Most of the “fun farms” in Northern Virginia are in Loudon County and they take some time for me to get to from my side of Prince William. However, while Ticonderoga Farms‘ address may be Chantilly, and while my friend from Aldie told me it was “just a few minutes from her” (I consider Aldie to be the dark side of the moon from where we live!) it’s actually just about 5 minutes from Manassas Battlefield, which is awesome! Here’s how that works:
There’s a pond with a wiggly bridge over the top, which my boys loved. If you stop in the middle and look hard into the water, there are little teeny tiny sunfish! This was, apparently, a HUGE deal. We looked at the tiny fish for a good five minutes.
There are a few cutouts for you to take your picture on, and they were in the process of “Fall-ing” up the hayride space so it’d be ready for pumpkin season and Halloween. I think the hayride will be very fun for those visiting in the fall.
There are a few antique firetrucks for kids to climb all over, and my daughter thought this was probably the most fun she’d ever had. Watch for any nuts or bolts, but older kids will enjoy climbing up on top and younger kids will like “driving” the truck for a minute.
Swings! And Trees! And Chickens running around!
There are, of course, the requisite slides on a hill and there’s a giant inflated pillow, for lack of a better word, that the kids can bounce around on. Your socks will get dirty, but if it’s too warm out and you go without them, the plastic can be a little warm on tiny toes, so I’d bring an old pair of socks, even if your kids are rocking the crocks.
You know, as much as anyone can “rock” crocks.
We had a fun time and spent over three hours playing outside. This is much more “farmy” than some of the farms you might think of, but we liked that, because it wasn’t as crowded. I think my oldest son might be getting slightly too old for places like this to be “cool” for him, but he did play nicely with his siblings, and he had fun looking at the fish and jumping on the pillow.
One note- there is a bamboo maze that is a serious maze. I think my boys would’ve spent hours in there, but if you’re going with young children, note that this isn’t like a corn maze where you wander in one direction and come out, it’s a real maze with multiple twists and turns. I can see that being an issue if you’ve got a child who’s potty training 😉
Here’s what some of my readers had to say about Ticonderoga Farms:
we LOVE going there! so much fun!
Go there for Easter egg hunts during spring. I like that its not as crazy as Cox Farms and family owned.
Also been to cut our own Christmas tree couple years ago. Plan on taking baby soon at the end of
August & we always bring smore’s fixings to make smores there.
We love it there!!! Love!!!! We can spend a whole day there.
We go every week because its where i pick up my CSA my daughter loves it there!!
Ticonderoga Farms offers:
* Summer Harvest Festival, Spring Easter Festival, Fall Pumpkin Festival, and a Winter Festival
* A community garden for those who’d like to grow their own produce but don’t have space
* A Farm Market including organic eggs, local honey, produce, figs, and bamboo
* Fig groves and a fig festival
And more. The farm is also working on a botanic garden, which, from what we could see from the road, looks amazing!
Admission depends on the time of year, but for summer is $8.95/person, and hours are 10am-5pm, all week long. Field trips, group rates, and corporate/family parties are available.