The leaves will start changing colors soon (hopefully). It’s about that time to start thinking about festive, fall activities. Luckily for South Carolinians, there are several notable pumpkin patches across the Palmetto State. This week’s fall feature is Denver Downs Farm located in Anderson, South Carolina.
History of Denver Downs Farm
Owned and operated by the Garrison family since 1869, Denver Downs Farm not only hosts a Fall Festival and Corn Maze but is on the National Register of Historic Places. According to Denver Downs Farm’s website, the farm originally started as a cotton farm. Later the Garrisons transitioned to a dairy farm. Ultimately, the family turned the working farm into agri-tourism and entertainment.
Later this month, Denver Downs Farm will start it’s Fall Festival. From September 26 through November 15, 2020, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 AM to 5 PM, Friday and Saturdays from 10 AM to 5 PM, and Sundays 1 PM to 6 PM, visitors can enjoy many of the fall activities hosted by the farm. Some of the activities include a corn maze, pumpkins, and music.
Fall Activities Hosted by Denver Downs Farm
In light of the on-going coronavirus pandemic, Denver Downs Farm has made some changes to keep visitors and their staff safe. Of benefit to visitors is the fact that the corn maze has gone from 10-acres to 12-acres. Spanning 140-acres, the field offers plenty of room for social distancing. While masks aren’t required for outside visitors, Denver Downs advises that their staff will wear masks and frequently sanitize high touch surfaces. Additionally, due to the fact that the hayrides do not allow for appropriate social distancing, they’ve been discontinued for this season.
Not only does Denver Downs have a pumpkin patch, but they also have an event called “Singing Pumpkin Lights.” Tickets are available online for this family-friendly event. Entertainingly for the “Singing Pumpkin Lights,” three giant singing jack-o-lantern faces lip-syncing to various pop songs. Bringing even more fun to the event, visitors are invited to join a dance parting on stage.
If a 12-acre corn maze wasn’t enough to get you in the festive fall spirit, the farm also hosts a Flashlight Maze. The website says, “this maze at Denver Downs Farm is never haunted… it’s only slightly spooky at night! Good for families and younger visitors.” During the day, the youngers can enjoy “The Fairy Tale Trail.” For this activity, the ‘junior visitors’ read the story of Jack and the Cornstalk near the entrance of the maze. Denver Downs points out that this connects children to the world of agriculture.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that a family-run farm would host spectacular fall activities that are fun for the whole family. One review on TripAdvisor sums it up perfectly. “The Garrison Family goes all out to celebrate everything fall, from pumpkins to cider, from corn mazes to concerts, from historical reenactments to bales of hay to climb on. Children absolutely love this place and grown-ups get a kick out of watching them do all the things country folk used to do.”
With a variety of fall activities for the whole family to enjoy, be sure to visit Denver Downs Farms located at 4915 Clemson Blvd., Anderson, SC 29621.
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