Roaming Roanoke: Layman Family Farms

This week’s blogging destination is a popular fall favorite place – Layman Family Farms!

It is fall; leaves are changing colors and falling; pumpkins are everywhere, and the weather has been perfect for outdoors! What better place to go than Layman Family Farms!

This was my first time visiting Layman Family Farms! My son went last year on a kindergarten school field trip and was excited to take the rest of us there this year! Layman Farm is a place I hear a lot of people talk about, so I was excited to go myself!

Layman Family Farms is in Blue Ridge. In the fall, it is 83 acres of family fun! The website even states it was named “Best Pumpkin Patch in Virginia” in 2018 in Good Housekeeping! The farm includes a ten acre corn maze, pumpkins galore, and SO MANY activities! Plus, the mountain views with fall color are spectacular right now.

My six-year-old and five-year-old LOVED everything! Their favorite activity was the Bee Line Zipline. I lost count how many times they rode it. They weren’t the only ones. So many kids of all ages kept getting in line to ride it over and over. They also really liked the jumping pillow. My train-loving son made sure the cow train was also one of the main things they did. My kids spent a long time on the playground and tunnel slide. We also paid extra for the gemstone/fossil mining. This was something my kids really enjoyed too (and they’ve taken extra care of the gems and fossils ever since)!

We were there on a Friday, so a few attractions were closed like the corn cannon and pumpkin blaster. My son vividly remembers these from his field trip last year and loves them! He wants to go back on a weekend to see them!

Layman Family Farms also has several animals out for viewing and this was a big hit with my one-year-old!

There is plenty of food for sale at the event. The menu includes BBQ, cheeseburgers, funnel cakes, and fried oreos! You will not go hungry while playing! 

There are also several picture opportunity sites set-up. My kids did not want to pose for pictures because they wanted to play instead! However, it is possible to get a great fall picture at Layman Family Farms!

Layman Family Farm is stroller-friendly but know you will be pushing it on mostly grass. There are port-a-potty bathrooms. 

Layman Family Farms fall season is winding down. The last day is November 7th. It is open on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. It costs $12 for ages 3-59, $8 for 60 and up, free for age 2 and under. You get a wristband with three pumpkins on it to use at certain activities. Activities requiring a wristband pumpkin are the cow train, corn cannon, jumping pillow, bee line zip, and pumpkin blaster. Gemstone mining costs extra. The website has all of the ticket details, operation times, and directions. Also, check the Layman Family Farms Facebook page for information on some fun events like drive-thru trick-or-treating and flashlight corn maize!

We enjoyed our day at Layman Family Farms and hope you make it another day before it closes for the season! We also look forward to going back next year!

If you have suggestions for Roaming Roanoke to visit, please let me know!

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Angela Evans

Angela Evans is a former tv reporter turned stay-at-home mom. She and her husband Cody have three children. They moved to Virginia in 2018. When she’s not Roaming Roanoke, she is probably drinking sweet tea, reading a book or dancing.
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