Troubadourable folk buddies Simon and Garfunkel once sang that "it's all happening at the zoo," before retiring from music to live out their days serenely basking in the reptile habitat. Get happening with today's Groupon: for $38, you get a zoo-outing package at Charmingfare Farm in Candia, New Hampshire (up to an $85 value). The outing includes:
- A horseback trail ride (a $60 value) or llama trekking hike (a $65 value)
- Zoo admission (a $17 value)
- A bag of oats for the petting zoo (a $3 value)
Charmingfare Farm cures cravings for the great outdoors with scenic horseback trail rides and a furry mix of pet-friendly farm animals and wildlife exhibits. Before the trail ride begins, riders of all levels can get to know their tame stallions in the training pen, where a knowledgeable guide will teach the basics of steering, circling, and dismounting the horse before french-braiding its tail. Once riders feel comfortable and confident atop their sturdy steed, the group will embark on a leisurely jaunt along livestock-speckled meadows, old logging roads, and majestic woods where wildlife, including wild turkeys and foxes, sometimes make an uncredited guest appearance. Helmets are provided, and guests are encouraged to bring sunscreen, bug spray, and a camera. Alternatively, the two-hour llama trek allows hikers to enjoy the scenery while a sturdy, four-legged friend acts as a personal caddy, carrying packs and suggesting appropriate branches for hiking sticks. Guests lead their agile steeds while learning about native plants, cultural history, and the local ecology, stopping for provided snacks and beverages halfway through the journey.
Aspiring zoologists of all ages can absorb their daily allowance of knowledge at the Charmingfare Farm zoo, which is filled with more than 200 wild and tame animals. Inside the Oakhurst Dairy Discovery Barn petting area, visitors can befriend common farm folk such as pigs, goats, and llamas while using their provided bag of oats to bribe sheep for their valuable sweaters. Indigenous wildlife such as coyotes, bears, and birds of prey make outdoor exhibits their home, with live demonstrations and vaudeville performances.
Baby goats and calves lounge on straw in a petting zoo while wolves and black bears frolic just yards away. It's not a radical experiment in natural selection, though; it's just part of the varied attractions at Charmingfare Farm. After taking in the entire zoo—from pigs to camels—guests can avail themselves of such diversions as trail rides atop one of the farm's friendly horses. Horse-drawn hayrides and sleigh ride socials culminate in a stop at a roaring bonfire where guests can cook all the hotdogs and 'smores they've captured in the wild.
774 High St.
Candia, New Hampshire 03034