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Tilly Foster Farm

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In June of 2017 the gates of Tilly Foster Farm, located in Brewster, opened once again for the public to enjoy! Now owned by Putnam County, this once dilapidated property has been brought back to amazing life! The rolling green hills and pastures are alive with animals that your family will love.

There is a small picnic area conveniently located in the shade, with ample views of the pastures and quick access to the newly renovated bathrooms. We brought our own lunch and sat taking in the impressive views and watching the mini ponies graze. The kids were able to get up and interact with the ponies as they got near to the fence line, it was the perfect venue for a relaxing meal.

There is a small path that leads all around the animal enclosures, well mowed and clearly marked with information kiosks about the farm's inhabitants. The farm is home to alpacas, goats, chickens, mini ponies and some very large pigs! All the small barns have stairs and viewing platforms so that children can look inside at their indoor spaces, such as where the chickens lay their eggs.

The property is managed and cared for by an on-site veterinarian technician who will answer any questions your children may have as well as show you some of the animals up close and personal. The day we were there she showed us how to call the pigs and we were allowed to feed the baby goats. It was the most magical day!

The farm also has a 1 mile nature trail, maps are located at the kiosk next to the parking lot. The trail is very easy and perfect for any age, it took us about 30 minutes to hike the whole thing, stopping and exploring with small children.

The farm is open every day to the public, 10am-4pm for self-guided tours. There is plenty of free parking on-site.

Tips for this visit:
  • There is no fee to visit the farm.
  • There are public restrooms available, in the red building next to the picnic area.
  • The property is pretty stroller friendly.
  • Do not feed the farm animals.
  • We wore flip flops but my daughter got stung by a bee, as there is a lot of long grass, I would suggest wearing sneakers or boots. 

For more information visit Tilly Foster Farm online.

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