My Instagram feed has been filled with all these beautiful pumpkin patch photos, so I decided it was time for Ooey and I to get out and visit one ourselves. I chose Clark’s Elioak Farm because it looked super kid friendly. The Yelp photo that sold me on Clark’s had a picture of a giant purple boot inspired from the fairytale about an old woman residing in a shoe.
Clark’s Elioak Farm wasn’t exactly the pumpkin picking experience I had in mind, there isn’t a pumpkin patch per se, but a table where kids can pick a pumpkin to take home. They make up for that though with their rides, enchanted forest and petting zoo. And it’s only an hour from DC so it makes for a good mid-week day trip. (I’m sure it’s fun on the weekend too but I can only imagine that if the weekday traffic was any indicator it’s probably quite busy on Saturday and Sunday.)
Clark’s Elioak Farm offers three rides: pony rides, hayrides and the moo train. Naturally I had no idea what the moo train was, so I chose that. Rides are $2/each and you can buy tickets at the entrance or at the ride itself if you have cash. We waited about fifteen minutes to ride the moo train, and Ooey sat in my lap. The cows are water barrels that’ve been painted and retrofitted with wheels and a seat belt. The entire train was pulled by a tractor and provided a nice break and great view of the farm.
The farm had all these fun, whimsical statues and scenes that the kids got a big kick out of. The Old Lady in the Shoe, Jack and Jill, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Mother Goose, and there were even life size dioramas of Robin Hood and Sleeping Beauty.
I really, really want another kid now-and by that I mean a goat. I was totally amazed that the children were allowed into a pen with the baby goats who were completely adorably and totally docile. They also had rabbits, chickens, pigs, cows, horses and an emu!
The farm also had a mini maze and playgrounds with slides scattered throughout farm. We really enjoyed our day out at Clark’s and for a good time it’s a shoe in (har har). I spoke with one person who even had her son’s birthday here, which was probably a blast. If you need a touch of whimsy and a hug from a baby goat this place comes highly recommended!
- Bring a picnic into the farm with you, they do not serve food
- All the bathrooms are port-a-potties and I saw no changing tables
- Lines for the rides are long
- Have cash on hand if you want to buy a ride ticket on the spot
- Plan on spending 3+ hours here if you want to see and do everything
Clark’s Elioak Farm is an hour from DC, you’ll need to drive.
10500 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042
Have fun and let me know in the comments if you visit 🙂