5 Places for the Best Petting Zoo Illinois

Places for the best petting zoo Illinois.  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!

So, let’s take a look at the Best Places for Petting Farms in Illinois.


Summerfield Zoo

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.”


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Johansen Farms Children’s Zoo & Pumpkin Farm

710 W Boughton Rd, Bolingbrook, IL 60440

At Johansen Farms Children’s Zoo & Fall Festival you will find:
“Our Pumpkin Patch – Part of our FREE Open Market Area. With 25,000 pumpkins! Our pumpkin patch is huge and chock-full of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. Come and explore—if you look hard enough, you’ll find the perfect pumpkin that’s waiting just for you!
Our Petting Zoo – We have animals, animals, animals! From llamas to miniature ponies to little lambs that love to be petted and fed. They are all waiting to meet you! You can hold our baby chicks or visit Goat Mania!
Rides and Attractions: Play Noah’s Miniature Golf Course, Sports Zone with football, basketball and soccer inflatables to test your skills, or make your way through our Giant Inflatable Obstacle Course. Enjoy a leisurely train ride through our fall trail to delight in the colors of the season and the fall decorations. Or make your way through our corn maze. Plus our hayrides run non-stop (weather permitting) everyday, all day throughout our entire season. Don’t miss our Two Story Airslide! Climb up 2 stories and slide down—now that’s fun! Just ask the kids! We also have a medium size slide for those not quite tall enough yet! For families with younger children there’s a special area just for them, Toddler Pooh Bear Park, with rides that are the perfect size – Toddler Pumpkin Bouncer, Toddler Slide and our Toddler Jumping Playroom!”
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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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Stade’s Farm and Market – Petting zoo IL

3709 Miller Rd, McHenry, IL 60051

Stade’s Farm and Market has everything you need for a fun packed family day out in the country!

“Located in scenic McHenry County, Stade’s Farm & Market is approximately 50 miles Northwest of Chicago, Illinois. We produce 2,200 acres of corn, soybeans, and fresh fruits and vegetables that we sell directly to consumers through our Farm Market.

Stade Farm is a popular pick-your-own destination. We are offering both fruits and vegetables for you to harvest, including strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, sugar snap peas, green beans, peppers, and more. We offer a beautiful apple orchard with many of your favorite apples and about 30 acres of pick-your-own pumpkins in the fall. Stade’s is home to a large entertainment area, including a petting zoo, corn maze, giant slides, hayrides, and a large variety of unique attractions. Our fall festival, Shades of Autumn, is a harvest time extravaganza featuring 35+ farm-related attractions, pumpkin picking, special events, great food, and lots of family-orientated fun.

At Stade’s, we grow many different varieties of pumpkins. Sizes range from one pound to 200 pounds; colors are classic dark orange, white, blue, green, pink, or yellow; shapes can be tall and narrow, short and squatty, or perfectly round; pie pumpkins, small gourd pumpkins, basketball-size pumpkins, large pumpkins, and giant pumpkins. We also have pumpkins that are specifically grown for seed roasting. Whatever your likes are, you can find the perfect pumpkin here in Stade’s pumpkin patch.”


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Crosswind Farms

14435 W Manhattan-Monee Rd, Manhattan, IL 60442

Those at Crosswind Farms hope that people will join them for some amazing, healthy outdoor fun, picking berries and enjoying the sunshine. They also offer tours of the barn and the farm.

“Crosswind Farms we made the decision to open a u-pick orchard to the public so we can share the love we have for this farm with you.

Our seasonal fruits are strawberries, red raspberries, blackberries, aronia and concord grapes.

You can come to our house in the summer to pick strawberries, blackberries and red raspberries. We will have produce for sale from our garden. In the fall you can pick concord grapes and aronia. We sell pre-picked pumpkins in October and have a small corn pit for the kids. Our goats & baby goats are out and waiting to be fed on weekends. We sell fresh cut Christmas Trees starting the day after Thanksgiving. And our honey is for sale all year round.”


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Also see our posts on the best farms in Illinois and petting farms near me.

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