Break out of the box
Orchards, Groves and Vineyards
Taking the kids in tow to Napa Valley might not be their idea of a "fun" family vacation. Instead, explore other forms of produce through agritourism that can help educate the kids and expand their food palette. California, Florida and other southern states have an abundance of citrus groves where children can pick lemons, oranges and grapefruits and learn how to turn them into juices and other edibles -- think pies, cookies and healthy granola.
Regardless of your choice of fruits, vegetables, farm or ranch animal, any agritourism trip to explore Mother Earth and her bounty will delight the whole family. It's about the togetherness, education and experience, and you can't go wrong with any selection. Don't forget to check for local festivals that celebrate prolific growing periods for flowers, berries and fruits.
Additional agritourism resources to ponder
There are so many options in California. This site will help you narrow down regions while providing oodles of information on particular locations and when to plan a trip.
One of the most unique educational farm experiences in the region, The Living Farm's Sustainable Education Center is ahead of its' time. For more about the Center, go to The Living Farm website and select Education Center under the School/Programs menu. If you're lucky, your children are able to visit with the lambs only days after birth on the farm.
Berries, butterflies and bees! This website has a large selection of all types of agritourism in the region and even gives details of harvest festivals, when to visit and what not to miss.
Yes, there is more than one notable OC in the states! This county in New York is known for its abundance and variety of agriculture. Visit Christmas tree, herb and alpaca farms, amongst a dozen others. The website has a detailed list under farm markets and wineries.