10 Hudson Valley Farms, Sanctuaries, and Zoos to Visit Animals

Photo by Bridget Laudien

Treat the kids to a fun-filled day visiting ducks, cows, peacocks, and more at these 10 farms, zoos, and sanctuaries around the region.

Barton Orchards


Animals Goats, alpacas, peacock, rabbits, mini horses, pigs, ducks

Activities Along with friendly farm animals that you and the kiddos can pet and even feed, the 175-acre orchard has a pick-your-own vegetable garden, an adventure ropes course, a dog park, and frequent live music. bartonorchards.com

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Breezeway Farm


Animals Horses, chickens, calves, cows, donkeys, ducks, geese, goats, pigs, sheep, rabbits, turkeys, a miniature pony

Activities Pony rides, hayrides, trail rides, and boating on the onsite pond. breezewayfarmpettingzo.com

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Catskill Animal Sanctuary


Animals Roosters, pigs, sheep, goats, horses, cows, ducks, chickens

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Activities Tours to learn about the resident animals, vegan cooking classes, and a full farmhouse available for rental. casanctuary.org

DuBois Farms


Animals Ducks, sheep, cows, other traditional farm animals

Activities Two-acre corn maze, seasonal pick-your-own crops, and shopping at the farm market and bakery. Plus, there’s a pizzeria and an ice cream shop. duboisfarms.com

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Forsyth Nature Center


Animals Turtles, pigs, zebra, peacocks, parakeets, ducks, goats, alpacas, llamas, bulls, chickens, reptiles, guinea hens

Activities Animal exhibits, plus naturalist programs and school programs. There’s also a picnic area for snacking and hanging out. forsythnaturecenter.org

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Kelder’s Farm


Animals Chickens, pigs, dairy cattle

Activities Mini golf, tube slides, family photo ops with tractors, face signs, and a giant garden gnome, plus a farm market. keldersfarm.com

Noah’s Park Retreat


Animals Wallaby, thick-tailed bush babies, marmoset monkeys, fennec foxes, emu, porcupine, horses, turtles, and traditional farm animals

Activities Guided tours with one-on-one interaction with animals, butterfly and insect workshops, and available puppies for adoption! Visits are by appointment only. noahsparkretreat.org

Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center

Wappingers Falls

Animals Cows, sheep, chickens, turkeys, pigs

Activities Along with the open barn and 1,000 acres of farmland, this environmental education center has eight miles of walking trails, a greenhouse, and an organic community garden for area residents. stonykill.org

Trevor Zoo


Animals More than 180 exotic and indigenous animals across 80 different species, including deer, bobcats, owls, foxes, red pandas, lemurs, and alpacas

Activities Environmental and animal behavior classes, a volunteer program to help with the animal’s care, plus community service opportunities. Visits are by appointment only. millbrook.org

Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

High Falls

Animals Chickens, cows, ducks, goats, pigs, rabbits, sheep, turkeys, cats, llamas

Activities Sanctuary tours, a store carrying WFS merch (with proceeds benefitting their 380-plus resident animals), and volunteer opportunities. woodstocksanctuary.org

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