bp- perfect pumpkinGoing to Belvedere Plantation every year is a must for our family. My dad loves finding the biggest pumpkin possible and Belvedere is definitely a good spot to find a plump pumpkin. While their biggest attractions are the pumpkin patch and maze, there are over 30 amazing activities and events that make this farm a great option for fall family fun. I hope this guide is helpful in showcasing the activities at the farm and assisting with planning your next visit.


WHERE TO START


This may come as a surprise but the first place to start is from your own home. Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance online to save money. Once your arrive, be sure to grab a BING-OH card at check in. As you venture through the farm, you’ll have the opportunity to play a fun BINGO game included with admission. It’s so much fun to take out your game piece and scratch off numbers as you visit different sections of the farm. If you get a BINGO you are entered in a chance to win a family of four pack to the farm!

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I usually like to start at the back of the farm and make our way back to the front. This way we end the day with picking a pumpkin and don’t have to lug it around all day or make extra trips to the car. Another to consider planning out is the paint your pumpkin station. I usually have the kids do this activity early in the day since it takes an hour or so to dry. Besides these few tips you can’t go wrong with exploring the farm your own way. There really is so much to see and do that you will be entertained for hours.


ACTIVITIES


BP- FARM ACTIVITIES.jpgActivities included with admission:

  • Back Yard Games (Life sized Corn Hole & Tic Tac Toe)
  • Ball Zone
  • Balloon Animals
  • Barrel Train
  • Big Slide
  • Bubble Lady
  • Candy Cannon Show
  • Colonel’s Corn Box
  • Extreme Petal Carts
  • Face Painting
  • Fun Barn
  • Junior Jumping Pillow
  • Jumping Pillow
  • Kiddie Maze
  • Kiddie Swing
  • Kiddie Playground
  • Little Farmers Corral
  • Pig Racing
  • Pumpkin Mountain
  • Olde Barnyard
  • Maize Maze
  • Spider Web
  • Trike Ride
  • Wagon Ride
  • Zippity Do

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Activities that have an additional fee:

  • Barnyard Blasters
  • Camp Fire
  • Flower Picking
  • Paint The Pest
  • Pick Your Own Pumpkin to take home
  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Pumpkin Plunkin’ Paintball
  • Tasty Treats (Fresh popped Kettle Corn and Fresh Squeezed Lemonade!!!)

I want to highlight a few of our favorites:

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One of the first things that caught my son’s eye was the giant race track set up for Tractor and Extreme Pedal Cart racing. I love that there are different sized pedal carts/tractors for different ages, so that everyone including adults can get in on the fun. One person per ride so grab a cart and start your engines… well, pedaling!

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Grab a burlap sack and race to the top of the hill to slide down one of two thrilling slides; The Pumpkin Mountain or Big Slide. I love that the path up the side of the hill is made of concrete with grips paved in; perfect for traction so little legs can make the trek up the steep hill. There is also a friendly staff member at the top to help little ones get in position to slide down safely.

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My boy’s favorite section was the Zippity Do and Kiddie swing area. My four year old was thrilled to pretend he was Superman as he glided on the zip line. All while his little brother watched happily bouncing and zipping around on the kiddie swings.

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Don’t miss out on exploring the Fun Barn; where you will find the swing ropes. Have fun swinging and falling into a pile of hay. This is one of the farm’s original attractions. Also in the Fun Barn is the Pumpkin Plunking Challenge. I’m convinced my oldest son is a natural marksman; every shot he took he’d hit the bulls-eye dead on.

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The Jumping Pillow is the perfect place for the kiddos to let their energy out. Kids ages toddler to adult can bounce and jump until they are all tuckered out. We went on a day when it wasn’t over crowded, but on days when it gets busy a staff member will assist kids with taking rounds to jump and making sure everyone is safe.

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I love all the little fun activities scattered about the farm like the Pumpkin Painting station, Spider Web, Barrel Rides and giant lawn board games. There is something unique and fun around every corner.


TIPS & TRICKS


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  • This is a wagon friendly farm. If you have a little one that is too big to be carried around all day comfortably, you can bring or rent a wagon.
  • Make sure you play the BING-OH scratch off game. It’s FREE and fun… and who knows? You might win a prize!
  • Don’t miss the extras that are included in the price of admission…. you won’t want to miss the bubble lady, balloon artist, face painting and candy cannon.
  • The restrooms have family stalls and areas to change diapers. No need to stress about bringing a little one who’s potty training or in diapers still.
  • Be on the lookout for events and discount days by visiting Belvedere Plantations website.
  • Come during off peak hours to avoid crowds. A great time to go is on a weekday.

INFORMATION


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2018 Fall Harvest Festival Dates & Times

Weekend Hours- September 22-October 28
Friday Nights 5-10pm
Saturdays 10am-10pm
Sundays 10am-6pm
Columbus Day 10am-6pm
Pumpkin Patch lighted for picking Friday & Saturday nights!

Week Day Hours- September 25-October 31
For the ‘stroller’ crowd (Peeping Farm Pass)!
Open 10:00am-2:00pm Tuesdays – Fridays.
Closed Tuesday, Oct 9.
Not all attractions open weekdays.

Fall Finale- November 2-3
Friday 5-10pm
Saturday 10am-5pm
Pumpkin Patch is closed for the season, but other attractions are offered at a special admission rate!

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Heroes Weekend & Teachers Weekend (includes first responders and military (with IDs) and immediate family): September 30— Special At the Gate ticket $12.95 each

Senior Citizens, Heros or nonperishable food donation discount: Get $2.00 off Farm Admission during September and October Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day. $1.00 off admission during other dates.  Offer extended to those youngsters who are age 65 and over. Discount is applied at the Gate.

Cost: 

Sep Online:  $14.95
Sep At Gate:  $17.95

Oct Online:  $16.95
Oct At Gate:  $19.95

Children ages 2 and under are free!

Address:
1410 Belvedere Drive
Fredericksburg, VA 22408

Phone: 540-373-4478

Website: http://belvedereplantation.com


GIVEAWAY


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One lucky fan will be randomly drawn to win a family of four pass to Belvedere Plantation. Giveaway is open Friday October 5, 2018 through Wednesday, October 10 2018. To enter on Facebook:

  • LIKE – the post!
  • COMMENT- what is or would be your favorite activity at Belvedere Plantation.
  • SHARE- help spread the word. (Not Mandatory)
  • Must be a Playful Parent fan or subscriber to win.
  • If you don’t have Facebook you can still enter by commenting on the main article.
  • This giveaway is not Facebook affiliated.

From our family to yours, Happy Fall!

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*Thank you Belvedere Plantation for inviting us out to celebrate your Fall Festival. The Playful Parent is not paid to endorse this farm, all information is my own non-bias opinion. This guide was created to help families plan their fall fun. All content and photos are intellectual property of The Playful Parent***