BEL AIR, MD — A fall tradition for many families is a visit to a local pumpkin patch. While the coronavirus pandemic has caused some of the region's pumpkin patches to modify how they operate, quite a few will be open this fall. We have hours, attractions and activities as the pumpkin-picking season ramps up.
Below is a list of some of our favorite pumpkin patches and fall festivities near Bel Air:
Brad's Farm Market, 550 Asbury Rd., Churchville
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Attractions: Hayrides to the you-pick pumpkin patch, corn maze, hay bales, apples and Ravens-themed corn maze (open daily).
Harman's Farm, 2633 Churchville Rd., Churchville
Wagon rides to the pumpkin patch start the first weekend in October. Masks required.
Attractions: Pumpkins of varying shapes, sizes and colors, including white ones for painting. There's also a produce market with fresh fruits and veggies.
Lohr's Orchard, 3212 Snake Ln., Churchville
Hours: Free hayrides are available weekends starting Sept. 26 and through October.
Attractions: Weekend hayrides, pick your own pumpkins and apples every day.
Falling Branch Brewery, 825 Highland Rd., Street
Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 19 to Oct. 31
Attractions: Food trucks, live music, pick-your-own pumpkin/gourd patch, hay rides, 6-acre corn maze, build a scarecrow, pumpkin painting, farm animals, craft vendors, Broom’s Bloom ice cream and beer slushies. The pumpkin patch, corn maze and Hawks Hill Grill food truck will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Admission is free.
Fresh McKenzie's, 5445 Patterson Rd., Baldwin
Season: Sept. 19 to Oct. 31
5 to 9 p.m. Friday
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
Attractions: Corn maze, farm animals
Admission: $8 per person for everything except pony rides
Season opening: Friday, Oct. 2
Open 6:30 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31
Open 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 18, 25 and 29
Attractions: The drive-thru experience features creatures stirring in the fog.
Tickets are $25 for one vehicle and rider and $10 for each additional rider.
Beachmont Corn Maze, 6433 Mt Vista Rd., Kingsville
Season opening/closing dates: Sept. 18 to Nov. 7
Attractions: Corn maze with time travel theme, hayrides, carnival games
Hours: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday; and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Group reservations are available by calling for visits during these times: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Pricing: $14 for ages 3 and up
Ticket website: https://beachmont.simpletix.com/
Pony rides Saturday and Sunday through October.
Attractions: Pony rides, kettle corn, ice cream, petting zoo, array of pumpkins
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Pricing: Tickets are required for petting zoo and pony rides.
Weber's Cider Mill Farm, 2526 Proctor Lane, Parkville
Fall Harvest Days are now through Nov. 8.
Attractions: Maze and Mini Maze, Giant Hillside Slide, Duck Races, Farm Animals, Tire Mountain, Pumpkin Land Walking Route, Mini-Tractor Ride, Barnyard Play Structures
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in September and October
Pricing: Weekends $8, weekdays $6
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