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Fair Oaks Farms in Fair Oaks, Indiana 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!

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 is, I couldn’t wait to get in.

Fair Oaks Dairy Farms in Fair Oaks, Indiana

The first thing we did was check out the 4-D movie–there was just enough time to fit it in before our Fair Oaks Barn tour! The movie was super 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.

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 Dairy at Fair Oaks, Indiana: Cow Carousel

Fair Oaks Farms Dairy at Fair Oaks, Indiana: 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!

My favorite part of the whole thing was the great big outdoor playground, Mooville. Mooville 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!

Fair Oaks Farms Tips

Fair Oaks Farms Dairy in Fair Oaks, Indiana

Fair Oaks Farms Dairy in Fair Oaks, Indiana: Where Do You Find Coupons?

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 in Fair Oaks, Indiana on a sunny day, the bouncy pillow gets super hot!

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Fair Oaks Farms
856 N 600 E
Fair Oaks, Indiana 47943
877.536.1194


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About Jessica Nunemaker

Jessica Nunemaker is the little Indiana owner and Host of a little Indiana segment state-wide on PBS. Sometimes, she even sleeps. You'll usually find Jessica gallivanting around Indiana towns (population 15,000 and less) with her husband, Jeremy, and two boys (ages 9 and 5) in tow in search of where to stay, play and eat in small towns across the state! Small towns: destinations, not drive-thrus!

8 comments

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

  2. 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!

  3. Jessica Nunemaker

    Thanks!

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

  4. Best grilled cheese sandwiches & ice cream.

  5. Haywood Jblowmi

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

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

  7. 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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