350 Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank, NY 11980
The Suffolk County Farm is located at 350 Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank. There is one assigned, accessible space in the large parking field.
Four steps, or a ramp, get one to the visitor center. This is a working farm. There are a variety of surfaces, including concrete or brick walkways, some paved paths, and whatever else one would expect at a farm.
Multi-stall restrooms, with a large, accessible stall, are located in a free-standing building not far from the visitor center. There is a baby-changing station.
- Attraction Type: museum, park
Surface of lot: grass
Distance to venue: about 1/10 mile
Transportation to venue offered: no
Places to rest: some benches and picnic tables
Paths and walkways: some concrete and brick, some paved, most dirt
Doors: to visitor center, restrooms, and some buildings
Number of floors: mostly outdoors
Ramps: ramp up to visitor center
Steps and staircases: four steps to visitor center
Width of aisles: na
Places to sit: some benches, picnic tables
Location of restrooms: in free-standing building near the visitor center
Type of restroom: multi-stall, with large, accessible stall and accessible sinks, and baby-changing station
Ease of entry and exit: OK
Baby changing station: yes
Available food services: no food
Friendliness of staff: everyone is extremely friendly and knowledgeable
The Suffolk County Farm and Education Center in Yaphank, is yet another venue that, I am sorry to say, I never knew about, and therefore did not take my kids when they were much younger. I am hoping to correct that by taking my granddaughter to this special venue when she visits from the West Coast.
I must say we could have chosen a better day to visit, the remains of an earlier snow leaving much of the ground wet and somewhat muddy. Even with that, it was a great experience. Parking is in a large, open field about 1/10 of a mile from the official entrance, We saw only one assigned accessible parking space. The closer parking area appears to be staff parking only. You might drive up, drop a passenger off, then return to the field to park.
At this time (Covid) visitors are asked to check in at the visitor building. We don’t know how or when this will change. There are four steps, or a ramp up to the single door entrance. We were greeted at the window by a lovely woman who asked us to fill out a Covid form. As I said, this might have already changed. Just be aware. We then went down the ramp and began our visit.
The mission of the Farm is to “provide hands-on research-based learning to all residents, with themes in agriculture, animal sciences, history, STEM, healthy living, and life skills in a unique, year-round learning environments in community spaces.” The farm’s vision is to “connect with our agricultural hesitage and to pave the way for a bright healthy, and sustainable future.” (website)
If you are still reading after that explanation, let me say that this is a real, century old, working farm. It offers unique educational programs for children from Pre-K through 12th grade, summer day camps, show grounds, special events, a butterfly house, nature explore classrooms, birthday parties, and of course, the animals. We saw goats, llamas, pigs, sheep, roosters, rabbits, turkeys, a peacock, ducks and horses. Families can participate in many special events, and get up-close to the farm animals. On the day we were there, they were getting ready for a Valentine event, with a St.Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt and spring garden activities coming up!
Remember that this is a working farm, with a variety of surfaces including concrete or brick walkways, some paved paths, dirt and whatever else you would expect at a farm. It is mostly flat, if a bit uneven.
There are wagon rides, and one of the wagons is accessible!
There are places for the kids to play, including a new train, tractors that can be reached via steps, and traditional play equipment. There is a lovely, large, gazebo, as well as some benches and picnic tables. We saw some picnic tables and benches as we walked around.
Multi-stall restrooms are located in a free standing building with concrete access. Each has a large, accessible stall, accessible sinks and a baby-changing station. We were told that there is another set of restrooms near/or in the visitor center, but we could not locate them.
The Suffolk County Farm and Education center is a wonderful place to bring the kids, or grandkids, for a great experience.
As always, we at Destination Accessible, advise you to visit a venue’s website, www.ccesuffolk.org >suffolk>county>farm, to “know before you go,” Their website is a great place to find out what’s going on in the near future! Enjoy! We did!