It’s hard to believe a city like Jacksonville is home to several different farms. But tucked away on the north side of Jacksonville is Congaree and Penn farm. What began as a small rice farm has evolved into so much more. Congaree and Penn has become a premier destination for weddings, farm dinners, tours and even a family picnic.
Reservations are a Must at Congaree & Penn
The first thing you need to know, is that you must have a reservation to visit the farm, or dine at the restaurant. If you have a lunch or dinner reservation, you do not need a separate farm pass to tour the area. However, if you want to come and explore the farm, then you will need to reserve a farm pass on their website.
Take a Tour at Congaree and Penn Farm
If you’re looking to explore the farm with a guide, then booking a tour might be just the experience you want. There are a wide variety of tours available and they vary based on the seasons. Special events at the farm, such as pumpkin patch tours, book up fast, so be sure to make your reservations as soon as you can. You can also book a private tour for your just your family and friends.
There are Lots of Picnic Spots at Congaree & Penn
While outside food is not allowed at Congaree and Penn farm, you can get to-go items from their restaurant and picnic on the grounds. Bring your own blanket and spread out under one of the majestic oak trees.
Eat & Drink at the Congaree and Penn Farm Restaurant
If you’re looking for a sit down meal, the Conagree and Penn Farm Restaurant offers an amazing selection of locally sourced meals. Reservations are a must, and they fill up fast. The lunch menu offers children selections, but the dinner menu is geared more towards adults. Congaree and Penn is a family friendly venue during the day, but after 5pm they’re meant for a quiet adult atmosphere.
Be Sure to Try the Farm Cider
One of the highlights of a visit to Congaree and Penn is tasting the different farm ciders. Their bar offers a variety of wine and local beers as well as the ciders. The ciders steal the show when it comes to beverage offerings.
Congaree and Penn has Something for Everyone
Whether you’re looking for a quiet, unique date night, or you want to take the kids out for a day of farm exploration, Congaree and Penn farm in North Jacksonville is the perfect spot to check out.
Shannon Beckham is a former Special Education teacher, turned stay at home mom that doesn’t spend a lot of time staying at home. Mom to Cole & Kiley, she loves cheering on the Gators, early morning visits to the beach and traveling with her family. She blogs about her adventures at The Beckham Project and host a monthly podcast, Jacksonville Momcast.