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Animal-Focused Fun at Carmel Valley Ranch

If your New Year’s resolution is to try something new in 2022, we have just the thing: check out the animal-focused, family-friendly fun at Carmel Valley Ranch.

We already knew that Carmel Valley was quaint, cozy and home of five-star resorts and wineries. But we have learned that Carmel Valley Ranch is home to some of the state’s most unique animal experiences, to boot. The 500-acre resort, found in the foothills along California’s Central Coast near Big Sur and Monterey, is home to endless gardens, beehives and trails that have created a stomping ground for incredible family-friendly experiences.

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Just a few of Carmel Valley Ranch’s fun-for-all-ages programs include:

A Bee’s Life: Experience the ancient magic of beekeeping through the lens of the Carmel Valley Ranch Bees in the Organic Garden—from hive science to honey tasting, and more. Head into the apiary for a closer look at The Ranch’s tiniest artisans in action, then visit The Market & Creamery to taste fresh honey made right on property. $135 adults | $95 ages 6 to12

Falconry: Join Master Falconer Antonio Balestreri for an exhilarating and intimate introduction to the Peregrine Falcon, the Great Horned Owl, majestic hawks and more. $150 adults | $115 ages 8 to 12

Equine Experiences: Discover therapeutic ways to forge bonds and find joy by embracing and celebrating the power of horses. Enjoy several immersive activities developed and led by Robert G. Magnelli, Ph.D. (also known as “The Horseman”). $175 ages 13-plus | $125 ages 6 to12

Best of all, guests can spend time with The Herd, which is the property’s family of goats, alpacas, cows, chickens and more. The Herd recently welcomed a brand new baby alpaca, Olive, and a trio of baby goats, to really make for a magical visit.

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