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Good "Old-Fashioned"
Country Picnics
Under our 5-Acre Oak Hammock.
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Our family has been milking cows in Manatee County, Florida since 1973. Cameron, Farren and Jerry Dakin own the three remaining dairy farms in the County, and are amongst the fewer than 150 dairies remaining in Florida.

In 2008 we opened our farm to the public. We designed and built attractions that would offer things to do on our farm. We added a farm tour path, a farm fun play area under our incredibly gorgeous oak hammock, and a milk bottling facility 75 feet away from our milking parlor attached by a bridge. Our walking tour ends in the Milk Plant learning about the process of pasteurization and the bottling of our own "Farm Fresh" milk.

Get a Grip at DakinOur first bottle of milk came off the line March of 2009. Local restaurants started using our milk and cream immediately, excited about having FRESH local milk straight from the farm where they could actually come see where it was being produced and bottled. The local Sweetbay Grocery stores and Whole Foods state wide also jumped on our “Local Farm” produced and bottled milk as well as many local Farmers Markets. Click here to find a store near you.

Please take the time to read “Our History” page where you will learn how the Dakin Family Farms evolved. Each year we become more and more sustainable, recycling and reusing our natural resources right here on the farm.

Though dairy farming is the heart of Dakin Dairy Farms, the Dakin family is passionate about reaching out to their community and sharing their farm with your family. Enjoy the best of things to do in Bradenton and Sarasota, come out today and enjoy our many attractions!

Things to do at our Farm

Birthday Parties

Dakin Dairy Farms is a great place to host any special event, especially birthday parties. Your kids’ birthday party should be exciting, safe, and memorable, which is why Dakin Dairy Farms is a wonderful birthday party alternative to other birthday party venues. Your birthday boy or girl and their guests will enjoy our Cow Train, the best thing to do for chilren on our farm! Other birthday attractions include our farm tour complete with a hayride, and our 5 acre ‘Farm Fun’ courtyard and picnic tables! With plenty of space to stretch their legs, your child will experience a birthday party they will never forget. See our ‘Birthday Parties’ page for more details and book your kids birthday party at Dakin Dairy Farms today!

Farm Tours

If your looking for things to do while visiting the Sarasota and Bradenton area, come enjoy an educational, fun farm tour with a hayride that takes you a little deeper into the farm to complete your farm experience. On our most popular attraction you will learn about our farms history and why our milk is the best milk that will every quench your thirst! Visit our Farm Attractions page for more details.

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Things to do in Sarasota, FL - Bradenton, FL

5 Acre"Farm Fun" Play Area

Our 5 Acre Oak Hammock has turned into a place where kids just want to play for hours on tire swings, climbing sand mountains, feeding goats, digging for fossils and MORE. Picnic tables and camp fires abound making it an ideal place for your child’s Birthday Party, family gatherings and Church Picnics. Visit our Farm Attractions page for more details.

5 Acre Corn Maze

If you are looking for things to do in October through December we offer many attractions. A popular attraction is our 5 Acre Corn Maze with miles of winding trails and hidden posts to locate with some sort of reward for locating all 10-12 posts. Our Corn Maze is an exciting way to lose yourself on our farm (don’t worry, we’ll find you eventually). Come experience this exciting attraction, our 5 Acre Corn Maze, today! Visit our Farm Attractions page for more details.

Farm Market &
Old Fashioned Country Picnic

Spend some time in our Farm Market where gifts & products, such as Honey harvested from local bees, can be found or just relax under the oak hammock and enjoy an “Old Fashioned Country Picnic” complete with picnic basket featuring an “It’s All About The Cheese” Menu, Slow Roasted Pulled Pork, Angus Hot Dogs roasted over a campfire and more. This is our newest addition which just seems to “fit” the overall theme “Good Ole Country Farm Fun”! Visit our Farm Attractions page for more details.

Holiday Events

Thanksgiving to Christmas there are plenty of exciting things to do at Dakin Dairy Farms. We offer Christmas Carol Hayrides and Live Manger family photo opportunities complete with costumes, they make adorable Christmas cards, it really is precious. Visit our Farm Attractions page for more details.