Despite COVID-19 continuing to alter day-to-day life, the pandemic can’t take away our ability to enjoy the simple joys of fall. You’ll find plenty to do among the pumpkin patches and fall festivals that can offer safe outdoor fun for you and your family.
If you want to head to a place where “autumn is strong, and the Wi-Fi is weak,” then Mary’s Maze is the place to go. Every weekend in October, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., you can enjoy the pick-your-own pumpkin patch and the corn maze. Experience historic farm tours, fall wreath decorating and a Flashlight Night event on Halloween. Tickets start as low as $7.50. Mary’s requests that you plan your visit in advance by reserving tickets online and help them contact trace by letting them know if you or anyone in your group tests positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of your visit. Visit the Mary’s Maze website for more information on event details, tickets and safety regulations.
Location: 4979 Sheppard Lane, Ellicott City
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Brad’s Farm Market
Reserve a seat in advance and hop on a hayride to the pumpkin patch at Brad’s Farm every weekend in October from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you take part in the hayride, note that everyone must wear face masks at all times unless eating or drinking. All surfaces are thoroughly disinfected throughout the day.
A walk-to pumpkin patch is also available for guests as well as a Ravens-themed corn maze. Tickets are available upon entering the farm for $7.50 per person ages 4 and older. Visit the Brad’s Farm Market website to discover the fresh produce available at the farm and get more details for reserving tickets.
Location: 550 Asbury Road, Churchville
Although Baugher’s has modified its autumn festivities this year, Baugher’s Sweet Treats, pick-your-own-produce and the petting zoo are all still open and available for family fun on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hop on a wagon ride (admission is $3) and travel to the apple orchards and pumpkin patch where you can purchase a bag of apples and pick your pumpkins to your heart’s desire. Wearing a mask is strongly encouraged since the farm typically reaches capacity each weekend. Check the Baugher’s website for more details on produce availability during the weekend you plan to visit.
Location: 289 W. Main St., Westminster
Weber’s Cider Mill Farm
Fall Harvest Days are still happening every weekend this month through Nov. 8 with the online purchase of a general admissions ticket ($10 to $11 depending on the time of your purchase). No tickets will be sold in person at the farm. Buy your tickets in advance to take part in all the fun Weber’s Cider Mill Farm will offer.
From taking a Pumpkin Land walking tour to duck races and hay slides, you’ll find plenty to do at the farm. Don’t forget to bring your own towel for the hay slide or purchase a burlap sack from the farm store for $3. Every admission ticket is available for two hours upon arrival to aid in crowd control. Explore the Weber’s Cider Mill Farm website for more information on what’s available this season.
Location: 2526 Proctor Lane, Parkville