We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Lively Run Dairy

Features Animals
Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Review Highlights
Cute Goats - Nice Family Activity

While taking a week's worth of camping in Ithaca, the family and I visited Lively Run Dairy for the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
OffBeatDean
,
Angola, New York
Goats!

Amazing goat cheese especially the chevre and the Cayuga blue. Plus you can pet the goats. Great... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Philip P
Read all 144 reviews
All photos (83)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good29%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“goat”(40 reviews)
“cheese tasting”(40 reviews)
“great cheese”(14 reviews)
About
Lively Run Goat Dairy is one of the longest operating commercial goat dairies in the country, beginning production in New York State in 1982 and pioneering goat cheese in the American marketplace. The entire Messmer family works to continue the...more
Closed Now
Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
Contact
8978 County Road 142, Interlaken, NY 14847-9704
Website
+1 607-532-4647
Call
Improve This Listing
Reviews (144)
Filter reviews
144 results
Traveler rating
94
42
7
0
1
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
Traveler rating
94
42
7
0
1
Show reviews that mention
All reviews goat cheese tasting great cheese the barn cheese making cheese shop crackers cows milk finger lakes fun place to visit local honey ask questions interesting visit quince paste friday morning working farm learning how
Selected filters
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 144 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While taking a week's worth of camping in Ithaca, the family and I visited Lively Run Dairy for the Goat Feeding and Cuddling Tour. At $12 a person, it was not too bad considering this is probably the only time in our lives that we...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank OffBeatDean
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing goat cheese especially the chevre and the Cayuga blue. Plus you can pet the goats. Great family visit spot.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Philip P
Reviewed August 6, 2019

OK, don't blink or you will miss this place. It is WELL off the beaten path. (Hint, hint... you need better off road and at-your-location signage.) But we were determined to find this place. It is a working farm, nothing fancy, and simple, homey, yet...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Cinderellie
Reviewed August 5, 2019

We had a wonderful time! You can taste 10 cheeses, five goat and five cow. Delicious! And the goats are always happy to see you! Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank suzies548
Reviewed July 21, 2019

A little out of the way but worth the drive. Cheese tasting was yummy. Staff was very attentive and friendly. And the baby goats are adorable.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Tammy K
Reviewed July 18, 2019

First time visit to the goat dairy farm. Tasted several goat and cow cheeses. For extra $ you can watch a video to learn about the process. Would have liked to talk to a farmer about the farm and its animals. Watched the goats frolic...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank CAFandCAFTravel
Reviewed July 9, 2019

Is there anything cuter than a baby goat - two were born while we were there! And there was a 4-day old baby that we could hold and play with (this is a group of adults only who were completely captivated!). We sampled goats milk...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank alice_lenthe
tluca208, Owner at Lively Run Dairy, responded to this reviewResponded July 11, 2019

Thank you for visiting Lively Run Dairy! We are so glad that we were able to show you what we do and to share the the fun of interacting with our kids and goats!

Reviewed June 29, 2019 via mobile

We drove out to the farm from Watkins Glen enjoying the bucolic scenery on the way. We visited the cheese shop and had a tasting of 10 different cheeses, (5 goat, 5 cow) and got to visit the goats in the barn for $5. The...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank tagnrocky
Reviewed June 29, 2019

The cheese shop is delightful. Very quaint and full of great cheese and gifts. Very tidy and clean. It’s a real experience on a real farm. Comfortable seating on porch and patio outside shop and very excellent diversity of Cheese in their sampling. You can...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Jim S
Reviewed June 27, 2019

If you're traveling with children and interested in visiting the goats, this could be worthwhile. But we were here for the cheese only (and the gelato mentioned on the website, which they were out of). Having spent several days in the area visiting small wineries...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank susanac
tluca208, Owner at Lively Run Dairy, responded to this reviewResponded June 28, 2019

I apologize for your disappointing experience at Lively Run Dairy. Our employee alerted me to your dissatisfaction after you had left. I asked her to involve me immediately if I am around, which I was at the time. I would like to reimburse you for...More

View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all nearby hotels
Plum Point Lodge
157 reviews
10.05 miles away
The Lakefront Inn
60 reviews
12.04 miles away
Golden Knight Inn and Suites
109 reviews
13.51 miles away
Clarion Inn
751 reviews
14.16 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 10 nearby restaurants
Cayuga Lake Creamery
279 reviews
2.37 miles away
Hazelnut Kitchen
378 reviews
4.58 miles away
Crystal Lake Cafe at Americana
180 reviews
2.52 miles away
Atlas Bowl
118 reviews
4.43 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 8 nearby attractions
Americana Vineyards
177 reviews
2.52 miles away
Bellwether Hard Cider and Wine Cellars
43 reviews
2.71 miles away
Lucas Vineyards
164 reviews
2.80 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Lively Run Dairy staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Submit
Posting guidelines