Ardenwood Historic Farm is a working farm located in Alameda County (California). It is part of the East Bay Regional Parks District and makes for a great day trip for toddlers and big kids, alike.
They offer a lot recreational classes and events such as learning how rope is made to garden chores for kids! Yes, chores for kids. I don’t know about you, but I struggle getting my toddler to do his chores. Okay, let’s be honest, his only chore is really picking up his toys which Mama ends up doing at night anyway.
We attended on a rainy day, which was great because it wasn’t crowded and it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves!
Be sure to review the map before you head out, as it may take you by surprise just how close to the freeway the farm is and yet how alone you’ll feel. There is plenty of parking and be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. We packed some light snacks and occasionally ducked in some covered areas to feed our little and ourselves. Keep an eye out for the peacocks, there are quite a few and they are beautiful if you get to see one with his feathers up!