What? Alpacas of Aledo
Cost? Free on Open Farm Days, Private Tours available with inquiry
Walk into any retail store right now and it is evident that llamas are the unicorn of 2018. However, I see your llama and raise you an alpaca. If you have never heard of or seen these adorable and friendly animals, you’re probably not alone. The largest majority of this species lives in South America but since being brought to America in the 1980’s, the alpaca has been growing in popularity. Now over 50,000 alpacas call North America their home on about 2,000 farms nationwide. One farm just happens to be located right outside of DFW in the adorable town of Annetta (right next to Aledo).
Drive just beyond Aledo High School and the ever-growing community, Parks of Aledo, and you’ll discover one of the cutest Urban Farms in the area. The tranquil estate is home to 90 Huacaya alpacas. On certain days the farm is open to the public and you can have your chance to get up close and personal with these fluffy mammals. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for when the next open farm day is as they advertise them with short notice due to weather changes. The farm also has private tours that you can schedule by calling or emailing.
On open farm days, you’ll be able to explore the grounds, including the chicken coop (complete with the cutest chicken swing you ever did see). There is also a trampoline and petting areas set up so you can experience their amazingly soft fur. Do not forget your camera for these super cute picture opportunities. The farm also has a wonderful gift shop complete with toys, apparel, and accessories. I will definitely be back for some Christmas shopping later this year.
Recently, a friend of mine also hired one of the alpacas to come to her daughter’s birthday party and later that day that same alpaca (Stan the Man as he’s affectionately known) also made an appearance at a wedding. If you’re looking for something to liven up your next event, an alpaca might just be it! Did I mention you can buy them too? Might be time for me to move to the country just so I can have an alpaca.
If you’re looking for something different and exciting to do this summer, make the drive out west and visit the Alpacas of Aledo! Llama, who???
Your Out and About Friend,
Time and day we visited? March 2018
Level of crowds? High (it was Spring Break)
Cleanliness of Bathroom? Good
Recommended age? All- Alpacas love children
Food Options? No
Allowed to bring in food and beverages? It’s a farm with live animals, use your good judgment on food and snacks
Stroller friendly? No, but possible
Safety concerns? Live animals can always pose safety concerns but in general, these are gentle and friendly animals
Coupons? Not needed