There is a new place to visit in town. RockHouse Alpaca Farm is located in Meridianville, Alabama, and they have recently started allowing visitors! I don’t know about you, but I have been actively looking for ways to get my kids out of the house in outdoor environments this summer, and this excursion seemed to fit the bill quite nicely.
What to Expect at RockHouse Alpacas
When you pull up to their home, the gates will be locked. We had a brief moment of uncertainty that we were in the right place (because we didn’t see a sign or any alpacas) but after a couple minutes, the owners came out to unlock the gates. The alpacas roam freely in their yard, so they have to keep them safe from the traffic on the road.
Once we parked, payment was requested. Make sure to bring cash or check to cover $10 per person as they do not accept any electronic forms of payment at the time of this review. Be aware that all members including children under two years old are counted.
The Alpaca Experience
We were each given a cup of food/treats and began to approach the group of female alpacas. You should know – you will very much have a “face to face” experience. Alpacas are quite tall, and I found that most of my kids were nose to nose, or quite a bit shorter than they were.
The farm has the alpacas split up in two different areas. The girls are in one pen and the boys in another. We found the girls to be very gentle and somewhat shy. They were curious and eager to get the treats at the beginning, but once they got their fill, they seemed to be content to find quieter places to graze. The boys were a bit more aggressive in getting treats and didn’t mind a bit of bumping and pushing to get what they were after.
Recently, on June 14th, they even got a new fluffy bundle of alpaca joy…
Parent Pro-Tips If You Go
- RockHouse Alpacas is located at the owners home, and essentially in their backyard, and they don’t have “normal business hours”, so make sure to reach out through their Facebook page to make an appointment before you go.
- They do not have a bathroom available to the public, they were happy to let my kids find a quiet spot outside to relieve themselves. Just make sure you have everyone go potty before leaving your house!
- We never strayed very far from the car’s location, so I didn’t feel the need to bust out our stroller, or bring along the diaper bag. However, if you did want to use a stroller, while there were no paved areas, the ground was flat, and pushing a stroller around wouldn’t be a problem at all.
RockHouse Alpaca Farm Details
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Jenni McCarty is a wife, mom of four, l'il bit granola, jean-wearer, iced coffee drinker, home schooler, more than just a little obsessed with photography, frustrated organizer (see “mom of four”) yet ironically logical, Pinterest addict and Facebook follower, sufferer of ADCD (attention deficit crafters disorder), displaced Alaskan. She opened Jenni M Photography in 2012 and she really enjoys blogging about her personal family adventures whenever she has a chance.