This winter, more than ever, we’re all looking for some fun things to do with the kids that are outdoors and socially distanced. So why not try a visit to an alpaca farm? Alpacas are known for their friendly and curious personalities and you can meet and feed them at many farms around New Jersey. With soft fleece and large, expressive eyes, an alpaca encounter can be a memorable experience for parents and kids alike.
While some farms have put tours on pause during the coronavirus outbreak, there are still some places where you can meet (and snap a selfie) with a sweet alpaca. So bundle up and head to one of these alpaca farms this winter.
Edel Haus Alpaca Farm (2660 Allaire Road, Wall Township) has visits available on Saturdays and Sundays 11 am-4 pm. Call ahead to schedule.
Humor Me Farm (50 Clinton Road, Newfoundland) is offering farm tours by appointment where you can meet the alpacas. This small farm specializes in alpaca and angora fiber related products and the breeding of English and French angora rabbits.
At Jersey Shore Alpacas (521 Rte. 47 South, Cape May), you can take a private tour and get up close and personal with the alpacas! This small farm is owned and operated by Jim and Tish Carpinelli and located in Green Creek, a small town near historic Cape May. Jim and Tish take pride in ensuring that their alpacas are cared for with the utmost attention to their health and happiness. The farm’s focus is agritourism (farm tourism) and the alpacas are happy to oblige by enthusiastically greeting visitors!
In February, private tours are $30 for a group of 4 people ($5 for any additional people, no more than 8 people total) and are offered by appointment only on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Masks are required and you’ll be required to wash your hands before meeting the alpacas.
At Winding Creek Alpaca Farm (1148 Somers Point Rd., Egg Harbor) 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. Join in on the fun for the Kissing Booth Event February 13-15 where you can hand feed the alpacas, get your picture taken, chose a unique gift in the farm store for your Valentine and warm up by the fire pit with complimentary hot cocoa.
Masks are required but can be removed for photos. Hand washing station available. Admission $10 ages 5 and up. (Cash preferred – cards incur extra $2 fee)
Windy Farm Alpacas (61 White Pine Road, Chesterfield) has private farm tours where you can walk in the pastures with alpacas. Jackie Armiger and Ric Gaskill invite you to interact with and feed the alpacas, and groups of up to 18 people can be accommodated. Beautiful soft yarn, fleece and alpaca products are available for purchase.