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“Fun place- nice local outing”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Dakin Dairy Farms

Dakin Dairy Farms
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Owner description: Dakin Dairy Farms entertains & educates the public from cow to bottle on their 1000 acre sustainable family farm with Farm Tours, Birthday Parties, 5 Acre Maze, Hayrides, Bottle Feeding Calves, Pig Races, butter making, product tastings & mooore. Farm Market Gift Shop & Cafe open all year preparing fresh hot picnics featuring an Extreme Grilled Cheese Experience to enjoy under the 5 acre oak hammock picnic & play area. Season opens the 1st Saturday of October with an annual Festival "4 Life" and closes the 1st Saturday of June with an annual Dakin "Dairy Day" Festival celebrating National Dairy Month. Public Tours Available October - 1st Sat. In June: Wednesday & Friday: 12 noon, Saturday's: 10am, 12pm & 3pm, Scheduled Groups of 25 or More: Tuesday - Saturday.
St. Pete Beach, Florida
2 reviews
“Fun place- nice local outing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2014

Dakin Diary Farms is a great place - and reasonable place to take to kids to enjoy the outdoors. The kids loved the hay ride, pig races and feeding the goats. The playground was nice a laid back~ my only comment would be the largest of the three slides the sand area at the bottom is lacking so the slide is nearly straight down which was a little dangerous. The owners are hands on so I am sure it will be fixed shortly.

Visited March 2014
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Sun City Center, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“something for all ages”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2014

only dairy in Florida to offer tours. the tour teaches you about the cows, feeding, milking,birthing,etc. they have a picnic area with a fossil dig for the kids. they have a hay ride, small petting zoo, farmers market and souvenir shop. They offer birthday parties for the kids and have a festival in the fall.

Visited March 2014
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North Port, Florida
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24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A great day at the Farm”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2014

Dakin Dairy Farms is a great place to take your family and spend an awesome day. You should go to the store first and get tickets for the tour ($12.00 per adult), not sure about kids. Then your guide will take you to see how the cows are bathed first, then milked, then she will show you the process of storing, pasteurizing and bottling the milk with a short film plus a tour of that part of the facility. Afterwards you will go on a great hay ride, enjoy the outdoors and the little ones can feed the ducks during a hay ride stop. You will also see pig races, how to make butter, feeding the calves for the kids and petting them. You will have an opportunity to taste their milk and their chocolate milk (delicious) as well as their tomato soup. Don't miss the great menu at the farm store, it is to die for. A gorgeous day at the farm and fun for all ages. Nearby is the Lippizan's horses show and/or practice.. not to be missed either if you have the time.

Visited March 2014
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Nokomis, Florida
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178 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Great place to take kids out of the urban environment, unplug their devices, and have fun!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2014

We drove only a half hour out of Sarasota, taking our six-year old grandson who's interested in farm animals as well as learning facts about everything, but it was a great idea for this perfectly wonderful afternoon spent at Dakin Dairy Farm, the only dairy farm open to the public in the state of Florida! It was a gentle time of learning about how mostly Holstein and a few Jersey cows are milked and kept clean, as well as getting facts on the type of milk they give and how it is prepared and pasteurized for sale to the public. There was a quick tour of the facility as and after the milk is collected. One can physically see that the cows are treated well and are happy to produce milk! There's a nice hay ride pulled by a tractor, where we saw how the cows'
feed is prepared, as well as seeing some of the farm equipment and the green pasture fields. We also met some happy ducks (feed bags are $1) and saw an array of Sandhill cranes in the field and lots of cattle egrets, too, perched above the cattle feed. There's a young pig race to get to the feed, as well as an excellent opportunity for children to personally feed a bottle of milk to the hungry but polite calves and then pet them afterwards. We also enjoyed learning how they make butter from their own heavy cream and then got a taste of it on crackers, washed down by cups of their own delicious chocolate milk. Our grandson even got a chance to feed adventurous goats,($1 per bag) as well as seeing a sheep and gopher tortoise. There are gorgeous old live oak trees draped in Spanish moss acting as a beautiful canopy to the hill of sand areas for children to play or dig for fossils. This farm is a great opportunity for children to run, (as long as you supervise them) to get out that excess energy! It's also good to remember that a farm is a home for animals, so you may want to discuss with the kids that some animal behavior (pooping wherever they want) and some unpleasant odors are perfectly natural-before you arrive! A real treat was buying and eating the wonderful ice cream afterwards our tour (from the office/store/gift shop), which we,enjoyed while sitting in comfy rocking chairs and at picnic tables on the shaded front porch. Many of their terrific dairy products are also for sale. Of course, we had to take some of that chocolate milk home to remember our delightful afternoon spent at Dakin Dairy Farm near Myakka City. Take the kids, the grandparents or just go on your own; we can highly recommend this attraction! Only downside: most of the barn, milking parlor and view of the milk processing area from upstairs is not handicapped accessible, unless you only walk with a cane. .

Visited March 2014
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Venice, Florida
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185 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Fun for all ages”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2014 via mobile

Fun tour starts with a trip to the barns to learn a bit about dairy cows and the process of going from the barns to the milking area. A short film in the bottling area and then on to a hay ride around the facility. Pig races, feeding the calves and then to making butter and a milk sampling. Fun play area for the kids. The birthday parties seemed to be very popular. Nice gift shop and food available for purchase. A fun way to spend part of the day!

Visited February 2014
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