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Visit Animals at these Kid-Friendly Farms and Petting Zoos in Central Florida

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Looking for a farm near you where you can get hands-on with farm animals? In search of a petting zoo near you where your little ones can pet animals? We’ve done the research so you can make plans and hit the road for family fun, just be sure to get your cameras ready because you’ll want to capture your adorable kiddos meeting all of these cute and cuddly animals!

Below you’ll find a list of petting zoos and farms in Central Florida that are either open to the public or take appointments for visitors. You can meet farm animals like cows, goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits, chickens and horses, and even find some exotic animals like alpacas, llamas, camels, and peacocks.

All of the places listed below have been recommended by local moms as the best places to see farm animals. Be sure to check operating hours before you go, all venues are outdoors and may close for weather or private events.

Looking for a unique event venue or birthday party idea? Most of these farms and petting zoos book parties, private tours, field trips, and some even bring animals to you.

Florida Agritourism Law: Please note that most of these venues are operating under Florida agritourism laws, which cover farms that open to the public for recreational activities, educational activities, and/or animal interactions. You should see an agritourism law sign placed in a visable location near the entrance. All details below are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement.

If you’re looking for a little more adventurous animal encounter, check out our list of Zoos + Safaris in Central Florida, or make plans to visit a Central Florida Aquarium.

Old McMicky’s

Old McMicky’s gives visitors the opportunity to experience what it’s like to live on a working farm with up-close hands-on experiences – milk a cow, catch chickens, pony rides, play with baby pigs and goats, take a hay ride and more! A guided farm tour is a perfect place for kids to learn about animals and farm life, plus you can stay and enjoy a picnic and playtime on the farm.

Old McMicky’s is open Thursday – Sunday for tours, reservations not required (check Facebook or website for current operating days/hours). They also offer kids birthday parties, private events, field trips, and group reservations.
When to Visit: Open Thursday through Sunday
Old McMicky’s Farm | 9612 Crescent Drive, Odessa, Florida 33556 (Tampa)

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Horse Power for Kids

Plan to spend a few hours at Horse Power – an outdoor animal sanctuary and family fun farm with a petting zoo, an exotic animal walking path, a playground and picnic area, a wooded park with children’s zip line.

Horse Power is a non-profit with a mission to provide fun, educational opportunities for children and adults to interact with and care for animals that have been rescued from a variety of situations.
When to Visit: Open Thursday – Sunday, no reservation needed for general admission
Horse Power | 8005 Racetrack Rd., Tampa, FL 33635

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Hunsader Farms

Hunsader Farms has a petting zoo and playground where your kids will have fun exploring and letting their imaginations run wild. They can feed and pet a variety of animals including goats, sheep, pigs, alpacas, parakeets and more. There are also animals for viewing like lemurs, porcupines, rabbits, peacocks, and iguanas. There is a cost to enter the petting zoo and playground area.

You can also make a day of it at Hunsader Farms when you visit during U-Pick Strawberry season or while the Sunflower fields are in bloom! Be sure to stop at the farmers market for fresh picked fruits and vegetables, homemade jams, jellies, delicious homemade honey and many other goodies

MOM TIP: You’ll enter the petting zoo inside The Farmer’s Wife barn where they sell ice cream and stuffed animals, so you might want to go in with a plan for what you are / aren’t willing to buy!
When to Visit: Open Sept through early June
Hunsader Farms | 5500 C.R. 675 Bradenton, Fl 34211

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Jenny’s Petting Zoo

Jenny’s Petting Zoo is a family-owned and operated farm with a Petting Zoo, Camel Rides, Pony rides, and photos with a “Unicorn.” They are open on weekends and admission is FREE with a small cost for activities.
When to Visit: Typically open every weekend, everything is outdoors and weather dependent so be sure to check Facebook for upcoming dates and hours.
Jenny’s Petting Zoo | 12611 Andrews Rd, Wimauma, FL 33598

A Land of Delight Natural Farm

A Land of Delight Natural Farm offers locally grown, USDA organic, and conventional produce, raw local honey, pasture-raised chickens and eggs, hundreds of varieties of grafted fruiting trees plus many other grocery items. They host complimentary classes and the farmers market is open each weekend to the public. Families are welcome, and they have multiple farm animals you can visit!
When to Visit: Open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (check for hours)
A Land of Delight | 2514 Leaning Pine Ln, Plant City, Florida

R & R Ranch

R & R Ranch is a horse ranch open on weekends with a petting zoo, pony rides and pony painting. No appointment needed.
When to Visit: Open Saturdays and Sundays
R & R Ranch | 9805 Bryant Rd, Lithia, FL 33547

