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Much as we all love theme parks, most families need to find a few other things to do in Orlando for kids during their Florida holiday. One of our family favourites, for some non-theme-park fun, was Green Meadows Petting Farm. It was a welcome antidote to the hectic days of chasing around the parks and a lovely way for city kids to get up close and personal with a whole farmyard full of animals.
This is The Nicest Petting Farm We’ve Ever Been To.
Back home in Australia a few travelling petting zoos really upset me, so much so that I wouldn’t let my kids visit. Tiny baby animals mauled by over-enthusiastic toddlers with hardly any supervision by parents or under-trained teenage attendants. The animals were regularly mauled to death.
This place was totally different, we got the impression that these animals are loved, treasured and well cared for from the moment we stepped through the gate. Rough handling and chasing of animals was an absolute no-no. So not only was this a kid-friendly petting farm, it was animal-friendly too.
But Still The Kids Can Touch, Enjoy and Learn About The Animals.
Visitors to Green Meadows Farm could have a tour around the premises with a guide who knew the animals well. The two women who showed us around were as great with the kids as they were with the animals and gave us plenty of useful information.
There were loads of new babies around the farm, we saw a newborn foal, chicks, ducks, lambs, goats and pigs. Plus the grown-up, slightly more unusual animals. Did you ever see a zorse, a water buffalo, a dwarf cow or an American Bison?
There are plenty of surprises around the farm and you can round off your afternoon with a USA classic hayride or a tour on the mini train.
What Was Our Highlight at Green Meadows?
Milking the cow of course! Not many kids get to try that these days, I know I never have. This cow’s calf, Red Bull, was in the paddock not far away, so no animal nastiness involved here either.
More Things To Do In Orlando For Kids.
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Our family loves Orlando, it was a big highlight of our USA road trip, even on this, our third visit. We have plenty more ideas on things to do in Orlando for kids to come! To see all of our USA content, visit our USA travel blog page.