Now that spring is here and summer is right around the corner, Delawareans are looking for some fun in the sun! Well, one place in Laurel is really worth a visit. Where else can you hang out with the state’s cutest alpacas (and sweetest alpaca-keepers!) than this little alpaca farm in Delaware?
Please note, Tacaco Alpacas has closed their farm and shop.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
A visit to TaCaCo Alpacas is one of Delaware's best outdoor experiences.
You can find the farm at 28494 Fire Tower Rd, Laurel, DE 19956.
The farm is open to visitors one Saturday each month. During the spring and summer, you can visit the farm on April 14, May 12, June 9, July 7, and August 4. You can also call and make an appointment to visit, tour the farm, and meet with their resident alpacas!
Wait... what exactly
is an alpaca?
These fluffy camelids originated in South America. Yes, they're similar to Llamas, but they're smaller, only weighing between 100-200 pounds. Alpacas also tend to be kinder - they don't spit at humans - and very playful! They were domesticated and have been raised for their soft coats, sheared once each spring, for centuries.
Fun fact, some alpacas are used as "guard dogs" for flocks of sheep. They tend to be protective against dogs, wolves and coyotes.
You can find these sweet creatures right in Laurel, where they're bred and raised at one of the few alpaca farms in Delaware.
TaCaCo Alpacas was started by Blair and Kelley Boyce due to their love of these Peruvian creatures. The name of the farm was derived from the names of their three grandchildren -Tatum, Caleb, and Colbie!
One visit to TaCaCo Alpacas is all you need to fall in love with alpacas!
Blair and Kelley truly love their herd, and will be glad to tell you a little bit about each Alpaca. TaCaCo's Trump-ette was born right after the election day, and like her namesake, she has a big mop of messy hair on her head. Morning Star's Gracie is an affectionate little alpaca, and she looks just like her mother, Mabeline. Alpacaville's Willis is a young stud, and his playful personality makes him a farm favorite. Morning Star Sapphire is super food motivated. It doesn't matter what you have, she'll come running to investigate and chow down!
They have many more alpacas in their herd, and getting to know each one is part of what makes a visit to their farm so memorable.
If you're looking for an unforgettable birthday party for your child, look no further. Not only is the venue unique (an ALPACA farm! how cool!), but Blair and Kelley really know how to throw a party.
Each child who attends will love getting up close and personal with these friendly alpacas. They can pet them, feed them, and learn all about what it takes to raise an alpaca. Along with pizza and drinks, kids are served homemade alpaca-shaped cupcakes and cookies! The barn will be decorated, the kids get to play piñata, and there are crafts and games for everyone. Perhaps most special, though, is the birthday gift give to the party's host! The Birthday child gets to take home their own "Rudi Paca", an alpaca stuffed animal wearing his own alpaca yarn hat.
Speaking of alpaca yarn... TaCaCo Alpacas is the place to go for the best of the best!
While they no longer have a gift shop at their Laurel farm, Blair and Kelley keep Alpaca inventory at their Rehoboth Beach shop! Until the end of April, the store is open Friday through Monday. In May and June, they're open Thursdays through Mondays. In July and August, you can stop by daily! The store opens at 11 AM on weekdays, and 12 PM on weekends.
The store is located at 33 Wilmington Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE.
They stock all sorts of goodies made with alpaca yarn.
Shop around for the most comfortable sweaters, ponchos, scarves and socks you'll ever wear. They also have super fluffy accessories, like hats and slippers! Knitters will love the fact that you can buy yarn from their own TaCaCo Alpacas.
Seriously - this stuff is SO comfortable.
The gift store includes plenty of unique items, including Peruvian Pima cotton clothing, jewelry, and even gourmet foods from Stonewall Kitchen.
So, what are you waiting for? Come meet Wanda and the rest of the TaCaCo herd this spring!
You can schedule a visit by contacting Kelley at 302-236-7950, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.