Have you ever heard of agritourism? What exactly does it mean? Agritourism is where agriculture and tourism meet to provide you with an amazing educational experience, whether it be a tour of a farm or ranch, a festival or cheese-making class. Farmers, ranchers and wineries turn their land into a destination and open their doors to the public in order to teach more about what they do.
Agritourism is becoming an increasingly popular industry, in almost every state. Agritourism offers a unique experience from picking your own fresh fruit at an orchard, to trying your hand at calf roping, to a hay ride at a pumpkin farm. There are tons of unique activities waiting to be explored.
Some farmers turn their working farms into agritourism destinations to help educate and introduce the public into farming, while others do it as a way to supplement income in the off-season. So if you’re heading out on a vacation or long weekend soon, be sure to scope out agritourism destinations in the area.
See some fun and educational agritourism spots from around the country:
Grape Expectations: Arkansas Wine Industry Encourages Agritourism
Fun on the Farm at Mississippi Agritourism Destinations
A Sip and a Swig at Wisconsin Wineries and Breweries
The Scoop on Ohio Agritourism
Visitors Experience Life of the Farm in Kentucky
Georgia Agritourism Brings Southern Hospitality