Spring is all about new life. It’s the season of sunny afternoons, freshly sprouted leaves, flowers in full bloom, and—most importantly—adorable baby animals.
Wimpole Home Farm in Royston, UK
Hundreds of lambs are born at the farm every spring
Wimpole Home Farm has made a name for itself as one of the largest rare breed sheep farms in the UK. You can see unique breeds with long histories like the Manx Loaghtan and Whitefaced Woodland. Every spring, approximately 600 lambs are born on the farm, filling the fields with baby lambs as they play and graze.
Banyers House is only a 15-minute drive from the farm and offers a full English breakfast so you can fill up before visiting the baby lambs.
Hancock Shaker Village in Hancock, Massachusetts, USA
This village comes to life in the springtime
Established in 1791, Hancock Shaker Village used to be a religious commune in Hancock, Massachusetts. Today, it’s open to the public as both a museum and working farm. When spring comes, it’s bursting with life thanks to all the newborn piglets, lambs, calves, chicks, and kids. During the spring, many of the village’s activities revolve around these baby animals, featuring daily events and activities for families.
Berkshire Mountain Lodge is less than a 20-minute drive from Hancock Shaker Village, as well as other popular destinations like the Berkshire Museum.
Turtle Beach in Tobago
Keep your eyes peeled for newly hatched turtles scrambling into the ocean
Between March and August every year, nearly 6,000 leatherback turtles lay eggs on the shores of Trinidad and Tobago. One of the best spots to see these special creatures is on Great Courland Bay, more commonly known as Turtle Beach. If you’re lucky, you might even witness the birth of tiny hatchlings first-hand, then watch them scramble from the sand into the ocean. If you’re interested in more than just watching, there are several local conservation agencies that welcome volunteers to help protect the turtles during the hatching season.
Turtle Beach by Rex Resorts is just a 1-minute walk from the beach, so you’ll get ready when the turtles start hatching.
Fort Myers Beach in Florida, USA
Spot bottlenose dolphin calves right off the coast during spring
Off the coast of Fort Myers, Florida, lives one of the world’s largest populations of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. In the spring, newborn calves can be spotted doing what baby dolphins do best: jumping in and out of the water with their pods swimming next to them. Kayak rentals are available, so you can get up close to these playful animals. The calves are curious by nature and often swim up to the kayaks to investigate – if this happens, give the dolphins the space and don’t try to touch them.
You might even be able to see the pods from an oceanfront room at the Best Western Plus Beach Resort, located right off the beach.
Geitenboerderij Ridammerhoeve in Amstelveen, Netherlands
Visitors are invited to feed the baby goats during their visit
In the heart of Amsterdamse Bos—a large park on the border of Amsterdam and Amstelveen—is the Geitenboerderij Ridammerhoeve. This organic working farm is home to chickens, pigs, cows, horses, and plenty of goats. Throughout the year, visitors can watch the animals romp around the farm and surrounding meadows. However, the best time to plan your visit is spring, when a number of baby goats are born on the farm and visitors are invited help feed them with small bottles of milk or handfuls of food. Before leaving, check out the farm’s cafe to try artisanal cheeses, ice cream, and other homemade dairy products.
About a half-mile from Amsterdamse Bos you’ll find Spa Sport Hotel Zuiver and its onsite pools and spas – the perfect place to rest after a long day of exploring.