Autumn is a wonderful time to visit Virginia Beach. The summer season has come to a definite close, which means crowds and temperatures are on the decline. Entertainment, however, will be on the rise because there are amazing events and activities to choose from. Whether you’re looking to celebrate at the harvest season, explore an autumnal farmers market, or kick your Halloween off a little early, you will find what you are looking for in Virginia Beach. Here’s what to do:
Go to the Farm: Hunt Club Farm
The Hunt Club Farm is fun for the whole family. They are open all year, but their hours fluctuate seasonally. During the fall months the farm is open daily from 9am until 5pm. The farm features an expansive petting farm where you can get up close and personal with chickens, goats, sheep, geese, donkeys, pigs, rabbits, ducks, and more. A free flight aviary has opened this year, which features over 500 parakeets. You can feed and interact with hundreds of tiny birds as you walk through the 2,000 square foot enclosure. The farm also features a farm market with seasonal goods. The farm market is free and open to the public; tickets to the petting farm are $6 for anyone over the age of two.
Be a part of History: Ferry plantation
If you have a taste for the historic or the paranormal, the Ferry Plantation should definitely be on your itinerary. The Ferry Plantation was built in 1830 and has been preserved as an example Virginia Beach’s rich history. The house is also very well known for paranormal activity and visitors have claimed to have encountered several different “spirits” over the years. Though the proprietors of the property do not claim it is haunted, they do have unexplainable photographs and ghost stories to share. The house is furnished in the style of the period in which it was built, and offers educational tours from 10am until 2pm every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Children under 5 can tour for free, but everyone is $10.
Pick Your Own Pumpkin: Henley Farms
Pumpkin season has arrived. Henley Farms offers their customers the chance to enjoy the fall weather and do some good, old-fashioned pumpkin picking. A free hayride is offered from the main grounds to the pumpkin patch so you can really get into fall spirit. At the pumpkin patch you can traipse through the field, choose your favorite, and bring it home to decorate your home for the season. Pumpkins aren’t all they have to offer. You may be able to also pick your own pecans, sweet potatoes, green beans, lima beans, kale, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and collard greens. Please keep in mind the availability of vegetables and pumpkins depends entirely on the weather and the plants themselves. They can’t be picked if they haven’t matured yet and there are no guarantees about what will be available. The farm is open every weekend in October from 10am until 6pm.
For more information on VSA reservations while in town, give us a call at 800-340-1158.