WALNUT CREEK The Farm at Walnut Creek - home to giraffes, deer, elk, camels, llamas and kangaroos - is a popular place to visit for children of all ages.
Visitors have the opportunity to view and feed more than 500 animals from six different continents.
Among them are the Aoudad (Barbary Sheep), a species of goat-antelope native to rocky mountains in North Africa; Watusi cattle from Africa; and Grévy's Zebra, the largest species of zebra. It is found in the wild in Kenya and Ethiopia.
Guest have the option of hand-feeding these animals from the comfort of their own car or they can call to reserve a horse-drawn wagon ride.
They can also experience a working farm in action. Depending on the season, plowing, threshing, sowing seeds, growing produce, canning, milking, quilting and baking may be taking place on any given day.
Other features include two authentic farm houses: the larger main house and the "dawdy," or grandparent, house. Enjoy fresh baked goods that can be purchased while touring and view cooking, canning and quilting.
There is also a blacksmith shop next to the horse barn, where a working blacksmith is on hand to answer visitors' questions regarding this endangered art form. Children will enjoy visiting the petting area, which is home to many smaller animals and a large variety of birds. There are also goat and sheep to feed.
If kids get tired of feeding the animals, they can stop at the playground, where they can walk on planks of Noah's Ark, slide down the slides and enjoy a volleyball game.
Farm at Walnut Creek
Where: 4147 County Road 114, Sugarcreek
For more information: thefarmatwalnutcreek.com