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Outdoor Adventure at Green Meadows Petting Farm in Central Florida

OinkNeighMoo….Did you know we have one of the most amazing petting farms within the Central Florida area? Well, it’s true! On a “fall like day” in Florida (which we all know is rare), we spent it outside exploring Green Meadows Petting Farm. It was our first experience with our little ones in enjoying a “hands-on” adventure while learning and interacting with so many animals…AND we can’t forget about the amazing train ride and tractor ride! Choo Choo…

(This is a sponsored post, all my opinions stated are my own.)

When you enter into the farm you are blown away by how big it is and the many activities that are offered! We packed our lunches and spent a full day at the farm! Our little ones loved every minute of it! Their little eyes lit up by all the amazing activities they encountered. So, are you thinking a family day here would be fun for you as well? Well…Guess what?! I have the privilege to giveaway 2 FREE adult tickets! I’ll help plan your visit with the details and then you can enter the GIVEAWAY located at the bottom of the page! Let’s get started…

(P.S.-If you have been before then you know how much fun it is, so make sure to scroll to the bottom and enter in the GIVEWAY for 2 FREE adult tickets!)

Location, Hours, & Rates


LOCATION

1368 South Poinciana Blvd.
Kissimmee, FL 34746

Hours

9:30am–4:00pm

*last tour starts
at 2:30pm

The admission includes a 2 1/2 hour guided tour of the farm led by a friendly staff member!

Rates

General Admission
(Age 13—Adult)
$23

Florida Resident
$21

Age 3—12
$20

Senior (62+) and
Military
$19

Age 2
$5

If you want more information on these details, then click here to visit their website.

A Brief History


 Did you know that Green Meadows Petting Farm has more than 1 location? You can find it in other states as well! My home state is Wisconsin, and guess what? The original farm originated back in 1964 in Waterford, WI!

OTHER LOCATIONS

Floral Park, NY
www.visitgreenmeadowsfarm.com

Hazlet, NJ
www.greenmeadowschildrensfarm.com

Urbana, MD
www.greenmeadowsevents.com

Waterford, WI
www.greenmeadowsfarmwi.com

Sherwood, WI
www.mulberrylanefarmwi.com

What’s included in the guided tour?


When you enter onto the farm you’re greeted by the welcoming staff along with a cute General Store and fun fall displays, which is a perfect opportunity to take those fall photos if you haven’t done so already. In this post I’m relating it to the fall season, but the farm is most definitely open all year long!

On the guided tour the tour guide takes you through the farm on all kinds of learning adventures about their animals! So many opportunities to interactive with the farm animals! This is a place that definitely explores many of our senses, which is a perfect learning environment for all children (and adults)!

On the farm you will…

  • Learn all about pigs, cows, goats, sheep, chickens, turkeys, donkeys, Elmer—our Asian water buffalo and more!
  • hold baby chicks and chickens
  • Milk a cow!
  • Train ride
  • Pony rides for children
  • Tractor-drawn hayride
  • Picnic areas for those bringing a lunch
  • Drinks and snacks available at The General Store

*This is all included with the price of your admission ticket, no added costs for the train rides, tractor rides, or pony rides.

Extras 


Green Meadows also offers fun playground experiences for children! There are playgrounds, slides, and fun climbing adventures throughout the whole farm! After the guided tour it was a perfect opportunity for our little ones to let our their energy and have a blast playing together!

Recommendations 


After experiencing a day on the farm here is some feedback I gathered to make your trip even better!

  • Plan on spending a full day on the farm! I would recommend getting there earlier in the day so you can experience everything they have to offer!
  • Pack a lunch! While they do have a General Store, mostly the food items are snacks.
  • If you have little ones either bring a stroller or you can purchase a wagon for $5. (which was a big hit with our little ones) The farm is huge and their little feet may need a break every now and then.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing!

When will you be visiting the farm?

It truly is a fun filled day that will leave you with wonderful family memories!

Click the link below to enter the GIVEAWAY for 2 FREE adult tickets to Green Meadows Farm in Kissimmee, FL!

>>GIVEAWAY<<

Start Date: Monday, October 30th, 2017

End Date: Thursday, November 3rd, 2017 at 11:59 pm

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Wishing you well,

~Amanda

Family Adventures, Outdoor Adventures

Exploring Blue Spring State Park

These past 2 months we have enjoyed family visiting us all the way from the Midwest! It has been very exciting to share with my family some of our favorite spots within Orlando. By now, you probably already know that I am intrigued by the many beautiful state parks within Orlando. This past week we actually discovered a new state park that is just Northwest of Orlando, Blue Spring State Park.

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Since living in Orlando for 5 years I have yet to explore this serene area, until just this last week. I always hear people say wonderful things about it, so I knew I would eventually get out there (only about an hour drive from Orlando). Whether you live within the surrounding Orlando area, or will be visiting here soon, this is definitely a place to recharge and enjoy what mother nature has to offer.

