A trip to the zoo is one of those musts when spring weather starts to settle in, but have you ever thought of bringing your kiddos to hang out with these cute, cuddly, and friendly animals called alpacas? New Jersey is a hotbed for alpacas, there are over 10 alpaca farms all around our Garden State. So, gather up your little guys and get ready to cozy up to these gentle creatures, all while learning about how their sheared fur makes lots of cozy and soft products (all 100% safe and animal-friendly). Read on to start planning a day out with the alpacas.
What are Alpacas?
If you don’t know much about alpacas, here’s the scoop: Alpacas are gentle-hearted, soft, cozy animals that come from the camelid family, which includes llamas and camels, too. These cozy creatures live to be between 18 and 24 years of age and come in 22 different natural colors. And you may have seen by-products of their wool at farmer’s markets or craft fairs since it’s used to make throws, shawls, scarves, sweaters, gloves, socks, and other items. But what makes these animals special is their ability to communicate and listen—they only need to be trained a few times before they understand and remember commands, and they communicate with each other through humming. They are also gentle and love petting, which makes them the perfect animals for littles to approach.
Alpacas are docile, gentle, and social. They enjoy children, do not bite, and will pose for pictures. They are soft to the touch and will eat out of your hand.” – John Edelhauser, Owner of Edelhaus Farm
Check out these NJ Alpaca farms:
Bluebird Farm Alpacas
Cozy up to the alpacas here on an 11-acre farm that’s situated amongst rolling hills and acres of adjacent farmland. What’s great about here is that they are thrilled to have you meet the herd, take pictures, learn about the championship bloodline and breeding program, and they’ll even let you adopt one (shhh…don’t tell your kids). The best part? You can take a tour and learn to walk the alpaca with a halter, and then stroll through the woods with your very own alpaca. They are open for farm tours starting March 28 by reservation only, and you can even pick up a pretty throw for your den in the farm store on your way out.
44 Willow Ave., Peapack, NJ 07977
Jersey Shore Alpacas
If you’re down by the shore, stop by this farm near historic Cape May, NJ 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 available, too, just check the schedule which varies with the month. 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
Edel Haus Farm
Gather your crew and stop by this farm on any Saturday, when they host public hours to visit the alpacas and feed them. Looking for a fun birthday party idea? With a spacious farmhouse and lots of time in the alpaca pen, kids will be thrilled to celebrate their special day here. There’s also a great on-site store that has everything from cozy wraps to fluffy stuffed animals, all made from alpaca wool.
2660 Allaire Rd., Wall, NJ 07719
More alpaca farms around New Jersey:
Humor Me Farms in Newfoundland
Windy Farm Alpacas in Chesterfield
Winding Creek Alpaca Farm in Egg Harbor
Cedar Lane Alpacas in Howell
My Poppy’s Alpacas in New Egypt
Humming Meadows Alpacas in Newton
Far & Away Alpaca Farm in Tabernacle
Arrow Acres Alpaca Farm in Wall Township
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