Happy Cow Appreciation Day! Celebrate accordingly with a tour of our famous Dairy Adventure – a MOOvelous time for all ages! You can ride the bus through our free stall barns, milking parlor, and digestor; discover exhibits featuring the sustainability aspects of the farm, cow nutrition, and the safety & nutrition of milk; watch our 3D/4D movie, and witness the birth of a calf in the Birthing Barn. Purchase your tickets today at the Admission building or online here: Purchase Tickets.
Are you looking for a new Adventure? We can help! Now through March, take part in a special promotion for all Scout Troops and 4H Clubs! That means Brownies, Eagle Scouts, Daisies, Boy Scouts — you’re all welcome! Any Scout Troop or 4H Club that wants to visit is encouraged to come!
Now through March, all Scout Troops that schedule an Adventure will receive a special price — $8 for one Adventure, $12 for the Whole Adventure! Prices are per guest and must be part of a group of at least ten people. Not only will you receive a discounted Adventure, but you’ll also get a fun passport to commemorate your trip, an ice cream cone, and a badge! You’ll be a real Fair Oaks Farms Adventurer!
4H Clubs are also welcome to take part in this promotion. They can take advantage of the discount pricing, passport, and ice cream cone. It’s an excellent opportunity for your 4H-ers to learn how a major farm operates and how we’re using technology to improve farms across the world! It can strike inspiration for projects and new farmers of any age.
To schedule your trip, just call Lisa at 877.536.1194, extension 322. Remember, there is a minimum of 10 guests per group to receive the discount!
Back to School …Fair Oaks Farms®
It’s almost that time every child is dreading, Back to School! That means summer is almost over and it’s back to early bedtimes, hectic schedules and lots of homework. Why not plan one last fun trip before summer is over? Let’s do a back to school checklist but add a little Adventure to it!
Back to School Fair Oaks Farms checklist:
- Catch some air on the Dairy Air jumping pillow
- See if you can conquer the ropes course in the Pork Education Center
- Enjoy a hot dog kids meal at the Cowfe
- Ride the “school” bus to our Dairy and Pig Adventures
- See who’s the fastest on the pedal tractors
- Adopt a stuffed pig or cow at our Gift Shop
- Sit and enjoy some T.V. in the Redwood King’s tree house
- Enjoy dinner and scenery on the porch of the Farmhouse Restaurant
- Climb Udder heights on our 25 foot milk bottle
- Watch a baby calf being born
- Scoop up your favorite flavored ice cream
- Sample the specialty peanut butter at the Market and Bakery
- Taste our one-of-a-kind Fine Chocolates
Have your family burn off some energy before school and participate in our Farm15K on August 15th. Our Farm15K offers two different levels: 15K or 5K. Let’s see who can get the fastest time out of your bunch. Make those summer memories that your family will always remember. Spoil your children before all the hard work begins. Educate them with fun and modern farming.
Even though summer is almost over, we are excited that fall is right around the corner. Our fall festival, CowtoberFest® is going to be a 2-day event of excitement this year. Jon Neill of Halloween Wars will be returning to wow us with his spectacular pumpkin carvings.
Catch a performance by Indiana native and winner of Kenny Chesney’s Next Big Star Competition, Clayton Anderson. Prepare to be swept away by a magical performance from Dennis Watkins, award- winning magician, mind reader, published playwright, celebrated actor and accomplished director. So come on out, throw on your costume, grab a pumpkin spice latte, and enjoy the fun!
Fair Oaks Farms opened our first family-style restaurant in July of 2014. Many people have already heard about it and some have not, but soon will. This beautiful restaurant is simply hard to miss. You can see it standing stoically from I65 and can smell the aroma of food from the parking lots throughout the campus.
Why should you try The Farmhouse Restaurant? Did you know that most of the food is grown right here on our farms? The food that is not grown on our farms is harvested locally…and we work with some of the best local partners around! You may even know some of them.
You step into this gorgeous restaurant and you’re in complete “wow”. The high ceilings, the rustic flair, the warmth of the colors and the enormous fireplace bring charm to this great new addition to Northwest IN.
The happy and welcoming staff will lead the way to your seat. Note; their adorable farm style uniforms. If you’re of age, choose to sit in the pub because you will get to see Craig if you’re dining throughout the day and he is a wonderful conversationalist. He always has a smile on his face and makes you feel at home. I noticed while I was eating my delicious Classic Burger (with Fair Oaks Farms Mild Cheddar) that he was telling some travelers about how much he loves the Fair Oaks Farms products, especially the chocolate FairLife milk. He even let them sample some. The customers absolutely loved sharing the experience with Craig and with each other and immediately asked where they could purchase some. (Of course, everything is available next door in our Market & Bakery). That’s the kind of atmosphere you’ll find at The Farmhouse. Everyone there makes you feel like part of the family.
If the food isn’t enough to get you to come back for more, you need to try one of the signature drinks. I tried the Lemonade B and it was just amazing! It was refreshing, delicious and with just the right amount of tang to it. There are several signature drinks to try from and their bartenders are all fully trained to give you the best experience possible.
If you have time, you HAVE to check out the unique bathrooms. I know, I’m talking about the BATHROOMS! But they are absolutely adorable. Each one is unique in its own way. And there have been several accounts where they have become conversation starters at the tables in the dining rooms.
To top off your experience (and if you have a warm coat during these colder months) walk around the wrap-around porch to the backside of the restaurant. There you will see this beautiful landscaping complete with a custom waterfall. I can picture some lucky couple getting married right there and what a beautiful picture opportunity.
Let us do the planning for you!
