If you love animals and want to experience something that has the ability to genuinely warm your soul and brighten your day, you should try cuddling with them! Specifically, farm animals. Luckily for Floridians, you can do that in the Sunshine State right now thanks to Celestial Farms, a rescued animal farm in Jacksonville, that lets you and hang out with adorable goats, cows, horses, pigs and other creatures for free.
Celestial Farms is a peaceful place filled with gardens you can explore and vast fields for you to picnic at. Not to mention all the cute animals waiting to be fed and hugged.
You can visit at any time during their operational hours without even having to announce yourself and the visitation is always free.
However, they appreciate any donations you can make, and they are actively looking for volunteers to help with work and the animals.
The farm is open from Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
During these hours they also host field trips, festivals and other special events such as weddings, parties, and much more. You can check their website and social pages to learn everything you need to know.
The farm is a non-profit organization that works for the community of North Jacksonville, but anyone from anywhere is welcome here.
At Celestial Farms, they have a goal. They dream of the space they have created to help people of all abilities and backgrounds to experience the immense benefits of being in nature and learning from it.
Their rescued farm animals have undoubtedly helped visitors learn a lot about compassion, forgiveness and empathy.
Here you'll encounter a wide variety of animals that can sometimes change. You can see horses, ponies, a miniature donkey, many goats, and a sheep.
They also have pigs and bunnies, chicken, ducks and turkeys.
Since it is a place for animals, people usually ask if they are pet-friendly and sadly they are not. That's mainly because they have been rescued themselves.
Some of their dogs have had bad experiences with another dog or a predator in the past, so they try to avoid making them stressed.
During your visit, you can hang out with the animals, explore the gardens, and if you bring kids, there are a couple of playgrounds they can enjoy.
If you are planning to visit this beautiful place, you may bring treats for the animals such as salad greens, cut apples, Ritz crackers, bananas and maybe even a packed lunch for yourself to enjoy outdoors.
It is also a good idea to wear closed shoes and apply sunscreen and bug spray before arriving. Don't forget the camera so you can capture every special moment.
Photoshoots are also permitted at the farm, but you should call before to let them know you're interested.
Address: 13958 Duval Rd., Jacksonville, FL
Why You Need To Go: You'll get to hug adorable goats, cows, and horses for free at this rescued animal farm in Jacksonville.
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