One of our favorite things to do as a family in the Cincinnati area is visit a local farm to learn, explore, and make memories. Kids are naturally curious about the animals, the equipment, and the place in general – it’s basically like stepping inside a favorite children’s book! And I love that they’re learning and we are spending time together outdoors, often times supporting a local family.
Cincinnati has many educational farms and petting zoos, some family owned and some located within popular attractions, but they’re all worthy of a visit! Check out this list of some of our favorite Cincinnati Petting Zoos and Farms!
Blooms & Berries is a fun-filled farm destination with perhaps the most variety in the area. It’s one of the only U-Pick farms around (check their website for availability), and they continue to expand their hours for more fun on the farm. Also keep an eye out for their seasonal festivals for lots of playing, animal interactions, and learning about a working farm.
Of course everyone knows that the Cincinnati Zoo is the place to go to see a variety of animals. But, have you ever spent significant time in the Children’s Zoo, among the farm animals? You can get up close and personal with some adorable barnyard friends through the petting zoo, animal encounters, and the Barnyard Bonanza Show. If you have yet to experience this part of the zoo, it’s time to check it out!
Located in Evendale, Gorman Heritage Farm is a working farm, right in the middle of a fairly urban area. Its history is fascinating and you can take a tour or just wander around, experiencing the gardens, farm animals, and walking trails. And don’t forget about their popular Sunflower Festival the first weekend in October!
Did you know that Kings Island has a petting zoo? When we visited this summer, I had no idea and Snoopy’s Barnyard Friends ended up being one of our children’s favorite sections! You can feed a variety of barnyard animals, go into an area with the most adorable sheep and goats, and even take a pony ride. Feed cups and pony rides are extra, but you can walk around this area and pet the animals for free.
Kinman Farms is a family farm in Burlington that is open year-round for visits and seasonal festivals. Visit daily for plants, produce, and to check out their unique animals (they have a camel!), but don’t miss their seasonal events. Fall Fest is a favorite and kids can chat with Santa during Winter Fest.
Parky’s Farm is a family-friendly destination located within Winton Woods Park. It’s also a working farm with several friendly animals, a garden for kids to explore and learn, and activities and playgrounds for more entertainment. They also host events (including an amazing Halloween festival in October) throughout the year, and this Cincinnati destination is a must-see, especially when your children are young!
Sunrock Farm is located in Northern Kentucky, just ten minutes from downtown. This family farm offers tours throughout the year, including those geared toward families. Advanced reservations are required, and you can expect the most hands-on tour of an authentic farm in the area. It’s a friendly place, also with a lot of history, and they also host special pumpkin tours in the fall.
If you’re ever looking for a unique family outing, a visit to a farm or petting zoo is ideal in so many ways. They are great for all ages, get everyone outside, you can learn a thing or two, and are guaranteed to be the source of many family memories.