Places for the best petting zoo near me. We loved taking the kids to petting farms when they were smaller. Playful lambs in the spring, cute piglets, goats and all sorts of chickens and geese the rest of the year!
We are putting a list together of all the best petting farms and petting zoos and are working through each state to add different places.
So, let’s take a look at the Best Places for Petting Farms near me.
3088 Flora Rd, Belvidere, IL 61008
Summerfield Zoo’s main objective is “to provide a fun and educational experience for the whole family!
We have exotic animals ranging from A to Z! We are home to mountain lions, zebra, lemurs, alligators, giant tortoises, wolves, reindeer, monkeys and much more! We pride ourselves on providing a great experience to our visitors. We also have bred and raised Arabian horses for over 40 years. Please check out our National winning horses at Summerfield Farm .
As the only zoo in the Northern Illinois area we look to the community for support and volunteers as we continue to grow and expand while providing the community with a unique zoo experience. Many of our resident animals are rescue animals from the Northern Illinois area.”
Johansen Farms Children’s Zoo & Pumpkin Farm
710 W Boughton Rd, Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Sun Berry Orchard Farm – Mundelein
28111 N Fremont Center Rd, Mundelein, IL 60060
At our new Mundelein location, you can buy any fresh produce and farm products and purchase some of our freshly squeezed apple cider! Experience our newly built market store, cider mill, and petting zoo.
Sun Berry Orchard Farm offers you and your family the full farming and fresh produce experience. In addition to the impressive range of home grown fruit and veg, there is also superb cuts of meat available, plus a farm shop and a petting zoo to enjoy.
“Sun Berry Orchard Farm-the perfect place to visit, if you like fresh and organically-grown foods. During your visit, you can pick your own fruits, veggies, and enjoy our gorgeous orchards. Depending on the season, at our farm store, you can purchase delicious produce, free-range eggs, natural raw honey and, grass-fed meats, grown with love by our family. Our mission is to deliver natural and organically grown foods for your families. Practicing sustainability and supporting our community, we believe everyone deserves fresh produce that influences the balance and function of a happy and healthy lifestyle. We are so grateful to Mother Earth!”
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Abma’s Farm Market, Greenhouse & Petting Zoo
700 Lawlins Rd, Wyckoff, NJ 07481
Come on down to the farm and visit our Barnyard Petting Zoo at Abma’s Farm! “Visit our goats, sheep, alpaca, donkeys, ponies, bunnies, pigs, and more! Check out one of a kind features like our goat walk, duck pond, and ‘Bunnyville’.
The Barnyard is a fun and educational experience for the whole family to enjoy. All ages are welcome! Open all year round.
Our goats, sheep, cows, and alpaca love snacking on animal crackers. Our bunnies love snacking on carrot tops. Please only feed them the tops; carrots themselves contain too much sugar for bunnies.
If you would like to feed the animals, you may purchase animal crackers and carrot tops (must purchase whole carrots) from our market. We also have an Abma’s Farm feed bucket for purchase at the Barnyard. Bring your bucket back every time you visit for a refill!”
Lots of Love Farm – Petting Zoo Near Me
1928 Corkery Ln, Williamstown, NJ 08094
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Pettit Creek Farms
337 Cassville Rd, Cartersville, GA 30120
Pettit Creek Farms – “Nestled in the foothills of North Georgia, lies the home of the largest camel herd in Georgia. Along with camels and many of your common farm animals, our farm is home to many exotic animals such as giraffes, zebras, capybaras, lemurs, llamas and more from around the globe! (Psst…several of Santa’s reindeer make Pettit Creek their second home when not busy pulling Santa’s sleigh.)
Our working farm is open for tours daily by reservation only January -August. We also host two annual farm celebrations, PumpkinFest mid-September through October, and A Country Christmas, which opens Thanksgiving at 6 PM and continues through December 30.
We also host events of all sizes throughout the year. Everyone is welcome – no group too small or too large! We offer open fields for games, picnic tables under the oaks, Petting Zoo, Inflatable bounces, and; most important of all, the Hayride Tour itself! We host Corporate Outings, Church Groups, & Class Reunions! Pettit Creek Farms offers plenty of “down home” country fun for your special gathering.”
Dutch Creek Animal Farm
2530 Misty Rd, Appling, GA 30802
At Dutch Creek Animal Farm, “you can experience the excitement and beauty of farm life and nature. We are proud to have created a comfortable and safe environment where children and families can learn about the care and language of animals. Below you will find all the information that you need in order to plan a perfect day at our farm, but please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.
