6 PLACES TO PET FARM ANIMALS NEAR LA & ORANGE COUNTY
Introduce your toddler to farm animals in the most child-friendly way. Visit one of the eight great opportunities in LA and Orange County, where your young animal lover will get a chance to view, pet, feed – maybe even ride (ponies) – some of the barnyard bunch.
Underwood Family Farms
Underwood Family Farms has two locations, one in Moorpark and one in Somis. At the Moorpark Animal Center, visitors can see baby goats, chicks, baby poults, Pete the baby pig, Sassy the mini cow, ponies, alpacas, emus, chickens, ducks, baby turkeys, sheep, bunnies, birds, Chocolate the donkey, and Percherons and Scottish Highland cattle! The Somis Animal Center is home to sheep, alpacas, chickens, and pygmy goats. Springtime Farm Admission is $8-12 and includes wagon rides.
Lakewood Equestrian Center | Facebook Page
Enjoy a pony ride and feed the animals including goats, rabbits, chickens, an alpaca, llamas, cow, and sheep.
Rancho Los Alamitos
Long Beach | rancholosalamitos.com
Rancho Los Alamitos is a Long Beach historical landmark with lush gardens, a ranch house, and barnyard animals including sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits and beautiful Shire horses.
Irvine | tanakafarms.com
Go on a wagon ride to pick your own fruits and vegetables, then walk through the Barnyard Educational Exhibit. Say hi to sheep, goats, alpacas, cows and more.
San Juan Capistrano | riverstreetranch.com
Zoomars at River Street Ranch is the perfect setting for a good, old-fashioned day. Visit the Guinea Pig Pen, Goat and Sheep Pen and purchase feed baskets to feed the animals. You can also see Lili the llama, Sheffield the alpaca, Anna and Else the pigs, Jersey the Highlander cow, and Angel the emu!
Costa Mesa | ocfair.com/centennial-farm
This three-acre working farm is located on the grounds of the OC Fair & Event Center and is home to fruit and vegetable gardens and an array of livestock. Visitors can view pigs, chickens (and chicks!), oxen, goats and more. Make your visit even more fun by printing out their Scavenger Hunt. Kidsguide Tip: Check out their super cute piglets on their Pig Cam.
WORTH THE DRIVE
Ontario | amyfarm.com
Amy’s Farm is a polycultural farm where visitors get to see and learn how animals help feed plants and in turn the plants provide food for humans and animals. General farm tour activities include a garden walk, milking a cow, petting goats and sheep, feeding farm animals, grooming horses and more.
Children’s Nature Retreat
Alpine | childrensnatureretreat.org
This 20-acre retreat was specially designed for children to have fun and educational interactions with animals. The Retreat is a safe haven to over 130 domesticated livestock and exotic animals. Single Day Pass: $38/adults, $20/child, $28/seniors (age 60+).