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Pumpkins, Corn Mazes, Hay Rides, Oh My!

I don’t know about you, but I grew up in a home where holidays and seasons were celebrated. When fall rolled around, my mom had the fall decorations’ box out and the decorations were placed throughout the house. It was an explosion of red, yellow, and orange!

She would take us to pumpkin patches to pick out pumpkins to carve and decorate the front porch. Ultimately, those pumpkins became squirrel food or a toy for the dog to roll around the yard and shred, but we spent time together as a family enjoying the fall season and that was the important part.

I love that my mom did that. Whether she intended to or not, she modeled for us how to embrace seasons and be present in them. As an adult, it is one of the many things I appreciate about growing up in her home.

If you want to start a new fall tradition or just want to embrace the season with your family, here are just a few places in Maryland where your family can make fall memories together.

Don’t forget to check with each location for hours and pricing.

Shaw Orchards5594 Norrisville Road, White Hall, MD
At Shaw’s, you can pick your own pumpkins through the end of October. Check out the hayride to and from the pumpkin patch field. 

Weber's Cider Mill Farm 2526 Proctor Lane, Baltimore, MD
Weber’s has pumpkins for you and your family to pick, fresh apple cider, apple cider doughnuts, and apple cider slushies. They have a Barnyard Activity area that is open daily, with a straw maze and a mini maze for younger children, the Boo Barn, a giant hillside slide, and more. 

Baugher's Orchard - 1015 Baugher Road, Westminster, MD 
Baugher’s Orchard has an outdoor baked-goods market, pumpkin picking, a petting zoo and playgrounds for kids, and hayrides to and from the pumpkin fields.

Milburn Orchards - 1495 Appleton Rd, Elkton, MD 21921
Milburn Orchards has fall festivals every weekend through the end of October. You can pick your own pumpkins, visit the Farm Market Bake Shoppe, explore the corn maze, go on a hayride, plus family friendly activities.

Rock Hill Orchard - 28600 Ridge Road, Mount Airy, MD 21771
Rock Hill has two ice cream themed corn mazes for you and your family to enjoy, as well as, pumpkins you can pick, a pumpkin cannon, and over 13 different flavors of homemade ice cream to choose from!

Lohr's Orchard - 3212 Snake Lane, Churchville, MD 21208
Lohr’s Orchard is known for their apple cider slushies. They also have hayrides to and from the pumpkin fields where you and your family can go to pick your own pumpkins. You can also stop by Retail Market to pick up some apple cider and donuts for you to take home with you. 

Enjoy celebrating this beautiful season with the people you love! It won’t be long before we say, “See you soon, fall…” and “Hello, winter!”


Laura Smith serves at 95.1 SHINE-FM as Sales Coordinator. She's working her way towards an M.A. in Pastoral Counseling with a focus in Life Coaching at Liberty University, and she can polish off a pint of ice cream in one hour.

Laura Smith serves at 95.1 SHINE-FM as Sales Coordinator. She's working her way towards an M.A. in Pastoral Counseling with a focus in Life Coaching at Liberty University, and she can polish off a pint of ice cream in one hour.