Our time in Massachusetts was pretty relaxed. We didn’t wander far from the farm where we were staying very often (except one day, and a whole lot of walking, in Boston), and made the most of this beautiful part of the country as well as spend a few days taking care of chores (it’s not all fun and games, you know!).
Our Airbnb hostess suggested we visit a farm in the nearby town of Sterling, as she had heard it was fun for little ones. As we didn’t have much to do on our last day, we decided to stop by in the afternoon.
Driving through the picture-perfect Sterling was wonderful, with its colourful, yet classic New England houses, against the tall leafy forest trees and if you pay attention you’ll even see an old rail track that is no longer in use.
As we drove into the farm’s parking lot we quickly realised that we had made a terrible mistake. Davies Farm was enormous, and looked fantastic fun for kiddies and parents alike – we should’ve arrived at 9am sharp to really make the most of it.
As you enter, you are immediately greeted by dozens of friendly, cute animals wandering around, from piglets to ducks and baby goats, shepherded around by the knowledgeable staff in a very traditional American farm-type setting. We were very lucky to go in spring, and there were baby animals running about absolutely everywhere, including a little lamb who was only a few days old (swooooooooon!).
We spent a good amount of time seeing, stroking and feeding the animals, learnt how to milk a cow (!), and C was yelling with excitement at every turn (if you don’t know him, he’s the kind of kid that gets really excited with something new). As we kept exploring the farm, we discovered several excellent playgrounds (even the goats have one ;)), a bouncy castle and a pretend-play area. The latter had a tiny vet, an ice-cream shoppe, a nursery and of course the town’s best pizza joint. Let’s Pretend is C’s favourite type of play, so he was in absolute heaven whilst making us pizza, serving up an ice-cream and saving an animal’s life. And may I add – it’s all so well-kept and thought-through that it’s truly a pleasure for parents to wander about too.
After exploring the animal area, we wandered off towards the water-playground (splash area), but arrived too late and to C’s disappointment had no water left. He still splashed around in leftover puddles (shudder) before realising there was a gigantic hill slide and pedal karts around the corner – seriously, what a place!
Needless to say that we absolutely loved our time here, and wish we had arrived a bit earlier – it’s definitely worth it. And don’t be put off by the steep price either, it’s more than worth it for all the effort and care put into the farm/park.
+ Davies Farm has a weekday cheaper ticket price too, if you want to avoid the $20pp price tag.
+ Don’t forget your kids’ swimsuits, they’ll need it!
Do you have a farm near you, or that you like visiting when on holiday? We absolutely LOVED this one, and were so sorry we couldn’t have stayed longer!