Frying Pan Farm Park

Address: 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171 (approx. 1.25 hours from Fredericksburg)

Hours: Parking lots & grounds are open daily dawn to dusk

Farm hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM daily

The farm is closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Cost: Parking is free. There are fees for the carousel, wagon rides, tours, and special events. Carousel rides are $3 weekdays and $4 weekends/holidays. Wagon rides are available by reservation only for groups of up to 9 family members for $40. Tickets can be purchased online at the links above.

Website: Frying Pan Farm Park | Park Authority (

Maps: Farm and trail maps can be picked up at the visitor’s center.

Meet draft horses, chickens, peacocks, rabbits, sheep, goats, cows and pigs at Frying Pan Farm Park’s working farm of the 1930s. Take a wagon ride and watch the farm hands at work. Take a tour to see how farm families lived in the 1930s, or just sit on the porch of the Kidwell Farmhouse.  Visit the farm store, ride an antique carousel, or play on the playground or in the various open fields around the farm.  

Explore one of the wooded hiking trails on the north side of the park. Walk past the Frying Pan Spring Meeting House and its adjoining springs, baptismal pond, grounds and cemetery.  There really is so much to see and do here. Pop in for a bit or stay for several hours which is easy to do with free and ample parking. Pack a lunch and enjoy it during your visit. There are many picnic tables in various locations around the farm. After your visit, you’ll quickly see why Frying Pan Farm Park is one of the most popular parks in Fairfax County.

New Arrivals: If you want to see baby animals, spring is the perfect time to visit. During our recent visit we saw 2-day old piglets, 2-week old piglets, 1.5 month old piglets, a calf, several lambs and kids. They were so fun to watch and pet. The 1.5 month old piglets were very entertaining. We could have watched them for several hours. You can click this link to learn all about the farm’s new arrivals.

We visited Frying Pan Farm Park right when it opened at 9 a.m. We only stayed a couple of hours but could have easily stayed longer. We really didn’t know what to expect during our first visit. There really is a lot to do from visiting animals to visiting all the buildings and displays that interpret farm life in the 1920s through the 1950s. The nature trails were relaxing. On a warmer day, it might be fun to bring water shoes to walk in the nearby stream. If you happen to stay into the late afternoon (4 p.m.), you might be able to try your hand at milking a cow.

It’s really up to you to decide how you want to spend your time at Frying Pan Farm Park. Each visit will be unique as the animals and life on the farm change daily.

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