Fall Fun Itineraries

Highlighting Farm Adventures in Calvert County

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Begin your day of family fall fun in Calvert County at Spider Hall Farm. Start off by taking a hayride down to the corn maze and Farm-Tour-Hayridepumpkin patch where pumpkins are sold by the pound. While the kids take a few rides down the giant farm-themed slide, you can check out all the farm-fresh goodies and fall décor at the Farm Stand. Round out your visit with a trip over to the petting zoo and don’t forget to get a balloon animal from Bunky, the balloon artist extraordinaire! Spider Hall is open to the public every weekend in October from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $11 for ages 4-13, $5 for ages 14+ and free for children under age 3. Special events include a movie screening of Hocus Pocus on Oct. 12 at dusk and a Tractor Treat on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.

After Spider Hall, make a stop just down the road at Mully’s Brewery for lunch, a beer tasting and a brewery tour. Tours are offered at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. on weekends. The taproom is open for drinks and the whole facility is family-friendly so the kids can play on their tablets while you try a few of their latest brews and take a six-pack or a growler home for later. Various food trucks are on site Thursdays through Sundays. Don’t miss the Halloween Party and Brewery Anniversary on Oct. 27.  Weekend hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 12-6 p.m.

Mums-Fall-BarnTo the north of Prince Frederick lies Mulberry Hill Farm. Here kids can bounce their energy out in a moon bounce while you pick up some lovely mums, apple cider and apple butter to really give you that fall feeling! Weekend hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Special events include local wine tastings on certain weekends in October.

Round out your day of fun at Lord Calvert Bowl, up Route 4 a few miles from Mulberry Hill Farm. Always fun for families, they offer bowling balls and shoes for rent for toddlers through adults and even have ball-rolling slides to help the littlest bowler get a strike! Weekend hours are Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Special event: Family-Friendly Halloween Party and Costume Contest, Oct. 27, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. 

South County Cruising

Start the day at Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center taking in the colors of the fall leaves along the wooded path and checking out the sculpture garden and exhibits currently on display in the Arts Center. Be sure to make a stop at their unique gift shop as well! The sculpture garden weekend hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Arts Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

After your stroll, head over to Anglers Seafood Bar and Grill for a meal of fresh seafood and steak. If it’s before 11 a.m., enjoy a full-service breakfast of delectable goodies! Weekend hours are Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Relax as you sit overlooking the water to eat and take a stroll afterwards, popping into the various gift shops that line the street along the way. 

If you know you’re making the trip, you also might want to buy tickets in advance for a day cruise with Half Shell Adventures out of Solomons Island. October-themed cruises include the Oyster Scald cruise, Speakeasy cruise, Bark-n-Boat dog-friendly cruise and a Nautical Hayride with fall-themed beverages. 

Horsmon-Farm-GoatsFrom Solomons, head back up the road to Horsmon Farm in St. Leonard to enjoy their farm festival every weekend in October. Hay rides, a pumpkin patch, a petting zoo and a maze await! Admission is $8 per person, which includes a pumpkin while supplies last. Weekend hours are Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special events include scarecrow making Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 6-7, and pony rides Oct. 13-14.

Finish your day at nearby Jefferson Patterson Park. Make your first stop at the visitor center, formerly a show barn for Black Angus cattle and now beautifully renovated to include exhibits, a theater room, a discovery room for the kids and a gift shop. From there, head out onto the grounds to discover one of the five trails, the Indian Village or experience a personal tour via your own cell phone with one of their free audio tours. The grounds are open weekends from 7 a.m. to dusk while the visitor center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October. Upcoming special events are Village Day Oct. 20, a 5K run/walk Oct. 19 and a Halloween Festival Oct. 26 from 5 to 9 p.m. 

From Field to Firth

Pumpkin-Patch Start your day at Swann Farms in Owings to pick your fall pumpkins for pies and jack-o-lanterns! Their pick-your-own patch is open the first three weekends in October from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. While there, pick up some mums and hay bales to complete your fall décor.

From Swann Farms, head south to Running Hare Vineyard, a little bit of Tuscany and Napa right here in Calvert County! Taste a selection of wine and beer and bring a picnic or enjoy a crusty pizza cooked right on site in a rustic pizza oven. Weekend hours are Saturdays and Sundays, 12 to 6 p.m. Special events include live music every weekend at lunchtime, Spin & Sip Oct. 7, yoga Oct. 21 and a Halloween party and costume contest Oct. 27. 

Cap the day at North Beach for a stroll along the boardwalk with some ice cream, candy or pastries from one of the quaint shops along the way. If you’re interested in history, stop in at the Bayside History Museum to get an overview from prehistoric days up to today. Upcoming North Beach special events include Hound of the Town, Boo Bash and a free drive-in screening of “The Addam’s Family” Oct. 27. The North Beach Friday Night Farmers Market is open every Friday starting at 5 p.m. through October 19.