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What is there to do at Fair Oaks Farms in northwestern Indiana?

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Fair Oaks Farm in northwestern Indiana is a dairy and pig farm inviting people to see how a real farm works. It offers an outdoor activity area called Mooville, as well as visits to the birthing barns and milking barn, as of 2016. Mooville is filled with colorful hands-on exhibits that encourage kids to exercise. They might jump up and down on the oversized Dairy Air jumping pillow or climb a 25-foot tall milk bottle at Udder Heights.

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Between 80 and 100 calves are born at Fair Oaks Farm every day. Visitors are allowed in a special seating area in the birthing barn to watch calves being born. Guests are welcome to visit the large milking barns to watch while the cows are brought in, milked by modern methods and then led out.

A similar walk-through setup is available at the farrowing barn, where guests can see piglets being born. Guests continue on to the gestation barn and learn about pig raising and reproduction. The Visitor Center gives a history of pig farming, while the Pork Education Center offers hands-on exhibits such as a ropes course, a redwood tree house with a bacon-shaped slide, and a game of operation that teaches the different cuts of meat.

A cheese and yogurt factory is on site, as is a gift shop and the Farmhouse Restaurant. The latter serves everything from steaks to pizza to homemade desserts. Wines from across the country are also offered.

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