The internet is obsessed with furry mini-llamas, more commonly known to the rest of the world as alpacas. Most of us admire the cute critters from our computer screens without realizing that alpaca farms you can visit actually exist. In fact, there is a big alpaca farm right outside of Tampa known as Golden Spirit Alpaca Ranch that is open for public tours.
There are over 200 fuzzy alpacas at this ranch which includes different breeds of both adult and baby alpacas. During the tour, you will learn about the different types of alpacas, their behaviors, care, feed, fleece, and breeding.
The ranch also has a gift shop which is full of alpaca-fur made products that you can purchase, much of which was made with the fur from the Golden Spirit Ranch alpacas.
Most excitingly of all is the chance to get up close and personal with the alpacas. Additionally, you can get an exclusive photo with an alpaca if you choose to "adopt" it for a small price. According to the ranch's website, "adoptions" come with exclusive benefits and gifts and the money you spend goes toward taking care of your favorite animals.
To see who they have available for adoption, click here.
If you are actually in the market for an alpaca, well, good news! You can also browse the ranch's alpacas currently for sale.
There are two different types of alpacas to choose from, Huacaya and Suri, and a wide variety of colors. Whether you want a show winner, proven breeder, or just a lovable pet, this is the place to find the perfect fur child.
All tours must be scheduled in advance and can be done so through the ranch's website by clicking here.