Dutch Creek Animal Farm allows you to have fun freely when you are touring through the farm. Guests can choose from a variety of activities and leave anytime. You’ll be able to groom and handle the animals. Since our farm is packed with activities, we strongly advise that you plan your day in advance.
Children are able to observe animals in action as well as having the unique experience of grooming and handling the animals. Our animals will love it!”
Copper Creek Farm
1514 Reeves Station Rd SW, Calhoun, GA 30701
Green Meadows Farm New York
224-65 76th Ave, Queens, NY 11364
Green Meadows Farm New York is hosts a whole number of events throughout the year, including Easter Egg Hunts and Meeting Baby Animals Day.
“The Baby Animals Are Here! Come discover our new little additions to the Green Meadows Farm family. So many NEWBORN BABY ANIMALS plus all of our amazing other farm animals — PONIES, ALPACAS, LLAMAS, CALVES, PIGS, SHEEP, GOATS, BUNNIES, and more.
Pumpkins, petting zoo and hayrides, oh my! At Green Meadows Farm Brooklyn, we strive to create family fun events for you and your family to enjoy, complete with an exciting and hands-on approach to learning throughout the year.
Consider us the world’s coolest (educational) playground. Can’t wait to see you on the farm!”
The Art Farm
431 E 91st St 2nd floor, New York, NY 10128
The Art Farm is a wonderful concept, offering kids a break from city life and the chance to learn about and interact with a whole variety of different animals.
“The Art Farm is a nature-focused children’s educational center offering a break from city life with art, music, and cooking-themed classes, playtime, drop-ins, birthday parties, and camps that your whole family will love!
Home to New York City’s only indoor petting zoo, The Art Farm is a unique space to meet and interact with animals from bearded dragons to chinchillas and chickens! All of The Art Farm’s programs include time in our indoor petting zoo. Our philosophy encourages a childhood relationship with the natural world while engaging children in care and compassion of all living creatures.”
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, Queens, NY 11004
Queens County Farm Museum is “one of the longest continually farmed sites in New York State. The farm’s 47-acre historic site has produced food and fed New Yorkers for over three centuries. Queens Farm grows a variety of nutritionally dense and culturally relevant produce using sustainable and best farming practices. The farm’s Agriculture Department and its growing practices teach New Yorkers about where their food comes from and illustrates the broader food system, beginning with the seed and ending with the consumer.”
You can feed the farm’s sheep and goats. Bags of feed can be purchased at the Farm Store. Limited amounts are available each day for the health of the animals.
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Lewis Adventure Farm and Zoo
4180 M-20, New Era, MI 49446
Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo is a “getaway from everyday life for both the young and young at heart! Take a break from Lake Michigan to explore, play, and make new memories with the ones you love most. From our unique animal encounters to our 46+ fun farm attractions, our family-friendly activities ensure everyone will have things to do! Whether you’d like us to host an educational field trip, birthday party, or corporate event, everyone’s welcome at our Farm & Zoo!”
They also have a pumpkin patch and u-pick apples in the fall.
Grandpa Tiny’s Farm
7775 Weiss St, Frankenmuth, MI 48734
There is a whole array of seasonal activities taking place at Grandpa Tiny’s Farm in Frankenmuth. “Frankenmuth is rich in history, and Grandpa Tiny’s Farm is a big part of it! Founded in 1932 by William ‘Tiny’ Zehnder, this has been a working farm with crops and livestock ever since.
During the Spring time, it is full-on baby season at the farm. You may find lambs, baby chicks, bunnies and more in our petting barn that stays open during our entire years season. Our egg incubators will be full and hatching baby chickens, turkey, or peafowl.”
Meet the animals of the petting zoo – Rosie the Donkey, Kunigunda, Cookie, Lashes & Jersey the cows, Mr Nibbles the rabbit, Sprinkles, George, Captain, Ocean the peacocks, Simon the rooster, reindeers and Pedro the miniature horse
Gust Flower and Produce Farm
11998 Rodesiler Hwy, Ottawa Lake, MI 49267
Gust Flower and Produce Farm is the perfect place to visit with the family to harvest your own sunflowers, admire the beautiful surroundings and grab many other varieties of fruit and veg too!
“All of your fall decorating and food needs; pumpkins of all sizes, corn shocks, straw bales large and small, squash, gourds, mums, squirrel corn, crafts, fall wreaths, wheat and oat sheaves, Amish jam, apple butter, local honey, soy candles.
