Autumn is the perfect time of year for picking the perfect pumpkin, wandering through an orchard or getting lost in a corn maze. This article includes details about family friendly farms and fall events for Maryland families with a focus on Southern Maryland.


FARMS BY COUNTY


CALVERT COUNTY FARMS

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Horsmon Farm

1865 Horsmon Farm Lane,

St. Leonard, MD

443-532-5761

Horsmon Farm will be celebrating their fall festival on weekends September thru October and any day that Calvert County Schools are closed with hay rides, petting zoo, corn box and straw maze. Don’t forget to check out their website for special events each weekend including; scarecrow making, tractor weekend and more. The farm is open weekends 11 AM-5 PM. Admission is $8 and includes a free pumpkin.

Horsmon Playful Parent Guide

 

Spider Hall Farm

3915 Hallowing Point Rd

Prince Frederick

410-610-0094

Come out to Spider Hall Farm to celebrate fall by picking pumpkins, venturing through a corn maze or enjoying a hay ride. Kids will love the giant slide, moon bounce and sensory corn box.  Be sure to save room for Mrs. Moo’s homemade ice cream. Fall hours are Monday thru Thursday 1pm-7pm, Friday’s 1pm-11pm, Saturday’s 10am-11pm, Sunday’s 10am-6pm. General admission is $8 per person, kids 3 and under are free.

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CHARLES COUNTY FARMS

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Middleton’s Cedar Hill Farm

5190 Leonardtown Rd

Waldorf, MD

301-399-9812

Cedar Hill Farm is open September 23 thru October 30th every weekend from 10am-6pm. Have fun meeting and feeding the barnyard animals, get lost in an amazing 8-acre corn maze, watch little ones make their way through a kiddie maze, make music in the sound garden and enjoy a hayride to a pick-your-own pumpkin patch. New this year tractor train rides! Admission is $10, ages 2 and younger free.

Middleton’s Cedar Hill Playful Parent Guide

 

Serenity Farm

6932 Serenity Farm Rd

Benedict, MD
(301) 274-3829
Starting October 8th Serenity Farms is open 10am-5pm for festive fun every weekend. Admission cost $10 per person and includes: hayrides, petting zoo, Halloween Barn “Kasper’s Kastle,” a bag of candy from Kasper himself, face painting, hay bale maze, pumpkin patch and a hayride.

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Shlagel Farm

12850 Shlagel Rd

Waldorf MD 20601
(301) 645-4554
Shlagel farm is open to the public Saturday and Sundays in October 10 am-5pm. Admission is $9 per person, children 25 months and younger are free. Shlagel farm is an interactive farm with a fun wagon ride, petting zoo, pumpkin patch and fun activities for kids.

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ST. MARY’S COUNTY FARMS

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Bowles Farms 

22880 Budd’s Creek Rd

Clements, MD

301-475-2139

Every weekend September 24th through October 30th the farm is open for fall festival from 10am-6pm. Admission is $10 per person, free for children ages 3 and younger. Kids of all age will enjoy the amazing corn maze, pumpkin patch, straw jumping pit, children’s play area, wagon rides and more.

Bowles Playful Parent Guide

 

Forest Hall Farm and Orchard

39136 Avie Lane

Mechanicsville, MD

301-884-3086

Forest Hall opens for Fall Festival September 17th through October 30th every weekend 9am-5pm. Admission is $7, under age 3 free, activities include: corn maze, hayride, farm animals, play area and more. Free small apple or pumpkin with admission.

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SOUTHERN PG COUNTY FARMS

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Montpelier Farms

1720 North Crain Highway

Upper Marlboro, MD
410-320-0464

Montpelier Farms is open September 3rd thru November 6th Saturdays 10am-11pm, Sundays 11am to 7pm. Open Fridays 5pm-11pm during October. Admissions prices are $12 per person, Kids 2 and under are Free! Fall Festival activities include: 7 acre corn maze, “Jack and the Beanstalk” corn maze, hay rides, petting zoo, pedal karts, cow belly bounce house, pumpkin bounce house, hay & play, kiddie corral, corn tepee, roping range, farm football lounge, “Spookley the square pumpkin” movie screening and bonfires. Discount tickets on Groupon.

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Queen Anne Farm
18102 Central Ave

Mitchellville, MD
301-249-2427

Queen Anne Farm is known for using natural growing practices, and is the perfect place to pick a pumpkin, explore a corn maze, ride a tractor-pulled hayride, meet farm animals and enjoy activities in the Pumpkin House. Open weekends through October 10 AM-5 PM

 


PLAYFUL PARENTS TOP FIVE PICKS FOR BEYOND SOUTHERN MARYLAND


The following farms are beyond Southern Maryland; however, are hands down the best farms that we have visited. You wont want to missing celebrating fall at any of these farms.