I created a video for you to experience just a few of the things that I was able to capture. Please excuse some of the flaws within this video, it’s definitely a learning experience for me and I know it’s not perfect.

(Quick story time! My camera died on me, so I used my iPhone and totally did not realize I should have turned it horizontal for a landscape view! Duh, Amanda! RIGHT?! Anyways, it’s still a great video because…you’ll see manatees and a little red-headed boy!) =)

Information


  • Cost: $6 per vehicle (2-8 people) OR $4 single occupant
  • Hours: 8am-sunset (365 days a year)
  • Dogs are permitted, but must be kept on a leash.
  • If you’re going with little ones I recommend bringing your carrier or stroller.
  • Manatee season runs from mid-November until March (you’ll be able to see them right on top of the water).
  • The spring runs off the St. John’s River and temperature stays around 73 degrees.
  • Guided river tours are offered during the day at 10am and 1pm (for reservations, call St. Johns River Cruises at (386) 917-0724) 
  • You can swim, snorkel, and scuba dive (make sure to call for more details).
  • Enjoy a self guided tour of the historic Thursby house, which was built during the steamboat era.
  • You will find pavilion areas, a playground, huge grass area, picnic tables, concession stand, kayak and other rentals.
  • Enjoy a stroll along a boardwalk (one-third mile walk).
  • Tube along the spring, rentals are provided. (click here to view other State Parks that also offer tubing.)
  • Primitive camping along with cabins are offered.

Just a few Facts


  • Blue Spring is a winter refuge for the Manatees.
  • While visiting you will possibly see herons, turtles, alligators, and many fish & birds
  • You can click here to be directed to a live camera of the manatees!
  • Once you arrive they will provide you with the “count” of manatees for that day.

Have you been to Blue Spring State Park? If not, this is definitely a place to put on your list of places to visit!

Adventures Await!

I always love hearing from people, so feel free to share your insights in the comments below! You can also share this post with anyone else and follow me on my facebook page,  as well as instagram. Thank you so much for taking the time to read!

Wishing You Well,

Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life

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Family Adventures, Outdoor Adventures

Top 10 Parks Within 7 Miles of Downtown Orlando

This past Sunday the Florida Morehouse Family decided to venture off and find a different park to explore. Parks are the best, and let me tell you it’s not just fun for kids, but for parents as well (you get to be a kid again yourself).  Sometimes weekends aren’t always filled with events and activities, but it is still nice to get out of the house and do something, which is why parks are the best!

This video was taken when we first started our quest of exploring the top 10 parks (I did add a bonus park, so really it’s top 10 +1. ) 😉

“Children learn as they play. Most importantly in PLAY children LEARN how to LEARN.”

~O. Fred Donaldson

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We have been going to some of the same parks over and over again, so I decided to research other parks within our area and provide a list that I can share with my followers! We try to make it out to a new park every few weeks, so this list is perfect, and how fun will it be to make it a challenge to visit all the parks and mark it off! (or is that just me…)

When Little Johnny was younger he was all about the swings! Now since he is 15 months he loves the slides, and basically just climbing everything & anything!

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We have only been to 7/10 (+1) parks. The first 7 below are the parks we have been to. As we continue to explore parks nearby I’ll add more information and “mom tips” to the list. It’s a work in progress, but I had to start sharing with you!

Top 10 Parks Within 7 Miles of

Downtown Orlando 


Parks we HAVE Been to

1.Lake Eola Park

 512 East Washington St. Orlando, Fl 32803

  • General Information: This park is right across from the beautiful Lake Eola. It provides a rubber platform that’s safe for babies and young kids to crawl and walk around on. There are 4 baby swings, slides, monkey bars, big kid swings, and plenty of climbing adventures. This is a favorite park for many kids!
  • Mom Tips:
    • Make sure to go earlier in the day as it tends to get crowded in the late afternoon, and especially on the weekends.
    • There are bathrooms by the park (not the cleanest though and there is a changing table)
    • it’s a fairly shaded area
    • it’s separated into two different play areas (toddler part and older kid part)
    • Parking can be hard to find: street parking  (or paid parking nearby)
    • Starbucks is within walking distance and many other amenities! 😉
    • On Sundays it’s very busy due to the Lake Eola Farmers’ Market (10-4)

2.Langford Park

1808 E Central Boulevard Orlando, FL 32803

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  • General Information: This park provides two baby swings, slides, spinning and bouncing equipment.  It’s located near Dickson Azalea Park which is a beautiful outdoor scenery.
  • Mom Tips:
    • there are bathrooms, but they’re locked usually (part of the community center, no changing table)
    •  smaller park
    • doesn’t get too crowded
    • beautiful scenery to explore within the area
    • mulch ground
    • street parking or you can park at the community center near the park
    • plenty of grass area to play on or to have a picnic (pavilion with picnic tables nearby)
    • if you walk down about a bit there is another park close by (bigger park)

