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Trips + Giggles Favorite Places: The Surfing Goat Dairy Farm on Maui

It's simple--feed the goats, then buy their cheese.

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THE SURFING GOAT DAIRY FARM

Why We Love It: There is no shortage of things to do in Maui, but when you've had enough of the beach and the pool, take a drive inland to this goat farm in Kula, where you can feed and pet the goats, see how goat cheese is made and even pick up a few products to take back to your hotel. (Chances are, you've already eaten some of this cheese before as the farm supplies many of the hotels on the island, including the Andaz Maui in Wailea.)

What Ages?: You can bring children of all ages here, especially since there is a large sandbox for kids to play in that's enclosed by windsurfing boards. However, while both our 3.5-year-old and our 1.5-year-old loved feeding the goats, the younger one got restless when we toured the rest of the small property and kept running off. So younger toddlers might need to run around the sandbox for a bit.

What to See?: If you're doing the casual tour, which is offered daily from 10am, you will feed a bunch of goats for about 20-30 minutes. Then a guide will take you over to their milking station (you may or may not actually see the milking happening) and after that, you'll be given a few samples of the cheese sold at the shop. When you're done you can buy some of the cheeses or order up sandwiches from the cafe. It's a relatively small operation and you can easily do it in 45 minutes.Or you can sign up for the afternoon Chores Tours, which start at 3:15pm and actually lets you do the milking.

When to Go?: Since weather is never much of an issue on Hawaii, you can go pretty much anytime. We say go when it first opens in the morning during the summer as the heat and sun will be a lot for the little ones to handle. 

How Much Does It Cost?: The casual tours are $8 for kids and $12 for adults. The evening Chores Tour is $14 for kids and $17 for adults and includes a ribbon saying, "I Milked a Goat Today." Lol.

Bonus Suggestion: When you're done, head over to the organic Ocean Vodka farm next door. There are some seriously stunning vistas there. And vodka-tasting. And chocolate. #Paradise. However, while kids are free to run around, they cannot go on the vodka-tasting so parents will have to split up the duties. 

MORE OF OUR FAVORITE PLACES:

The Los Angeles Zoo

The Bronx Zoo


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