Far too often I find myself thinking that there is nothing fun to do in Ohio, but in reality that is the furthest thing from the truth as you will see in this and some upcoming blog posts as well. A few weeks ago the girls and I joined a very good friend of mine and her children on a trip to Amish country to explore The Farm at Walnut Creek which opened in 2007. No matter your age a visit to The Farm will be a truly unique and educational experience that the adults will enjoy just as much as the kids – if not more! Keep reading to learn more about our time and all the fun we had that day.
Upon arriving at The Farm we pulled up to a beautiful barn that housed a produce stand on the ground level and gift shop on the upper level. This building is also where you pay your admission with a choice between general admission and admission with wagon ride. As someone who rarely carries cash on them, it is important to note that The Farm does not accept debit or credit cards.
Once we had our tickets we headed over to the wagon loading area where we would embark on a 2.3 mile ride over rolling hills on an hour long horse drawn wagon ride to visit and feed over 500 animals from 6 different continents! There is also the option to enjoy these animals from the comfort of your own vehicle, but I preferred the wagon ride as we were able to learn interesting facts about all of the different animals and the kids were able to get more up close and personal with them as well.
As we enjoyed the wagon ride I was amazed at how many different animals we had the pleasure of meeting. Just a few included parrots, giraffes, zebras, deer, and llamas.
But what the kids enjoyed the most was feeding all of these animals. There were plenty of buckets of grain on the wagon for everyone to have a chance to feed the animals and the animals weren’t bashful at all. Some seemed to follow us along the path and they were all very friendly. The children were cracking up at the Scotch Highland Cattle that would simply approach the wagon with their tongues sticking out just waiting for food to be dropped in their mouths. And I must say I was amazed at how brave my little two year old Willow Jean was feeding these large animals. She was one of the few to want to feed everything directly from her hand instead of the bucket. As for Kaelyn – well I have never seen someone so happy and excited as she was to have the opportunity to feed a giraffe!
When we arrived back at the wagon loading area we spent some time wandering around checking out some more animals in a more zoo like setting. I was happy to see that these enclosures were large, beautiful, and very clean. This area also had lots of gorgeous plants, a covered bridge, pond, as well as picnic tables for those that chose to bring a packed lunch.
In this walk-through area there were also lots of animals that the kiddos were able to pet like goats, sheep, and donkeys that were more than happy to nibble up some grain! I loved watching my girls get up close to these animals to have an experience that rarely, if ever, happens in the city.
Another fun fact about The Farm at Walnut Creek is that in addition to visiting all of the amazing animals it is also an actual working Amish farm. Depending on the season; plowing, thrashing, sowing seeds, growing produce, canning, milking, quilting, and baking may all be taking place on any given day. We were able to tour two authentic non-electric farm houses where we observed a group of Amish women canning fruits and veggies. And we enjoyed some fresh baked cookies too!
We had a wonderful time at The Farm at Walnut Creek and the kiddos are already asking when we can return for another visit. I’m highly considering a visit during the winter months to enjoy a sleigh ride! If that is something that sounds like fun to you be sure to follow The Farm on Facebook where they will post weather conditions and be sure to dress warmly.
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Saturday from 8:30AM til one hour before sunset.
Last horse drawn wagon ride departs at 5:00PM.