Fair Oaks Farms is a Dairy Good Time

Fair Oaks Farms is a Dairy Good Time

Fair Oaks Dairy Farms in Fair Oaks, Indiana

Fair Oaks Dairy Farms in Fair Oaks, Indiana

Pulling into Fair Oaks Farms in Fair Oaks, Indiana made me almost giddy with excitement. It’s a dairy big deal around these parts.

Maybe it’s the tidiness of the buildings at Fair Oaks Farms, or the lovely landscaping, or perhaps just the prospect of award-winning cheese. Whatever it was, I couldn’t wait to get in.

Attractions at Fair Oaks Dairy Farms

Fair Oaks Farms Milk Carton Climbing Wall

Fair Oaks Farms Milk Carton Climbing Wall

There are many things to do at the farm. It’s hard to know which one to choose first! But, we were unanimous. The first thing we did was hop into the line to check out the 4-D movie. There was just enough time to fit it in before our Fair Oaks Barn tour.

The movie was cute–and made me jump a few times. This tale of the cow includes spurts of air, splashes of water, and vibrating chairs in addition to the 3-D experience. You may want to warn any of the more timid members of your party just so they know what to expect.

After that, we toured a super small portion of Fair Oaks Farms. They only own 19,000 acres or so. We sat in a really nice bus for the Dairy Adventure Bus Tour. It drove us from the main part of the farm to a separate barn. It’s a short ride.

My tip? Wait for the bus so you can be one of the first in line. Don’t be like us and play too long because if you are one of the last families to board you will not get a seat together. Everyone wants the window.

The tour guide informed us about how they clean the barns and how they keep the barns cool in the summer and warm in the winter. We also saw where the babies were kept (which are later sold to other farms).

Cow Carousel: Fair Oaks Farms Barn Tour and Mooville

Fair Oaks Farms Milking Barn Cow Carousel

Fair Oaks Farms Milking Barn Cow Carousel

The more unusual feature of this Indiana town farm tour was also the most unexpected! Did you know that they milk these cows on the bovine equivalent of a carousel? I’m not even kidding.

It spins around slowly and the cows hop on and off as they please. Our tour guide informed us that the cows really like the ride and some days are poky about stepping off of it after their milking is done. As you can see in the image above, it is like a giant cow merry-go-round.

My favorite part of the whole thing was the great big outdoor playground, Mooville. This outdoor attraction isn’t a playground in the traditional sense. There were no swings or merry-go-rounds or monkey bars–but what they do have is really fun.

There’s a great big inflatable bouncy pillowride-on tractors, and a ginormous milk container climbing wall for all ages (my husband, Jeremy, and Kid #1 both climbed it–repeatedly). We ran through the Swiss Cheese Maze but Kid #1 and I had to cheat and duck under the ropes to get to the exit. We couldn’t find our way out. That was very tricky. Did you do better than we did?

Fair Oaks Farms Tips

Fair Oaks Farms Mooville Outdoor Playground

Fair Oaks Farms Mooville Outdoor Playground

Plan to spend the day if you have young kids. It’s one of the biggest attractions in Northern Indiana. There’s plenty to see and do! I didn’t even mention the Fair Oaks Farms Birthing Barn or the cafe.

Also: bring socks. If you go to Fair Oaks Farms on a sunny day, the bouncy pillow gets extremely hot. You and your children will need them.

Small Towns: Destinations, not Drive-Thrus! I’m Jessica Nunemaker and THIS is Little Indiana.

Just don’t forget to tell them that Little Indiana sent you.

Fair Oaks Farms
856 N 600 E
Fair Oaks, IN 47943

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Jessica Nunemaker is the Owner of Little Indiana.com. More than a website, Little Indiana is a book, "Little Indiana: Small Town Destinations" (IU Press) awarded first place in the "Best in Indiana Journalism for a Nonfiction Book" by the Indiana Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Little Indiana is also a bi-monthly newspaper column in a local paper and a PBS segment on the former Emmy award-winning program, "The Weekly Special."


  1. Bill Walker November 1, 2015 at 11:18 am

    I am addicted to Fair Oaks Havarti Habanero cheese. It is so delicious that I can’t stop eating it. Great job!

  2. Linda. Crawford October 10, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    I received a gift of cheese from my son in law Bruce Bonsteel From the farm and it is the best I’ve ever had

  3. Jessica Nunemaker October 13, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Yes, it was! Any place with ice cream is always a win for me. 😉 Ha ha!

  4. Julie Kline October 13, 2011 at 11:10 am

    A great family getaway… where everyone learns about dairy operations in a fun way and an oportunity to enjoy delicious dairy treats! …..all delicious…….see where your food comes from!

  5. Jessica Nunemaker August 24, 2011 at 9:37 am


    Yes, I am a HUGE fan of their ice cream! 🙂

  6. Lynne July 8, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Best grilled cheese sandwiches & ice cream.

  7. Haywood Jblowmi May 16, 2011 at 7:46 am

    I LOVE THE CHEEEEEEZE ITS SO GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD I LOVE THE ICE CREAM TO!!!!! every one should go here its great!!!!!!

  8. Fair Oaks Farms July 30, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Great article Jessica! Thanks again for visiting and for writing about us!

  9. Lana Wallpe July 30, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    I hope Fair Oaks is not the best kept secret in Indiana; it is such a great facility to educate consumers on how milk is produced and how farmers take great care of their livestock. Kids of all ages love all the interactive opportunities they offer. It’s also a great place to shop for unique, Indiana-made gifts any time of the year! LOVE FO!
    .-= Lana Wallpe´s last blog ..Words for Thursday! =-.

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