You-pick pumpkin patch and pre-picked pumpkins, vegetables, you-cut flowers and build-your-own flower bouquet
A wide variety of farm animals in their petting zoo to view and even pet; cows and calves, sows with baby pigs, sheep, goats, chickens and baby chicks, bunnies, and kittens”
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1015 Baugher Road, Westminster, Maryland 21158
“Come to Westminster and visit Baugher’s at our two locations for an exciting day in the country with home cooked food and fun activities for everyone in your family! Plan a fun day toPick Your Own Fresh Fruit from our orchards. We grow strawberries, cherries, peaches, plums, nectarines, apples and pumpkins for our u-pick customers.
Baugher’s Petting Zoo started collecting & exhibiting animals around 1987. The animals are generally farm livestock, such as lambs, goats, donkey, chickens, rabbits, pigs, turkeys and guinea hens.
You can walk right in the pasture with the friendly and gentle animals, getting up close as possible! Some animals, with more aggressive behavior, are behind a fence, where you can reach in to pet them. There are educational signs about the animals displayed. Two playground sets and a gazebo make the petting zoo an enjoyable place to spend some time. The zoo is within walking distance, right over the hill from our orchard market.”
15604 Sugarland Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837
Homestead Farm offer many different fruits for pick-your-own. The season starts in mid-June with tart cherries, then continues in late June with blueberries. Their peach season usually starts in early-July and goes into late-August and they grow both yellow and white peaches. Different varieties ripen at different times in the season.
Thornless blackberry season usually starts in early/mid-July and goes into mid/late August. Apple picking from late-August into late- October. Finally you can pick pumpkins from late September until Halloween.
They also have a petting zoo and sell local honey.
Butler’s Farm – Petting Zoo Maryland
22222 Davis Mill Rd, Germantown, MD 20876
At Butler’s Farm, in addition to the fantastic variety of fruit and veg available to pick and purchase, there are a load of activities to enjoy with the whole family.
“Visit the Holiday Open House at the Butler’s Orchard Farm Park! Visit our Farm Animals, take a Hayride, play on our Slides and Playground, and roast S’mores at our Bonfires! No admission cost, no reservations necessary, just come on out and enjoy!
The Farmer’s Porch, located in our Farm Park has an array of small bites, sandwiches, pizzas and more! Chef Jay has created dishes for everyone in the family alongside a rotation of seasonal offerings that take advantage of fresh picked fruits and vegetables.
Pick your own crops include strawberries, peonies, tart cherries, black raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, flowers, red raspberries, apples, pumpkins and Christmas trees.
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Copper Creek Farm
1514 Reeves Station Rd SW, Calhoun, GA 30701
B.J. Reece Orchards
9131 GA-52, Ellijay, GA 30536
The whole family can look forward to the warmest of welcomes at B.J Reece Orchards!
“B.J. Reece Orchards is a family owned and operated orchard in Ellijay, Georgia. Tucked in the North Georgia Mountains, we are the home to U-pick orchards, a country bakery, petting farm, pony rides and much more. We have been rated one of Georgia’s top “fun get-a-way” destinations.
At Reece Orchards, we want you to come play and enjoy our farm with us. It doesn’t matter if you’re an old friend or a new face around the farm, you’ll enjoy our family friendly atmosphere and some of the best apples in North Georgia.”
Check their website for when they are open for the petting farm, as well as Wagon Rides, Cow Milking, Giant Farm Slide, Pig Races, Apple Cannon, Pony Rides and Scavenger Hunts.
Hillside Orchard Farms
18 Sorghum Mill Dr, Lakemont, GA 30552
Nestled in the Georgian mountains, and enjoying far reaching views, Hillside Orchard is the perfect destination for a family day out in the fresh air.
“If you are in the Neighborhood, we would like to invite you to come spend a day at with us at the farm. Our retail store and farm is rapidly becoming a destination point for all.
You can wonder out to the barnyard to feed our herd of nanny goats, say Hi to Festus our Donkey. Visit our Indoor gem mine and watch a show put on by the residents: “Miner Jim & Donkey”, In the summer months we have u-pick blackberries for all to enjoy along with a pavilon and playground. Pick blackberries and then enjoy ice cream while the kids play.
Hillside’s annual Easter egg hunt and festival is on the Saturday before Easter. We hide over 10,000 eggs. Hunt is open to kids’ age 0-10, Hunt is Free. There is even an egg draw in the store for adults. Bunny will be at the Farm starting at 10 am for Pictures and Lunch. Farm actives all day, see Facebook Page for more information.”