Autumn arrives in mid-September in Cecil County MD (although not officially) with a chill in the air almost as if on cue for the start of Milburn Orchards’ Fall Festival Weekends. Every Saturday and Sunday through the end of October, Milburn Orchards hosts a different themed event. This seven-weekend affair brings all things associated with autumn; pumpkins, hayrides, apples, the changing of the leaves to their seasonal hues of orange, crimson and gold, and let’s not forget trick or treating.
UPDATED 9/17/2019 for 2019 Season
The festivities kick off with Grandparents’ Weekend but make no mistake you’ll find fun for kids of all ages. As always, the Barnyard is open for petting and feeding all your farm favorites; goats, roosters, ducks, and more.
Fall weekends at Milburn Orchards have a bit of a country carnival atmosphere. There are food concessions in addition to their usual cider donuts (best ever) and Kilby’s ice cream served on the deck.
As you wander the grounds stop by the Super Sling, a giant slingshot-like contraption where kids (and grown-ups) can take aim and rocket an apple through the air at strategically placed targets. Let the kids navigate the Bale Trail (a hay bale maze).
If the kids are up for a bit of a scare stop in at the Boo Barn, a kid-appropriate haunted barn where the kids can pull ropes and levers to trigger a frightful surprise. Kids can have their faces painted or their hair wrapped. The family can enjoy a hayride through the grounds.
And on your way out be sure to stop by the market for seasonal apples, baked goods, and cider. You can also pick up the perfect pumpkin for carving your Halloween Jack-o-lantern and cornstalks, mums, and gourds for decorating your home.
If you prefer, you have the option to pick your own apples. Your adventure will begin with a wagon ride. All the trees are dwarfs so even the youngest of your brood can join in the harvest. Not all apples are available throughout the entire “apple” season so check the Milburn Orchards’ website to see what varieties are available when you plan to visit.
A trip to any of Milburn Orchards’ Fall Weekend events will provide a unique outing that is sure to become a family tradition for years to come.
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Below is a list of the upcoming weekend themes for Fall family fun (Updated for 2019).
Grandparents Weekend: Sept. 14 &15; Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday Weekend: Sept. 21 & 22; Apple Harvest Celebration: Sept. 28 & 29; Pumpkin Harvest Celebration: Oct. 5 & 6; Family Fun on the Farm Weekend: Oct 12 & 13; Autumn Colors Weekend: Oct. 19 & 20; Trick-or-Treat Weekend: Oct. 26 & 27.
Admission: 2 and under: FREE; Ages 3-59: $10, 60+: $5
September: Sat & Sun, 10am – 4pm
October: Sat & Sun,10am – 5pm
Unfortunately, you will need to leave Fido at home for this event as Milburn Orchards does not permit pets. However, there are plenty of fun activities in Cecil County, MD that are pet-friendly and fall is a perfect time to visit the area.