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
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
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 pillow, ride-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
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.
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Fair Oaks Farms
856 N 600 E
Fair Oaks, IN 47943
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