Bottle-feed a piglet. Pet a pony. Tickle some sheep. Whichever you like best, you can do – and there’s lots more options at petting farms in Michigan – southeast and beyond.
Families can get up close and personal with these animals – plus, you can learn a thing or two. And who knows, you may even make a furry friend before you leave!
Whatever moves you, metro Detroit offers seasonal fun for the family at these local petting farms.
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- Address: 9334 Finzel Road, Carleton
- Phone: 734-654-2622
- Hours: 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. daily
- Cost: Free
Schedule a tour for groups of 15 or more at this working farm, which is open year-round. Visitors can milk a cow, feed a baby calf with a bottle, go on a wagon ride and eat ice cream made with the farm’s own milk.
- Address: 12749 Nine Mile Road, South Lyon
- Phone: 248-437-PONY (7669)
- Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May-September. Check website for exact times
- Cost: $6/person, $4/pony ride
Ride a pony, visit a zonkey and much more. There are seasonal events, too. Call to schedule your visit.
- Address: Elizabeth Park, 4651 Elizabeth Drive, Trenton
- Phone: 734-512-7950
- Hours: noon-7 p.m. weekends Memorial Day-June 15 and Labor Day-Oct. 31, noon-7 p.m. daily June 16-Labor Day, closed Nov 1-Memorial Day
- Cost: $15/buggy rides, $10/horse rides, $7/pony rides, $1.50-$2/hay rides, $1/animal feed
Horses and ponies are the highlight at this petting farm inside of Elizabeth Park.
- Address: 2950 E. Seymour Lake Road, Ortonville
- Phone: 248-627-3329
- Hours: winter: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-8 p.m. on Sunday; extended hours in the spring and summer
- Cost: free; $5/person groups of 20-plus for tours (select times, by appointment).
Meet, pet and feed its cows and piglets – and sample some farm made ice cream.
- Address: 7775 Weiss St., Frankenmuth
- Phone: 989-652-5437
- Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (May-October), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday (November), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (April)
- Cost: $5/person, free/under 2
No need to stick to southeast Michigan – travel a little farther to visit some other petting farms in Michigan, just like this one. Bottle-feed a calf, bond with a bunny and peek at colorful peacocks. Then, take a wagon ride over the historical Black Bridge.
- Address: 12803 Pardee Road, Taylor
- Phone: 734-374-5946
- Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday in the spring/summer; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday in the winter
- Cost: $3-$4/person, free/age 1 and under, fees/events
Pet animals in a heated barn or visit the nature pond and see the turtles. Open year round.
- Address: 825 S. Williams Lake Road, Waterford
- Phone: 248-674-5441
- Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. April 15-Oct. 15; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. except Wednesday-Thursday and holidays Oct. 16-April 14.
- Cost: free/admission, fees/events and hayrides
Visit a working farm with 100-plus animals. The park hosts free concerts in June, hayrides, trails, horseshoes and a community garden.
- Address: 8366 Island Lake Road, Dexter
- Phone: 734-424-3431
- Hours: 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Sunday
- Cost: Free; $6/person for farm tours (includes a horse drawn hayride, access to the straw maze and cider and doughnut)
Play with baby farm animals. Then, plan a picnic or bonfire with family at this 200-year-old farm.
- Address: 4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford
- Phone: 248-684-8632
- Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily
- Cost: $10/parking; hayrides: $3-$5, free/2 and under, fees/events
Take a ride to Kensington petting farm to tour the barn, which is more than 150 years old, pet farm animals and enjoy loads of events.
- Address: 4180 West M-20, New Era
- Phone: 231-861-5730
- Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday (May-Oct.)
- Cost: $9.95/person, free/2 and under (through Aug. 30); call for season pass and fall admission information
Feed the Parakeets, pet a zebu nose, feel soft alpaca fur or spot a fallow deer. Other rare animals grace this farm.
- Address: 50165 Eight Mile Road, Northville Township
- Phone: 248-916-3033
- Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday (April-Oct.)
- Cost: $3/person, free/2 and under, fees/events.
Meet dozens of farm animals, enjoy a playground/picnic area and pick your own produce. Watch for maple sugaring events in March.
- Address: 3001 Earhart Road, Ann Arbor (GPS address)
- Phone: 734-998-0182
- Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (Easter-Memorial Day); 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday (Memorial Day-Labor Day); 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (Labor Day-week before Halloween); 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (Halloween week-Easter)
- Cost: $6/general, free/under 2, fees/pony and tractor rides
Visit with an alpaca, barn cat, ducks, goats, pea fowl, pigs and other traditional farm animals. Watch for animal presentations and story times throughout the year.
- Address: 301 Grixdale, Detroit
- Phone: 313-564-1500
- Hours: Call for 2019 hours
- Cost: free; donations welcome, fees/events
This non-profit urban farm offers goat yoga, educational programming for kids and tours.
- Address: 5799 Beaverton Road, Beaverton
- Phone: 989-941-9562
- Hours: Call for 2019 hours
- Cost: $5/person, free/1 and under, fees/events
Pet and feed the animals, plus try out the giant corn maze.
- Address: 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi
- Phone: 248-347-3860
- Hours: 8 a.m.-dusk Monday-Saturday
- Cost: free; fees/programs
Children’s stories, workshops, camps and seasonal events from a pumpkin fest to maple syrup fun are in store on these 160 acres of farm and forest.
- Address: 481 Lake George Road, Oxford
- Phone: 248-628-1611
- Hours: Call for 2019 hours
- Cost: fees/programs, events
Stroll down the storybook trail, go on a hayride, ride a pony and even watch a magic show!
- Address: 65775 Wolcott Road, Ray Township
- Phone: 586-752-5932
- Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
- Cost: $10/park, fees/events
Meet and greet mini horses and rabbits on a 250-acre farm. Maple tapping in March; wagon rides and farm trick-or-treat in fall.
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