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Visit a Long Island Petting Zoo!

Feeding the animals at a Long Island petting zoo
is a lot of fun for a child.

Many kids go as part of birthday parties and field trips.

Petting zoos in Long Island are great fun for kids. It keeps them busy and many petting zoos have birthday parties

How often can you get up close and personal with a goat, pig, sheep, or miniature horse? Little kids love holding out their hand filled with food supplied by the zoo.

When you visit a Long Island petting zoo there are two things to be aware of:
  • Human food can be harmful to the animals so stick with the food that you are given.
  • Wild and domesticated animals carry bacteria. You should wash your hands completely after petting the animals.

Don't Forget:

Hours of operation of the farms are subject to change so it's important to always call ahead. Many of the farms provide much more than petting or viewing of the animals. There are also family activities, pumpkin picking in the fall, arts and crafts for kids, and exploring corn mazes for starters.

Visit a Long Island Petting Zoo!

Animal Farm Petting Zoo

296 Wading River Rd, Manorville, NY 11949 (631) 878 1785

The Animal Farm Petting Zoo in Manorville is one great petting zoo

The Animal Farm Petting Zoo is run by the Long Island Zoological Society, which provides care and shelter for unwanted animals. Entrance includes Pony Rides, Turtle Train Rides, a Musical Puppet Show, and a Creature Encounters Show. The farm has a Zoo Rescue Program where they take in animals that are unwanted and adopt them out to suitable homes.

Park Hours

  • Weekdays 10am to 5pm
  • Weekends: 10am to 6pm


  • Adults: $13.50
  • Children ages 2-16: $11.50
  • Seniors: $11.50

Benner's Farm

56 Gnarled Hollow Rd, East Setauket, NY, 11733 (631) 689-8172

Benner's Farm is in East Setauket.

Benner's Farm provides visitors a glimpse of what it was like living on a farm in past years. This is a private 15 acre family homestead. There is a huge swing in the woods that the kids get to ride on. The farm offers birthday parties, summer camp, school programs, and pumpkin picking and hayrides in the fall.

Hours: April, May, October: 12pm to 4pm.

Admission: Adults: $6.00; Kids: $5.00

Family & Kids Farm Programs at Benner's Farm

  • Spring Break Fun on the Farm: A fun way to spend your days on the farm: kids get to watch chicks hatch from their eggs, play games, make crafts, help with the baby lambs and goats, and much more!
  • Mommy & Me: 4 sessions introducing toddlers to farm animals, with a parent on hand.
  • Farm Fun: For ages 4 to 6 where kids get to meet a new farm animal each week.
  • Down on the Farm: Kids get to experience the farm animals and gardens. For 1st through third grade.
  • Kidsdays: Held on Saturdays from 10am to 12pm. Workshops include crafts and tasks surrounding the farm.

Benner's Farm has The Little Store which sells seasonal items, toys, t shirts fresh eggs, honey, and homemade jams. They are open weekends from 12pm to 4pm.

Holtsville Park, Ecology Site and Wildlife Center

249 Buckley Rd, Holtsville, N.Y. 11742 (631) 758-9664

Holtsville Ecology Park is in Holtsville, NY

The Ecology Site and Wildlife Center is free to view the animals. There are over 100 wild animal that are either injured or not able to be released. You can buy food to feed the goats.

Their normal hours are 9am to 4pm, 7 days a week, however they have different hours in the winter. The hours in the winter are Monday thru Friday from 9am to 3pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 4pm.

The Holtsville Ecology Park opens at 8:00am. and closes at dusk.

The Lewis Oliver Farm

51 Burt Ave, Northport, NY 11768 (631) 261-6320

The Lewis Oliver Farm is in Northport, NY

This Farm is a historical landmark in Northport and was once a working dairy. There are the usual animals: cow, sheep, goats, chickens, geese, and ducks. You will also find a country store at the farm.

The Long Island Game Farm

638 Chapman Blvd, Manorville, NY 11949 (631) 878-6644

The Long Island Gamefarm is in Manorville, NY

The Long Island Game Farm is the most popular Long Island petting zoo and Farm on Long Island and a treasure for Manorville, NY. There are over 200 animals!

During the summer season (5/29/11 to 9/5/11) the farm is open 7 days a week.

  • Weekdays: 10am to 5pm
  • Weekends: 10am to 6pm

2011 Summer Season Admission (5/29/11 to 9/5/11)

  • Children 2 and under: Free
  • Children 3-11: $15.95
  • Adults: $17.95
  • Senior Citizens (62+): $15.95

2011 Fall Season Admission (9/6/11 - 10/11/11)

  • Children (2 and Under): Free
  • Children (3-11): $14.45
  • Adults: $16.45
  • Senior Citizens (62+): $14.45

Winter Season: closed

2011 Spring Season Admission (4/16/11 - 5/27/11)

  • Children (2 and Under): Free
  • Children (3-11): $14.45
  • Adults: $16.45
  • Senior Citizens (62+): $14.45

Suffolk County Farm and Education Center

350 Yaphank Ave, Yaphank, NY 11980

Visitor Center: (631) 852-4600
Directions: (631) 852-4612
Farm Animal Helpline: (631) 852-4603

The Suffolk County Farm and Education Center is in Yaphank, NY

The farm is open all year, 7 days a week, from 9am to 3pm. There are many activities and the farm offers summer camps. There is even a butterfly house.

The Suffolk County Farm and Education Center has a Show Field, where they host equestrian and livestock competitions.

Spring Programs
  • Baby Animal Day
  • Farmer for a Day
  • St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt
  • Arbor Day

Summer Programs

  • Farm Tour Tuesdays
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Butterfly House Opening

Fall Programs

  • Sunset Wagon Tour
  • Nature in November

Winter Programs

  • Yesterdays Family
  • Old Fashioned Holiday Decorations
  • Chocolate Making

White Post Farms

250 Old Country Rd, Melville, NY 11747 (631) 351-9373

White Post Farms Petting Zoo is in Melville, NY

There's a lot at this farm!
You can explore the large animal farm and visit the garden center and farmer's market. There are also appearances by characters like Sponge Bob, and kids can enjoy fun water bouncers in the summer. There are also pony rides.

The Animal Farm Hours are Monday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Parking is free.

Monday thru Wednesday Admission

  • Child: $8.29
  • Adult: $8.29

Thursday thru Sundays & Holidays Admission

  • Child: $12.89
  • Adult: $12.89


  • Pony Rides: $4.61
  • Train Rides: $1.84
  • Milk Bottles: $1.84
  • Animal Food Buckets: $4.61
  • Animal Food Single Cones: $0.92
  • Gemstone Mining 3lb: $6.75 per bag
  • Gemstone Mining 5lb: $9.75 per bag
  • Fossil Mining 5lb: $9.75 per bag
  • Arrowhead Mining: $6.75 per bag

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