A few days ago when Owen had an after school activity and Sasha and I had an extended afternoon together, we headed over to Oxon Hill Farm for a couple of hours.
I’m not sure why, but it’s one of those places that I tend to forget about, but really should visit more often with the kids. Not only is it super fun for little ones, with animals to visit and lots of space to run around, it’s also scenic and serene, making you feel like you’re way more than just a few miles from the city. And it never seems to be crowded. In fact, when we pulled into into the parking lot on our visit the other day, only one other car was already there.
The cows are the first to greet visitors walking up the gravel road to the main grounds (if you can call sitting still in the grass staring us down a greeting). They hang out in a large field where there’s also a barn and big red farm equipment.
Beyond that, the farm sprawls over a fairly large area, though it’s far from too big for little ones to explore it all. There are more animals to visit, a barn and other farm structures to peek into, a museum housing old farm equipment, a chicken coop, and several other exhibits that offer a history of the farm. There are two trails in the park: the Hiker/Biker trail is 1.6 miles starting at the parking lot and the Woodlot trail meander just .3 miles through the forested area. You can also just roam through the grassy areas, too.
Sasha, like most kids probably, is all about the animals. We, of course, stopped to see all of them, making up names and singing an “Old MacDonald” verse for each one.
After strolling the grounds for awhile, we stopped in the Visitor Center, where there is a small play area for kids. Sasha headed straight for it while I chatted with the park ranger who told me about all kinds of kids’ programs they host on both weekday and weekends. She said they often have school groups visit, so if it’s just one or two children who want to join, they can tag along with them. But larger groups (she said play groups sometimes meet there) should call ahead to make a reservation.
Or you can take a self-guided tour and enjoy the farm at your own leisurely pace.
Oxon Hill Farm is located in Oxon Hill, Maryland very close to National Harbor. It’s open daily, except Thanksgiving and Christmas, from 8am – 4:30pm. Admission is free.