Since opening to the public in 2008, Montpelier Farm has become a favorite local attraction and is a great place for families to spend the day together.
Montpelier Farm has a long history
that dates to 1673 when it was first patented. James Moore of England was the property’s first owner before the farm was purchased by the Smith family of Dunkirk. On the property, there is a mansion which dates to the mid 1800’s and was remodeled in the 1940’s.
The 125-acre property now has been transformed into family fun park by owner Adrianne Dunn and her husband, who passed away in 2015. Montpelier is an ideal place to take your kids and features over two dozen attractions and a Fall Festival. Yet still, the family fun park remains a farm which produces grain, vegetables and hay across 1,200 acres that stretches from the Patuxent River to Route 301, which helps in maintaining an authentic farm setting and experience for visitors.
Since undergoing the transformation from a private farm to a family fun park, Montpelier Farm has provided kids and families with fun and activities which include a corn maze, pumpkin patch, animal petting and feeding, goat walk, hayrides and more. The farm also has a farm store, event space and a pavilion that caters to family get-togethers and other events.
The corn maze is perhaps the main attraction. The giant seven-acre maze has two different difficulty levels and is fun to navigate. Corn plants are fully grown in the fall of each year meaning that the maze is only open in the fall, so it's perfect for Halloween time. The Maze is both fun and challenging, and most visitors can’t find their way out in less than a half hour. Despite the difficulty, your kids will love it.
Other attractions include goat and baby pig feeding which smaller children seem to enjoy the most. There is also a playground, hay bale “Bull” lassoing, a mini soccer field with large inflated soccer balls and pedal go carts.
During my visit, my five-year-old niece and 8-year-old nephew had blast on the go carts as did the other kids that were there that day. From straw bales shaped into figures to a corn teepee, the entire property is full of things to do and see. Some the activities carry an extra cost, gem mining, the duck race, scarecrow making, pumpkin painting and pumpkin chunkin’ cost between $3-$8 extra.
If you plan to go in spring or summer, bear in mind that some of the activities are seasonal. However, there are enough attractions to keep the family and young ones entertained for hours upon hours no matter when you decide to go. The corn teepees, for example, are fall only while other activities like the Cow Belly Bounce (moon bounce) are not seasonal.
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Kids love face painting and Montpelier Farm provides it, the Football lounge open in fall screens local football games and helps to keep adults entertained. The giant hill slides are fun for both kids and adults, and include two large tube slides and a 100-foot slide that is open throughout the day and after sunset.
Montpelier Farm’s kids corral is a unique playground of sorts and the corn crib, also open only in the fall, is a sandbox filled with corn kernels rather than sand. The farm also screens movies all day, while the pallet maze is a nice alternative for younger kids to the corn maze. The property also has recently added a giant pumpkin shaped jump pad on which kids and adults can go nuts on.
Visitors are permitted to bring their own food and drink, however, on the property there is a Farm Market and coffee shop that sell unique items such as apple cider slushies. General admission is $7, kids two and under are free, and season passes are also available. The Farm can be pretty crowded sometimes so if you plan to go you should buy your tickets online so you can skip the lines. For tickets and more information, visit Montpelier Farms website
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