If you are looking for a great family day trip then check out Charmingfare Farm in Candia, New Hampshire. Not only is it a working farm, meaning they grow food for their CSA program and livestock, but they also offer a large petting area for all the farm animals. In addition to all the farm animals that you can touch, feed or just enjoy watching, the farm offers its own zoo! Complete with wolves, bears, coyotes, a camel, reindeer and more!
The price of admission which is $17 as of May 11, 2013 includes unlimited Pony Rides for the kids or Horse-Drawn/Tractor Train Rides for the entire family and unlimited access to all the animals. If you bring a picnic lunch, which they encourage, you can enjoy your meal at any of the picnic tables throughout the entire farm. Parking is free and there is a lot of space so if you have a bigger truck or even a camper there is plenty of room for your vehicle. Charmingfare Farm is open year round for special events (including a lighted winter wonderland in December) and the zoo is open May to September.
In August the Farm offers outdoor movie nights which includes several rides and attractions in the cost of your ticket. At around $12 per person you have access to the Zoo, the Petting Area, the Horse-Drawn Wagon Ride, the Pony Rides, the Tractor Train Ride, and hang out with the Costumed Characters. So just bring your snacks and chairs and enjoy a special movie night adventure with the family.
About Our Experience
We went to the Farm the Saturday before Mother’s Day. The weather was a little iffy but there was a break in the rain, so my friend and her daughter met up with me and my girls and we enjoyed a Mom and Daughters day. The kids enjoyed running around in their rain boots while feeding the animals (available for purchase at admission). Since it was overcast and the ground still wet we missed some of the animals that were behind buildings. For example the animals behind the pony rides. The map on the website is a bit outdated so I recommend using the one they give you at admission.
We spent the majority of the time with the farm animals although we did take a tractor train ride and walked by the zoo animals. Honestly I feel bad for wild animals being in cages so I tried to stay with the farm animals since we are used to seeing them working on a farm. Since we were there in Spring we got to see all the baby sheep running around which was one of the best parts about hanging around that area. We fed all the Mamas and Dads while the babies ran around jumping and playing together.
Next we visited the goats, donkeys and even a cow in the Oakhurst Barn. There was something about that cow that made me want to just sit there and pet her all day. I think I should have lived on a farm because I love all farm animals.
After we visited (multiple times) all the animals the girls got to go on a pony ride which made them so happy. They are really into a horse cartoon called Horseland and they were so excited to be able to be in a saddle and walk around with a pony.
Overall I would definitely recommend Charmingfare Farm. There were two things I wish were different. Since my girls are really into horses it would have been nice if the horses they had fenced in were accessible. There were signs of electric fencing so we didn’t even get close to the wooden fence and that was a disappointment for me and the girls. And since the price per person (ages 2+) is $17 I thought that was a bit high for what they offered but if you stay for more then 3 hours then it seems worthwhile to me. And if you bring your lunch it helps extend your stay.
Disclaimer: The Centsible Family was provided FOUR free tickets for entry to the Charmingfare Farm and zoo for a review. All other expenses including an additional ticket and animal feed were not included. All opinions are honest and true and no other compensation was given. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.
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