Did you know New Jersey has the best alpaca farms to visit? When you’re thinking about a cute, cuddly animal to visit with the kids, you’re most likely picturing puppies, kittens, or barnyard animals. But you probably haven’t considered a cute, cuddly, gentle-hearted alpaca. Yes, New Jersey is a hotbed for alpaca farms—there are over 10 alpaca farms around the Garden State. Your littles will love cozying up to the gentle creatures and learning how their wool is used to make lots of products yearly (all 100% safe and animal-friendly). (featured photo credit: istock/MayaCom)
Why you need to visit an alpaca farm in New Jersey with your family
If you don’t know much about alpacas, here’s the scoop—alpacas are gentle-hearted, soft, cozy animals from the camelid family, including llamas and camels. These cozy creatures live between 18 and 24 years of age and come in 22 natural colors. And you may have seen by-products of their fur at farmer’s markets or craft fairs since their sheared wool is used to make throws, shawls, scarves, sweaters, gloves, socks, and other items. What makes these animals unique is their ability to communicate, and they only need to be trained 3 or 4 times to do something before they understand and retain the information. They recognize commands from humans and communicate with each other by humming. Ready to plan your visit to an alpaca farm in New Jersey?
Here are the best alpaca farms in NJ
Cozy up to the alpacas at Bluebird Farm Alpacas in Peapack amongst rolling hills and acres of farmland. This farm encourages you to visit, meet the herd, take pictures, and possibly adopt one of the gentle creatures. Currently, visits are by reservations only.
44 Willow Ave., Peapack, NJ 07977
This small family-run farm hosts private tours and special holiday events with the alpacas, like an Easter egg hunt and Christmas tours. Before you go, you can meet the alpacas on the “Alpaca Fun” page. And don’t miss the English and French Angora rabbits too.
50 Clinton Road, Newfoundland, NJ 07435
Opened in the last two years, Hidden Brook Ranch aims to share its knowledge of camelids, the fiber, and the health of the animals. They also have a farm store where they sell alpaca products.
196 State Park Road, Blairstown, NJ 07825
Take a picnic with the pacas or be a part of the special Easter, Halloween, and Christmas with these soft and cuddly friends. While the alpacas are the main draw, you can also spend time with resident rabbits, goats, llamas, sheep, and yaks too.
35 Newton Avenue, Branchville, NJ 07826
Located in Wall, this family-friendly farm is open every Saturday year-round, where you can visit the alpacas and feed them. Purchase tickets ahead of time to visit, and each ticket includes time with the animals, feeding the alpacas, and a short tour of the farm. Be sure to stop by the store to check out all the fun items and help support the farm.
2660 Allaire Rd., Wall, NJ 07719
Mark your calendar this fall when Cedar Lane hosts open farm days to meet their herd. You can also schedule a private tour during that time. But even if you can’t meet the herd, you can always shop in their store or online for some alpaca goodies like socks, scarves, and hats.
67 Victory Road, Howell, NJ 07731
After 40 years of owning horses, the Sherman family also added alpacas and hosts special events to meet them up close. Visit the animals or stop in “The Coop,” their farm store filled with blankets, fingerless gloves, and more.
2021 Bentz Road, Wall, NJ 07719
If you’re down by exit 0, stop by Jersey Shore Alpacas, where they’ve grown their alpaca herd to 18 alpacas ready to greet visitors. On public days, visit and feed carrots to the alpacas at the fence line. It’s free, but donations are always welcome (private tours are also available). Oh, and don’t forget to plan a visit on National Alpaca Farm Day, where you snap a selfie with the animals and join the fun in free farm activities.
521 Route 47 South, Cape May, NJ 08204
What began as a starter farm in 2013 has grown to a 22-acre farm with a herd of huacaya alpacas. And recently, they also added mini donkeys to the farm. Schedule a private group tour or even rent an alpaca for an event.
1148 Somers Point Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
Stop by one of their open farm days to interact and feed the alpacas, or arrange a private tour. Adults can take classes in the Fiber Arts, and you can always make an appointment to shop their store, offering socks, hats, scarves, and blankets.
61 White Pine Road, Chesterfield, NJ 08515
Book a farm tour, have a birthday party, try alpaca walking/training, or visit the gift shop at this Ocean County farm. You will see over 300 Huacaya alpacas at this family-friendly location.
416 Wells Mills Road, Waretown, NJ 08758
This farm has been utilized for agriculture since the 1800s, with 53 acres of farmland where you can visit Suri and Huacaya alpacas on the property. Don’t miss their Herd Health Days open to the public to learn how the animals are taken care of.
330 Newbolds Corner Rd., Lumberton, NJ 08048
Whispering Pines provides educational information for children through farm visits to inspire them to promote a sustainable ecosystem. Don’t miss their store filled with alpaca leggings, hiker socks, and scarves.
63 Rittenhouse Road, Stockton, NJ 08559
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