Summer secrets are lots of fun and we have one of the best on the Virginia Peninsula. Although, it is actually open all year round, The Bluebird Gap Farm of Hampton, Virginia is a popping place during the summer months.
The “farm” as its fans call it, is 60 acres of pure paradise for children and adults alike. Safely tucked away in the midst of some of the Peninsula’s most hardy indigenous plant life, it is literally surrounded by the beauty that is Virginia. It looks exactly like a working farm, from its barns, farm equipment, and typical farm animals. But don’t let looks deceive you, this place is a safe haven for lots of animals including peacocks that run wild, greeting the guests with a fan of their tails or a friendly cry.
Conveniently located off of I-64 at 60 Pine Chapel Road, Bluebird Gap Farm has, over the years, expanded from a local attraction to one sought out by tourists from all over the world. It charges no admission and offers lots of fun things to do for everyone in the family; those who love animals as well as those who do not.
My grandson loves the farm because he can pet rabbits, goats, and horses, moo with the cows, and chase the ducks and geese. It is one of his favorite places in the world and he is not alone. At the farm it is possible to watch a mountain lion on the prowl, enjoy graceful swans as they dance and glide through the water, or stare down the gray wolf.
The barnyard animals are used to visitors and are remarkably friendly, although they are likely to beg for some of the snacks that the farm keeps around for those who want to feed the animals. Kids from one to one hundred love Charlie the Horse, one of the Farm’s most famous inhabitants. Although blind from birth, Charlie’s personality easily wins over even those who are slightly equine challenged.
Then there is Hannah, a sheep who has free roam of the farm. She loves her human family, especially those who have her favorite food in tow. But don’t expect the pigs to get up to greet you. They simply love to lay around and engage in a little human watching.
Although they are the focus of the fun, animals are not the only thing that the farm offers. It also boasts a small museum with antique farm equipment as well as a garden maintained by master gardeners of the area. Additionally, there is a huge playground with some of the areas best play equipment and benches for mom and dad to keep an eye on their precious cargo.
Nearby is a huge pavilion, which can be used for large groups and parties as well as picnic tables sprinkled throughout for those who wish to take a break from all the fun. And don’t worry, there are plenty of restroom facilities on the property.
During the spring and early summer, children can take advantage of occasional puppet shows, musical entertainment, and the park’s own reading lady.
Even though the farm is not large enough to spend an entire day, it is the perfect place to go to spend an hour or so communing with nature. Those who like to walk can enjoy the park pathways that wind past cotton fields and a nearby lake.
There are also plenty of restaurants nearby for those who don’t want to bring their meals with them. Lonestar Steakhouse, Joe’s Crab Shack, Saddle Ridge, Johnny Carino’s Italian Restaurant, Cici’s Pizza, and Sonic Drive-In are just moments away. And there is Cold Stone Creamery for those who just want a sweet ice cream treat.
The farm is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. year-round, but it is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays as well as some holidays. For more information about the farm, call 757-727-6739.