Make New Furry Friends At Bergen’s Farms and Zoo
Spring is the perfect time for kids to meet Bergen County’s barnyard animals—and more! Here are four places to see them.
Your home may already be full with cats and dogs, so bringing home a bunny for Easter might not be the best idea. The good thing is you can take your little ones to nearby petting zoos to meet and interact with fuzzy creatures like rabbits, sheep and more.
In Bergen County, there are several locations to get the full farm experience all year round, including on April 10, National Farm Animals Day. Below are four sites where there are animals aplenty to see:
Abma’s Farm, Wyckoff. Tickets for the barnyard petting zoo must be purchased online, but once inside families can get up close and personal with alpacas, goats, ponies, pigs and more. Admission is $5 per person; kids under age 2 are free.
*700 Lawlins Ave., Wyckoff, 201.891.0278
Bergen County Horse Rescue, Mahwah. Though it’s not officially a petting zoo, visitors can sign up to interact with more than two dozen rescued horses, mini horses and mules. Admission for a group of up to six people is $50.
*350 Ramapo Valley Rd., Mahwah, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bergen County Zoo, Paramus. Treat your little ones to a day with animals, and there’s more than just cows and goats to see here. OK, Bergen’s largest zoo is more of a look-don’t-touch facility, with big guys like gators, bison, elk and more all viewable from a safe distance. Note that the zoo will be closed for a midday event on April 9 but will reopen at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free for all until May 1.
*Van Saun County Park, 216 Forest Ave., Paramus, 201.634.3100
Demarest Farms, Hillsdale. Known for their pick-your-own apples and pumpkins and apple cider donuts, this farm also has a mini petting zoo with goats, sheep and more. Admission is free.
*244 Wierimus Rd., Hillsdale, 201.666.0472
Parents looking for even more live animals can take families beyond Bergen County. New Jersey’s largest zoo, Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, has farm animals that you can touch and feed as well as the kings of the Great Plains, African savannah and deep jungles—in enclosures, of course. A longer drive west to Alstede Farms in Chester will bring you to sheep, alpaca, goats and more who are waiting to make new friends.
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