September is here and you know what that means… fall is just around the corner! Autumn is the perfect time of year for picking the perfect pumpkin, wandering through an orchard or getting lost in a corn maze. Over the past few years, our family has been venturing near and far to visit many different farms and festivals. I’ve taken our years of knowledge and experience to offer insight about local farms offering fall festivals. I hope this guide is helpful to Maryland families and beyond during the 2020 fall season. In addition to this guide, you will find individual guides for each farm, so that you know what to expect when you go. This year is special, I know in light of COVID-19 parents are searching safe options. Each farm that is open this season has put safety measures in place to keep with-in regulations for health and safety guidelines. Be sure to check with a farm before visiting; some require advanced purchasing of tickets to keep from overcrowding. Weather can also effect a farms hours of operation. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway, see details at the end of the article.

 


FARMS BY COUNTY- CALVERT COUNTY


HORSMON FARM

Location: 1865 Horsmon Farm Lane, St. Leonard, MD

Phone: 443-532-5761

Website: www.horsmonfarm.com

Information: Horsmon Farm will open October 2, 2020 this year. Fall festivities include 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. If you are looking for a place to pick up beautiful flowers this is the place, their mums are gorgeous and home grown. Purchase your tickets in advanced online. 11am-5pm Wednesday’s and Friday’s and 10am- 5pm on weekends. Admission is $8 and includes a free pumpkin.

Horsmon Playful Parent Guide

 

SPIDER HALL FARM (2020 SEASON CANCELED) 

Location: 3915 Hallowing Point Rd, Prince Frederick, MD

Phone: 410-610-0094

Website: www.spiderhallfarm.com

Spider Hall has announced that they will not open this 2020 season due to COVID-19. However, their ice cream shop will remain open.

Spider Hall Playful Parent Guide


FARMS BY COUNTY- CHARLES COUNTY


LEGACY FARM LAWNSCAPES

Location: 5190 Leonardtown Rd. Waldorf MD 20601

Phone: (301) 861-8414

Website: www.legacyfarmlawnscapes.com

Information: Middleton’s Legacy Farm Lawnscapes welcomes you to their fall festival open Thursday through Sunday starting September 19, 2020 from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. The entrance fee is $10/per person. Children ages 2 and under are free. The entrance fee includes access to our farm animals, 3+ acre corn maze, three bounce houses, hay ride, pumpkin patch (pumpkins are available for an additional price) and games. Games include corn hole, pumpkin tic tac toe, pumpkin bowling, bean bag toss and soccer. New this 2020 season- Pumpkin Slingshot, kiddie sorghum maze, sound garden and climbing tire pile. There will be several vendors present at the grand opening September 19 & 20, 2020.

Legacy Farm Lawnscapes Playful Parent Guide

 

SERENITY FARM (2020 SEASON CANCELED) 

Location: 6932 Serenity Farm Rd. Benedict, MD

Phone: (301) 274-3829

Website: www.serenityfarminc.com

Information: Serenity Farm will not host their Casper’s Castle this year. However, will still have pick-your-own pumpkin and petting zoo option available. Full details have not been finalized yet, please check their page for details.

Serenity Farm Playful Parent Guide 

 

SHLAGEL FARM

Location: 12850 Shlagel Rd. Waldorf MD 20601

Phone: (301) 645-4554

Website: www.shlagelfarms.com

Information: Shlagel farm is open to the public Saturday and Sundays in October during the hours set 10 AM – 5 PM. Admission is $9 per person, children 24 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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FARM  BY COUNTY- ST. MARY’S COUNTY


BOWLES FARM

Location: 22880 Budd’s Creek Rd. Clements, MD

Phone: 301-475-2139

Website: www.bowlesfarms.com

Information: Bowles Farm will be celebrating their 20th year Anniversary. They are set to open September 26, 2020 and will run their annual fall festivities through October 31st. Hours of operation are Firday’s 10am-3pm and weekends 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. The farm is open Tuesday-Friday for scheduled school, daycare and play groups.

