Kids, are you ready to visit a real working farm, and see get up close to those sweet animals? Let's head to Deer Hollow Farm then!
This amazing working farm is located in Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, and also features and educational center too, so kids can not only have fun, but an education too!
Deer Hollow Farm is just a one mile walk from the County parking lots, and after that pleasant walk you will be welcomed by 10 acres of beautiful farm fun just waiting to be enjoyed.
When you arrive, the best way to enjoy your time around the farm is to take a self-guided tour. It's through this that you can learn all about the history of the farm, as well as spot all of the livestock that call it home!
Keep in mind that Deer Hollow Farm is a working farm, so the pens and buildings will be closed to the public, but you can still see the farm in action, and see what it takes to run one!
Don't miss the open air historic hay barn which is located at the north end of the farm, as there are a number of picnic tables that you can enjoy there.
If you do want a tour of the Deer Hollow Farm Nature Center, which is housed in the old apple shed (and actual original building from the 1850s!), then head on down on the morning of the third Saturday of the month.
A Deer Hollow Farm docent will be there, waiting to answer any questions! There are also hands-on exhibits for kids that reflect the diversity of plant and animal life throughout the Rancho San Antonio area.
If you want more nature adventure after your visit, then just head out into the 3,800 acres of preserve that surround Deer Hollow Farm!
Nature, animals, farm fun and education - it's all happening in California!
Free, except special events ($7)
Same as adult
They are not only a great place to get out into nature, but they know that kids love to learn through first hand experience. They have great special events to raise money for the educational programs, and have lots of hands-on fun just for them!
The open air historic hay barn at the north end of the farm has many picnic tables for public use so why not bring a picnic lunch and enjoy it near the animals!
Be prepared to remove all garbage as there are no trash cans at the Farm or in the Preserve so bring ziplocks if you need them.
Can you have a great time at the special events they hold? Yes! They have Halloween fun, farm tours, and lots of hands-on fun across the year!
They have school year programs and summer camps perfect for K thru grade 5, from September to May. They have a host of great topics to enjoy, including about history!
Make sure you bring plenty of bottled water.
Speak to staff if you have any questions about assistance that you might need!
Look in the windows of the original caretakers home! There is an iron stove, spinning wheel and chamber pot all showing you what daily life in the 1880's would have been like!