Ponies, Piglets and Lambs: 12 Farms and Petting Zoos in the Seattle Area
It’s not spring without baby animals and other farm fun, so grab your kiddos (and camera) and get ready to oohh and ahhh over furry and feathered new additions, take a hayride, and learn about spring planting. We've compiled some of the best farms to visit around the Seattle area.
Many of these facilities are open year-round; others are open only for the summer season, or starting in spring. You might double check current hours of operation and admission prices (where not marked as “free”).
See also our list of secret gardens around Seattle, many of which have kid-friendly amenities and garden fun.
Eastside/Seattle farms and petting zoos
1. Farrel-McWhirter Park, Redmond
Tucked away in Redmond, Farrel-McWhirter, a 68-acre, city-owned park, is a welcome escape from city life, boasting beautiful nature trails, large, grassy fields and picnic tables with BBQ pits. It’s also a fabulous place for kids to get up close and personal with pigs, goats, cows, ponies and turkeys. The park offers pony riding classes for both toddlers and “big kids,” summer day camps and a preschool.
Hours: Open year-round, daily from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Address: 19545 Redmond Road, Redmond
2. Fox Hollow Farm, Issaquah
A family farm and equestrian center in Issaquah, Fox Hollow Farm is a treat for kids of all ages (and parents, too!). The farm's Open Farm days let children get a close peek at sheep, goats, pigs, peacocks, chickens, mini horses, kittens and more. Kids can also ride ponies or miniature John Deere tractors, take a spin on the Squak Mountain Station kid-sized train or try the giant rope swing in the hayloft. There’s also a “Cottage Area,” full of kid-sized houses for little ones to explore.
Cost: $10/per person. This “parking pass” includes all activities except pony rides, $4.
Schedule: April 1–October 3. Now offering two sessions to visit the farm. Must buy online. Morning session: 10 a.m. –1 p.m. Afternoon: 2 p.m. –5 p.m. Once all parking spots are filled, they are sold out.
Address: 12123 Issaquah-Hobart Road S.E., Issaquah
3. Kelsey Creek Farm Park, Bellevue
Not far from the trendy restaurants and shopping of downtown Bellevue, you’ll find Kelsey Creek Farm Park, a 1930s-style working farm with white clapboard barns, open pastures and distant chatter of animals setting a scene reminiscent of old-fashioned, Middle America. The farm offers families a chance to observe ponies, cows, sheep, bunnies, chickens, pigs and more (no petting, though). Woodland paths and picnic tables are open to the public, and hands-on, farm-centric classes are available for kiddos ages 2 and up. There's also a playground and a staircase climb. It also offers classes, camps and farm tours.
Cost: Free, though donations are welcome.
Hours: Open year-round, daily from 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Address: 410 130th Place S.E., Bellevue
4. Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle
We love gorillas, lions and hippos, but it’s always fun to wander over to the Woodland Park Zoo's Family Farm area to say hello to the more, well … domestic inhabitants. Kiddos can interact with goats, pigs, bunnies and more. Learn how a cow is milked, take a peek at the baby chicks and pet a few goats.The small play area, complete with a tractor is a bonus. The area allows children to interact (carefully) with bunnies, goats and other farm animals in a fenced yard.
Cost: Included in zoo admission.
Hours: Family Farm is open daily from May to October, 9:30 a.m. –6 p.m. (zoo hours)
Address: N. 50th St. and Fremont Ave. N., Seattle
5. Remlinger Farms, Carnation
At 350 acres, Remlinger is the mother of all farms, with animals, amusement rides, a steam train, U-Pick berry fields and much more. Kiddos can interact with goats, peacocks and bunnies in the 4-H Animal Barnyard Kids, and pony rides are included in admission. Be sure to check out the awesome hay maze and impressive farmers market. And the rides! Beyond the train, there's a canoe float ride, mini roller coaster, and much more
Cost: $12.75 + tax (under 1 year free)
Hours: Open May 9 –Oct. 31; check hours, which vary
Address: 32610 N.E. 32nd St., Carnation
South Sound farms and petting zoos
6. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma
Round up the family and check out Point Defiance Zoo’s Kids’ Zone — a bright, colorful environment that encourages play. Kiddos may be able to feed or groom resident goats and sheep and get a closer look at some of the zoo’s animals, like wallabies and meerkats.
Cost: Included in admission.
Hours: Open daily year-round.
Address: 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma
7. Jozee Rooz Indoor Petting Zoo, Tacoma
City Goat Farm & Zoo is now Jozee Rooz Indoor Petting Zoo. Visit rabbits, piglets, lambs, mini chickens, ponies, wallabies and more.
Cost: $10/per person. Free adult with paying child. Under 12 months free. Military and seniors $2 off regular admission. $2 off 3 p.m.–6 p.m. weekdays.
Schedule: Wednesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Address: 120 138th St. S, Suite C, Tacoma,
8. Old McDebbie’s Farm / Jim’s U-Fish, Spanaway
Farmers Jim and Debbie love sharing their working farm in Spanaway with the community. They invite families to come and visit with their goats, bunnies, emus, guinea pigs, prairie dogs, and even a camel! Kiddos can ride a pony or fish for rainbow trout.
Cost: $6 admission; $6 pony rides; $6 for each fish caught.
Schedule: Open March 1–October. Friday–Sunday from 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Address: 4924 268th St. E., Spanaway
9. Morris’s Shadow Mountain Stables., Auburn
Walk through the barn to visit the horses or meet Henry the Cow, baby goats, alpacas and more at the petting farm.
Cost: $12/per person for the day. $42/Petting Farm and 25 minute horse ride.
Schedule: Open May 1–October 31. Wednesday–Sunday, 10 a.m. –5 p.m.
Address: 29502 112th Ave. S.E. Auburn
North Sound farms and petting zoos
10. Flower World, Snohomish
The Disneyland of nurseries, Flower World in Snohomish is a hidden gem and wonderful spot for a weekend outing. It boasts 15 beautiful acres of trees, flowers, veggie starts and more (90 percent of the plants are grown on-site). The kiddos will enjoy lots of green space for running, a duck pond, chicken coops and a petting zoo where they can visit goats, sheep, chicks and more.
Schedule: Open year-round, 7 days a week 9 a.m. –5 p.m.
Address: 9322 196th St. S.E., Snohomish
11. Forest Park Animal Farm, Everett
Goats, chickens, cows, sheep, pigs and other farm animals are on view at the Forest Park Animal Farm. On certain days, kiddos age two and older can get a free pony ride. Check out the spray ground while you're there. Bad weather? Head to the indoor pool. They've got it all!
Schedule: June 27–Aug. 16, daily from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Pony rides are available Thursday–Monday from 10:30 a.m. –11:30 a.m.
Address: 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd., Everett
12. The Outback Kangaroo Farm, Arlington
Looking for something different? The Outback Kangaroo Farm offers 40-minute tours of kangaroos, peacocks, parrots, flying squirrels, mini donkeys and more!
Cost: $8-$10 for a tour; $7 per person for large groups.
Hours: Open March 1 through October 30, Wednesday–Sunday, 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., & 4 p.m. for tours. Reserve ahead.
Address: 10030 State Route 530 N.E. Arlington