Hansen’s Dairy Farm | Kangaroos in Iowa
The state of Iowa has a lot of magical gems and is home to many farms all across the state. While most farms offer cows, goats, chicken, horses, and pigs, did you know you could visit one Iowa farm and play with kangaroos?!
Hansen’s Dairy Farm located in Hudson, Iowa is a one of a kind farm, not only offering some of the best dairy products, but the sweetest kangaroos to feed and play with. You too, can take a trip to Hudson, Iowa and tour their wonderful farm and visit with their cows and kangaroos.
If you live in Des Moines, Iowa Hansen’s Dairy Farm is about 2 hours away. Just about 15 minutes out of Waterloo. We made it a day trip and explored some other Iowa gems along our way to our tour.
The Hansen’s Dairy Farm tour begins in their shop where guests are given the opportunity to practice milking a cow, take some fun pictures and go to the restroom before heading to the farm.
After everyone has arrived everyone jumps on a big trolley to make the trek towards the farm. Our leader shared all about Hansen’s Dairy Farm on our way to see the cows and kangaroos on the farm.
About Hansen’s Dairy Farm
The Hansen’s Dairy Farm is currently being run by the seventh generation of Hansen’s making this farm being a part of the Hansen family since 1864. Currently, four Hansen sons work on the farm and are designated different jobs to make sure the farm and creamery stay in operation. Each son and their family live on the farm or in Hudson, Iowa just a few miles down the road.
Hansen’s Dairy Farm provides cheese curds, milk, butter, hard ice cream, soft serve ice cream, egg nog, and ice cream cakes.
Why kangaroos? Kangaroos serve as the mascot for Hansen’s Dairy Farm. One of the co-owners, Blake Hansen, visited Australia and fell in love with the kangaroos down under. When he returned home he decided he needed them as pets.
Hansen Dairy Farm Tour
The Hansen Dairy Farm Tour is a unique experience and allows guests to get a deep look into how the operation works for the Hansen family.
We had a chance to see and pet the expecting cows.
Learned how the farmers name and keep track of all the cows. Their system is pretty impressive!
Milked a cow.
Made butter ourselves. Which is a pretty intense job for a four-year-old, but the final product was delish!
Indulged in delicious ice cream.
Bottle fed the baby cows.
Oh, and play with these soft and sweet creatures.
I will be honest, the main reason why we visited Hansen’s Dairy Farm was to get up close and personal with these friendly kangaroos. It did not disappoint. We were able to feed them a snack. Whole wheat bread is their preference! They were a little shy but friendly.
Although the kangaroos were extra special, the entire farm tour was pretty amazing. I was impressed with how much of an inside look we had to experience on the tour.
Hours and Admission
If you are planning a trip to take a tour of Hansen’s Dairy Farm to play with kangaroos and learn about their farm, you will want to reserve your spot. They offer tours at 3:30 p.m. daily Monday through Saturday, April 1 through October 31. You can make a reservation online or by calling.
Tour admission is $12 per person for ages 4 years and older. If you are under the age of 4 the tour is free!
If you are looking for a unique experience in Iowa, visit Hansen’s Dairy Farm, feed baby cows, milk cows, indulge in tasty ice cream, and play with kangaroos.