Drumlin Farm Adventures
I grew up going to Drumlin Farm and have many fond memories of the time spent there. Drumlin Farm is an Audubon Sanctuary located in Lincoln, MA that is a working farm. They are open everyday from 10am-5pm (March-October in colder months there are reduced hours). Admission is free for Audubon members otherwise it is $8 for Adults, $6 for Children (2-12) and $6 for Seniors (65+). I like getting there around 10:30 and allowing about 90 minutes to enjoy the farm then have a picnic lunch.
Today my three year old son and I arrive a little before 10:30 and got a parking spot right by some of the small glacial boulders. So my billy goat of a son spends a few minutes climbing on them before we head to the farm entrance. My son enjoys climbing on the rocks and logs throughout the farm as much as he likes seeing the animals.
The Farm is large and spread out so if your child(ren) are not good walkers I recommend bring a stroller (or borrowing one of the strollers Drumlin has to loan out). After entering the first animals you can see are the sheep and there are lots of them so usually you can even pat them if you want; every spring lots of baby lambs are born which is a fun time to visit. Once you get to the bottom of the hill there are four different directions you can go. If you need a snack or bathroom you can head to the left to the picnic area which also has a bathroom. Or head up Bird Hill to see the rescued Great Horned Owl, Pheasants, Turkey Vultures, American Kestrel, Broad-winged Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Barred Owl or my favorite the Fisher. Want to see the sheep barn or the three deer that were rescued as fawn many years ago head to the right. Otherwise head straight ahead to see the goats, pony, cows, pigs and bunnies in the lower farm. In the largest barn (the cow barn there are bathrooms too) you will find a bunch of cows, the pony and the Tack Room. The tack room is an interactive exhibit where kids can pretend to ride on horses on a real saddle, see what a milking station looks like and pretend they are milking a cow, brush a pony's tail, and horse around in the “horse around pen”. The pigs, goats, and chickens all have their own building spread across the lower end of the farm with the big barn being the furthest away. If your little one is getting tired remember to save some energy to climb the drumlin (a drumlin is a low oval mound or small hill, typically one of a group, consisting of compacted boulder clay molded by past glacial action ) and back to the main entrance!
If after all that walking you need a treat head down 117 to Dairy Joy in Weston. As a kid we use to always hope after a trip to the farm the car would become magic and take us to Dairy Joy for soft serve. Since I have such great memories of these “magic” trips I decided to take my son after our farm trip. We got a medium cone of chocolate and vanilla twist which was pretty big for $4.70. My son thought it was great and was thrilled by the size. Dairy Joy also offers seafood, burgers, sandwiches, chicken tender, salads, fries and ice cream specialties incase you want more to eat. I do have to say the chicken tenders were pretty good last time I had them back in 2010.
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