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Green Meadows Petting Farm (1)
It is exactly as it sounds……in Orlando!! The Petting Farm is situated in South Poinciana Blvd, away from the main attraction area. This is a lovely, cheap half day out for little ones – if your kids (and/or yourselves!) are “Disneyed out” and you want a nice leisurely experience for them, this is the place to go. Very reasonably priced, $15 for anyone over 3 and Seniors are $11 and you will see coupons for this in all the books, guides, leaflets etc.
Dress the kids in “play clothes” – it is an outside experience so plenty of sun cream but be prepared their shoes and clothes will get dirty. Although there are lots of tree canopies for shade please do not forget their hats.
There is a two hour guide (which is included in admission price) and the guides are full of information about all the various animals, of which there are over 300 on the farm. These include pigs, goats, sheep, turkeys, chickens, geese, ducks and donkeys. Most of the animals are in enclosures and after the guide gives his little talk on the animal, you are allowed to go in and pet them. Our kids (then 3 and 6) thought this was wonderful as the animals are so tame and loved the attention. It obviously gets very hot around mid-day so this is a good time to plan your lunch break as some of the animals wanted to lie down and sleep. There is a lovely picnic area and having visited Publix in the morning, we bought some of their southern friend chicken, rolls, salad stuff etc and the kids thought the picnic was just fantastic.
One of the highlights of my daughter’s day was being able to milk a cow – she couldn’t be moved once she got the hang of it. I had a go but can’t really say I enjoyed it! Second favourite was the pony ride – they take great care to ensure the children are safe and talk about the ponies. There is also a tractor-drawn hayride – again the guides keep talking.
Towards the end of our visit we spent half an hour watching the girls on the playground, it really is very good and they climbed all over the old-fashioned fire engine.
We finally “boarded” the Green Meadow Express for a little train ride around the farm –a last chance to see some of the animals – hens are everywhere!
There are refreshments available i.e. drinks and snacks, and you can also buy souvenirs.
If you go during October, every guest can pick their own pumpkin!
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