5500 Phinney Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
The Woodland Park Zoo is the home of lions, tigers and bears, but what really makes young children say “Oh my!” is the opportunity to interact with friendly domesticated animals. Have you ever joined a goat for lunch or watched a bunny retrieve objects? Children can meet sociable rabbits, playful pigs, gregarious goats and more at Woodland Park’s petting zoo. Children can pet the goats and rabbits, learn about basic animal care from zookeepers and have fun in a designated play area.
12031 Issaquah-Hobart Road S.E.
Issaquah, WA 98027
Nestled in the foothills of the “Issaquah Alps,” Fox Hollow Family Farm is a picturesque property flanked by mountains, tall trees and lush fields. Fox Hollow is an enjoyable day trip for family members of all ages, featuring a child-sized train at the Squak Mountain Station, a barn complete with a hayloft and a petting zoo featuring a wide array of animals. Children can get up close and personal with cats and kittens, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, peacocks, miniature horses and even take a pony ride or two. The farm also features beautiful gardens, a meandering creek and plenty of areas to have a picnic.
19545 N.E. Redmond Road
Redmond, WA 98053
Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park features 68 acres of sprawling fields, nature trails to walk, bike and ride, play areas and picnic sites. The center of the park houses a pony riding area and petting zoo, complete with cows, pigs, goats, turkeys, ponies and horses. In addition to helping children get to know farm animals, the park also has pony ride classes, a preschool and summer day camps.
410 130th Place S.E.
Bellevue, WA 98008
Located in the heart of Bellevue, the sights, sounds and smells of Kelsey Creek Farm transport you back to a far simpler time. With its white fences, red barns and rolling hills, Kelsey Creek is the perfect place for family members of all ages to come face to face with friendly farm animals. Fashioned in 1930s style, this working farm features cows, pigs, sheep, rabbits, chickens and ponies. While the farm doesn’t allow children to pet the animals, it does have hands-on classes for children ages two and over. The farm also has picnic tables, walking paths and open spaces to relax.
802 E. Mukilteo Blvd.
Everett, WA 98203
With its sprawling fields, numerous farms and temperate climate, it’s easy to see why agriculture is one of Snohomish County’s leading industries – and at Forest Park Animal Farm, children can get up close and personal with many of these animals. Located in Everett, Washington, Forest Park Animal Farm is the home of cows, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and numerous other farm animals. Children will enjoy spending time with the farm’s playful young goats, gentle cows and curious ducks and chickens. The Farm features free pony rides for children ages two and older, forested walking paths and a swimming pool.
Tracy Campion is a freelance writer covering all things Seattle. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.