Showcase of Citrus

Spend the day outdoors enjoying the Florida sunshine at showcase of citrus. You can feed the farm animals including chickens, goats, pigs, a miniature horse, donkey and more. Other activities include monster truck tours, you pick citrus, gem mining, plus a gigantic old country store gift shop.
When to Visit: Open 365 Days a Year
Showcase of Citrus | 5010 US Highway 27, Clermont, FL 34714

Raprager Family Farm

This family farm is full of fun! Your admission ticket includes a play fort, corn pit, hay rides, giant bounce pillow, and a huge petting zoo. Raprager Farm is open on weekends for most of the year, plus they have special events like a fall festival, Christmas festival, and an Easter celebration.
When to Visit: Open Saturday and Sunday for most of the year, also open weekdays during special events
Raprager Family Farm | 16907 Boy Scout Rd, Odessa, FL 33556 (Tampa)

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Bell Family Farm and Apiary

Book a visit to Bell Family Farm and Apiary to interact with farm animals, goats, miniature zebus, and learn about bees. Your visit includes a personal, hands-on experience with all the animals on the farm. Bell Family Farm also offers goat yoga / farm yoga.
When to Visit: Open by appointment only, check for upcoming sessions of goat yoga
Bell Family Farm | 6170 Stagecoach Rd, Polk City, Polk County 33868

Monarchs and Miracles Farm

This animal therapy farm in Lakeland offers goat yoga, corporate team building, and private farm visits. They have goats and horses and are kid-friendly.
When to Visit: Open by appointment only, check for upcoming sessions of goat yoga
Monarchs and Miracles Farm | 1385 Ewell Rd, Lakeland, FL 33811

Countryside Farm

Countryside Farm in Lakeland specializes in breeding Juliana mini pigs for pets, emotional support and companion animals. The farm is also home to other unique farm animals and welcomes you to enjoy the fresh air and friendly farm animals at their petting farm. Countryside Farm is open for tours, birthday parties, and special events.
When to Visit: Open by appointment only
Countryside Farm | 10550 Moore Road, Lakeland, FL 33809

Roos and Coos

Roos and Coos is a non-profit 501c3 exotic animal rescue and sanctuary in Plant City. They offer guided tours to help raise money for the animals in their care. Animals include hedgehog, snakes, chickens, opossum, kangaroo, cows, dogs, and more.
When to Visit: Open on weekends by appointment, be sure to book several weeks in advance
Roos and Coos | 2125 Lanier Rd Plant City, FL 33565

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Black Rock Farms

This family owned, small farm in Dover, FL is focused on educating people about farming, animal care, and interacting with animals. They love sharing their animals for farm tours, birthday parties, private events, farm classes for kids, and even a farm summer camp. Animals at Black Rock Farms include pigs, goats, baby goats, bunnies, chickens, fish, horse, and cows.
When to Visit: Open by appointment only
Black Rock Farms | 3011 Lewis Rd Dover, FL 33527

Maria’s Farm

Maria’s Farm is a rescue for injured and unwanted animals that is also open as a petting zoo, party venue, school field-trip site, and more. Maria has horses, ponies, donkeys, chickens, turkeys, pigs, goats, rabbits, and even a miniature cow.
When to Visit: Open by appointment only
Maria’s Farm | 2268 Fritzke Road Dover, FL 33527

Sweet Blossom Alpaca

If you need more alpacas in your life {I think we all do}, check out Sweet Blossom Alpaca Farm. While you’ll have to book a private visit or wait for a weekend tour, you can’t deny that alpacas are adorable!
When to Visit: Open by appointment only, plus farm tours 3-4 times a year. Check their Facebook page for upcoming farm tours.
Sweet Blossom Alpaca | Dade City, FL

Farms Open Seasonally

Harvest Holler Farm + Corn Maze

Harvest Holler is one of our favorite places to visit in the fall. They have a crop maze, fall activities, a pumpkin patch, playground, tire swing, and an abundance of farm animals for you to see. Don’t miss the hayride where you can feed and pet cows and horses.
When to Visit: Open seasonally from mid-September – mid-November
Harvest Holler Farm | 950 Tavares Road, Polk City, FL 33868

HarvestMoon Fun Farm + Maze

HarvestMoon Fun Farm is open seasonally in the Spring, Fall, and around Christmas. Fall activities include a corn maze, pumpkin patch, and flashlight night maze, and Spring includes a Sunflower Field. Additional activities include a jumping pillow and playground. The Farm includes a barnyard where you can visit and pet farm animals including rabbits, pigs, goats, chickens, miniature horses and Scarlett the Llama!
When to Visit: Open Seasonally in Spring and Fall – check website for upcoming dates
HarvestMoon Fun Farm | 15990 Stur Street, Masaryktown, FL 34604 (Brooksville, north of Tampa)

You can also check our list of Corn Mazes + Fall Festivals for more farms open to the public.

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