Fascinating Fauna

ostrich-land-ostrichesYou’ll have to admit, there’s something surreal about driving east into Solvang on Highway 246, glancing over and seeing dozens of ostriches grazing in a field! You’ll definitely want to pull over and visit OstrichLand USA, where a highlight is getting to feed the resident emus and ostriches. Did you know that ostriches are the largest & fastest birds in the world and can weigh up to 350 pounds and live up to 75 years? If you think OstrichLand USA looks familiar, you may have seen it featured in the Oscar-winning movie Sideways and The Simpsons TV show (and recently on an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians).

Then, a bit further along Highway 246 is Flag Is Up Farms, home of the amazing Monty Roberts, the “Man Who Listens to Horses,” where you’re welcome to see the equine facilities and trainers in action. For a total cute fix, from 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m on Monday through Saturday for free, you can visit Quicksilver Miniature Horse Ranch over on Alamo Pintado Road, a fascinating breeding facility for 34-inch-and-under horses! Guaranteed family fun for kids of all ages. For more details, visit http://www.solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/what-to-do/family-fun/