Family Activities


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!

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!

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, as well as a gift shop and café, featuring hot picnic lunches which highlights an "Extreme Grilled Cheese" experience. An inviting 10-acre oak hammock is dotted with picnic tables, tire swings, and a pavilion. Visitors can enjoy campfires to roast hot dogs & s’mores, a sand mountain, cow train, hay maze, toddler swings & slides, strider balance bikes and fossil dig, as well as goats that climb trees and pigs that race, making Dakin Dairy Farms an amazing destination for families seeking good old-fashioned outdoor family activities.

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, an "extreme grilled cheese experience" cafe, ice cream, milk shakes and gifts!

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