Cherry Crest- 

This was the first farm we ever visited as a family and is till our favorite farm to visit! Nestled right in the heart of Pennsyvania Dutch Land this working farm is the perfect place to harvest wholesome family fun. It’s a added bonus that the Pennsylvania Railway runs through the property. You can ride the train to the farm or just enjoy watching the locomotive travel by. Check out the playful parent guide: https://theplayfulparent.org/2016/06/26/cherry-crest-adventure-farm-where-fun-grows/

Belvedere Plantation

bel image.jpgBelvedere Plantation is a 645 acre heritage farm, built in the 1760s on the historic Rappahannock River near Fredericksburg, Virginia. You are sure to have hours of fun with attractions like a zipline, straw jump, trike track, pumpkin mountain slide, pedal carts, barrel train and jumping pillow. Check out their website for information on events like the Final Flashlight Maze and Pumpkin Pounding Event. (www.belvedereplantation.com) Playful Parent Guide: https://theplayfulparent.org/2016/10/06/belvedere-plantation-the-most-sincere-pumpkin-patch/

Cox Farms

COX IMAGE.jpgCox Farm is celebrating its 42nd annual Fall Festival which runs daily from Sept. 24-Nov. 6, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. With a map full of outdoor activities, goat village, and Cornundrum Cornfield Adventure you will need more than one visit to see and do everything. This farm features the awesome six lane wide, 150 foot long dinosaur of a slide. Be sure to check out their website for events and live entertainment schedule. Playful Parent Guide: https://theplayfulparent.org/2016/09/30/cox-farms-what-a-cornundrum/

Gaver FarmGAVER IMAGE.jpgLocated in Mt. Airy, Maryland, Gaver Farm is open daily for it’s 10th Annual Fall Fun Festival, Farm Market, pumpkin picking and pick your own apples. A few things that make this farm special are their Silo Chute, Apple Cider Donuts, free fudge tasting and Maryland Pride corn maze. Don’t miss out on fun events; First Responder Appreciation Week, Fall Festival, Apple Harvest Festival and more. Playful Parent Guide- https://theplayfulparent.org/2016/10/09/gaver-farm-festive-fall-fun-with-breathtaking-views/

Greenstreet GardensGSF IMAGE.jpgGreenstreet Gardens is a beautiful and serine farm located in Lothian Maryland. Green Street’s Fall Festival is open September 17th – October 30th every weekend from 10:30am-5pm. Green Street Gardens is family and community friendly and offers an array of fun events this season such as: Hero’s Weekend, Costume Parade and Grandparents weekend. Your little ones are sure to love the giant corn box, cow train and jumbo jumping pillow. Playful Parent Guide- https://theplayfulparent.org/2016/09/24/greenstreet-gardens-fall-festival/

Summers FarmSUMMER IMAGE.jpgSummers Farm is located in Frederick, Maryland Summers Farm opens September 24ththis year with an old-fashioned Harvest Festival featuring a Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, more than 30 activities, live weekend music, apple blasting and finger-lickin’ good food. Check out their calendar for fireworks and events schedule. Playful Parent Guide- https://theplayfulparent.org/2016/10/04/summers-farm-not-just-your-average-fall-festival/


THEME PARKS WITH HALLOWEEN ADVENTURES


KINGS DOMINION- GREAT PUMPKIN FEST (Sept 23- Oct 29)

SIX FLAGS- FRIGHT FEST (Sept 16 – Oct 31)

BUSCH GARDENS – HALLOW SCREAM (Sept 23 – Oct 29)


LOCAL EVENTS IN MD/DC YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS


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September 14-17, 2017- Charles County Fair

September 15, 2017- 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM: James E. Richmond Science Center Fall Fun Day ($8 Admission/Members FREE/3 & under FREE)

September 21-24, 2017- St. Mary’s County Fair

September 21, 2017- 6:30- 9:00 PM: Home Depot Do It Herself Learn to build seasonal yard signs.  (FREE, REGISTRATION REQUIRED)

September 27, 2017- October 1, 2017- Calvert County Fair

September 30, 2017- 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM: James E Richmond Science Center Spooky Science ($8 Admission/Members FREE/3 & under FREE)

October 15, 2017- 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM: La Plata Fall Festival at Town Hall in La Plata (FREE)

October 20-22, 2017- Boo At The Zoo- National Zoo– Washington, DC., 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM ($20 Members/$30 Non-Members)

October 21, 2017- 12:00 PM -4:00 PM: Celebrate Charles Fall Festival at Regency Furniture Stadium (FREE)

October 21, 2017- Watkins Regional Park Halloween Camp Out

October 28, 2017- Halloween in the Garden – Annemarie Gardens, 11:00 AM-4:00 PM ($1)

October 13-29, 2017- The “Eye Spy” Halloween Train- Cabin John Regional Park, Friday’s hours are 3 – 8 PM and weekends 1 – 8 PM

October 13-29, 2017- The Haunted Train and Creepy Carousel –Wheaton Regional Park Saturday and Sunday starting October 8, and Friday’s starting October 14, through October 30, 2016. Hours are 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

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FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS…WE WISH YOU A HAPPY FALL!!!

***The Playful Parent was not paid to promote or advertise for any of the listed business. All information is biased on an honest unbias opinion.***