I believe we actually took this trip to Lazy 5 Ranch in the early spring this year. It was a cooler, overcast kind of day. But regardless, this was one of the best day trips our little family has been on this year. Seriously!
Lazy 5 Ranch is located in Mooresville, NC. It’s a big ranch with an incredible variety of free-ranging animals. You can drive around the entire ranch in your own car and feed the animals as you go. Or you have the option to pay for a ticket for a wagon ride through the ranch, the more expensive option. We opted for driving our own car through, and I’m so glad we did. We got to spend more time observing the animals that we were interested in seeing the most. Fortunately, there wasn’t anyone close behind us on the trail.
It’s so much fun seeing all the animals come running to steal a bite of food from the buckets of feed (which are an extra cost on top of the picket prices). The animals are not shy at all and eagerly come up to your window for a snack, most of them do anyway. We found that the emus, ostriches, and llamas seemed to be the most interactive.
Animals that you can see at Lazy 5 Ranch (including those in the include:
- Zebras, donkeys, and mules
- Elk, Deer, Gazelles
- Jersey Cows, Texas Longhorns
- Antelope, Oryx
- Rheas, Ostriches, Emus.
- Pot-bellied Pigs
- Red Kangaroos
- Ring-tail Lemurs
The adventure to Lazy 5 Ranch was well worth the drive through the country and the price of the ticket. Even though W was a little reluctant to get to close to any of the animals, he had a great time. We’ll definitely be visiting again in the future.
One thing I particularly appreciate about Lazy 5 Ranch is that it provides opportunity for some great discussion with kids about conservation, animals, and endangered species. The website provides downloadable coloring pages with information about a few of the different animals in the ranch. W was a little young for these and didn’t really want to spend time coloring the pages, but I think older kids would probably enjoy coloring the pages on the car ride over. Don’t forget the crayons!
If you’re interested in reading more about Lazy 5 Ranch and how it came to be, check out their website here. We’ve also visited the NC Zoological Park, Greensboro Science Center, and the beaches of NC at Oak Island.
I love day trips with the family, especially when the location has opportunities for some fun learning. What kinds of day trips have you taken with your family this year?