The Fair Oaks Farms’ Ultimate Trip Guide
How to get the most BANG for your buck.
Are you looking to get away? Take a break from your every day life and spend some quality time with the family? We know that get a ways can be costly so we have provided this Go To guide for you to get the most bang for your buck and also create an amazing experience for you and your family.
So what is it about Fair Oaks Farms that would make the experience so unique? Unlike other destinations, we provide wholesome & educational family experiences. We educate while we entertain and so we refer to ourselves as an edutainment tourism destination. The goal for Fair Oaks Farms, is to educate the public about modern farming procedures while providing a transparent look at everything we do, taking care of our animals and our planet and providing the best, most nutritious products to our customers.
So what do we offer? Where to begin! The first attraction that appeared on our campus is The Dairy Adventure. The Dairy Adventure is home to 35,000 dairy cows and counting! Just call us the Duggars of dairy cows! (The family actually visited us in August 2014). The Dairy Adventure consists of over 60 interactive exhibits, a 3D/4D movie experience, a kid’s activity center and an arena-styled birthing barn where you can witness a live birth of a calf! From Memorial Day to Labor Day, we open our outdoor play area which features a sky high milk bottle climb, a giant bounce pillow, riding tractors, a train, and bungee fun!! This whole experience will take an average of about 2-3 hours.
The second attraction to join our farm family was The Pig Adventure, which opened in August 2013. Our farm full of cute piglets is such a unique experience. You’ll notice the smell of the farm is muted with our special filtration system that we use. But don’t be surprised if you get a small whiff of something piggy…we still are a working pig farm! This portion of your experience is filled with state-of-the-art attractions, which even feature virtual greeters, and a virtual pig that walks around your body!! Don’t forget to “shower in”, we are a bio-secure farm. This means that we do everything we can to keep disease, bacteria, and residue out of our farms to provide the cleanest home possible to our pigs. Only the cleanest piggies in our pens!
The third attraction to come on board was our Farmhouse Restaurant. This big beautiful farmhouse styled facility is hard to miss. You’ll notice the amazing aroma of delicious food cooking seep into the parking lots (it makes your mouth water). The kitchen in our restaurant has a glass wall, so you can literally see EVERYTHING that is going on behind the kitchen. Don’t forget to try one of our signature adult beverages in the pub while you’re there. The Farmhouse also features a large ballroom suitable for up to 270 guests that makes the perfect venue for business events, weddings and so much more! Ask our event planner, Rachel Main, for one of our event planning guides while you’re in for a visit.
The latest attraction to open here at Fair Oaks Farms is our Market & Bakery. Seriously! There is fresh homemade bread, cinnamon rolls, cookies, salads, fresh produce, local meat products, beer and wine. It couldn’t get much better than that! The perfect take-home items!
So how is this the “ultimate” trip guide? It’s simple. Let me personally break down your visit, that way you don’t miss a thing!
- Start at The Dairy Adventure.
- Quiz your dairy knowledge in our Diva Hall.
- Be surprised in our 3D/4D movie experience.
- Walk through our exhibit halls.
- Learn about sustainability.
- Go on the dairy bus tour and learn about our milking carousel.
- Try our video games, milking contest and carousel in our activity room.
- Eat lunch at our café. (I suggest one of our signature grilled cheese sandwiches and ice cream for dessert!)
- Visit our Dairy Birthing Barn.
- Ride our pig bus to the Pig Adventure.
- Try out our virtual farm experience.
- Don’t forget to try our interactive sonogram.
- Get your picture taken in the farm clothes with our pig.
- Watch the babies being born.
- Try our “corn maze”
- Eat dinner at The Farmhouse Restaurant. The portions are big enough that you’ll have leftovers for the following day! (There’s even a kids menu)
Where are you going to stay? We have two hotel partners that we work along side. You can visit The Holiday Inn Express in Rensselaer (6 miles), or The Radisson Hotel in Merrillville (35 miles). Check their websites for money saving family packages!
So what are the savings secrets? That’s the important stuff, right? How can you spend as little as you can and get the most out of your experience? Well here are the following spending saving secrets…
- Fair Oaks Farms is actually featuring a Holiday inspired event called The Holiday Farm Frenzy on December 20, so you get EVEN more for your buck on that day! Admission is more than 50% off that day!
- Purchase an Adventure Pass if you live local and know you will visit more than once! After two visits the card pays for itself and comes with some bonus perks in the summertime!
- Check our partners, South Shore CVA’s website for money saving coupons.
- Plan as a group and receive a discounted rate for groups with 20 or more! But prepare to plan ahead. You need to book at least 2 weeks in advance to get this price.
Well there you have it, the Fair Oaks Farms’ Ultimate Trip Guide! But stay tuned, because we are still growing! Watch out for the three new buildings going up in the year 2015!!
For more information about hours of operation, admission prices, and special events please visit our website at fofarms.com
Fair Oaks Farms | Start Your Adventure, Feed Your Curiosity
Fair Oaks Farms has announced special pricing for 4-H and Boy and Girl Scouts until the end of March 2014. Groups will get a complimentary ice cream cone for the members and Boy and Girl Scouts will get a free patch from the farm! 4-H members click here; Boy Scouts members click here; and Girl Scouts members click here for more information.
Think Fair Oaks Farms is closed for the winter? Think again! All of the exhibits, cafe and gas station are open for the winter months! Come take a warm tour of Fair Oaks Farms! We will be here to take care of your adventure!
The Pig Adventure at Fair Oaks Farms is here to inform the public on modern pig production practices. Check out how we handle the birthing process.