Unbeknownst to many, there is a charming little Alpaca Farm located right outside Cincinnati in Goshen, OH. Alpaca Paradise is a family-owned and operated farm that specializes only in Alpaca. It is an Alpaca lovers dream. The good news for us is that on Fridays and Saturdays they are usually open to the public for visitors. If your family is looking for a fun afternoon adventure this is it. Did someone say adventure, Alpaca bag!
Visiting Alpaca Paradise
Alpaca Paradise is conveniently located off Route 28 in Goshen, Ohio. It is roughly a 40 minute drive from down town Cincinnati. Pop the address in the google machine and it will get you there in no time. Prior to visiting the farm you will need to reach out to the owner Anne to ensure that they will be present at the farm during your visit. The normal hours are on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to six. On occasion they will be out doing special events, so it is best to email or call Anne just to confirm. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/ text her at 513 312-0432. Anne is super sweet and very responsive.
There is no fee to enter this spectacular paradise, therefore visitors are allowed to pet and feed the Alpaca with the carrots that are provided. Be sure you have the proper footwear on because you will likely step in not so cute part of raising Alpacas.
She is what makes this place so magical. Anne introduced us to all her “children” and made us feel like one of the family by the time we left. Her love and devotion to her Alpaca can be shown all throughout the tour. These are some spoiled rotten Alpaca and Anne wouldn’t have it any other way. Honestly, neither would I! Throughout the visit you will learn all about each Alpaca and their personality. There are those who get jealous and spit, others who are rambunctious and some just jostling for a carrot treat. Who would have thought they acted just like toddlers. Anne’s enthusiasm is contagious as she goes into detail about how the farm began, how they care for the Alpaca and what products they make.
Once you step foot behind the gate the Alpaca are roaming free. Knowing visitors correspond with carrots you may meet your new furry friends quickly. They are very gentle for the most part except for the little baby, who is a bit boisterous and often getting into mischief. Our daughter was spell bound gazing at the Alpaca and adored petting them. She delighted in watching them interact with each other and the farm yard dog. The baby was nipping at our clothes and will jump up so be prepared for some up close Alpaca action. Remember when you visit that they are animals and can be unpredictable so ensure that everyone stays together and listens to instructions.
Visit the Store
At the end of your visit you have the option to visit the gift store. The store has tons of handmade alpaca products, including hats, stuffed animals, dryer balls and more. We had to take home an alpaca key chain and a hat, which was very affordable considering all the effort that goes into making these products. Anne can be spotted at a few of the local farmer’s markets, including Madeira, Blue Ash and Oakley. Look for her Alpaca Paradise booth and scope out the Alpaca goods.
You can order online and learn more about Alpaca Paradise here: https://www.apialpacas.com/
Holtman donuts in located only minutes down the road from Alpaca Paradise. Be sure to stop in to get a few of the best donuts in the city at their flagship location. My recommendation: A old fashion cake donut with a cup of coffee.
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