See Animals Up Close at Connecticut Farms and Petting Zoos

Hungry goats at Silverman's Farm. Photo by Ally Noel
Hungry goats at Silverman's Farm. Photo by Ally Noel

If painting with goats, feeding llamas, and snuggling with a variety of cuddly farm animals is your thing, then it's time to visit a petting zoo or farm in Connecticut! With a history rich in farming and agriculture, it should be no surprise that Connecticut offers some amazing hands-on farm experiences.

In addition to getting up close and personal with these animals, many of these Connecticut Farms also offer a wide variety of pick-your-own fruits and vegetables, so there is plenty of family fun to be had. Read on for our favorite Connecticut petting zoos and farms to visit, and don’t forget to visit your other four-legged friends at these Connecticut Zoos and Gardens


2021 note: While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining an appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our events calendar to find something else to do. 


Connecticut Petting Zoos and Farms

Flamig Farm — West Simsbury 

Flamig Farm’s petting zoo is the home of cats, dogs, chickens, geese, pigs, goats, onesies, donkeys, llamas, miniature horses, and so much more! It's also famous for its "backward EGGS" sign on its big, red barn. For a fee, guests are welcome to walk around the petting zoo and meet all of these wonderful animals. Cups of grain are also available for purchase. Flamig Farm offers a unique farm stay experience, summer camp, birthday parties, school tours, and a variety of seasonal programmings such as the Haunted Petting Zoo and Visits with Santa. 

Silverman’s Farm — Easton 

Silverman’s Farm is the largest of Easton’s active farmsteads. Located on Sport Hill Road, this farm offers all kinds of farm-filled fun.  Silverman’s animal farm has a little bit of everything from bunnies to buffalo. Feed a llama, pet a pig, get up close and personal with an emu, and so much more. The farm also has a steady rotation of pick-your-own fruits and berries and a fully stocked country market to grab a bite to eat. 

Goldilocks Farm Visits  — Fairfield 

Nestled into a private residence in the Southport section of Fairfield, Goldilocks Farm Visits offer private group outings on the farm. For a fee, guests can reserve their own personal time slot at the farm. Step into a barn filled with alpacas, chase after bunnies, and take a donkey for a walk around the stable. Each visit comes with a bag of feed to share with the animals. All visits are by appointment only. 

Snuggles at Goldilocks Farm. Photo by Ally Noel

Action Wildlife Foundation  — Goshen

Action Wildlife Foundation is a truly unique Connecticut experience! It opens for the season on May 15. Guests are able to drive through Action Wildlife’s 18-acre safari to view and feed herds of Fallow Deer, Japanese Sika Deer, White Tail Deer, and emus. A new baby buffalo was just born on May 6, too. The animals are free to roam the safari as if they were in the wild. Action Wildlife Foundation also has a Museum & Exploration Center where guests can feel different types of fur and touch antlers dropped from the Foundation’s animals. Feed is available to give the animals for a $5 fee, though no hand feeding is allowed. Feed must be placed on the ground.

Bradley Mountain Farm  — Southington 

Bradley Mountain Farm is goat heaven! This spot is home to 25 dairy goats, each with an adorable name (we have a soft spot for Abby.) From goat strolls to goat painting, and, of course, goat yoga, this arm offers a wide variety of year-round goat-themed activities. Make sure to check out their seasonal events, such as the popular reindeer goat stroll. 

donkey at Flamig Farm

Sweet hugs from a new friend. Photo courtesy of Flamig Farm

Westmoor Park — West Hartford

Guests can visit the animals at Westmoor Park just about every day of the week. Feeding and petting are not allowed, though children can still get first-hand experience with these furry friends. Horses, pigs, chickens, goats, llamas, sheep, bunnies, geese, donkeys, and cows are typically on view at the farmyard. Westmoor Park encompasses 162 acres filled with wildflower meadows, perennial gardens, woodland trails, and offers a variety of educational programming. 

March Farm — Bethlehem 

In addition to its wide variety of pick-your-own fruits and berries, farm store, and hayloft playscape, March Farm’s pondside animal yard has a brand new rock & pole course for its friendly herd of goats. The animal yard is free for anyone who is visiting the farm. Make sure to check the calendar for its summer concert series and farm-to-table meals. 

Dudley Farm — Guilford 

Take a step back in time on a visit to the Dudley Farm Museum. This small working farm has livestock that would have lived on the farm in the late 19th century. Learn all about how the farm’s original residents would have taken care of their sheep, chickens, cows, and oxen. Guests can watch farm chores like oxen plowing the field or fresh eggs being collected. Make sure to stop by the Dudley Farm House Museum to learn all about life on the farm. 

Aussakita Acres Farm — Manchester 

This small family-run farm is located in the woods of Manchester. The farm offers educational farm tours that provide guests with an opportunity to feed, pet, and interact with a wide variety of farm animals. Cuddle and play with newborn baby goats and piglets during the extremely popular baby farm animal socialization sessions. Aussakita Acres Farm is open from April to mid-November, by appointment only. 

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