There’s nothing quite like a petting farm to bring a smile to kids’ faces and introduce them to the animal kingdom.
Whether you’re looking for a quick visit with some friendly animals or want to make a whole afternoon out of it, we’ve got a list of petting zoos that are a quick drive from Evanston.
Farm-in-the-Zoo at Lincoln Park Zoo is part petting zoo, part educational outing. In addition to domestic farm animals, the farm features interactive learning exhibits for all ages and two edible gardens. There are also regularly scheduled music and story times, and toddler activities.
Lambs Farm in Libertyville
Lambs Farm is perfect for family outings, or to reserve for parties. The farmyard is more than just a petting zoo, though. They also have a country store, thrift shop, and cafe & bakery. With so much to do here, it’s a perfect way to spend an afternoon.
Hamill Family Wild Animal Encounters
The Brookfield Zoo is home to Hamill Family Wild Animal Encounters, where kids can feed parakeets and goats, and see reindeer and wallabies up close. While they won’t be able to pet every animal, the encounters will allow them to get much closer than normal to more than the usual barnyard residents.
About thirty miles away from Evanston, Goebbert’s Farm is a bit of a trek. But the large petting zoo features both domestic and exotic animals, including a giraffe. They also offer pony and camel rides, which make it well worth the drive.
All Seasons Orchard
All Seasons Orchard is much more than just a petting zoo. They offer go-kart racing, zip lining, giant swings, and more in their children’s play area. The orchard offers apple picking and a fall festival as well, plus a honey bee observation station and other educational activities too.
Stade’s Farm and Market
Stade’s Farm and Market is home to the Farmtractions Theme Park, a farm-themed amusement park with such curiosities as an authentic semi-truck slide, a relaxation station bus, and rides made out of tractor parts. They also have an interactive petting zoo, complete with goat bridge and duck races.
A Note About COVID-19
Due to the rapidly changing nature of our response to COVID-19, some businesses may have altered hours of operation. It’s best to call ahead before heading out.