8 Petting Zoos in NJ

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Is there a better way to spend the day than petting and feeding animals at your local farm? There are a few farms in NJ that not only have fresh produce and seasonal activities but also give kids and adults alike the unique opportunity of coming face to face with horses, goats, chickens and more. Let us know if you have taken the family to one of the farms below.

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Feed Animals at Funny Farm Rescue
Funny Farm Rescue, where each animal has a story. When you drive onto the land at the Farm, you are greeted by lots of animals that have all been given to or rescued by the wonderful staff! Goats roam free as well as roosters and a large white horse that will nuzzle in if you let him. Parents can purchase a bucket of food for the pigs and horses and kids can spend some time feeding them.
6908 Railroad Blvd, Mays Landing, NJ 08330, Tuesdays & Sundays 8 am-4 pm
For more information, e-mail laurie@funnyfarmrescue.org

Milk a Cow or Pet the Animals at Green Meadows Petting Farm
Bring the kids to Green Meadows Farm and spend the day petting the many animals that call the Farm home! From goats and sheep to pigs and cows, the Farm has hundreds of animals to enjoy. Kids can also milk a cow, take a hayride or have a picnic.
Green Acres Drive at Middle Road, Hazlet, NJ 07730
Spring & Fall Only or Summer Traveling Farm
For more information, call 732-335-5589

Enjoy the Petting Zoo at Mountainside Stables
Probably the most popular farm activity, families can get up close and personal with the animals at the Mountainside Stables. With goats, horses and llamas, kids have so much fun spending time with the beautiful creatures. For your little horse lovers, take a pony ride while you are there.
49 Sunset Inn Rd, Lafayette, NJ 07848, Mon-Fri from 9 am- 5 pm
For more information, call 973-300-3307

Pick Your Own, Enjoy the Animals or Take a Pony Ride at Johnson’s Farm
There is so much to do at Johnson’s Locust Hall Farm, where to begin? You can start by picking your own fresh produce during the different seasons. Next, take a pony ride or feed and pet the numerous animals that live on the Farm! When pumpkin season hits, partake in the fun Harvest activities.
2691 Monmouth Rd, Jobstown, NJ
For more information, call 609-353-9000

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See the Animals at Brookhollow’s Barnyard
You can bring the family for a fun-filled day of animals at Brookhollow’s Barnyard. From small animals like ducks and bunnies to large farm animals such as goats. The kids can feed the animals, take a ride on a real tractor or enjoy the cow train.
301 Rockaway Valley Road, Boonton Township, NJ 07005

Watch a Chick Hatch or Take a Farm Tour at Abma’s Farm
Animals galore. Kids and adults can spend some time feeding and petting the sheep, rabbits, baby chicks and more. During the summer months, families can also enjoy pony rides and farm tours. In the fall, take part in the seasonal festivities by taking a hayride or picking pumpkins. So much to do.
700 Lawlins Road, Wyckoff, NJ 07481
For more information, call 201-891-0278

Walk Around and Spend Time With the Animals at Crandbury Brook Farm
At this family farm, families are welcome to visit and spend some time with the various animals that live there. They have miniature goats, mini horses, regular sized horses and ducks.Children may even have the chance to bottle feed the goats when they are babies! What an experience.
308 Federal Road, Monroe Township, NJ  08831
For more information call 609-918-0351

Stop By and Enjoy the Animals at Richfield Farms
For kids who love interacting with animals, Richfield Farms is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. All year round, the petting zoo is open to those who wish to stop in. Pigs, donkeys and rabbits are just some of the species that are available for petting and feeding. There is also fresh produce and lots of different plants that visitors can purchase.
1139 Van Houten Ave., Clifton, NJ 07013
For more information, call 973-777-7535

About Author

Karen lives in South Jersey with her three dogs, husband and 4 year old daughter Olivia. Graduating from Seton Hall University with a B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations, she was a staff writer for the Setonian and a Public Affairs Intern at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. One of her proudest moments as a writer so far has been interviewing Tim Gunn from 'Project Runway' and subsequently winning Honorable Mention in NJ for Feature Writing. When she is not busy as a stay-at-home-mom she enjoys reading, going to the boardwalk in Ocean City and watching the Real Housewives. She is very excited for the opportunity to write for NJ Mom and share her love of being a mom and finding fun things to do with her family in New Jersey.

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