About an hour north of downtown Cincinnati, Young’s Jersey Dairy is a family-owned farm that has turned their family traditions into a fun-filled destination.
Located in Yellow Springs, OH, you’ll find family-friendly farm fun at Young’s Jersey Dairy all year round.
Young’s has long been on my list of places to visit with my kids, as I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about this hidden gem. Last week, we finally made the trip and my already-high expectations were absolutely blown away.
Young’s Jersey Dairy is absolutely worth the drive and needs to be added to your summer bucket list immediately. Here’s everything you need to know about this legendary Ohio farm:
Jersey Girl is a famous roadside attraction
Located at 6880 Springfield-Xenia Road in Yellow Springs, Young’s Jersey Dairy is open daily from 7 am to 9 pm or later, depending on the season and day of the week. Parking is free and there is no admission fee; however, many individual activities have a (reasonable) charge attached.
The Young Family built the now-iconic red barn in 1869, and the 60-acre farm has grown into a special place for families to visit year-round. As a real, working farm, Young’s raises Jersey cows, which are known for producing the creamiest milk. The farm is perhaps best-known for the large, golden jersey dairy cow (named “Jersey Girl”) on its sign. Jersey Girl has been welcoming visitors for 40+ years; in 2016, Jersey Girl was blown from her perch during a heavy wind storm and the whole event caused quite a stir with fans.
It’s all about the cows
The cows are the talent at Young’s, and these happy cows produce the high-quality, farm-fresh milk that’s used in the farm’s restaurants. Everyday between 4:30 and 6 pm, you can watch staff milk the cows in the public area of the barn. Most days, the person doing the milking is a Young family member!
Their ice cream is made right on the farm from a 15% butterfat mix of pasteurized milk, cream and sugar for the ultimate in creamy, rich goodness. Five or 10 gallons are made at a time in batch freezers, taking about 12-15 minutes per batch, and flavors are added at different stages of the process. You can get ice cream in cones, milkshakes or sundaes (Young’s is famous for its Buckeye Bull Shake!).There are also special flavors that change on a weekly and monthly basis.
While ice cream gets top bill, Young’s is equally famous for its homemade cheese. (In fact, last week was Young’s annual Famstead Cheese celebration, which was all about — you guessed it — cheese!) Young’s cheese curds are a must for foodies, and adventurous palates must try the Sweet Basil Garlic or Dill flavored ‘curds. (Wondering what cheese curds actually are? Click here!)
Young’s has a free petting zoo
Young’s is a real working dairy farm, and the transparency with which the farm is run is admirable. Animal lovers will be pleased to see that the cows are extremely well cared for, as are the goats, pigs and other farm friends. Young’s has a free petting zoo area where kids can get up-close with a variety of very friendly farm animals. Right now, the baby goats at Young’s totally steal the spotlight — these friendly “kids” were a big hit with my kids. (Bring quarters to buy goat feed!)
Sports of all sorts
Young’s isn’t *just* a delightful dairy farm, ice cream king and big cheese cheesemonger — it’s truly a family-friendly destination. There’s an impressive selection of outdoor sports for families of all ages. In fact, the Udders & Pudders part of the farm features batting cages with hardball and softball machines, two miniature golf courses and a natural grass driving range. We absolutely loved the mini golf courses — they are classic, 18-hole courses with fun scenery and just the right degree of difficulty.
Festival fun for big kids…
In addition to sports, there are some wonderful fall festival favorites open year-round at Young’s: the Moovers & Shakers barrel ride runs around the farm and is a huge hit with kids — this ride takes kids on quite the loop around the farm! And if your kids have a need for speed, Cowvin’s Fast Slide is a must for kids at least 42 inches tall.
And plenty of fun for little moovers
For the toddler and preschool crowd (under 48 inches), Cowvin’s Kiddie Corral has a ton of fun things to do: there’s a corn pit, slide and inflatable bounce house. This area is under a large tent, making it the perfect respite during a sunny afternoon. There are miniature tractors on a track for kids to cruise around on, which both my 1- and 4-year-olds enjoyed. Everything is farm-themed and lots of fun.
Cow-lendar of events
Young’s hosts events throughout the year (including a FREE Egg Hung every Easter), but some of the most popular (and upcoming) events include the Vintage Truck Show on August 3, Pick Your Own Pumpkin days in September and October, the Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival in October and Choose & Cut Christmas Trees from Thanksgiving through December.
This summer, every Tuesday is Kid’s Day at Young’s, with lots of special activities happening on the farm. We went on the first Kid’s Day at the summer, and I was amazed at the variety of fun activities for my crew.
Young’s Dairy is one of Ohio’s most delightful hidden gems, and absolutely worth a trip. There’s always something fun happening at Young’s, and summer is the best time to explore this family-friendly farm.
Young’s Dairy is located at 6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd, Yellow Springs, OH 45387. For more information, call 937-325-0629 or visit their website here.