Petting zoos and farms are a great way to have some hands-on interactions with a variety of different barnyard animals. They can provide both a fun and educational experience for kids of all ages. Plus, getting to pet goats or alpacas is just plain adorable. Here are some of the best petting zoos around New Jersey.
This family-owned farm is a great place to meet and learn about a variety of barnyard animals. Guests have the opportunity to purchase crackers and carrot tops at the farm’s market to feed some of the animals. The farm is closed on Sundays. Grandparents get free admission every Wednesday. Tickets are sold exclusively online so be sure to plan in advance.
Allaire Community Farm
This unique farm is home to many rescued animals like pigs, donkeys and ducks. Allaire is known for not only a wonderful, interactive petting zoo but also their horseback riding lessons and HOPE program. The farm is closed on Mondays.
Header over to Alstede Farm for a taste of the farm life. Kids will have a chance to meet and feed some of the friendly animals that call the farm home. The farm is open daily, year-round.
Doyle’s Farm in Flemington is a six-generation family farm that prides itself on not only creating a fun experience but an educational one. In addition to meeting a variety of barnyard animals, guests can also enjoy egg collecting, hayrides and farm tours.
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm
This 213.4-acre historical farm is a great chance to step back into history and learn about life on the farm in the 19th century. While this farm is not advertised as a petting zoo, guests have a chance to get up close and personal with various farm animals. Visitors will be able to help gather eggs and even grind corn to make chicken feed. The farm is open Thursday through Saturday from May to October with advance timed tickets.
Funny Farm Rescue Animal Sanctuary
Funny Farm Rescue Animal Sanctuary takes in and cares for abused, elderly and unwanted farm animals. Guests have the chance to interact with these animals and purchase feed for them. The sanctuary is open to visitors on Tuesday and Sunday, 8 am to 4 pm. If you can’t visit in person, you can watch the Funny Farm Live Show on Facebook each Sunday at 10 am.
Johnson’s Corner Farm
The Discovery Barnyard and Animal Farm at Johnson’s Corner Farm is a great place for the whole family to visit. Children have the chance to gain some hands-on farming experience at the pretend farm or feed some animals over at the real one.
Lots of Love Farm
This farm animal and horse rescue offers private tours, a petting zoo and pony rides. Visitors are encouraged to interact and bond with the over 175 animals who reside at the farm. The farm is open to guests Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 am – 3pm, and Sundays from 11 am – 2 pm.
Sitting Pretty Farm
Visitors are able to meet the animal residents and purchase some popcorn to feed them. Walk-ins are available on weekends and weekday visits require a reservation.