Adventures At Brookhollow’s Barnyard: The Farm We Love To Visit For Family Fun


It’s not uncommon to see a goat climbing on a roof at Brookhollow’s Barnyard, and that’s just one of the things that makes this family-run farm in Boonton so fun. My family and I have been going to Brookhollow for years, and I’m happy we discovered this little gem. And it’s no wonder my kids look forward to going— it has farm animals, playgrounds, and sandboxes to fill an entire day of fun. Here’s what my kids love and what you can do when you go, and for more farm fun, we’ve rounded up the best petting zoos near you. (feature photo taken at Brookhollow’s Barnyard)

Here’s what you can experience at Brookhollow’s Barnyard

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The animals at Brookhollow’s Barnyard welcome a snack anytime.

Get Up Close with Farm Animals

The most popular attraction is the walk-through feeding farm, where you buy a bucket of sliced carrots to shovel-feed the animals. The bucket is yours to keep and is a souvenir you can bring back on your next visit to refill—because once you go to Brookhollow’s, you’ll be planning your return. Of course, my kids have their favorite animals to feed and pet. They laugh at the goats because they constantly compete for the food we give them and always want to be near the majestic horses. We’re fans of the donkey and the alpacas, along with cute baby animals, including chicks, pigs, and bunnies. 

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All aboard Brookhollow’s Barnyard kiddie train.

Burn energy and ride on in the play area

Throughout the farm, you can make a pit stop to play at one of the sandboxes with a train shed, a corn cabin, a LEGO room, and a few gorgeous Victorian-style playhouses. Brookhollow also has newer top-of-the-line playground equipment that’s even better than most playgrounds we’ve been to. We often meet up for playdates with our friends here, and the kids love running around from attraction to attraction. There’s less of a crowd than at a park, and the kids can safely play while the parents hang back. 

Another fave my kids are always asking about is the tractor ride. Farmer Tina (whom everyone knows by name) drives guests around the farm to take in the views. It’s also an excellent opportunity for parents to take a breather for a few minutes. After the tractor ride, my kids hop on the open-air kiddie train with cow-shaped cars (each named after the cows) to tour the flower garden and grounds. Both rides are $3 per person (under two is free for the tractor, and for the train, under 37 inches gets a free and required chaperone). There are several places for parents to sit and relax while their children go on these, including benches, picnic tables, and Adirondack chairs.

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Brookhollow’s Barnyard is a unique spot to have a party. Hand each party-goer their own feed cup, and they will have a blast keeping the farm animals fed.

Celebrate everything at Brookhollow’s Barnyard 

Brookhollow’s is also an ideal place to host a kid’s birthday party. Because they are home to alpacas, pigs, horses, cows, peacocks, chickens, and bunnies, it’s a fun day for kids and adults who don’t have to do much besides bringing food, decorations, cake, and favors. I’ve hosted both for my kids and the play areas, combined with the animals and the train and tractor rides, make for a fantastic and memorable party. There are two spots for parties—a pavilion near the admission building and a party barn (located at the pumpkin patch). The party barn is reserved for hoedowns which are larger events.

For holidays, especially Easter, Brookhollow hosts an egg hunt and allows photoshoots with baby goats, bunnies, and lambs. It’s one of the most popular events and tends to sell out once sessions are announced around January because everyone wants to cuddle these cuties. We have done photoshoots with baby animals a few times, and my kids loved that they got to hold cute baby animals on their laps. Brookhollow’s Barnyard also offers pumpkin picking and a Christmas light show.

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Feeding the animals at Brookhollow’s Barnyard is one of our favorite things to do.

Pack a snack and make a day at Brookhollow’s Barnyard

Food isn’t sold on the premises, so eat before you come or bring food for a snack (just don’t share with your furry new friends). Over the summer, be sure to bring plenty of water and sunblock, too. And don’t forget baby wipes or a change of clothes because this tends to be a day of messy fun. There’s no grass, and since it’s pure dirt, wear old shoes that can get dirty or shoes you can easily wash. 

The farm is open from May 1st to October 31st, Tuesday through Sunday, depending on the weather (the farm will close if there are predicted thunderstorms or excessive heat). There are no online reservations or ticket sales—you purchase tickets in person on the day you visit. Don’t miss events like goat yoga, summer camp, or even organize a field trip to the farm. Off-season, check the website for opening times and dates for pumpkin picking and other special events, including the Christmas tree light show.

Brookhollow’s Barnyard
301 Rockaway Valley Road, Boonton, NJ 07005
(973) 917-3060

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About Author

Joelle Speranza is an author, lifestyle writer, and publicist with a passion for empowering girls of all ages and life stages. It’s her mission to spread positivity and share productivity tips to help you live your best life. Her children’s book, Princess Genevieve: The Hero with Girl Power, and her breakup Bible, Trash the Dress: Stories of Celebrating Divorce in your 20s, are available online. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children, and three dogs. Follow her on Instagram @thejoellesperanza.