Back in 2011, I was searching for fun places to go and came across the Critter Country Animal Farm. Me and a few friends went and had a fabulous time. It was a small operation, run out the owners house. They had farm animals, like goats, chickens, cows, etc. They also had a few exotic animals, like a zebra, some monkeys, and a black leopard. You could pay a few dollars extra, get a bucket of grain, and feed almost all the animals. It was like an over sized petting zoo. Super fun! We went three times that summer, it was great.
After that summer, I moved, and life got busy, and I completely forgot that it even existed.
This summer, my college friend and I are on a mission to go as many fun places as possible now that
we have a child to blame it on Little Darling needs life experiences and socialization. While making the list of places to go this summer, I wrote down The Zoo, and something clicked in my head about Critter Country. I immediately looked up the website to see if they were still in business. Imagine my surprise, when not only did I find it, but it appeared to have really taken off since the last time I was there!
So, this weekend, we headed off to Critter Country. It is in the middle of nowhere, and if you aren’t looking for it, you won’t find it. We WERE looking for it, and still got lost for 15 minutes. Thankfully, Wonderful Husband was driving, and figured it out pretty quickly.
When you first pull up to the front gate, you feel like you are in the wrong place. It is just a small house, with a lot of fence and a sign telling you where you are. On what I imagine used to be the garage, there is an Entrance sign. When you go through the door you enter a small gift shop. It smells funny, and is really hot and humid. But the owners are so sweet and kind! They welcome you and ask if you have ever been there before. They graciously take your entrance fee, offer you the bucket of food, tell you all the new additions they have, and excitedly show you the door to the farm.
The entire farm is fenced with an intricate maze of wire. There are several huge fields on each side of a large rectangle, with tons of smaller fenced in areas inside the rectangle. You walk along the rectangle and animals are on both sides the whole time. It was amazing. I was so happy to see them doing so well, they had a ton of new animals to see…
I got distracted and took pretty much no photos of the farm animals. Growing up in the country, I saw farm animals almost every day so I was taking comfort in petting fuzzy noses and feeding grain. I was so shocked by all the exotic animals! When I was there last time they had a few but now the whole place was full of fun exotic animals. There were so many I didn’t even get photos of- orange tiger, bobcat, black leopard, baby black leopard, zebra, porcupines, marmots, cockatiels, alpacas, emus, ostriches. This place has it all! And it is an up close and personal experience. So much closer than the zoo. Some of the animals were closer to the back of their cages in the shade so you could see them but not get a good photo. At the zoo, when they are at the back you can’t see them at all.
We were there for about an hour and easily could have stayed longer. We had an amazing time and cannot wait to go back when Little Darling is bigger and can enjoy it too!
If you are looking for something fun and affordable to do this summer, I highly suggest going to Critter Country.