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 about five years now, and I’m happy we discovered this little gem shining in Boonton. 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. During the earlier stages of the pandemic, Brookhollow’s was a life-saver, helping us get through the long days with their drive-thru animal visits. Now that it’s open entirely, we can go back to our pre-pandemic visits of spending an afternoon at the barn. Here’s what my kids love and what you can do when you go.
Featured Photo was taken at Brookhollow’s Barnyard
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Here’s what you can experience at Brookhollow’s Barnyard:
Get Up Close with Farm Animals
The most popular attraction is, of course, the walk-thru feeding farm. Upon entering, guests purchase a $1.50 bucket of sliced carrots to shovel feed the animals. The bucket is yours to keep and is a souvenir that you can even 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 favorites 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, too, along with cute baby animals, including chicks, pigs, and bunnies.
Burn energy and ride on in the play area
Throughout the walk-thru farm, there are various play areas. These include sandboxes with toys, slides, ride-on cars, a corn cabin, and a few gorgeous Victorian-style playhouses. This season, Brookhollow also introduced new 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 attraction not to be missed—the tractor ride. Farmer Tina (who everyone knows by name) drives guests around the farm to take in the views. It’s also an excellent opportunity for parents to sit down and not have to chase their kids for 15 minutes. After the tractor ride, my kids hop on the open-air kiddie train with cow-shaped cars (each named after the cows) for a tour of 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.
Celebrate everything at Brookhollow’s Barnyard
Brookhollow’s is also an ideal spot to celebrate a birthday party for young kids. 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 the food 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, including a pavilion near the admission building and a party barn (located at the pumpkin patch, and guests board a haywagon to get to the petting zoo area).
For holidays, especially Easter, Brookhollow’s 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 the photoshoots with baby animals a few times, and my kids loved that they got to hold cute baby animals on their lap. Brookhollow’s Barnyard also offers pumpkin picking, a Christmas light show that goes until February, and Christmas tree sales.
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 your own 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, with limited entry. Currently, tickets must be purchased in advance online during allotted time slots. Tickets, which are $6.88 for each person, go on sale the day before 10 a.m. and are non-refundable. Off-season, check the website for opening times and dates for pumpkin picking and other special events, including the Christmas tree light show which begins in November and ends in February.
301 Rockaway Valley Road, Boonton, NJ 07005
Visit www.brookhollowsbarnyard.com for more information and to purchase tickets.