WAUKEENA — What started off as an idea and a humorous family joke has evolved into a tourist site. Aunt Louise’s Farm is continuing to gain exposure along with the hearts of many across the Big Bend.
The farm is open twice a year to the public. During the fall season it features a a corn maze and in the spring it showcases a field of wildflowers.
The farm is located just 30 minutes outside of Tallahassee in the hamlet of Waukeenah, just outside Monticello in neighboring Jefferson County.
“This year was our biggest year yet. I believe due to COVID-19 a lot of people were desperate to engage with their loved ones. Being that we are outdoors it was easier to implement social distancing and made everyone feel a little safer. We had about 10,000 people visit the farm so far this fall,” the owner, Aunt Louise, said.
On an average day at the farm, you can explore seven acres of land and wildlife.
There are a ton of fun activities to engage in with your friends and family. You can take a wagon-tour journey with Aunt Louise, ride the barrel train, and explore the corn maze; which seems to be a fan favorite.
“We love sharing our farm with people. In return, people share their families with us. We bring everyone together. We have families, college students, mothers, fathers, grandparents, uncles and children as guests. Everyone just comes out to explore the farm and enjoy being together. We love it,” Aunt Louise said.
Additionally, there are some great photo opportunities to capture the moment.
Some of the fascinating animals you will see on the farm include: rabbits, bunnies, chickens of all sorts, horses, geese, donkeys, peacocks, goats, pigs and several other livestock. Furthermore, visitors are encouraged to feed the animals.
“I’m Mr. Aunt Louise when we’re open. We honestly take great honor in seeing all of the kids full of excitement. The little ones are so thrilled to be here that they are jumping up and down and almost vibrating in place as they see the animals. Seeing that reaction really makes the hard work all worth it,” co-owner Bob Jones said.
You can also treat yourself to a tasty snack at the concession stand. Enjoy a hot dog, snow cone, beverage or a cornbread waffle as you enjoy your adventure.
“We decided to come out today for some family time. We did go through the corn maze and took a few pictures. We also took a tour ride on the tractor, which was very fun. Now we will take a little bit of the time to look at some of the animals they offer,” visitor Melinda Mason said.
Admission is $10 per person and free for any child under 2 years old.
Aunt Louise’s Farm is open for operation on the weekends. Don’t miss their final week of the season — before closing to prepare for the spring.