Are you bummed out that summer is over? Here are five low-cost activities that will get you excited for all the fall favorites -- from apple cider to Halloween!
Here are our favorite low-cost activities for fall!
Apple-Picking at Baugher’s Orchard
Courtesy of Baugher's Orchard
WHERE: Westminster, MD
WHEN: All of September and October | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays
COST: Apples are $1.29 per pound, and the wagon ride to the orchard is $2 per person
This family-owned orchard has been a working fruit and vegetable farm since 1904. The orchard offers a playground for children, field helpers to show people where and how to pick apples, and a market where patrons can buy ice cream, homemade pies, and other items. Besides apple-picking, the farm hosts an annual fall harvest festival every weekend in October with hayrides, pumpkin-picking, and more. Learn more on their website!
Walking Ghost Tour of Historic Annapolis
Courtesy of Tours and Crawls
WHERE: Annapolis, MD
WHEN: Every day | 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
COST: Adults -- $18 | Children (5 to 11) -- $12 each | Buy tickets here.
This 90-minute tour is perfect for those who love spooky stories. It showcases the haunted history of various downtown Annapolis areas, including the Maryland State House, St. John's College Campus, and the Annapolis City Dock. The 7 p.m. tours are family-friendly if children are present, but the 9 p.m. tours are considered adults-oriented, suitable for older children and teens, according to the Annapolis Tours and Crawls website.
Ocean City’s Sunfest festival features food, music and even a Ferris wheel. (Courtesy of https://wolfsbus.com/)
WHERE: Ocean City, MD
WHEN: September 20 to 23, 2018
This annual festival, which has gone on for over 40 years, has live musicians, various local food, and artisan crafts. The best part: there are hayrides and inflatables on the beach for children. The festival is also rated No. 1 of the 100 Best Classic and Contemporary Craft Shows in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine, America's Premier Art & Craft Show Magazine. There are even indoor amusement rides such as bumper cars, along with kite flying available as well. Find out more information here.
Field of Screams
An actor dressed in a spooky costume waiting to scare patrons. (Courtesy of www.screams.org)
WHERE: Olney, MD
WHEN: Open every Friday and Saturday, plus most Thursdays and Sundays from September 22 to November 4
COST: Varies depending on attraction and date | Find out more here.
This terrifying establishment’s four activities are all unique. In both trail experiences, members walk through a haunted forest. The haunted trail is the newest – and scariest – attraction, themed as a haunted summer camp. The trail of terror has haunted houses and creatures jumping out at every turn. Slaughter Factory is exactly what the name suggests: a factory of terror. Hades Hayride is the most family-friendly attraction and is also the cheapest, starting at $15 per person. Even better, people can enjoy s’mores and other treats at bonfires scattered throughout the field.
The Bowles Farm Corn Maze
This year’s corn maze theme at Bowles Farm is the Washington Capitals. (Courtesy of www.bowlesfarms.com)
WHERE: Clements, MD
WHEN: September 29 through October 28 | Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (weekdays by appointment)
COST: $10 a person, but groups of 15 or more can get a discount rate of $8 a person. Children 3 and under are free.
What better way is there to get into the fall spirit other than an old-fashioned corn maze? Each year the maze has a different theme, featuring groups from the Blackstone Lighthouse to St. Mary’s Hospital. This year’s theme features the Washington Capitals, which won the 2018 Stanley Cup! The farm also has a pumpkin patch, face-painting, and other kid-friendly activities as well.
Did we miss any fall-themed low-cost activities in Maryland? Let us know in the comments!