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If you’ve ever wanted to get up close to some of the Garden’s State’s most adorable, fuzzy animals, you’re in luck. Alpacas are known not only for their soft fleece but also their big, expressive eyes and their friendly and curious personalities. We’ve found a bunch of alpaca farms that are sure to make a memorable experience for you and your kids.

Arrow Acres Farm

2021 Bentz Rd., Wall
732-861-1385
Free/Saturdays
Learn how to knit and spin fleece at the farm’s store where the owners’ daughters teach guests the skills to make beautiful warm cardigans and scarves. The family-owned farm also offers farm tours, so the kids can cozy up to the sociable animals.

Bluebird Farm Alpacas

44 Willow Ave., Peapack
908-625-4110
$6
Whether you go during an open weekend or sign the family up for a private tour, you’re sure to leave the farm with plenty of alpaca selfies and fun facts from guides. Kids can grab some alpaca food and feed the fuzzy guys while getting up close to their sweet faces. You can even sponsor or adopt an alpaca.

Cedar Lane Alpacas

67 Victory Rd., Howell
732-938-4185
Free, additional fee for large groups
Contact for more info on prices
Pet the soft, welcoming animals, tour their pasture, pick up a fleece hat and toy with the idea of adopting one of Cedar Lane’s alpacas. These nuggets are pampered and living their best life, which means the kids are sure to have fun.

Edel Haus Alpaca Farm

2660 Allaire Rd., Wall
732-890-1024
Contact for info on prices
You can host a family party on the 14 acres of farmland or just relax with Rose, Iris and Blue Bell, the friendly herd of alpacas. Either way, you won’t want to miss out on the beautiful fleece apparel items for sale at the farm store. Parents can shop around while the kids explore the farm and interact with the big-eyed, fuzzy brood.

Emelise Alpacas

73 Mackenzie Rd., Hampton
908-938-3113
Contact for more info on prices
Education comes first here at the farm, where the owners are dedicated to teaching parents and kids about the alpaca community. Young ones get a chance to engage with the alpacas and tour their home. Emelise also has a boutique offering home decor, clothing and toys. Be sure to call ahead to schedule a visit.

Faraway Farm Alpacas

1307 Baptist Church Rd., Yorktown Heights, NY
914-962-2110
Contact for more info on prices
Take a photo with the alpacas, learn how to use energy as a healing technique for people and animals and take a tour of the farm. There are workshops on animal communication, where you can learn how to connect better with animals, and fresh produce for purchase. The scenic pasture makes for the perfect little getaway without having to go too far. Make an appointment before you go.

Highland Airs Alpaca Ranch

10 River Rd., Hackettstown
707-330-7178
$10/adults, $5/kids for tours
$20/adults, $12 kids for training
Take a stroll on one of the farm’s trails or picnic by the Musconetcong River after touring the alpaca barns, where you can interact with their friendly giants and buy grain to feed them by hand. You’ll have an opportunity to get up close and personal with the alpacas and learn how to walk them around the pasture and around an obstacle course.

Humming Meadows Alpacas

131 Halsey Rd., Newton
413-262-5484
$10/adults,$5/kids
Tour the farm that’s home to a herd of peaceful, cozy ‘pacas, sheep and chickens. If bringing home an alpaca isn’t for your family, you can sponsor one and make sure it gets the care it needs. The farm also has a storefront and an online store where you can purchase some fuzzy apparel that’ll keep you warm on those cool summer nights. Be sure to call before you go.

Jersey Shore Alpacas

521 Rte. 47 South, Cape May
609-889-4957
Free admission/private tours $25-$30
During open farm days you can feed the alpacas carrots across the fence, plus ask guides any questions you might have about the ‘pacas. If you choose to do a private tour, you’ll have a chance to cozy up to these affectionate animals and actually go inside the padlock where you can feed and interact with them.

Little Brushwood Alpaca Farm

51 Parsons Rd., Newton
973-579-0021
Contact for more info on prices
Schedule a personal tour or come to a weekend event at the farm, where there’s not only cute alpacas running about, but also chickens and the farm dog Ranger. Pick up farm fresh eggs, unique fleece gifts and other goodies. You’ll also have a chance to become one with nature and enjoy a little taste of country life on the farm.

Purple Haze Alpacas

790 Slate Belt Blvd. Bangor, PA
610-588-6505
Contact for more info on prices
Take a trip to the beautiful, mountains of Pennsylvania where you will find alpacas and llamas roaming the farm land with views of the Poconos in the background. Farm owners and alpaca lovers, Marcel and Arlene encourage everyone to visit their farm and check out their store filled with all things alpaca. They hold events at the farm too, so be sure to call ahead to see what’s going on before you stop by.  

Shalimar Alpacas

164 East Ridge Rd. Warwick, NY
845-258-0851
$5
Learn about the history of alpacas and the differences between different breeds, then go for a walking tour of the farm and check out the alpacas, chickens and ducks roaming the area. You’ll learn about the fleece markets and end the tour in the gift shop, where you can see how fleece gets loomed and woven together.

Winding Creek Alpaca Farm

1148 Somers Point Rd., Egg Harbor
609-760-8566
Contact for info on prices
Farm owners Mike and Sheri von Fischer take pride in raising their healthy, happy herd of alpacas and invite everyone to meet their gentle and kind alpacas. They love to educate guests and also have some alpacas for sale. Don’t forget to check out their fleece store.

Windy Farm Alpacas

61 White Pine Rd., Chesterfield
609-947-8269
Contact for info on prices
Call to arrange an appointment to take part in a fleece spinning class or to stroll through the farm and admire the herd of alpacas as they play. There’ll also be alpaca yarn, fleece and other products for sale that make the perfect souvenir.