Have a hankering for farm life? Load the kids into the car and head east from Austin to La Grange. In a little over an hour, you’ll arrive at The Jersey Barnyard, a 4th generation family-owned farm that lets you and your kids bottle feed baby cows! Did that get your attention? Seriously…. you get to feed cute little baby cows milk from a bottle!
The Jersey Barnyard is a real working dairy farm set on over 700 acres just outside of La Grange, Texas. Families are invited to explore the farm, visit and feed the animals, learn a little about agriculture, and shop for farm fresh eggs, raw milk and more in the farm store.
In addition to feeding baby cows, there are other animal to visit with including:
- Mini Horses
Guided Tours for families or groups are available Monday through Saturday at 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.; Sunday at 2:00 & 4:00 p.m.
The 1½ – 2 hour tour includes:
- Feeding and petting the barnyard animals (feed is included)
- Tractor drawn hayride to the dairy to see the Jersey herd… where they live, what they eat, and where they’re milked.
- Hand milk a cow
- For an extra $2, bottle feed a Jersey calf milk
Cost: Adults, $8.00 per person; Children – $6.50 per person (2-12 years ); Children UNDER 2 years old are always admitted free of charge.
Self Guided Tours are just $3.00 per person. You’ll receive an information packet to show you around the farm. Cups of feed are $1.00 per cup for goats, chickens, ducks or rabbits. Calf Bottle is $2.00.
Self Guided tour times are during store hours.
Speaking of the store, if you plan to buy milk or eggs, be sure to bring a cooler to keep the items cool on your drive home. There are drinks and ice cream for sale in the store, as well as many cute trinkets to browse.
What: The Jersey Barnyard
Where: 3117 State Hwy. 159, La Grange
Reservations can be made for large groups but are not necessary for family visits.
Tip: Since you’re in the area, plan to visit Rohan Meadery, another family-owned farm producing Rohan Meads, Blue Mule Wines & Blissful Folly Hard ciders & fruit wines. There’s a tasting room (5 tastes for $5), plenty of space for a picnic, a playset for the kids, lots of room to roam, and self-guided tours through the Bee Garden. You’ll also find eggs, honey and other merchandise for sale.
About the author: Catherine Prystup, founder of LiveMom.com, is mom to three kids ranging in age from 17 to 4 years old. She enjoys exploring the city and helping to spread the word about the vast amount of family-friendly events and businesses in the greater Austin area.