First, we headed up Spring Street to Manisses Animal Farm. It is on Spring Street just a couple blocks to the left off the ferry up the hill past the statue of Rebecca. It is right past the Manisses Hotel which has beautiful gardens. This is a private collection of animals a man wants to share with the world. Right after the parking lot there are caged animals, such as lemurs.
Since you can buy feed cups, the animals come over to you. There is a big gated field containing a zeedonk with one eye, yaks and goats. There are many birds around, in cages and free. Up the hill and through the gates are free range alpacas. They were available for petting, but seemed a little wary of our littlest and craziest children and kept looking like they were about to spit on us.
We then wanted some adventure, so we headed back to the taxi stand at the ferry dock to head to Mohegan Bluffs, which is one of the prettiest places on this coast. The taxi driver reported that the stairs at the bottom had washed away this winter, so we decided that it would be too dangerous for the little ones with us. We had visited Mohegan Bluffs last year by taxi and even with the stairs in place it’s a steep hundred stairs down to the bottom, but so pretty. Last year people had covered the beach with stone cairns, which made the beach even prettier.
Since we decided against The Bluffs, we headed back through Ballard’s to the tide pools out to the right of their beach. The kids had a great time exploring there.
We then headed for dinner in the National Hotel which overlooks the beach and the ferry. The view is amazing. Dinner wasn’t too expensive considering the view and everything we ate was great. I shared with my middle son. We ate their award-winning clam chowder, which was really up to that claim. It was perfectly seasoned with dill, just like I like it. It may be the best chowder evah (spoken in Boston accent). The salads come in half sizes and I loved my salad and my crab legs were perfectly cooked and sweet, which is hard to find on the left coast.
After diner, the kids explored the jetty in front of the National, then off to the ferry and bed. Another perfect New England summer day. Please share this post if you found it useful! Happy adventuring!