Petting Zoos and Farms
List of interactive and hands-on petting zoos and open-to-visitors farms.
Kids will learn where their food comes from at this polycultural farm. Guided farm tour activities include garden walk, milking cows, petting farm animals, feeding pigs, grooming horses and more. Seasonal activities can include holding newborn chicks, petting baby goats, harvesting seasonal vegetables and more. Educational workshops and special events also available. See website for pricing. Closed Sundays.
A three-acre working farm at the OC Fair and Event Center. Visitors can view pigs, chickens, oxen, goats and more. Visit the farm on Discovery Days where children pet a chick, plant and take home a radish, see a cow milking demonstration and more. Reservations required for groups of 6+ children; school group tours available. Farm and garden classes available for 16 years and older. Open daily. Free admission. Visit website for closures and hours.
Petting zoo includes goats, rabbits, chickens, sheep, an alpaca, llamas, and a cow. Feed the goats for an additional fee. Hand-led ponies around a trot track are also available. Plus classes, trail rides, and birthday parties. By appointment only. Mommy (Daddy)-and-Me classes available. Located at Lakewood Equestrian Center. Admission, $2; pony rides, $6-9; trail rides, $25.
Susie Q Ranch
Pony rides, petting zoo and trail rides. Adults and kids (ages 8+) can ride on the scenic trail that goes up in the hills or an easier trail. Kids (ages 4-7) will be on their own horse led by a guide. Bring carrots to feed the horses. Birthday party packages and horse camps available. Pony rides and petting zoo, $40.
Kids can pet various animals, ride a horse, hop on the Kiddy Train, and jump in the corn box! Plus, visit the Miner’s Gulch, where kids can mine for gold, gemstones, fossils and ancient relics. Party packages and special events area is available. Open daily, closed on rainy days and major holidays. Admission: $12-15.