Citrus production continues to be a mainstay for Florida’s income. Oranges are even featured on Florida license plates, so a visit to Mixon Fruit Farms near Bradenton will help you understand why!
Mixon Fruit Farms is advertised as Florida’s “sweetest” attraction. Just hit their market and packinghouse and sample their sweet and flavorful freshly squeezed orange or grapefruit juice and you’ll be hooked for life. You don’t have to buy your orange fix in a carton; try one of their Orange Swirl Ice Cream Cones for a refreshing treat on a hot Florida day!
Although Mixon Fruit Farms are known for their citrus products, they also offer wine tasting of Florida wines which are surprisingly good. The sampling counter has a wonderful selection of award-winning wines made from Florida-grown Muscatine grapes and even Mixon’s own oranges.
Tour the Orange Groves with the Mixon Orange Blossom Express
Don’t miss the chance to tour the orange groves aboard the Mixon Orange Blossom Express for a truly Floridian experience. This one-hour fun tram ride takes visitors into the heart of the citrus groves and the onboard commentary gives you plenty of interesting facts and light-hearted trivia about the fruit you will see. There is a modest fee for the tours which depart at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. daily except Sundays, and weather permitting of course.
It’s well worthwhile attending the interactive show about rescued Florida animals, reptiles and birds which are part of Mixon’s Wildlife Rescue project. Youngsters will enjoy scampering around the Magical Maze and playing in the sandbox. They can even feed the fish in the beautiful koi pond while parents relax and enjoy the view from the shady gazebo. You might think this beautiful tropical garden is perfect for weddings – and you’d be right. Mixon Fruit Farms has a dedicated wedding pavilion and private area for the wedding of your dreams.
If you’re feeling hungry, the excellent Groveside Café offers everything from specialty coffees to sandwiches, soups, and salads. Alternatively, bring a picnic and enjoy dining outdoors surrounded by butterflies and wildlife.
Giant Gift Shop with a Fruity Theme
If you are looking for Florida-themed gifts, then look no further than the 14,000 square foot gift shop at Mixon Fruit Farms. There’s something for everyone and you don’t have to spend a fortune to find something unique and appealing. Honey, citrus marmalades, preserves, fruit teas, boxed quality fruits, salad dressings, sauces and nuts lead the way with a wide range of edible gourmet treats.
Take home a pretty souvenir and brighten your kitchen with some of the fruit-themed ceramic dishes and kitchenware or browse the jewelry selection for some Florida novelties. If you are looking for a gift for youngsters there are plenty of books, games, and stationery to keep them happily occupied.
The best time to visit Mixon Fruit Farms is in the citrus season which runs from November to early May, but the attraction is open for visitors all year round. Be sure to check their calendar for special events and festivals as there is always something happening at Mixon’s. Next time you catch the scent of orange blossom on the breeze or see a truck piled high with freshly picked oranges, think Mixon Fruit Farms and pay them a visit!
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