18 Petting Zoos in NJ


Is there a better way to spend the day than petting and feeding animals at one of the farm petting zoos in NJ? A few farms and zoos give you the unique opportunity to come face to face with horses, goats, chickens, and other barnyard furry friends. Kids will love getting to feed the animals, and if they are lucky, they might even see a baby animal too. From the goats and roosters, horses to pigs, scroll down to find one of these petting zoos in NJ near you.

Featured image taken at Allaire Community Farm in Wall, NJ

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Petting zoos in NJ

Funny Farm Rescue
Goats and roosters roam free at this farm with rescue animals. 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
e-mail laurie@funnyfarmrescue.org

Mountainside Stables
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 with this traveling zoo.
49 Sunset Inn Rd, Lafayette, NJ 07848
(973) 300-3307

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. We love Brookhollow’s Barnyard petting zoo in NJ so much that we even featured it.
301 Rockaway Valley Road, Boonton Township, NJ 07005
(201) 400-4505

Abma’s Farm
Kids and adults can feed and pet sheep, rabbits, baby chicks, and more. During the summer, 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.
700 Lawlins Road, Wyckoff, NJ 07481
(201) 891-0278

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 animals on-site 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
(973) 777-7535

Johnson’s Corner Farm
Goats, chickens, cows, sheep, and miniature donkeys are available at the farm. Get a season pass which gives access to the animals and the Discovery playground too. Don’t miss the pick-your-own opportunities throughout the year and the Farm Market.
133 Church Street, Medford, NJ 08055
(609) 654-8643

Alstede Farms
Donkeys, horses, sheep, and goats are on the farm all year round. Kids can purchase carrots and animal feed to feed the animals. While you are at Alstede, you can also pick your fruits and vegetables, participate in farm events, and learn more about community-supported agriculture.
1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930
(908) 879-7189

The Barnyard Sanctuary
The sanctuary has saved the lives of over 3,000 animals, and it all started with a mission to help pet owners who had to re-home their pets. Now by appointment, you can visit, adopt, and become a barnyard guardian to an animal in need.
Columbia, NJ
(973) 670-4477

Valley Shepard Creamery
Spring Lambing Tours, Summer Tours, Fall, Group, and School Tours are available. Don’t forget to try their fresh cheese and yogurt available on site.
50 Fairmount Road, Long Valley, NJ 07853
(908) 876-3200

10 Lil’ Acre Rescued Farm
Your kids will love to see goats, pigs, ducks, and bunnies at this rescue farm. There are also several events throughout the year, including flower sales and a bubble party.
116 Texas Road Old Bridge, NJ 08857
(732) 646-0698

Allaire Community Farm
This non-profit farm focuses on the special needs population, teens with mental health issues, and local families battling cancer. Equine and animal therapy is also available for those with special needs and anxiety. A variety of farm programs are available, and you can even sponsor an animal.
1923 Bailey’s Corner Road, Wall, NJ 07719
(732) 796-3298

Doyle’s Farm
Cows, sheep, goats, bunnies, pigs, donkeys, and more are available for public tours, private tours, or field trips. There are also hayrides, goat milking, egg collecting, hand feeding, sheep shearing, and bottle feeding baby animals.
110 Summer Road, Flemington, NJ 08822
(908) 824-2479

Lots of Love Farm
This animal sanctuary is one of the bigger petting zoos in NJ. The farm has over 175 animals with an educational experience and animal interaction.
1928 Corkery Lane Williamstown, NJ 08094
(856) 728-4188

Cranbury Brook Farm (Not currently open to the public)
At this family farm, families are welcome to visit and spend some time with the various animals living there. They have miniature goats, mini horses, regular-sized horses, and ducks.
308 Federal Road, Monroe Township, NJ 08831
(609) 918-0351

Green Meadows Petting Farm (Permanently Closed)
Bring the kids to Green Meadows Farm to visit and pet the many animals that call the Farm home. From goats and lambs to alpacas and chickens, the Farm has hundreds of animals to enjoy.
Green Acres Drive at Middle Road, Hazlet, NJ 07730
(732) 335-5589

Petting zoos in NJ within a zoo

Animal Encounters at the Cape May County Zoo
For a fee, you can have a face-to-face encounter with various animals at the Cape May County Zoo. Engage in a Giraffe Encounter and offer them “browse” to eat while learning from an educator all about this mighty animal. Or sign up for a 30-minute Camel Encounter and get up close and personal with a Bactrian and Dromedary camel. And if your kids love snakes and lizards, go behind the scenes with a zoo educator and explore the reptile building and feed some tasty treats to some of the older reptiles in the zoo.
707 North Route 9, Cape May, NJ 08210
(609) 465-5271

Essex Farm at the Turtle Back Zoo
If you are looking for more petting zoos in NJ, look no further than the Turtle Back Zoo. Nestled in the zoo is the Essex House, a collection of hand-raised farm animals that are perfect to pet. See horses, goats, sheep, and more. There is even a pony ride station nearby to enjoy.
560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052
(973) 731-5800

Rizzo’s Wildlife World
Rizzo’s is over 4,700 square feet of exhibit space filled with lizards, snakes, insects, turtles, mammals, and more. Visitors can pet select animals at the zoo. The wildlife presenters will have information about which animals you can pet and how to do it safely.
1 Gold Mine Road, Flanders, NJ 07836
(973) 586-0444

There are so many petting zoos in NJ; which ones are your favorites? Let us know!

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