Petting Farms in Michigan

Wondering where to take the kids to get friendly with farm animals? We've got you covered with this list of local petting farms – in metro Detroit and beyond.

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, metro Detroit offers seasonal fun for the family at these local petting farms.

Calder Dairy and Farm

  • Address: 9334 Finzel Road, Carleton
  • Phone: 734-654-2622
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. daily (extended hours in summer)
  • 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.

Carousel Acres

  • 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.

Children’s Pony Ranch 

  • Address: Elizabeth Park, 4651 Elizabeth Drive, Trenton
  • Phone: 734-512-7950
  • Hours: noon-7 p.m. daily
  • Cost: $20/buggy rides, $10/horse rides, $5/pony rides, $1/animal feed

Horses and ponies are the highlight at this petting farm inside of Elizabeth Park.

Cook’s Farm Dairy

  • 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.

Grandpa Tiny’s Farm

  • Address: 7775 Weiss St., Frankenmuth
  • Phone: 989-652-5437
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. open daily (May-October), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday (November)
  • Cost: $5/person, free/under 2; $20/family
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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.

Heritage Park Petting Farm

  • 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.

Hess-Hathaway Farm Park

  • 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.

Jenny’s Farm Stand

  • 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.

Kensington Metropark Farm Center

  • 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.

Lewis Farm Market

  • 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: $7.95/person, free/2 and under; $8.95/person Labor Day weekend and fall weekday admission; $12.95/person fall weekend admission; call for season pass information

Feed the Parakeets, pet a zebu nose, feel soft alpaca fur or spot a fallow deer. Other rare animals grace this farm.

Maybury Farm

  • Address: 50165 Eight Mile Road, Northville Township
  • Phone: 248-916-3033
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday (during open season)
  • Cost: $3/person, free/2 and under, fees/events.

Meet dozens of farm animals, enjoy a playground/picnic area and pick your own produce.

The Petting Farm at Domino’s Farm Office Park

  • Address: 3001 Earhart Road, Ann Arbor (GPS address)
  • Phone: 734-998-0182
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Sunday (April-August), 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (November-March)
  • Cost: $6/general, free/under 1, $5/pony rides (seasonal), $2/tractor ride (weather permitting)

Enjoy animal presentations year round on second and fourth Wednesdays and story time first and third Wednesdays from May to October.

The Wild Pumpkin

  • Address: 5799 Beaverton Road, Beaverton
  • Phone: 989-941-9562
  • Hours: noon-7 p.m. daily
  • Cost: $5/person, free/2 and under, fees/events

Pet and feed the animals, plus try out the giant corn maze.

Tollgate Farm/Education Center

  • 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.

Upland Hills Farm

  • 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!

Wolcott Mill Farm Center

  • 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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