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.

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!

Skills We Work on While Traveling

Whether it’s a quick outing for milk or an overnight adventure, I try to make everything a learning experience for Kevin. He takes much longer than most kids to learn skills. I welcome any opportunity for practice.

  • Language: Pointing out colors, numbers, large vs small, animal sounds.
  • Sensory: What do you see, hear, smell?
  • Sensory: What does the animal feel like? (if you can pet it)
  • Sensory: Taste, ice cream, apples, etc.
  • Gross Motor: Walking and climbing and activities such as picking apples or using a playground.
  • Fine Motor: Feeding animals, petting, toys, activities.
  • Other: We read books and watch TV episodes about the activity or farm. Maybe do some baking and eating.

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! Leave me your suggestion so I can add it to the list.

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