Troubadourable folk buddies Simon and Garfunkel once sang that "it's all happening at the zoo," before retiring from music to live out their days serenely basking in the reptile habitat. Get happening with today's Groupon: for $38, you get a zoo-outing package at Charmingfare Farm in Candia, New Hampshire (up to an $85 value). The outing includes:
Charmingfare Farm cures cravings for the great outdoors with scenic horseback trail rides and a furry mix of pet-friendly farm animals and wildlife exhibits. Before the trail ride begins, riders of all levels can get to know their tame stallions in the training pen, where a knowledgeable guide will teach the basics of steering, circling, and dismounting the horse before french-braiding its tail. Once riders feel comfortable and confident atop their sturdy steed, the group will embark on a leisurely jaunt along livestock-speckled meadows, old logging roads, and majestic woods where wildlife, including wild turkeys and foxes, sometimes make an uncredited guest appearance. Helmets are provided, and guests are encouraged to bring sunscreen, bug spray, and a camera. Alternatively, the two-hour llama trek allows hikers to enjoy the scenery while a sturdy, four-legged friend acts as a personal caddy, carrying packs and suggesting appropriate branches for hiking sticks. Guests lead their agile steeds while learning about native plants, cultural history, and the local ecology, stopping for provided snacks and beverages halfway through the journey.
Aspiring zoologists of all ages can absorb their daily allowance of knowledge at the Charmingfare Farm zoo, which is filled with more than 200 wild and tame animals. Inside the Oakhurst Dairy Discovery Barn petting area, visitors can befriend common farm folk such as pigs, goats, and llamas while using their provided bag of oats to bribe sheep for their valuable sweaters. Indigenous wildlife such as coyotes, bears, and birds of prey make outdoor exhibits their home, with live demonstrations and vaudeville performances.
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