Island Alpaca Company of Martha's Vineyard

Island Alpaca Company of Martha's Vineyard, Oak Bluffs: Hours, Address, Island Alpaca Company of Martha's Vineyard Reviews: 4.5/5

Island Alpaca Company of Martha's Vineyard

Island Alpaca Company of Martha's Vineyard
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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OPEN 7 Days, 10 am to 4 pm. $5 pp Entry fee 'til November 1, 2020. Free admission from Nov. 2, 2020 to April 23, 2021. Island Alpaca invites you to bring the family and friends for a unique experience, including a gift shop filled with locally grown garments, and down-on-the-farm furry, fun. Take their self-guided, walking tour to arrive at the 2,400 square foot antique Post & Beam Barn. Get up close with the friendly fluffy alpaca and meet our new babies, over 30 of them, in our very special viewing area. Bring a sample of their fleece harvest home to your family and friends! (Alpaca's are also for sale!) Open daily, 10 to 4 pm. See you at the farm!
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Tim J
Brookline, MA440 contributions
Aug 2020
We visit Island Alpaca each year we visit the Vineyard. Our routine typically involves us getting on the 7 bus at Ocean Park in Oak Bluffs and taking it to the roundabout where they will drop you off at the roundabout. If you tell the bus driver where you intend on going they will often inform you, upon exiting, of where to go (stay in the cross walk and go through the cross walk and onto the left hand side of the street). You've got about a ten minute walk ahead of you, but you'll definitely be able to tell where the entrance is (there is a sign and flag) that opens to a parking lot and a small shack on the right of a road where you pay to enter.

We'll usually watch the Alpaca's (the Llama was sold off a few years ago) and eventually go shopping for some alpaca related items (they have bed spreads, winter jackets, gloves and other apparel to keep warm). This year though we decided to pay the extra money and try walking the alpaca's. We arrived about half an hour before our assigned time (10am) and checked in with the cashier who gave us sticker name tags. We took the time to shop (I got a nice Alpaca barn coat with a wool lining that seems like it will be very warm this winter) and to see the newborn Alpaca's (whose name they determine by an online vote to include the community). We were gathered up by Alexis who introduced us to Khan dor (the Khan being derived from his famous Kahn father) and Hotshot.

The walk would normally have been pretty straight forward, but it hadn't rained much this spring/summer and as such the grass that the alpaca's love hadn't grown much. Well the night before we got there, it rained and the grass was starting to come up...so the alpaca's weren't feeling the walk and wanted to munch on the grass. Some petting and prodding got them to move together to a more grassy part of the walking area. Alexis was highly knowledgeable and explained a lot of alpaca daily care, monthly shots and generally feeding requirements for having so many and what they could be expected to sell for. She explained what you looked for in a coat (more of a sponge quality/appearance) and when they would be studded. When additional families joined us it increased the joy of the experience.

I love this location and highly recommend making it a regular destination to visit, especially if you have children. Spend the extra money to walk them once in a while as well, you won't regret it.
Written September 2, 2020
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HappierInNewEngland
22 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Get up close and personal with native alpacas. Bred on this expansive island property for decades, the dozens of alpacas who live here are quite chill. They actually did seem quite comfortable on a hot day as they had just been sheared a few weeks prior in late April. In the well stocked gift shop, you will find dozens of alpaca-themed items, including warm and comfy scarves, socks, and hats. Advanced planning and a few extra bucks will get you a personal audience with alpacas in a separate fenced-in area or a visit to any island location by an alpaca to celebrate an occasion, etc. The experience is uniquely Martha's Vineyard and would appeal to all ages.
Written July 8, 2021
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Cara C
Boston, MA4,246 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
This was a must see for me! We arrived with 30 minutes to spare until close. There’s a $5 per person donation, which we were more than happy to pay. The farm has great, informative signage while you walk up to the barn.

We were told upon arrival that a baby alpaca had been born a few hours before and we would be able to see it! The male and female alpacas are in separate areas, so make sure you walk around the back of the barn to see the females! This was also where the new baby and mother were kept, as well as where the gift shop is located. The gift shop is awesome!

Check out their website for when they offer alpaca yoga! Be mindful of time, they close promptly at 4pm.
Written August 2, 2020
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flower8330
United States7 contributions
Aug 2020
$5 per person is really too much for this attraction. We went in Aug 2020 with adults, little kids, and teens. There were basically two pens of alpacas to look at and a store to purchase products made from their wool/fur.

The store cashier kept to a strict 7 people in the store due to covid. Everybody had to wear masks on the farm too which was good.

If we didn't have to wait to get into the store, we would probably have spent less than 20 minutes here. I know that everybody has to make a living, but for a group of 7 at $35, it just didn't do it for us.
Written August 29, 2020
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Maura Wendelken
Nantucket, MA2 contributions
Aug 2020
My daughter and I really enjoyed visiting Island Alpaca Co. We picked up a pamphlet about the farm when we first got on island and saw that it was located right down the street from our campsite. We visited with the animals and learned about the farm and heard about the Alpaca walks. We signed up for an Alpaca walk at the end of our visit on island and definitely recommend it, Tayla at the farm was so friendly and informative. We are looking forward to our visit to the farm next year!
Written December 9, 2020
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Joe H
6 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Went to Martha's Vineyard for day, was unseasonably warm for end of September, we heard about this place while googling things to do, and I gotta say We absolutely loved Island Alpaca company, it was highlight of our day. Price of admission was extremely fair, the staff was very knowledgeable and eager to answer any questions. We even got to take one for a walk, and Alexis our guide was fantastic. I highly recommend stopping by if you are in area.
Written September 29, 2020
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old-man-orange
Orange, CT268 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
We came here for the alpaca stroll. These are beautiful and gentle animals.

Once checked in and organized- they lead you out to the barn and talk about alpacas for a bit.
Then they put a lead on one and you walk with it in the field for about 25 minutes.

The young gal who lead us was a pleasure- very knowledgeable. The farm is well run and in good shape. I think you can just pay a small admission fee and just visit ... good way to spend and hour - save for a cooler or cloudy day
Written June 7, 2021
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Les F
Boylston, MA1,124 contributions
Apr 2021
Many different alpacas here and fun to watch. During our visit, we had the opportunity to see the alpacas being fed. The staff explained some of the alpacas routines and some of their characteristics. Very interesting.

An alpaca store is on site and has many items for sale--alpaca wool and many other items related to alpacas.

It is a worthwhile visit and I ecommend it as a change of pace from the normal attreactions.
Written April 12, 2021
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Daphne W
New York84 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
We had high expectations of the farm tour but ended up spending less than 10 mins there. We got there around 3pm in July. It was too hot for both humans and Alpacas. No shade at all. Only 6 alpacas were out on the farm. Totally not worth the $5 per person. Wish they could change their hours of operations to till 6/7 PM in the summer instead of 4pm. Also besides the ticket office, didn’t see any other employees at home. Thought there would be someone showing around and explaining everything about alpacas.
Written July 21, 2020
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Linda P
Ballston Spa, NY387 contributions
Sep 2020
We showed up as yoga with the alpaca was preparing- so the area cleared out nicely when the class began. Still had to wait a bit to go inside shop due to reduced numbers inside. Allowed to pet alpaca, they are friendly and calm. Small fee to enter. Very good staff, answers questions easily, very polite, accessible.
Written September 25, 2020
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