisited it a couple of times.
We made our way over to the barn where there is a scarecrow workshop, corn crib and adorable Spookley movie screening. I think my youngest sons favorite activity is the corn crib. The corn crib is like a giant sensory bin that you can plunge right into. He loved scooping, digging and running his fingers through the corn. There are even shovel, tractors and dump trucks to play with.
Then we made our way towards the kid’s area where you will find the cow moon bounce, play areas, pedal karts and lots of animals to meet. I was impressed with giant truck that was re-purposed into a slide.
After all the hard playing, everyone was quite hungry. We headed back to the front of the farm to enjoy some finger lickin’ food. My boys devoured hotdogs and fresh grilled corn on the cob. My husband and I ordered food from “Two Guys and a Grill” concession. The fresh cut French fries were amazing!
Following this we took a hayride around the farm. It was a nice relaxing ride that was the perfect length for our energetic boys. We hoped off the wagon and headed up the hill to the giant tunnel slides. The boys enjoyed the slides for a while. The only way we could pry them away was to offer them a round of pumpkin chuckin’. My little super hero’s used all their strength to launch pumpkins at targets and they actually hit one of the targets!
Unfortunately the boys were too tired to get lost in the maze. So we stopped by the farm football lounge to check out the score for the Skins game and then headed home.
TIPS AND TRICKS
Since the farm is hilly throughout the farm; I suggest bringing a carrier or warp to carry your little one around in. If you feel you would benefit from a stroller I suggest that you bring one that is designed well for off road terrain.
I recommend eating lunch at the farm. The food is really good; especially “Two Guys and a Grill.” Other foods you won’t want to miss out on are the kettle corn that you smell popping while walking around the farm. Inside the market are also caramel apples, candies and even apple cider donuts delivered from Miller Farm.
To avoid weekend crowds come earlier in the day. We came on a Sunday at 11 a.m. and were able to hangout for a few hours before the crowd started to flow in. Coming for three to four hours and then heading home for naps was the perfect timing for my two and four year old.
1720 Crain Hwy North
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Fall Festival Open: September 3, 2016 – November 5, 2016
Hours: Fridays, 5 p.m.-11 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; and Sundays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
***Thank you Montpelier Farms for inviting us to come out to your farm, we had an amazing time!***