To celebrate Father’s Day this year, we headed up to the Lazy 5 Ranch for a day of what I had hoped would be fun and adventure. I’m happy to say the Lazy 5 Ranch did not disappoint!

Located just outside of Mooresville, the Lazy 5 Ranch is home to over 750 wild and exotic animals from six different continents – it’s truly a unique destination, and we are so fortunate it’s located so close to Charlotte.DSC_0157

Visitors have the option to feed the wild animals on a 3.5 mile trail via a wagon ride, or in the comfort of their own cars. We opted to make a reservation for spots on the wagon (mama’s van is still a little too new to have hungry wild animals swarming around it) and we’re so glad we did. Being “exposed” in the wagon – without doors or roofs surrounding us – really added to the fun of the entire experience.

The driver of our wagon was funny and informative, and I never felt like we were being rushed through – it was probably a good hour-long trek through the park when all was said and done. We fed Emus, Giraffes, Brahma Bulls, Llamas and much more – the kids (and adults!) loved it. Where else do you get the chance to see, feed and pet these kinds of animals up close??

l5r collageThe fun doesn’t end when the trail ride does; there’s also a petting zoo to visit and feed more of the animals up close, and a big playground for kids, plus lots of covered picnic areas, bathrooms and more. Lazy 5 Ranch also does special events throughout the year, including their Fall Festival.

Looking for something new and different to do with the family? Be sure to check out Lazy 5 Ranch for a one-of-a-kind, fun-filled day!