Green Meadows Petting Farm
1368 S Poincianna Drive Kissimmee, Fl.
I took my kids here last year when I found a Groupon by chance for two kids admission at nearly 50% off. I went with very little expectations and was pleasantly surprised! We all had a great time! The kids went in with little expectation as well and talked about it for weeks afterward. So I bought another Groupon and I took them back again this year (and two friends as well).
When you purchase your tickets, they tell you it is a 2 1/2 hour walking tour and they are not exaggerating. We arrived at 10:30 and we finished at 12:45, so please bring your walking shoes and prepare your kids for the walking. (Since I live nearly 40 minues away, I knew the ride to and from would provide rest for my kids). You walk in groups with a tour guide explaining the animals habitat, life style and distinquishing features. The tour guides are very knowledgable and will answer all the kids questions. This is a very informal tour that encourages interaction with the animals when applicable. The animals vary in range from typical farm Florida animals like chickens, horses, cows, goats, pigs and sheep to one’s found on different continents like India (water buffalo). In addition, there are housed animals that kids can play with, like gerbals and hamsters, rabbits, snakes and turtles. Also, there are various peacocks roaming the grounds, which is both hilarious and slightly unnerving. My kids treated it like a game of Where’s Waldo? “Look there’s one!!!”
The good thing about the length of the tour is that it is broken up but both a hay ride and a train ride. Also, if you time your travels right and pack a lunch, you could be finishing your tour just in time for lunch and then spend another half hour to hour letting the kids play on the various playground equipment (which is exactly what I did).
The cost of admission is high ($23 adult, $20 per child) but when you consider what it cost to feed the animals and that all the extras that are included, it is worth it. For example the feeding of goats, sheep, rabbits, pigs & donkeys, the hayride, pony ride and the train ride are ALL included in the price of admission. There are no hidden costs and I appreciate that.
Pros: The shaded oak canopy keeps the heat off of you; the animals are well cared for, loved and fed. They allow you to bring food in from the outside for your lunch, and there is a snack shop available also.
Cons: It’s dirty and it smells but it’s a farm!
Insider Tip: Aside from packing your own cooler to save money on lunch, you can bring your own wagon or stroller if you think your kids won’t last the length of the tour on feet; also wear sneakers and socks!