Experience the miracle of life right before your eyes in the Birthing Center. Featuring newborn calves, lambs and piglets, the Birthing Center is a delight for both the young and young at heart. Stop by to visit the baby animals, watch as they take their first steps, and see how their mothers nurture them. New this year, watch as the baby calves play and interact with each other in their very own playpen!
Can you tell the difference between an Angus and a Hereford? What about a Boer and a Spanish? Every breed of livestock has different qualities and attributes which are important to farmers and producers. At Breed Row Barn, get a close-up view of several different breeds of swine, cattle, sheep and goats. Learn where and how the different breeds originated, what makes them unique, and how they fit into the Texas agriculture community.
New for 2014, this exhibit highlights commercial fishing and aquaculture as part of the Texas agricultural economy.
Ever heard the phrase “busy as a bee”? Come see what it’s all about at the Honey Bee exhibit in AGventure! See how these busy bees work to make honey in their hives. These insects' production of honey provides an essential ingredient in many foods, and they pollinate one-third of the crops used for food in the process! Enjoy an up-close experience without worry: these bee hives are fully encased in protective plastic.
Take a journey underground and learn about the importance of soil composition, insects, worms, water, and vegetation in urban and rural agriculture. Learn how to construct your own composting bin, and plant a seed to take home! New this year, explore the underworld of a real ant colony. The mound you see on top of the ground is only the beginning. See what goes on below the surface as these industrious insects work together to survive and to serve as an integral part of their local ecosystem.
Ever wonder where your glass of milk comes from? Visit the Milking Parlor to find out! Here you will see real, live demonstrations of a cow being milked. See the equipment farmers use to milk cows and to store and transport milk on its journey to your grocery store.
Grab a handful of tasty treats and see which animals are hungry at the AGventure petting zoo! The petting zoo includes a wide variety of animals — from the exotic to those found on a typical farm. Children and adults of all ages will enjoy watching the animals playfully interact with each other and their visitors. All of the animals are friendly and eager to make new friends—that’s why they’re in the petting zoo!
Time to saddle up! Pony rides are available for each little cowboy and cowgirl in AGventure. Beautiful Welsh ponies walk carousel-style with their young riders. Each ride is $7 per ride, per child, and professional photos are available at additional cost.
Toddlers, kids and adults alike will enjoy visiting the poultry exhibit, where even the shortest members of the family can get an eye-level view of eggs incubating and baby chicks hatching! Watch as they make their debut and take their first steps into the world. The poultry exhibit also includes adult turkeys and chickens, too.
Being the social animals that they are, rabbits love attention and affection. The rabbit exhibit features several different breeds of rabbits, and provides visitors the chance to interact with these playful and furry animals. Cavies, which are similar to guinea pigs, also are highlighted in this exhibit.
New for 2014, check out the rainwater harvesting exhibit, which displays a fully-functioning rainwater catch system. Here, learn about the benefits and uses of rainwater catching.
What’s the one word that comes to mind when you think of Texas? You may change your mind once you step into the new Tour of Texas exhibit in AGventure! Start by winding your way through the rice fields of the Gulf Coast. Get lost in the Pineywoods and Prairies, and learn how your cornflakes made it to your breakfast table in the Panhandle Plains. Get along to Big Bend Country and you’ll find out how fields of cotton became the blue jeans you’re wearing. A hike through the Hill Country will enlighten all to the thriving wine grape industry. And finally, rest under an orange tree in the South Texas Plains. Warning, there’s so much to see and experience in the tour you might want to go again and again. So, what’s one word that comes to mind when you think of Texas? After going on the tour, we challenge you to think of just one! One thing is for certain, agriculture becomes a true AGventure in the Tour of Texas!
New for 2014, meet our pint-sized playmates in the We’re Small Y’all Barn! No, they’re not babies, they’re full grown. Miniature cattle, pigs and goats all call this barn home, and they can’t wait to meet you there! Many of the miniature livestock breeds today were bred to their small stature over generations. Smaller animals mean less feed and land is required to keep them. Some are bred for milk and meat production, just like their larger counterparts, while many are family pets. So come learn more about these undeniably cute critters!