You read about Otis the tractor, sing about Old McDonald and watch Nature Cat more times than you can count. Now here’s your opportunity to get out and let your littles pet their favorite barn yard animals!
Blake Farms (Armada)
Check off all the items on your fall bucket list with a trip to Blake Farms. Pick apples and pumpkins from the field, warm up with fresh donuts and cider, and take a trip to Funland, featuring a play space and petting farm! Cost is $9.95 per person (register online), kids two and under are free.
- Address: 17985 Armada Center Rd, Armada, MI 48005
- Phone: 586.784.5343
- Hours: Thursday-Sunday; 10am to 5pm
Domino Farms (Ann Arbor)
The Petting Farm opened its doors in 1984 at Domino’s Farms. Twenty acres were allocated for the site and the Zeeb barn became a shelter for animals once more. The Petting Farm is a symbol of our appreciation and commitment to the agriculture industry and the traditional farm values that are evident in our culture. It serves as a historical tribute to the farmers who lived in the area and developed the agribusiness we have today. In addition to petting animals, riding ponies and on a hayride, kids can also explore a stationary train car. Cost $6 per person, children under 2 are free.
- Address: 3001 Earhart Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105
- Phone: 734.998.0182
- Hours: Daily, 10am to 3pm
Bowers School Farm (Bloomfield Hills)
Take a trip to Bowers School Farm for hands-on fun. Let your kids carry chickens, brush horses and hold bunnies. Bowers takes the petting farm experience to the next level with unique farm experiences and daily activities. Daily activities are scheduled in two hour blocks throughout the day and include animal experiences, wagon rides and crafts. Cost $10 per person ages 3 and up.
- Address: 1219 East Square Lake Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
- Phone: 248.341.6475
- Hours: Tuesday & Thursday, 10am – 4pm + Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Calder Farms (Carleton)
Calder Farm is open to the public daily and admission is FREE! Get a look at real life farm life and see how cows, sheep, chickens and other animals live. Stop by the farm store for ice cream and other treats.
- Address: 9334 Finzel Rd, Carleton, MI 48117
- Phone: 734.654.2622
- Hours: Daily, 10am to 7pm
Meet farm animals and get a glimpse of rural life at Kensington Metropark’s Farm Center. Take in the sights, smells and sounds of life on the farm and see live farm animals like chickens, sheep, cattle and draft horses. Visit a 150-year old restored barn (winner of the MBPN 2012 Barn of the Year), the poultry house or the barn exhibit room and kids’ area. Take a short walk to the riverside where a one-of-a kind “green” building (made exclusively of natural materials), a stone labyrinth, a grass maze and the new early skills area including a blacksmith shop and brick oven can all be found. An herb garden, field crops and old-fashioned farm equipment are also on display. Special programs on the animals, historic techniques, and other farm-related topics are held throughout the year. The Farm Center is free but you need a daily or annual Metopark pass to enter the park.
- Address: 4570 Huron River Pkwy, Milford, MI, 48380
- Phone: 248.684.8632
- Hours: Daily, 9am-6pm
Maybury Farm is a working farm with a mission to connect the community to animals and agriculture through hands-on experiences that are both engaging and educational. Situated on 85 acres of farmland and forest, the opportunities to enjoy and learn about Michigan farming, agriculture and habitats is endless. On the Farm we care for dozens of farm animals who provide opportunities to teach kids about the role of animals in providing food and fiber, a U-Pick farm garden full of fresh veggies, a farm-themed playground, large picnic area, and a General Store with delicious eats and gifts including Michigan-made maple syrup and honey from our Maybury Farm honeybee hives! Cost $4 per person, kids under 2 are free.
- Address: 50165 W 8 Mile Rd, Northville, MI, 48167
- Phone: 248.916.3033
- Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-5pm
Meet the animals on the 250-acre working farm. Wolcott Mill is the only known public farm in the state of Michigan where all six heritage breeds of dairy cow, Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Jersey, Milking Short Horn, and Holstein, reside year-round. In addition, the farm features a wide variety of other animals, including miniature and draft horses, multiple species of sheep and goats as well as a wide variety of farm fowl. Visit the greenhouse and gardens or, when available, take a horse-drawn wagon ride through the crop fields.
- Address: 65775 Wolcott Rd, Ray, MI 48096
- Phone: 586.752.5932
- Hours: Daily, 9am-5pm
Carousel Acres (South Lyon)
Carousel Acres is a family owned farm that specializes in camps and birthday parties but it is also open to the public for general admission farm visits and pony rides. Cost $7 per person.
- Address: 12749 Nine Mile Road, South Lyon, MI 48178
- Phone: 248.437.7669
- Hours: Monday – Friday, 10am -2pm + Saturday & Sunday, 10am-3pm
Heritage Park Petting Farm (Taylor)
The Heritage Park Petting Farm offers a hands-on experience for the young or just young at heart in a unique park atmosphere. A knowledgeable staff is on hand to assist and make your visit a memorable one. Children wearing proper footwear (gym shoes or boots) can walk around the stalls of the goats, sheep, and piglets. The farm is open year round, and each season brings interesting changes. The barn is heated to provide warmth for our guests and animals. Cost $4 per person, children under 1 are free.
- Address: 12111 Pardee Rd, Taylor, MI, 48180
- Phone: 734.374.5946
- Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 4:30pm
Photo credit: Kensington Metropark Farm Center