Disclosure: My family received tickets to Wayside Farm to facilitate this review.
Fall is the perfect time to get outdoors and visit a local farm with the family. We were invited to Wayside Farm in Berryville, Virginia, to check out their fall festival. Farm visits were a regular thing back when my kids were little, so we were especially pleased to find so many fun activities for tweens out at Wayside Farm. It's a little over an hour west of Washington DC.
Pig Races & Corn Maze
We were most excited for the Corn Maze, but Wayside Farm also has something we've never seen at any other farm: pig races! We also enjoyed the pumpkin smashing–one of the farmers dropped 10 pumpkins of different sizes from the top of a cherry picker. It was disgusting and a lot of fun. You'll find Pig Races followed by Pumpkin Smashing at 11:30, 1:30 and 3:30 on the weekends.
The Corn Maze is HUGE, and it offers an “Easy” and a “Hard” option. Of course, my kids opted for “Hard,” and even with the clues we were given, we struggled in the beginning. We got pretty lost in the wrong section of the maze before getting back on track. My Fitbit said I did almost 3 miles in the maze, and it was a great way for my husband and I to get out and active with the kids!
Wayside Farm Hayride
A beautiful day made for a great hayride! There's a list of scavenger hunt items to look for at the entrance to the hayride. We found all of them! The hayride is bumpy (of course) and takes you around the perimeter of the farm, along the corn maze, and through the pumpkin patch with great views all around. The Hayride runs continuously through the day, so be sure and catch one.
There weren't a lot of animals, but the kids did like seeing the goats on goat walk (20 feet up) and the llamas. It was difficult to pet the animals, so we ended up spending our time doing all the other activities.
Pumpkin Bowling & Other Games
Games are set up all over the farm, everything from Pumpkin Tic Tac Toe to Pumpkin Bowling. My kids lasso'd fake cows and loved the carnival game setup. It's a wall of sports-related games where you throw baseballs, footballs, and basketballs, but it's all for FREE (no giant stuffed animals to win, but they really enjoyed it).
With the hay bales, slides and playground equipment all around, my kids climbed and chased each other all over. As big kids (9, 9 & 12), they turned the hay bales into the perfect surface for parkour. They leapt, jumped and crashed for about an hour.
If you have little kids, there was a corn crib, pedal tractors, and other activities for toddlers and preschoolers. Plenty to do for all ages!
MoneywiseMoms readers get a special 20% discount!
Just mention “MoneywiseMoms” at admission and you'll get 20% off your ticket purchase. Regular admission is $10/person, with kids 2 and under FREE. Military personnel are also FREE.
Wayside Farm is open Saturdays and Sunday through November 1st from 10am to 6pm, plus Monday, Columbus Day, from 10am to 6pm. Get directions at the Wayside Farm website, and connect with them on Facebook.