Travels with Children

The adventures I embark upon with my four young children.

Farmamerica

  • At the intersection of County Roads 2 and 17, west of Waseca, MN
  • 507-835-2052
  • www.farmamerica.org
  • $5 Adults, $4 seniors 62 & over, $3 youth 6-13, free for 5 and under
  • Stroller accessible (although possibly not all building interiors)
  • Restrooms with changing tables available in visitors’ center.

When we go on our adventures, we try to be flexible in case something comes up. Sometimes I don’t tell the kids where we’re going until we get there. “It’s a surprise!” Sometimes we have more things on our list than we have time for. And sometimes our plans don’t quite work out.

This was the case when we drove to Waseca to see Farmamerica. I had checked the website before we left for the hours, but when we arrived, there was only one car in the parking lot. When the staff member came to help us, she explained that this was supposed to be their opening day of the season, but they’d had so much rain recently that we wouldn’t be able to get to all of the site.

I was just beginning to be disappointed when she gave us the silver lining: She wasn’t going to charge us admission, and instead of the usual walking tour, she’d allow us to go through the “authorized personnel only” area and drive through the site. They’d also open up the buildings in case we wanted to go in, but she asked that we try not to track in mud.

Since we couldn’t see the whole thing, we decided not to get in and out of the car, but we did drive through the site. We’ll go back another time (probably with Dad) to see the interiors. In the meantime, we got a nice taste of the place.

Along the gravel loop, which is set up for a tram to take visitors from area to area, there is a paved sidewalk, so stroller navigation would be all right. There are various sites (1850’s farm, prairie, church and school, feed mill, 1930’s farm) at intervals along the path, with signs explaining each part and its significance.

The visitors center includes rest rooms and a gift shop. Special events are held throughout the season. Some of the fall activities look particularly interesting, so that may be when we head back there.

Although we were disappointed that we didn’t see all of Farmamerica, it was nice to get a taste of it to see that it is worth visiting again.

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