Family Activities


In 2002, the Dakin family realized their dream of constructing a new, state-of-the art dairy farm in Manatee County, incorporating sustainable practices into the facility, including year round production of fresh grasses rich in omegas and conjugated linoleic acids that are incorporated into their cows’ diet. The result is nutrition-packed milk with amazing flavor and an off the chart chocolate milk!

Dakin Dairy Farms’ season opens the first Saturday in October with a Festival "4 Life" and concludes the season the first Saturday in June with a "Dairy Day" Festival, honoring National Dairy Month. The Farm Market is open all year round offering fresh milk and cheese, Farm Market Cafe, ice cream, milk shakes and gifts!

Dakin Dairy Farms is the only dairy farm in Florida open to the public that produces and bottles their own milk right on the farm! 1,000 acres of sustainable family farming just 20 minutes off of I-75 at SR 70 or Fruitville Road offers unique things to do for families in and around Bradenton, Sarasota, Tampa, and Orlando. Dakin Dairy Farms is 45 minutes from the most gorgeous beaches in the world & 1.5 hours from Disney World offering a unique opportunity to highlight the two major economies in Florida – Tourism & Agriculture!

The Dakin’s passion for farming, family and outdoor fun provided a natural environment for the development of an AgriTourism destination, offering guided educational farm tours, hayrides, and birthday parties. The Farm Market offers fresh Dakin milk, cheese and butter, gifts, and a Farm Market Cafè that serves hot picnic lunches. Visitors can enjoy eating under the pavilion or picnic on the front porch. Campfires in the courtyard for roasting hot dogs & s'mores is available by appointment. After lunch kids can enjoy a hay maze, toddler swings & slides, fossil dig, Sand Mountain, and feeding our goats and sheep! Make Dakin Dairy Farms your destination for family fun!

Mooove on down to the farm and celebrate farm-fresh milk at Dakin Dairy Farms!