Beach getaways, Disney staycations, spa retreats and adventure-filled exploits are all possible for those planning a Florida vacation. But for those seeking a more pastoral respite, a farm stay might just be the perfect plan.
Florida might not have the number of farm stays that you'd find in places like North Carolina or Vermont, but we've got a handful worth exploring. Here's a guide to six Florida farm stays near and far.
Rooterville Animal Sanctuary
Rooterville Animal Sanctuary, is an animal sanctuary home to over 400 rescued farm animals. Founded in 2004 to take in unwanted pet pigs, Rooterville has grown from 5 to over 30 acres and now provides rescue, care, and a permanent home for hundreds of rescued farm animals of all types.
- Experience daily care of animals, including pigs, cows, goats, mini ponies, chickens, turkeys, ducks, cats and dogs
- Tour barns
- Hear individual animal stories
- Visit beehives and beautiful butterfly garden
- Farmhouse breakfast
More information at rooterville.org/visit-rooterville.
Chantilly Ridge Alpaca Farm
Port Orange, FL
A family run, full service alpaca farm, Chantilly Ridge raises, breeds, shears, and boards alpacas and rescue animals plus creates alpaca fleece, yarns and handmade Goat Milk Soap for their onsite farm store.
- Farm, feed and play with the alpacas, chickens, bunnies
- Swim in the onsite pool
- Onsite massages available
- Learn how to knit
- Make handmade Goat milk soap
Call Fran or Vern for more information: 386-767-0577
Cypress House Ranch Bed and Breakfast
A working ranch and farm, Cypress House Ranch was built in the 1990 and features a two-story B&B on 10 acres. There are four units in total, as well as a swimming pool, covered pavilion, fire pit area, and plenty of places to sit back and watch the animals.
- Horseback riding
- Trail rides
- Nearby hiking, river kayaking
- Includes breakfast
- Interact with farm animals
Rates: $85 – $175
Call 352-568-0909 or visit chbandb.com for more details and reservations.
H&L Ranch and Blueberry Farm
A true refuge away from busy urban life, H&L Ranch offers an overnight experience for horse and nature lovers alike. Located near the Withlacoochee State Forest and Croom Horse Trails, the ranch has loads of space for wanderers and adventurers.
- Guided trail rides
- Blueberry picking May through July
- Access to biking and hiking trails
- Animal sightings including deer, eagles, hawks, bobcats and wild turkey
- Family style breakfast and option for an evening BBQ dinner
Call 352-797-0822, 727-460-1706 or visit thebarnbook.com/hlranch-welcome.html for more details and reservations.
The Smoakhouse Ranch
Steal away to the middle of nowhere at The Smoakhouse Ranch (shown in feature image), offering cabins with breakfast in a remote and untouched setting. All lodgings on this working 22-acre farm feature full baths, modern kitchens, a covered deck and A/C.
- Interact with cows, donkeys, mini. goats and other ranch pets
- Pick our unique blackberries, apples, and grapes (when in season)
- Cool off in the swimming pool
- Enjoy a nightly campfire
- Visit nearby springs, kayak nearby rivers
Call 386-935-2662, 386-288-7278 or visit smoakhouseranch.com for more details and reservations.
Founded in 1999, Paradise Farms grows micro greens, over 52 varieties of edible flowers, plus a huge variety of vegetables and tropical fruits that find their way onto plates in many of Miami's best restaurants. Using Biodynamic, the farm keeps things simple with hand weeding, planting, and harvesting plus operates as a completely vegetarian space.
- Tour the farm
- Swim in the natural pool
- Visit nearby parks
- Swing in a hammock
- Bicycle to nearby Schnebly Redland’s Winery
Rates: from $110/night
Call 305-248-4181 or visit paradisefarms.net for more details and reservations.