Thursday, July 29, 2010

Watkins Regional Park, Upper Marlsboro, MD

Watkins Regional Park is a great place to go with children from ages 1.5 yr old and up. The park is located just 30 minutes outside of Silver Spring, Maryland, and features the "Old Maryland Farm," a small farm that consists of bunny rabbits, chickens and peacocks(that you can feed), ducks, sheep, llamas, cows and horses. They have pony rides available for $3/ride on certain days of the week, and hayrides for $1/person for groups of 15 or more. The farm is nicely maintained, beautifully gardened, and is a fantastic spot to take young children who are learning about animals and want to get close to them.
     Summer Features: Right next to the farm, the park offers 10-minute antique train rides ($1.75) that run around the farm and through the woods; miniature Golf($3.75/person); a carousel($1.75).
     Also near the farm, the park has a large fantastic playground that my young son can play at for hours and a nature center that has scheduled programs and events.
     One small suggestion: the farm is a 3 minute walk from the parking lot- down a winding path. If you have a toddler who is not the best walker yet, I suggest taking a stroller so that you don't end up carrying him. The farm itself is small enough that your toddler can probably do without one, but that path is where both my children and my friend's children had a difficult time.
     Between the farm and the playground, my children can easily stay for a good 3 hours. I usually bring lunch to eat at one of their pavilions.
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