Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary
GOOD FOR: Ages 0-4

Source:Outdoors with Kids Boston (AMC Books)
Address:208 South Great Road, Lincoln, MA
Hours:9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March through October; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., November through February; closed on Mondays, except federal holidays
Fee: Adults, $6; children ages 2–12, $4; Mass Audubon members, free
Bathrooms: At the visitor center; at a picnic area near the farmyard
Water/Snacks: Water fountains at the visitor center and at a picnic area near the farmyard; fresh, in-season produce at a farm stand near the entrance

If your kids want to see what Old MacDonald’s farm might look like, this Audubon sanctuary will fit the bill, plus offer some surprises.

A sow and her piglets take a nap at Drumlin Farm.
Photo by: Kim Foley MacKinnon

Drumlin Farm is always a kid favorite. After all, kids can visit pigs, cows, sheep, goats, and chickens; plus, real farmers work in the garden and take care of the animals. A hay ride ($2 for adults, $1 for kids) is the crowning touch on a quintessential farm visit. At the poultry house, sheep shed, pig barn, and red barn, interpretive signs offer up facts about the animals.

But you’ll find more to see here than at a typical farm. Various wild animals that have been injured or disabled also call the farm home. Rescued animals that live here include skunks, rabbits, owls, hawks, deer, and fox. Signs describe what happened to the animals and how they came to the farm.
After you have explored the farmyard, you can take several trails on the 232-acre property. The most popular one is probably Drumlin Loop, which on clear days offers views of Mount Monadnock and Mount Wachusett.
The farm offers excellent drop-in discovery activities run by naturalists; these are free with admission. The activities run several times a day throughout the year. Special family programs, such as planting and harvesting crops, are also offered, as well as summer and holiday camps, a community preschool, community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm shares, and a farm stand that is open to the public. Visit in winter and kids can learn how wildlife survives the cold months. Check with the sanctuary for details.
Remember: It’s against U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations to feed the animals on the farm, so eat in the picnic area only.
Plan B:

Walden Pond (Trip 39) is close by if you feel like a swim or a walk in the woods.

Where to Eat Nearby:

Take MA 126 to Concord Center, which is less than ten minutes away by car and offers plenty of dining options.



By: SMGKatz
Posted: 09/19/2013 15:46

Drumlin Farm is wonderful; we've spent countless hours there and our son has enjoyed the various camp and farm programs--both solo and adult/child. One of my favorite things to do, though, has little to do with the farm animals. I love to hike the drumlin! It's an easy hike for kids--one route is wooded; the other is grassy. There's plenty to explore in each direction and lots of wildlife to encounter. At the top, on a clear day, you can see out to southern New Hampshire and Mount Monadnock. There's also a giant rock--a great place to sit and gaze out to enjoy the view.

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By: mommypth
Posted: 05/31/2012 12:55

Out toddelrs love to go and look at all the farm animals- especially in the spring when there are lots of babies. They have a great wild bird exhibit as well- and they do live animal talks. The kids say spell bound as the naturalist talked about the hawk in her hands. They have many great festivals throughough out the year and a wonderful summer camp. They do school trips as well.

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By: letipearman
Posted: 05/31/2012 11:39

This is one of our favorite places to go with our 3 year old. The farm animals are wildly popular with the younger set, and Drumlin has some interesting local birds and other critters to check out. We haven't had the chance to do the longer trails, given the limited attention span of a preschooler, but do love the hay ride!

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By: Thayer324724584
Posted: 05/23/2012 00:00

Located in Lincoln, MA, Drumlin Farm is a terrific spring trip for families. Activity on the farm combined with the surrounding woods awakening from the winter allows endless adventures for our boys ages 2 and 6. Highlights of our recent visit included time spent with the assortment of farm animals (pigs are a must - Hattie that sow was just about to give birth in the coming days to piglets!) and the variety of raptors and other bird life for easy viewing. Our two boys love to explore the woods and the nature paths on-site provided plenty to explore with activities along the way.

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