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Open Gate Farm, Earlysville

#1316 of 2,276 in Things to do in Virginia
Must see · Farm · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Interactive Farm Tours

“An authentic, hands-on learning experience”

Families– Private Tours – Schools – Educational Groups Mom/Toddler Groups – Churches – Birthday Parties

Just 12 miles from downtown Charlottesville, you can discover the wonders of an organic family farm. With a variety of livestock and an abundant garden, Open Gate Farm welcomes visitors to the full experience of a working farm. Our farm tours are designed to be educational, experiential, and fun!

When we say hands on, we mean it. Children will romp with the piglets, gather eggs from under a hen, hold baby chicks, learn how to milk a goat, pet the sows, talk with the turkeys, discover an organic garden, taste herbs, berries and fresh vegetables, ramble on a nature walk, and much more.

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  • Took my 3 great nieces/nephews here and it was just wonderful. Tom was so good w/ the kids (3, 6 and 8). They fed the pigs, chickens, turkeys and goats. They gathered eggs, held bunnies and...  more »
  • Wow, wow, wow! We had such a great time at Open Gate Farm! Our group of five moms and 8 kids, ranging in age from 15 months to 9 years, visited the farm for an interactive tour. Tom couldn't have...  more »
  • Farmer Tom gives a great tour and is wonderful with children. We had two adults, a 7 year old and 4 year old. All of us loved the tour and would recommend to others when back in the area. We held and fed the chickens, fed and pet the goats, pigs, and bunny. And, even planted a seed. My favorite part was how Farmer Tom talked about how animals need love and how we were helping provide that to them!
  • We planned a visit to the farm while we were in the area , we were not expecting much since we have been to other farms and been disappointed. The farm exceeded our expectations in everyway. Our children are homeschooled and this was perfect for them . They were engaged the entire time and able to be hands on with all the animals . The owner was very knowledgeable , friendly and accommodating . I highly recommend this farm to anyone in the area . We still talk about the farm to this day !

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