3. Colonialtown Square Park (Colonialtown Neighborhood Center)

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  • General Information: This park offers 4 baby swings, older kid swings, slides, and amazing monkey bar climbing area, and a shaded picnic table area.
  • Mom Tips: 
    • mulch ground
    • fairly shaded
    • two separate sections for younger and older children
    • neighborhood park
    • not too crowded

4. Park of the Americas

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  • General Information: This is a great park that is surrounded by many trees that provide some shade! There are slides, two baby swings, teeter totter, monkey bars, and other fun equipment to explore. This park is located right next to a wonderful dog park as well!
  • Mom Tips: 
    • clean bathrooms (no changing table)
    • not a busy park
    • geared towards younger kids
    • fenced area
    • walking trail
    • pavilion area with picnic tables

5. Community Playground “Castle Park”

255 South Denning Dr., Winter Park, FL 32789

  • General Information: This is a great park that is surrounded by many trees that provide some shade! It’s a fairly large park, and now I understand why it’s refered to as the “castle park”. The structure is built out of wood and literally looks like a kids castle. There are slides, baby swings, big kids swings, a tire swing, slides, and other fun equipment.
  • Best part that I enjoyed about this park is the unique baby swing where the adult has a seat as well! You simple sit on the seat facing your baby and swing with them! Check out the picture below!img_1263Mom Tips: 
    •  bathrooms available (no changing table)
    • fenced area
    • mulch ground
    • walking trail
    • pavilion area with picnic tables

6. Azalea Lane Playground

1045 Azalea Lane  Winter Park, FL 32789

  • General Information: This is another “favorite” park. It has two sections that provides a fun experience for all ages.  It includes slides, zip line, play express tiny tots train, tire swing, baby swings, plenty of adult swings, musical station (with bongos and bells), and a wooden climb area with two bridges. This park also has a pavilion that you can rent out for special occasions.
  • Unique Features: This park offers a face to face swing where you can swing with your child (so far that’s 2 within Orlando)! Plus, the train passes right by the park! The kids (and adults) love it!
  • Mom Tips: 
    • bathrooms available with a changing table
    • fenced area
    • mulch ground
    • pavilion area with picnic tables
    • not much shade so make sure to wear sunscreen and a hat
    • Azalea Lane Recreation Center is located right by the playground

7. Capehart Park

715 Capehart Dr., Orlando, FL 32822

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  • General Information: This park offers a fun splash pad, which is perfect for Orlando’s hot summer months! There are two parks, one for younger children (2-5) and another targeted towards older children. There are baby swings, slides, climbing features, and so much more.
  • Mom Tips: 
    • clean bathrooms available with a changing table
    • both parks are shaded with a canopy
    • splash pad is not shaded
    • splash pad is fenced in, but not the parks
    • mulch ground
    • pavilion area with picnic tables
    • 1/4 mile path that you can walk
    • charcoal grills are available for cookouts
    • there is an after child care that is hosted at this area, so at times it can be a bit crowded

8. Gaston Edwards Park

1236 N Orange Avenue Orlando, F L32804

  • General Information: This is a smaller park and recommended for ages 2-5. Although, I still find it a great park to play at. The environment is lovely and for the parents there are fun restaurants and shops located nearby. It’s right by Lake Ivanhoe, which is fun for little ones to play while viewing the lake. When we were there Little Johnny liked watching the boats zoom by. There are also ducks and other birds that he liked watching. We brought our sand toys because I remembered there was a sand volleyball pit. We went on a Friday and nobody was there, so we used it as our “sandbox”. Just an idea….:) There is also a small path you can walk. We even spotted a table where you can play checkers. It’s a simple park, but sometimes those are the best because it doesn’t get “as” crowded.

  • Mom Tips: 
    • rubber ground
    • smaller park for ages 2-5
    • parking can be tricky if it’s a busy weekend (either park on the side street or there is a small parking lot locate by the dock you would just have to walk a little)
    • I did not see any public bathrooms, but there are many local shops and restaurants.
    • located right next to  Mesa 21, which is a Mexican restaurant
    • It can be noisy with the background noise of the interstate as it’s located above by Lake Ivanhoe
    • the park is open and not fenced in
    • there is one pavilion with picnic tables
    • limited shade

Parks we WANT to Visit 

9. Delany

10. Lake Island

**Bonus** Clear Lake

As we visit these parks I’ll continue to add detailed information and “mom tips”. Until then, if you’re in the Orlando area I hope you have a chance to stop by one of these parks!

Do you have a favorite one you would like to share?

If you don’t live within the downtown/colonialtown Orlando area, but still would like a list of parks I have linked below two sources that will help  direct you to local parks.

Happy Playground Time!

I always love hearing from people, so feel free to share your insights in the comments below! You can also share this post with anyone else and follow me on my facebook page,  as well as instagram. Thank you so much for taking the time to read!

Wishing You Well,

Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life

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