7 Best Family Farms and Petting Zoos around Seattle
Visiting the goats at Farrel-McWhirter Farm
Spring is the perfect time to take your children on an outing to one of Seattle's many petting zoos and family farms. Here are some of the best zoos, farms and parks in the Seattle area, where you can view, pet, and sometimes even ride a full menagerie—sheep, cows, ponies, bunnies, goats, and even a few peacocks! (Many of these places have special holiday events and holiday hours, be sure to check their website before going!)
1.) Farrel-McWhirter Farm, Redmond
Home to farm animals, nature trails, and a preschool that Old MacDonald himself would approve of, this Redmond park is a great bet for free farm fun. Your children will love exploring the 68-acres of grassy lawn, quiet nature trails, and the animal farm. Visit Lily, one of the resident goats, and say hello to Sunny, the 600-lb sow. Pack a lunch and chow down near the climbing tree or, if it’s raining, head to the sheltered picnic tables. Got a cowboy or cowgirl in the making? Check out the farm’s riding school (geared for ages 2.5 and up) or their Farm School, where kiddos can learn about animals, barnyard basics, and farming 101.
Animals: Cows, horses, bunnies, pigs, goats, chickens, sheep
Go there: 19545 NE Redmond Rd, Redmond, WA 98052
Hours: Year-round, daily 8 am-4:30 pm
Photo by Allison Holm
Kelsey Creek has a playground plus farm animals galore.
2.) Kelsey Creek Farm Park, Bellevue
Who knew that you could find a charming 1930‘s working farm in the heart of Bellevue? Kelsey Creek Farm Park is a glimpse into old-fashioned country life, and a surefire hit with tots. Visit pigs, goats, sheep, and bunnies, play in the oversized sand box, explore nature trails and make a playground pit-stop on your way out. If your little farmer craves more barnyard action, check out the much-loved farm classes, where kids 2 and up will get hands-on experience, from feeding animals to riding ponies (during summertime, check out Little Farmer’s Day Camp). Mark your calendar: Head to Kelsey Creek Farm for their annual spring Sheep Shearing event! Resident sheep shed their wooly coats and kids can participate in hands-on activities, demonstrations and pony rides!
Animals: Pigs, goats, cows, horses, sheep, bunnies, chickens, and in the spring, piglets, calves, and baby goats!
Go there: 410 130 Pl SE, Bellevue, WA 98008
Hours: Year-round, daily 9 am-3:30 pm (animal viewing). Playground and picnic tables/shelter open daily from dawn to dusk.
Cost: FREE (Fees apply for farm classes and camps)
Details: April 30, 10 am-4 pm. Free admission with nominal fees for pony rides.
3.) Fox Hollow Family Farm, Issaquah
More than your average farm, Fox Hollow provides a totally memorable experience for families and farm-loving tots. Feed piglets, snuggle with bunnies, and take a pony ride around the gorgeous grounds. Get some wiggles out in the huge inflatables, take a spin on mini John Deere tractors, or head to the Farm Village, where kids can play “homestead” in pint-sized cottages complete with play food, furniture and (of course) slides. Pack a picnic or nosh on farm fare: Sandwiches, organic fruits and veggies, ice cream, and cotton candy.
Animals: Fox Hollow Farm has lots of babies now! Piglets, kittens, chicks, bunnies, goats and cows!
Go there: Fox Hollow Farm, 12123 Issaquah Hobart Rd SE, Issaquah Wa 98027
Hours: April 2-October 30
Open Farm Days: Open most Wednesdays and Saturdays, some Sundays, 10am-4pm. Check the calendar before going.
Cost: $10 per person
*All activities included with admission (except Discount Days)
4.) Flower World, Snohomish
This Snohomish gem features more than just flowers. A perfect spot to spend a sunny afternoon or a Mother’s Day outing, Flower World is a 15-acre oasis of rolling lawns and roaming roosters, duck ponds, foliage and farm animals. Wander through the rows of gorgeous blooms, veggie starts, and fruit trees. You may even happen across a turtle or two in the tiny nursery ponds. Cross the road and head to the Maltby Produce Market for a selection of locally grown fruit and veggies, fresh eggs, apple cider, and dried fruit snack packs--perfect for a post-park pick-me-up. Visit the petting zoo (behind the market, with access to Flower World) and say hello to resident sheep, lambs, goats and peacocks.
Animals: Sheep, goats, chickens, peacocks, and lots of baby lambs!
Go there: 9322 196th Street SE, Snohomish, WA, 98296 (In Maltby)
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 am-6 pm; Sunday 9 am-5 pm
5.) Family Farm at the Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle
Goats, cows and sheep can be just as exciting as their more exotic Woodland Park Zoo neighbors, and most kiddos will jump at the chance to pet a goat or two in the Contact Area. Other Family Farm activities include petting sheep, viewing cows, donkeys, bunnies and chickens, and getting some playtime in at the toddler-geared, farmer-inspired play area.
Animals: Goats, sheep, bunnies, chickens, cows, and donkeys!
Go there: N 50th St. & Fremont Ave. N or N 55th St. & Phinney Ave, Seattle
Contact Area Hours: May 1- September 30 daily, 11 am-5 pm
Cost: Included with zoo admission
6.) Jozee Rooz Indoor Petting Zoo, Tacoma
Beat the rain and check out this year-round indoor petting zoo where tots can visit with a range of cuties, from rabbits to wallabies! Jozee Rooz specializes in miniature animals, so expect to see miniature pigs, dwarf goats, mini horses, and lots of babies! Ride a pony (or a donkey!), and be sure to check out their Hoppy Hour discount. (But keep your goldfish crackers to yourself--no food or drinks allowed in the petting area).
Animals: Wallabies, Rabbits, bunnies, cockatiels, budgies, miniature pigs, piglets, dwarf goats, kids goats, lambs, zebu calf, mini chickens, mini horse, mini donkey and ponies!
Go there: 120 138th St. South, Suite C, Tacoma
Hours: Year-round, Saturday–Thursday (Closed Fridays) Hours Vary By Day
Cost: $10 per child; one adult admitted free with paid child admission; under age 1 free. Hoppy Hour: $2 off Mondays & Tuesdays
7.) The Little Farm at Windwater, Auburn
This sweet family farm is geared towards birthday parties, special events, and field trips, rather than keeping daily hours. Owners Bob and Lynn have been sharing their farm animals with preschoolers for over 20 years, creating engaging and memorable farm experiences for children. Plan a birthday party or group gathering and ride horses, feed chickens, hold bunnies, or search for baby frogs.
Animals: Horses, rabbits, ducks, geese, mini donkey, goats, sheep, chickens, and peacocks!
Go there: 20621 Se. Green Valley Road, Auburn, WA 98092
Hours: By appointment; birthday parties, groups
Cost: Contact Bob or Lynn for details and dates
Be sure to check out some of our other suggestions for family fun this summer!