When tourists think of South Florida, sandy white beaches and thrilling nightlife often come to mind. But for locals who have families and want to enjoy a quiet weekend in the country, this might not be the right thing.
So where to take the whole family?
From petting zoos to corn mazes to paddle boat rides, local farms have lots to do for families of all ages. Instead of joining the crowds of tourists in Miami Beach, gather the kids and visit one of these spots.
The Berry Farms
13720 SW 216th St.
(786) 701- 8100
The Berry Farms claims to bring “a piece of Country to Miami,” offering tractor rides, sunflower fields, and corn mazes. Located in South Dade, this is the perfect place to enjoy activities with little ones in a picturesque place. It comes complete with a bounce pad and two interactive playgrounds. There are also food options ranging from specialty milkshakes to American-style lunches. Entrance fees are $11 for adults and $9 for children on weekdays and $17/$13 on weekends. Farm hours are 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
16405 SW 177th Ave.
(786) 816- 3474
Tinez Farms, located in Homestead, strives to bring something new to South Florida. “There wasn’t anything like this in South Florida, so we decided to create it ourselves,” said Jessica Martinez, the farm’s founder. The farm offers locally grown, pesticide-free harvests and a collection of barnyard animals that guests can meet. Complete with tractor rides and the chance to collect farm-fresh eggs, this spot is a great weekend getaway to learn more about harvests and farm living. It also is home to photo opportunities in beautiful setups. Entrance fees are $15 for adults and $12 for children. Farm hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
14890 SW 216th St.
(305) 878- 4662
Looking for a place to enjoy paddle boats, petting zoos, and a racetrack? Pintos farm is perfect for you. This spot is home to all-day activities including pony rides, playgrounds, and bounce pads for the little ones. The farm also sells specialty milkshakes, even offering one for your pup and American-style lunch offerings. Entrance fees are $18.99 per person. Farm Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
If you want to enjoy a day full of experiences with animals, Happi Farms is the spot for you. This farm is a non-profit home to rescued animals. They offer a variety of activities for kids, ranging from petting zoos to horse and pony rides. They also give you food to feed the animals, among other experiences, for a donation of $10 per person. Children under 2 and people older than 65, as well as veterans, enter free. The money they receive from the donations goes straight to the needs of the animals. As you can see in the picture, they are home to very special animals such as emus, alpacas, guinea pigs, llamas, and mini-donkeys. Farm hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Want your kids to get an amazing experience? Come visit Lingua Ranch. It’s a beautiful place full of activities and animals in every corner. They have a big petting farm including horses, mini cows, mini donkeys, mini bulls, bunnies, ponies, pigs, and sheep. They also offer horseback and pony riding, fishing, zip-lining, archery, and arts and crafts. This is a great spot to come enjoy the scenery with your family and friends. In order to enjoy the fun activities, you must make an appointment or schedule a party. Prices may vary. Ranch hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.