In search of a new family-friendly activity to try? Consider taking a farm tour. Not only will you probably learn something new about where your food comes from – you’re also guaranteed to have fun. After all, who can resist smiling while feeding a baby calf or taking a bite out of a fresh-picked apple?
After scouring the U.S. farm tour scene for the most interesting spots across the nation, we’ve rounded up a few farm tours we consider must-see destinations. Read on to discover five American ag attractions you’ll want to visit ASAP.
Liberty Hill Farm
Located in Rochester, Vermont, Liberty Hill Farm is a family-owned working dairy farm that welcomes guests from around the world. The farm, recognized as Vermont’s first certified Green Agritourism Enterprise, offers visitors opportunities to milk and feed Robeth Holstein cows, bottle-feed newborn calves, and pick (and eat!) fresh berries and vegetables.
Liberty Hill Farm also has an inn with seven guest rooms, which makes it a perfect destination for those looking to enjoy a relaxing vacation along with a farm tour. Stays include both a farm-fresh dinner and a hearty breakfast – so guests can rest assured they won’t go hungry.
Farmlandia Farm Loop
See not one, not two, but 15 farms and agricultural attractions in the southeast Portland and Wilsonville regions of Oregon on the Farmlandia Farm Loop. The self-guided farm tour route includes a mix of family farms and value-added operations like Barn Owl Nursery Herb & Lavender Farm, which lays claim to nearly 100 different lavender and culinary herb plants, and Tollen Farm, which is home to Mediterranean miniature donkeys.
The Farmlandia Farm Loop also includes stops at the year-round Oregon City Farmers Market and the Milwaukie Farmers Market, which opens on Sundays from May through October. Both offer ample opportunity for visitors to pick up seasonal Oregon-grown fruits and vegetables.
Walker Honey Farm
Curious about how honey goes from beehive to bottle? Visit the family-owned Walker Honey Farm in Rogers, Texas, where you can take a guided walking tour of the farm’s facilities and hear firsthand from beekeepers and honey handlers. The 45-minute tour also includes a stop at Dancing Bee Winery on the farm’s property. At the winery, guests can try mead (also known as “honey wine”), one of the oldest alcoholic drinks still consumed today.
Walker Honey Farm tours take place on the first Saturday of each month, beginning at Walker Honey Farm Store. To make a reservation (recommended, but not required) call (254) 983-2899.
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Charleston Tea Plantation
If you’re in South Carolina’s Lowcountry region, you’ll want to take the time to explore North America’s only tea plantation: the Charleston Tea Plantation located on Wadmalaw Island. Guests can see the acres of tea plants on a trolley tour and visit the only tea factory in America. There’s also an option to take an exclusive, comprehensive tour with Bill Hall, a third-generation tea taster who oversees the daily operations at the Charleston Tea Plantation. Want to take some tea to go? Visit the on-site gift shop to purchase specialty teas and related items like tea infusers and mugs.
For more information or to book a tour, call 1-843-559-0383, ext. 4207, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Farm Tours
Known as the Horse Capital of the World, it makes sense that Kentucky would offer horse farm tours – and thanks to Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Farm Tours, you can get an up-close-and-personal look at the state’s famous horse industry. On the three-hour, narrated tours, guests can see and learn more about Lexington’s Calumet Farm, an iconic Thoroughbred breeding and racing operation spanning nearly 800 acres. Guests will also get the chance to visit Keeneland, a famous racecourse and the Thoroughbred industry’s top auction house. Tours also include glimpses of movie filming locations for films like Secretariat, Seabiscuit and Dreamer.
See more: Kentucky Born and Bred Equine
To purchase tickets in advance (required because tours fill up, call (859) 260-8687 or visit www.seethechampions.com.