Bowles Playful Parent Guide

 

FORREST HALL FARM AND ORCHARD

Location: 39136 Avie Lane, Mechanicsville, MD

Phone: 301-884-3086

Website: Forrest Hall Farm and Orchard

Information: Forrest Hall opens for Fall Festival starting this September 12,2020 every weekend 9 AM -5 PM. Admission is $8, Groups $7 under age 3 free, activities include: corn maze, hayride, farm animals, play area and more. Free small apple or pumpkin with admission.

Forrest Hall Farm – Playful Parent Guide


FARMS BY COUNTY- SOUTHERN PG COUNTY FARMS


MONTPELIER FARMS

Location: 1720 North Crain Highway, Upper Marlboro, MD

Phone: 410-320-0464

Website: www.montpelierfarms.com

Information: Montpelier Farms is open September 19, 2020 – November 3, 2020. September hours- Saturdays 10am-11pm, Sundays 11am-7pm. October Fridays 5pm-11pm, Saturday 10am-11pm and Sundays 11am-7pm. November Saturday 10am-8pm and Sunday 11am-7pm. It’s recommended to purchase tickets online in advanced. 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.

Montpelier Farm Playful Parent Guide

 

MILLER FARM

Location: 10140 Piscataway Rd, Clinton, MD 20735

Phone: 301-297-9370

Website: https://millerfarmsclinton.ticketspice.com/miller-farms-fall-family-fun

Information: Miller Farms is a 267 acre farm located in Prince George’s County, Maryland, that has been family owned and operated since 1879. Miller Farm is known for their ice cream and lovely market open year-round. Fall festivities will begin October 3, 2020, open Fridays, Saturday’s and Sunday’s 10am – 5pm. Tickets will be sold online only ($12 per person, Free ages 2 and under.)

 

QUEEN ANNE FARM

Location: 18102 Central Ave. Mitchellville, MD

Phone: 301-249-2427

Website: www.queenannefarm.com

Information: 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 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 miss celebrating fall at any of these farms.

CHERRY CREST FARM

Location: 150 Cherry Hill Rd. Strasburg, PA

Phone: 1-866-546-1799

Website: www.cherrycrestfarm.com

Information: This was the first farm we ever visited as a family and is still 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 an 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. This year 2020 season they are open most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays September through the first week of November.

 Cherry Crest Playful Parent Guide

 

BELVEDERE PLANTATION

Location: 1410 Belvedere Dr. Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Phone: 540-373-4478

Website: www.belvedereplantation.com

Information: Belvedere 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. Their 2020 season starts September 17th.

Belvedere Plantation-Playful Parent Guide

 

COX FARM (2020 SEASON CANCELED) 

Location: 15621 Braddock Rd Centreville, VA
Phone: 703-830-4121

Website: www.coxfarms.com

Information: Cox Farm Fall Festival will NOT be open this year. However,  I’m including them because their hay ride is usually super cool. This year the hayride path is a self-drive adventure. Their farm fresh market stand will also be open.

Cox Farm Playful Parent Guide

 

GAVER FARM

Location: 5501 Detrick Rd. Mt. Airy, Maryland
Phone: 301-865-3515

Website: Gaver Farm

Information: Located in Mt. Airy, Maryland, Gaver Farm is open daily for it’s 12th Annual Fall Fun Festival, Farm Market, pumpkin picking and pick your own apples starting September 4th. 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.

Gaver Farm Playful Parent Guide

 

GREENSTREET GARDEN

Location: 391 West Bay Front Rd. Lothian, MD
Phone: 410-867-9500

Website: Greenstreet Gardens

Information: Information: Greenstreet Gardens is a beautiful and serine farm located in Lothian, Maryland. Green Street’s Fall Festival is open September 21 – November 6, 2020 every weekend from 10:30 AM -5 PM. 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.

Greenstreet Garden Playful Parent Guide

 

SUMMER FARM

Location: Fredrick, MD
Website: Summers Farm

Information: Summers Farm is located in Frederick, Maryland Summers Farm opens the last week of September 19- November 6, 2020 this 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.

Summers Farm Playful Parent Guide


GIVEAWAY


One lucky fan will be randomly drawn to win a family of four pass to Legacy Farm Lawnscapes. The giveaway will remain open to all local fans September 11th– September 18th, 2020. You may enter once online and once on Facebook. To enter:

  • LIKE the post.
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