Curious about where your food comes from? Feed your curiosity and visit Fair Oaks Farm, a modern-day farm off of I-65 in Indiana. It’s an education adventure, or in their words, ag-venture. And now is the best time to visit the farm with the addition of their new fabulous hotel. Here are more reasons why you’ll want to make Fair Oaks Farm your next staycation destination.
Disclosure: Although complimentary tickets were provided, as always all opinions are my own.
Brand new hotel
With the addition of the new Fairfield Inn & Suites Fair Oaks Farm, an overnight staycation is now possible. I’ve raved about our stay, and believe me when I say this is not your typical chain hotel. The hotel, shaped like a barn, has Family Silo Suites with bunk beds as well as a comfy bean bag chairs.
The saltwater pool area is so much fun with a slide and basketball hoop. I personally loved the indoor/outdoor hot tub. Another unique touch the hotel provides is artwork commissioned from 3 different artists that can be found throughout the hotel (including the awesome whimsical Flying Pigs tile mosaic located at the pool.) As you can tell, we LOVED our stay. No doubt, you will too!
Need more convincing? Read my in-depth review of the new Fair Oaks Hotel.
A new and improved Dairy Adventure
After getting our wristbands and our assigned time for our cow bus tour, we were left with an hour to spare so we headed to the Dairy Adventure to kill some time. Wow! This was so much fun! There are so many interactive elements — it was like a little play area with educational aspects.
There are slides, one for younger kids and older kids (or those more adventurous), with the larger one making noises as they slid down.
Hang out with resident cow diva in her room. Dress her up and take a few selfies.
And oddly enough, a poo game that the kids were so excited to play. (Go figure!)
If the kids are getting a little bit antsy waiting for the Cow Bus they can play this arcade-type hammer game. This little one loved bopping the “bad bacteria.”
So much more fun including milking a cow, chess, bags, and more. Had we more time, we would have loved to check out the 3D/4D Flick “Day in the Life of Diva Mooreau.”
Learn more about the farm and its animals
Hopping aboard the cow bus is just half the fun. We found out where the cows lived including the calves, then we actually got to watch how they get milked on the carousel. It was an interesting and educational adventure. There are other adventures you can choose such as the Pig Adventure or the Crop Adventure. In the past, we really enjoyed seeing the Pigs (plus there’s a rope course) but it wasn’t open on our visit. Crop Adventure is really interesting as well, but we didn’t have time to check it out. (By this time, we were all getting hangry!)
Witness the miracle of life
If you’ve ever wanted to see a cow give birth, then you don’t want to miss out witnessing this miracle at the Birthing Barn. The kids were intrigued, my husband not so much. *He did after all witness the birth of three kids already, and that was more than enough.) Nevertheless, it was quite a unique experience, one that I would recommend. After all, how often can you say you’ve seen a cow give birth?
If you’re hungry you won’t need to go far to find food. The Cowfe is a great stop for their sandwiches or to sample any of their cheeses. You can’t go wrong with their grilled cheese, Cowhouna, or the Pesto sandwich. My husband always gets the Reuben and is never disappointed.
And do not — and I mean it — DO NOT miss out on their ice cream!
Tip: The scoops are HUGE! This is a small scoop. Also, you can get two different flavors in one scoop.
During the Art of Hospitality, we tried bites from The Farmhouse and wow, everything is excellent. My husband and I tried to have a date night dinner here, but the wait was over an hour.
So quick tip — if you plan on eating here, make a reservation (especially during dinner time!)
An amazing affordable deal!
One of my readers (Thanks, Alana!) reminded me of this amazing deal. When you purchase a pass ($20/adult, $15/kid, $15/senior), you have unlimited access to the Adventure purchased for a year. How awesome is that?
Location: 856 N 600 E., Fair Oaks, IN 47943