Country Critters, Alvarado

Nestled down a country road southeast of Fort Worth is Country Critters farm and petting zoo.  Open seasonally for Spring and Fall, the family-owned farm is like a visit out to Grandma’s house!  Since it’s just a short car ride for us, we’ve been going to Country Critters since my teens were tiny toddlers, and it’s still a favorite!

Our most recent visit was on Oct. 1, 2016, when as soon as we arrived I was helping my son take off his jacket, and accidentally shut my car door, locking my keys, phone and money inside!  A bad situation made worse with my husband being out of town, and I had just locked my keys in the car the day before at Tom Thumb. The staff at CC was amazing, letting me use their phone, allowing my son and I to play without paying until I could get to my purse, keeping an eye out for AAA and even offering me bottled water, all while my son had a blast running around the farm!  Proving that there are still really good people in the world, someone even called AAA for me, letting me use their benefit, and refusing to take any money, just saying to pass it on!  Talk about turning a bad moment around!

Please check out My Mommy Tips for making the most of your visit, and enjoy my pictures, which go all the way back to 2004!

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October, 2016

Know Before You Go

It’s a farm, wear closed-toed shoes that can get dirty.

They take cash and credit cards.  Parking is close and it’s FREE.

Portapotties, but they were clean!  No changing tables, so bring a pad.

Pack a lunch, they have plenty of tables under shady trees.  The food stand sells nachos, corn dogs, etc. too.  Be sure to pack your hand sanitizer.  Sunscreen and bug spray, too.

Bring your camera and phone with a charged battery, there is not anywhere to charge them.

Slow down.  Relax on a bench and let the kids be kids.  Don’t be in a hurry to the next activity, just let them run and explore.  Encourage a little pretend play, too.

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October, 2016

Some men see pumpkins as they are and ask why, I dream pumpkins that never were and ask “Why not”?  ~  U.S. President John F. Kennedy dreaming about a 1500 pounder in the oval office.

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October, 2016

 

The Pumpkin Patch– After a week full of visiting Pumpkin Patches, I’ll tell you that I love that Country Critters has real pumpkin vines growing in their patch.  The pumpkins have been purchased, but the vines are real, and even has some little pumpkins growing!  On admission price included one of these pumpkins for each of us!

The Maze – Their permanent standing maze is lots of fun, with tricky turns.  My four year old and my 11 and 12 year old both had a terrific time.

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October, 2016

I spotted this little cutie ropin’  a cow!  There are lots of fun activities scattered all around the farm, like stick pony races, sack races and other fun things!
Hayride – I love fall hayrides, and we usually do at least 4-5 a year, but many of those are, sadly, on city streets.  This hayride is all offroad, taking you around the farm, which is really big!
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October 2016

Barrel Train Ride

Storytime–  Awww, this was so cute.  In a little area decorated for the season we listened to a book about a pumpkin who lost her nose.  Afterwards, the kids are treated to apple juice and cookies and the adults, a slice of homemade pumpkin bread!  Yum!  The bread can also be purchased at the food stand for $6.00.  My little boy kept going back to hear more stories, preferring that over the bounce house!  Score!
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October, 2016

 Take the time to rest under a tree and play pumpkin checkers or tic-tac-toe!
Photo Ops– To a mom, the most important part of these activities are lots of photo ops, and Country Critters has them.  Several times different staff members offered to take family pics for me, too.  Love that customer service!

Pony Rides and Petting Zoo –  I appreciate places that can cater to my children of various ages.  All 3 of my children were able to ride the ponies, even though my oldest son’s feet were almost dragging the ground on their large pony, Shiloh!   We enjoyed the petting zoo, which was mostly goats we could go inside and pet.  They also have some young Brahma cows, a donkey, peafowl, and chickens.

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Bounce Houses and more– They offer two bounce houses, one is a barn and the other a cactus. It has a slide inside, and was hard to get my four year out of once he was inside!  They also have a couple of climbing structures and wide open areas for plenty of play!

 

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Photo Courtesy of Country Critters

Spring time is full of baby animals, and special appearances from Peter Cottontail!


 

Country Critters Farm 

3709 County Rd 617, Alvarado 

Click HERE to visit their website.    


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