This is the second year we’ve taken our little one to the fall festival at Cox Farms. At almost 14 months he was much more interested than last year at almost 2 months. The past two year we’ve been lucky enough to get free passes to go to Cox Farms. And while at 1 he is at least now more interested in the animals, slides, and hay ride if it wasn’t free I would probably wait until he was closer to 3 before paying the fees for everyone to go just for him. Thankfully before 2 they are free and if you are really looking for a fun day at the farm with lots of activities it’s a good day out.
Our little liked the hay ride, some of the smaller slides, and looking at all of the animals while making his moo face for all of them because obviously all animals are “dogs” and go “moo” to my child. The farm isn’t handicap accessible, some of our grounds are hilly and the paths are gravel, not paved but everyone manages fairly well with strollers and people park them outside of the maze and hay ride. Pets are not permitted at the Fall Festival or Fields of Fear so leave fido at home unless it is a service animal.
Tickets range in price from $6-17 per person depending on the day for the fall festival (prices as of fall 2016). All tickets include:
- 5 Giant Slides
- World Famous Hayrides
- Farm Animals & Their Babies
- Imaginature Trail
- CORNundrum ® Cornfield Adventure
- Rope Swings
- Kiddie Zone
- Goat Village
- Local Apples & Fresh Cider
- Straw Tunnels
- A Patch Pumpkin to take home
- Live Entertainment
- 90 acres of fun!
If I had to choose at the age of 1 I would skip Cox Farms unless I had an older child that would enjoy the fun and instead go to Frying Pan Farm Park since it is free and has just as many animals, a play ground, a hayride, and more educational aspects.
Just a short drive away from Arlington and DC in Herndon Virginia is Frying Pan Farm Park. It is owned by Fairfax County and admission free for visitors to walk around, play on the play ground, see the animals and learn about farming. Something fun for all of the little ones! On the day we went a new baby cow had just been born and we got to see it take some of its first steps. If you’re so inclined you can also pay to go on a hay ride to take a tour around the park or go on the carousel. There is also a horse arena where lessons take place for your older little ones and they have a collection of summer camps and classes for them as well.
We really enjoyed our trip to the park. It was a great summer time activity. A nice change from our normal trip to the zoo while still getting up close to some animals. On top of getting to see the baby cow take its first steps we also got to watch a cow being milked and my little one got to play on a tractor. I don’t know a little one that doesn’t enjoy that. Overall I would definitely recommend Frying Pan Farm if you’re a local. It’s a drive out of the city for those of you visiting unless you’re staying out by Dulles airport and need something to do. The only part of the park I wasn’t impressed with was the “Country Store” I was hoping for some farm yummies… Instead it was full of toys and books with farming theme, something I could get anywhere really.
- Frying Pan Farm Park: open daily dawn to dusk
- Kidwell Farm: open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Wagon Rides: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. , Monday – Saturday; and Noon – 4 p.m. , Sunday, March through November (call to confirm)
- Carousel Rides: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. , Monday – Saturday; and Noon – 4 p.m. , Sunday, March through November (call to confirm)
- Country Store: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. , Friday & Saturday; 12 – 4:30 p.m. , Sunday, January through Mid-March
- 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. , Monday – Saturday; and 12 – 4:30 p.m. , Sunday, March through December
- Visitor Center: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. , Monday – Saturday; and 12 – 4:30 p.m. , Sunday
- Indoor Arena: hours vary (please call: 703-437-9101)
For more information on the park check out: FRYING PAN FARM PARK