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AirBnb Experiences you definitely want to check out in Tampa Bay!

Think AirBnb can only help you find a place to stay? Well, think again! AirBnb also has a wide range of amazing experiences that you can book in most cities you’re traveling to.

Whether you want to be a beekeeper for a day, go fishing, or learn about Florida wildlife, there are some super cool experiences that you can book and play tourist in your own town. Here are a few we’ve got on our “to-do” list plus one that we got a firsthand experience with!

The BEST AirBnb Experience in Tampa Bay: The Dancing Goat Dairy Farm Tour

We recently had the chance to visit The Dancing Goat Dairy Farm in Tampa, which is one of the top AirBnb Experiences for our area. This family-run farm is headed up by Pam Lunn and is home to an array of animals, with most of them being rescues.

Since the farm does not do private tours, this is a great way to get an up-close look at farm life and learn about the animals that call it home.

The two-hour tour starts with a visit to the ducks and then the chickens. Pam explained the various breeds and we even got a look at some freshly laid eggs (which Pam sells in her market!).

Upon entering the barn area, we were greeted by tons of happy goats wanting to say hello. The barn is separated to group together the non-milking goats and bucks, new mama goats, and babies.

Pam is a goat expert and has been for over 20 years. Guests can learn all about the different breeds of goats and their origins and can also pet and interact with them. On this particular day, we were lucky enough to also meet some newborn goats!

There is also a milking parlor where Pam and her staff showed us how to milk a goat and explained the milking process. Walking around, you’ll also encounter geese, guineas, quail, emu, and even some friendly farm cats.

A taste of farm life at The Dancing Goat Dairy Farm

In addition to running the farm, Pam also runs a market complete with fresh milk, award-winning cheeses, eggs, and soaps. “Everything we sell from here, the money goes straight back to the farm to keep it going,” Pam said.

The tour concludes with a sampling of freshly made cheeses, milk, kefir, and yogurt. Her products are also sold at local farmers markets. “I do encourage people to go to our website and pre-order to make sure you get what you absolutely want when you come here.”

The Dancing Goat is definitely a family affair, and a lot of effort is put in to keep it up and running. Pam’s husband, son, daughter, and mother all contribute in various ways. The farm is also 95% volunteer based.

Volunteers are able to come on board starting at 15 years old. There is also a 6-month internship program with Hillsborough County Public Schools. “We teach responsibility, dependability, and compassion,” Pam said.

The majority of the animals on the farm are rescue animals.

“We’ll take in some chickens, ducks, and geese,” she said, “but no outside goats. We have a closed herd which means it’s a bio secure.” Of course, caring for all the animals does come with a lot of added expense. “We keep a wish list of items we need, and we do accept donations.”

The Dancing Goat’s AirBnb Experience is an absolute MUST-Do in Tampa!  Tours are $49 per person and are open to all ages.

More AirBnb Experiences we think you’ll love:

Manatee and Dolphin Watching – St. Petersburg, FL

What you’ll do: Pedalboard through the mangrove islands of Shell Key or Weedon Island nature preserve to discover some of Florida’s most fascinating marine life on this one-hour adventure.
Cost: $69 per person

Be a Beekeeper for a Day – Lutz

What you’ll do: Learn all about beekeeping and enjoy a hands-on experience where you can see, feel, hear, and touch the European honey bee. Each participant will receive a 5 ounce honey jar and honey dipper.
Cost: $65 per person

Fishing Trip of a Lifetime – Tampa

What you’ll do: Take a boat ride across the bay and enter an Indian wildlife preserve and go on a hunt for sportfish.
Cost: $250 per person

 

 

 

Brie Gorecki
Brie has been writing for websites and local publications for over 10 years. A USF graduate, she has worked for several major companies in New York, Atlanta and here in Tampa. You can read her articles on Tampa Bay Parenting, Tampa Bay Date Night Guide and Orlando Date Night Guide. She’s a Disney fanatic, an animal lover, and is a huge foodie who loves trying all the amazing restaurants around Tampa Bay. She’s a proud mom to a sweet little Star Wars and Godzilla-loving boy, and to her “fur-babies,” a rescue dog and cat from Humane Society of Tampa Bay. She loves spending time with her family, whether it’s a date night out with her husband or a day filled with roller coaster rides at a theme park.

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