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! Of course, there’s more than just animal fun. You can go on a hayride, attend the dairy fest and even sample homemade ice cream. Whatever moves you, southeast Michigan offers seasonal fun for the family at these local petting farms.
- Address: 9334 Finzel Road, Carleton
- Phone: 734-654-2622
- Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily
- Cost: Free
Schedule a tour for groups of 15 or more at this working farm. Milk a cow, learn about cows and more. Kids can feed goats here, too.
- 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, feed a lorikeet and much more. There are seasonal events, too.
- Address: 1219 E. Square Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills
- Phone: 248-341-6475
- Hours: call ahead
- Cost: free
Bowers Farm offers farm animal tours, wagon rides, pony rides, educational programs, summer camps and community events.
- 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; closes 9 p.m. in spring/fall and 10 p.m. in 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 its 20 flavors of ice cream.
- Address: 7775 Weiss St., Frankenmuth
- Phone: 989-652-5437
- Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. open daily (April-October)
- Cost: $5/person, free/under 2; $20/family
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. Wednesday-Sunday for spring/summer; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday for winter
- Cost: $3-$4/person, free/age 1 and under
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, 2018
- Cost: free; $4/hayrides by appointment; fees/events
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-Saturday
- Cost: Free; $6/person for farm tours; $4/pony rides and hayrides
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.-6 p.m. daily March-October, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. November-February; hayrides: noon-4 p.m. weekends
- Cost: $10/park; 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. 31)
- Cost: $7/person, free/2 and under; $8/person fall weekend admission; call for season pass information
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: 248-374-0200
- Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 15-Sept. 30; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday October. Closed November-April 14 except for March maple syrup tours. Call for fall corn maze hours
- Cost: $3/person, free/2 and under, fees/events.
Meet dozens of farm animals, enjoy a playground/picnic area and pick your own produce.
- Address: 3001 Earhart Road, Ann Arbor (GPS address)
- Phone: 734-998-0182
- Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Sunday April-October, hours vary November-March
- Cost: $6/general, free/under 1, $5/pony rides (seasonal)
Enjoy animal presentations year round on second and fourth Wednesdays and story time first and third Wednesdays from May to October.
- Address: 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi
- Phone: 248-347-3860
- Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. 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: contact for information
- 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.
This post was originally published in 2016 and has been updated for 2017 by Amanda Rahn.