Hope Alpaca Farm In Rhode Island Makes For A Fun Family Day Trip
If you’ve ever spent time with alpacas, you know how unique, quirky, and completely adorable they are. And if you haven’t, make an appointment to check out Hope Alpaca Farm as soon as you possibly can. Not only is it a fantastic and informative way to spend an afternoon, but it’s fun for the whole family.
You'll find Hope Alpaca Farm in Little Compton on a charming coastal piece of property.
The 20-acre farm makes a great place for the alpacas to roam.
Owners Bill and Hope are both native Rhode Islanders -- and, in fact, Bill's family has been operating the place since the early 1900s.
Bill’s great grandfather, Manuel Cotta, immigrated from The Azores as a young man and spent years working on the farm. He eventually bought the property, and it spent some time as a milking farm before Bill and Hope bought it from the family in 2016 and starting raising alpacas.
If you've never seen an alpaca up close, be prepared to be smitten.
These charming creatures are part of the camelid family and are related to llamas and camels, but they definitely have their own unique look.
Alpacas first arrived in the United States in the early 1980s, but they've been used for their luxurious fiber for centuries in other countries.
And since they have a life span of about 15-25 years, they can be part of the family for quite awhile.
Alpacas are social creatures, and they much prefer to live in groups.
Luckily, Bill and Hope have plenty of alpacas that keep each other company.
The farm is kept afloat in part by the Farm Store, which sells socks, hats, boot inserts, and other goods made from alpaca fibers.
And if you can't make it to the store, you can always shop online on the farm's website.
Due to current conditions, most group events at Hope Alpaca Farm have been canceled this year. Luckily, you're still welcome to visit.
Private farm tours, which cost $20, will allow you the opportunity to meet and feed the alpacas as well as see the other farm animals like donkeys, chickens, and ducks.
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134 Maple Ave, Little Compton, RI 02837, USA