Aug 21, 2012

Ostrichland & Solvang

Need a pit stop for your kids if you are heading towards Santa Barbara or San Francisco?? then Ostrichland USA in Solvang, CA is your best bet.

A herd of ostriches.

On the right, you will see a vast open area with these birds almost as tall as the trees. It was a nice break from our long drive onwards to Santa Barbara. The entrance is via the gift shop. You will be able to have some fun seeing the ostriches up close, feeding them, and viewing the emus. For an additional amount, you can purchase a tray to feed the birds. 

Feeding the birds

The birds are large and greedy to finish the food from the tray. The ostriches are great to introduce to kids and to spend some time before heading to Solvang.

How much do you know about Ostriches??

These are some facts taken from the Kids National Geographic Website.

1. It is the tallest and the heaviest of all birds.
2. An ostrich stands up to 9 feet and can weigh as much as 350 pounds
3. One ostrich egg is about as big as 24 chicken eggs. An average ostrich egg is six inches (15 centimeters) long, five inches (13 centimeters) wide, and weighs about three pounds (1.5 kilograms).
4. While the huge ostrich is a bird—with wings and feathers—it does not fly. Instead it runs.
5. It has long, strong legs. One stride can cover up to 16 feet (4.9 meters)—about the length of a mid-size family car! The bird is speedy, too. It can run just over 40 miles (64 kilometers) an hour for a short distance, and can keep up a speed of more than 30 miles (48 kilometers) an hour over longer distances.

@ Ostrichland USA

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Nearby places to visit are Solvang, Santa Barbara, Malibu and a few hours away Los Angeles. More on Solvang below..

About 10 minutes away is a small Danish community that is famous for its Danish cookies, sweets, windmills and very pretty town with streets featuring Danish styled architecture. Within a couple of hours you would be able to complete a walking tour of downtown, down a steaming cup of coffee on a cool evening with some delicious Danish cookies. Enjoy a ride on a street car pulled by 4 charming horses.

This year in September 2012 the Annual Danish days will be held from September 14-16. Mark your calendars! Click here for more details. A great website to refer for wine tasting and for a walking tour is available. Click here to access it.

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