The Family-Friendly Little Farm

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By: Shayne Benowitz

Spend a morning at The Little Farm, with its petting farm, butterfly garden and pony rides. For a down-on-the-farm experience that you wouldn’t expect while vacationing in Miami, look no farther than The Little Farm in South Dade’s Goulds area. Roughly an hour drive from Downtown Miami, Goulds is part of Miami’s heartland with wide open acres of farms and long country roads. In this region, farmers grow everything from tomatoes and strawberries to heirloom peppers and kale. They also raise livestock.

The Little Farm has been dedicated to exposing children and families to the farming lifestyle since 1978 by opening its gates to the public on most weekends throughout the year. It also hosts school field trips, children’s birthday parties and other special events. It’s a fully licensed, inspected and insured organization.

A visit to the Little Farm is filled with fun and surprises. Spanning 10 acres, you’ll have the opportunity to tour the farm and see its many animals including horses, cows, goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits, geese, ducks, chickens and turkeys. You’ll be able to help feed the animals, milk the goats and even pet a pony. The Little Farm has a lovely butterfly garden where winged wonders flutter freely, and there’s a shaded pavilion that's perfect for a picnic. For kids and adults alike, if you’ve never spent time on a farm, interacting with these sweet animals is a fantastic experience.

Fall at The Little Farm

October is one of the most eventful months at The Little Farm, when it stays open seven days a week for visitors to explore the pumpkin patch. If you’re in South Dade, this is absolutely the place to find your Halloween pumpkin. For every pumpkin that you purchase, you get a free pony ride. You can also create arts and crafts like scarecrows and other harvest décor items for the home. In the fall, the Little Farm has extended hours on Saturday and Sundays (open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Springtime at The Little Farm

Every year on the weekend before Easter weekend, and also on the Saturday before Easter, The Little Farm hosts Easter egg hunts, held noon - 2 p.m. Families can enjoy the egg hunt, a tour of the farm and pony rides. A snack bar is available.

Know Before You Go

If you decide to make a trip down to The Little Farm, be sure to confirm the hours of operation ahead of time by checking the website or calling 305-258-3186. In most cases, it’s only open on the weekends from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Price of admission is usually $10 per person but can vary depending on special events.

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