by Casey | Posted on September 6th, 2012
In fall Virginia’s farms become family playgrounds full of “U Pick” fun – apple orchards, pumpkin patches and corn mazes where loved ones can enjoy time together out in the fresh air in the beautiful Virginia countryside.
September 22 – In Bristow, your family will enjoy learning about butter making, 19th century log home building, candle dipping, ice cream making and so much more at the Prince William Farm Tour. 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
September 29 and 30 – Pair your farm visits with some Civil War history during the 4th Annual Rappahannock County Farm Tour. Nearly 20 participants representing farms, wineries, orchards and farm-to-table initiatives will make it two fun-filled days for all ages. A living history encampment and artillery demonstrations will offer insight about the Civil War as it affected Rappahannock County and Virginia. 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. $5 per person 16 and older. Purchase Tickets
October 6 and 7 – The Annual Culpeper Harvest Days Farm Tour offers families the chance to meet llamas, cattle, buffalo and horses. Check out everything from mushrooms to moonshine and wine from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day at nearly 20 locations. Download the Farm Tour Passport
Polyface Farms in Swoope has an open-gate policy, inviting anyone to tour on their own at any time (except Sundays, please). If you’d rather hear the scoop from the farmer’s mouth instead of wandering about, register now (limited to first 100 participants) for the Lunatic Tours. $15 per person ages 13 and up (13 is the minimum rider age). Only available September 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. and October 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. The Lunatic Tours are unscripted visits to the pastured animals via hay wagon. The farmer says it’s “more fun than a theme park roller coaster ride,” and we’d be willing to bet the farm that he’s right. Book Now
In Danville you’ll find Owen Farm. Stop in on Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. or Sundays between 2 and 6 p.m. to visit with the animals, churn some butter or even pick your own fresh produce. Now that fall is near, the corn maze is about to open and the pumpkin patch is nearly ready for the hunt. Beginning September 15 the farm extends their hours to include Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $8/child and $6/adult with a child’s ticket. Combo tickets are available to include hayrides, pony rides and more.
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