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Fun Farms to Visit in Maryland

We just love visiting farms. Both of my kids love animals, Kevin in particular. There are many local farms and animal farms to visit with children in Maryland. I think I have taken my kids to visit every farm on this list!

Given the pandemic, make sure you visit the website for any new hours or restrictions. And many of these farms are free! I always like to support them and buy something, though.

A Bin of Apples at Milburn Orchards
A Bin of Apples at Milburn Orchards

In addition to this list of fun farms in Maryland that you can visit with your kids, don’t forget about the fair season. In late summer and early fall, many towns and municipalities host fairs and festivals to celebrate the harvest and agriculture. And most have a section of animals (since they are often being shown) to visit, pet and learn.

Farm Coloring Pages to do before or after your visit.

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Milburn Orchard in Elkton MD: This is one of our family favorites and we meet our cousins there every fall. Tons of playground equipment, animals to visit and feed, pick your own, food, games. They have a ton to do! In recent years, they have raised their prices to $10 a person in the fall, which is their peak season. That is when they are offering the most activities.

However, in the summer it is often free and much less crowded. Even during the busy fall months, they often offer $1 Fridays and other specials. Make sure you poke around the internet before you go. (In full disclosure, I work there in the fall giving school tours, but I was going there for 9 years before I applied for a job.)

Dominic’s Farm, Queenstown: “Opening up the outdoors to children and the special gifts animals have to offer.” There are numerous ways to enjoy the farm! Set up a private tour or event, attend a farm story time, plan a celebration at the farm or attend one of our fun and friendly seasonal events.

Maryland Sunrise Farm, Gambrills.

Knightongale Farm: Harwood MD. This farm canceled many activities due to the pandemic. Call first!

Family Affair Farm: Easton. Includes corn maze.

Preparing for a Farm Visit

A few quick tips I’ve learned over the years.

  • Wear comfortable, close-toed shoes. (you may not be allowed near animals in flip flops)
  • Wear or bring sunscreen.
  • Check websites and Facebook pages for special events and times, such as if they let you feed animals.
View from the Hayride at Milburn Orchards
View from the Hayride at Milburn Orchards

Visits with a Disability

Of course, always remember to wash your hands after petting pigs, goats and all the other animals. If you have food or bee allergies, you want to be prepared for that. Farm produce often attracts bees.

Kevin enjoying a bonfire at Milburn Orchards.
Kevin enjoying a bonfire at Milburn Orchards.

Keep in mind that if you go on a hay ride at one of these farms, it may aggravate asthma or other breathing conditions.

Know that for some of these farms, the only bathroom option was a portable toilet. Call ahead if that will be an issue for you.

Some farms even let us hold the baby goats!

Please check websites or Facebook pages before visiting, often because they are family-run operations, they may not be open all the time.

Hey, I’m having trouble finding more farms to visit! Send me your suggestion so I can add it to the list.

  • Fine Motor Skills-Games, crafts and coloring activities are a great way to use and practice a child’s fine motor skills.
  • Speech and Language– Many parents seek out a language-rich environment for their child. Any activity can be an opportunity to use and repeat new words and language, mimicking sounds, new vocalizations and articulations.
  • Executive Functioning Skills– Depending on the game or activity, it can be an opportunity to practice executive functions such as working memory, sequencing, following directions, task initiation and more.
  • Handwriting and Fluency- This piggybacks onto the language skills a child needs, but with worksheets, coloring pages and games, they can be a low-risk opportunity to practice handwriting and fluency.
  • Practicing Previously Acquired Skills-Applying already acquired skills across all environments, bring the classroom teaching into the real world.
  • Sensory-Textures, sounds, taste, vestibular, interoception, anything!
  • Social Awareness-Practice traditional social skills in a safe environment, such as: joint attention, taking turns, reciprocating conversation, waiting politely, and more.
  • Gross Motor-If you’re in a new place, practice walking across uneven surfaces, new surfaces, inclines & declines, stairs, or increasing endurance.

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