Formerly one and the same, man and wild now only socialize at nature preserves, petting farms, and awkward extended-family get-togethers. Get back in touch with old friends with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get general admission for two at Green Meadows Petting Farm, located just west of Waterford (a $24 value). The farm opens on May 4. Children one year old and under are admitted free.
Open since 1964, Green Meadows has thrilled generations of tomorrow-children with living reminders of nature’s still-considerable influence on our cartoon characters. Managed by Charlie Keyes, son of original founders Bob and Coni Keyes, the farm welcomes visitors to a critter-filled homestead with hands-on guided tours that run continuously beginning at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday–Saturday. Step away from the city’s nitty-gritty and into an idyllic country setting, where you’ll rub elbows with cows, pigs, sheep, goats, ducks, baby chicks, turkeys, geese, donkeys, and other cuddly creatures. Curious kids will have the opportunity to milk a cow, just like statesmen of old, play with kittens in the Kitty Barn, or take a pony ride as they fantasize about the oat-powered cars of the future.
Green Meadows Petting Farm
A tractor rumbles along the rolling hills of Green Meadows Petting Farm's back 40 as it pulls hayride passengers toward the farm’s animals' barns and pens. There, hands of all ages can snuggle on the fuzzy fleece of a baby goat or sheep, brush against the bristly hide of the 600- pound Petunia the Pig, or comb fingers into the soft mane of Lad the Pony. Farmers on the staff also share insights and anecdotes on the farm and its four-legged friends as guests roam the farm at their leisure. For Charlie and Mavis Keyes, of all the sights and sounds on a farm that's been in the family since 1964, the ones they enjoy most watching and hearing are from the children and parents who come to visit. It's a thrill, Charlie says, to hear the kids say that they had "the best day ever," providing a happy counterpoint to childhood days that include trips to the doctor's and punishments to file and catalogue a sister's dolls' dresses.
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