Every spring, my mother’s side of the family gets together to celebrate “Christmas in July” since we’re not able to get together during the craziness of the actual Christmas season.
This past weekend my family and I went to Maine to participate in this annual get-together and decided that, rather than driving home Saturday night, we’d stay and make a weekend trip out of it.
On Sunday, we were looking for something inexpensive and fun for my son to do. Both my wife and I are from Portland, but it’s been several years since we’ve lived there and the city has definitely changed quite a bit since we last called it home.
We threw a few ideas around, but ultimately decided to visit Smiling Hill Farm in Westbrook. Neither of us had been there since we were kids, but my son LOVES animals and it’s a very short distance from where we were staying, so we decided to check it out.
Personally, I couldn’t tell you what Smiling Hill Farm was like the last time I went there, it had probably been twenty years since my last visit, but if I had to describe our experience this past weekend, I would describe it simply as “awesome.”
Parking and admission to the farm is free, but certain activities do cost a small fee. For my wife, son, and me to visit the barnyard, where they have all their animals on display (including a petting area with sheep and goats), and go on a tractor ride, was less than $30 and provided several hours of entertainment.
Have you ever wanted to see a prairie dog, peacock, pig, or deer up close? Those are just a few of the many animals they have on display in their barnyard.
Do you have a kid who loves to play pretend? The farm has several pieces of old farming and construction equipment, as well as wooden replica play structures for your youngsters to climb all over and make believe that they’re working on the farm!
Maybe you have a kid who is more of a hands-on person? Inside the petting areas, they have several goats and sheep your son or daughter can walk right up to and run their hands through their furry coats. My son absolutely loved this part of the farm, which was evident by his burning desire to go up and hug each animal that he could.
After spending several hours walking around the farm, we decided to get lunch and ice cream from their on-site dairy store which has very reasonably priced lunch menu and extensive ice cream menu.
One of the nicest features about their ice cream is they offer a baby size cone, which is smaller than a kid size cone. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this done anywhere else, but it’s the perfect size cone of ice cream for a toddler.
If you find yourself in southern Maine and looking for something to do, I highly recommend checking out Smiling Hill Farm. It’s a great family experience and totally worth every penny.