If you find yourself asking, “Where is a great petting zoo near me?” — we have a great list for you. Some of these animal farms in Georgia you may have heard of, and some may surprise you!
Here are 17 of the most adorable petting zoos in Georgia that we know you and your children will love.
PETTING ZOO NEAR ME: NORTH OF ATLANTA
NORTH GEORGIA ZOO (CLEVELAND)
The North Georgia Zoo has a wide variety of animals, and several ways to have a personal animal encounter.
You’ll find some great animal experiences here, such as the Capybara Splash Experience, the Penguin Experience, and the Baby Sloth Experience. Meet and greet reptiles, or just make a visit to the petting farm, where you can get up close to the animals, feed them, participate in bottle feedings (seasonal), and take a tour of the farm. They also offer a Safari Tour, and an overnight teen camp in the summer.
CHESTATEE WILDLIFE PRESERVE & ZOO (DAHLONEGA)
Visit the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve & Zoo in Dahlonega and see exotic animals like tigers, zebras, camels, bears, and more. You can also feed animals here, like buffalo, deer, turtles, and others.
If you want to get up close to a sloth, they have a sloth encounter here.
GOATS ON A ROOF (TIGER)
As you might expect from the name, this country store has goats on the roof! Feed the goats via ropes and pulleys, or let them come to you through one of the fences. In addition to the goats, you’ll also find gem mining, ice cream, lunch items, and a playground.
You can find Goats on a Roof just down the road from Tallulah Gorge State Park, and it makes a great roadside stop.
PETTIT CREEK FARMS (CARTERSVILLE)
Located just a few miles from historic downtown Cartersville, Pettit Creek Farms is home to a menagerie of animals to rival national zoos.
Pettit Creek Farms is home to the largest camel heard in Georgia. You’ll also find common farm animals here, along with exotic animals like giraffes, zebras, capybaras, lemurs, llamas, and more. Pet and feed animals from around the world, all from the comfort of your vehicle, during a Farm Tour. Afterwards, visit the petting zoo or take a pony ride.
On weekends, they offer ziplining, swings, a Euro bungy, and more.
PETTING ZOO NEAR ME: PETTING ZOOS IN ATLANTA
Although Zoo Atlanta isn’t known as a petting zoo, there are still a few opportunities for guests to get up close.
One awesome animal experience is the giraffe feedings. Stand eye-to-eye and let the tallest living land mammals nibble lettuce from your hand. For an extra fee, you can also participate in behind-the-scenes wild animal encounters, featuring lemurs, elephants, tortoises, and Giant pandas.
Zoo Atlanta also has a barnyard where you can pet and brush goats and sheep. Get Your Guide is a great place to get your Zoo Atlanta General Admission tickets.
So maybe this is a stretch for a petting zoo, but did you know you can touch some of the animals at the Georgia Aquarium?
There is the stingray tank, as well as a touch tank at the beginning of the Coldwater Quest exhibit. Adults & children love to feel wet rubbery skin.
You can also pay an extra fee for certain up-close interactions with the animals, such as the Dolphin Encounter which allows you to touch and feed the friendly animals.
Get Skip-the-Line tickets from Get Your Guide for the Georgia Aquarium.
YELLOW RIVER WILDLIFE SANCTUARY (LILBURN)
Yellow River Wildlife Sanctuary is back in action (formerly Yellow River Game Ranch) and it is SO MUCH BETTER than before. You can tell they truly care for the animals here.
In the barnyard, you’ll find plenty of animals to feed from cups, such as tortoise, sheep, goats, cattle, mini horse, mini donkey, and alpaca. Throughout your tour of the sanctuary, you can also feed deer and the bison from a cup.
For a truly exceptional experience, consider booking a Walk on the Wildside Tour. You’ll be able to get up close and personal with some of the animals and learn more about them during this 2-hour guided tour with the YRWS Keepers. You’ll get two animal encounters, feed cups, plus a guaranteed chance to feed the bison.
PETTING ZOO NEAR ME: SOUTH OF ATLANTA
YULE FOREST (STOCKBRIDGE)
I think of Yule Forest in the fall for their pumpkin patch, but they also have a petting zoo that is open seasonally during the fall and holidays. Pet cows, goats, sheep, miniature horses, and even an emu! Plus, my boys love to wear themselves out on the huge jumpy pillow.
SOUTHERN BELLE FARM (MCDONOUGH)
In addition to my favorite scrumptious homemade strawberry ice cream, Southern Belle Farm also has Belle’s Barn, home to chickens, donkeys, cows and calves, goats, horses and other farm animals. Make sure to stop by during your visit, and let the kids enjoy all the other amazing farm activities here too!
WILD ANIMAL SAFARI (PINE MOUNTAIN)
The main attraction at Wild Animal Safari in Pine Mountain, GA is the drive-thru animal safari that will have you regaling friends for years to come.
You can either drive through in your own vehicle, or rent one of their vans, and drive through the many animals who call this place home — while feeding them. Trust me, you’ll get close to them…like, really close. They will stick their heads right through your windows to get the tasty feed pellets!
WILD GEORGIA SAFARI PARK (I-16 NEAR METTER)
After becoming a favorite stop on I-16 near Metter for years, the “petting zoo at the gas station” is now officially the Wild Georgia Safari Park. (You still purchase your tickets and food from the gas station, though!)
The perfect place for a road trip break, this petting zoo area features capybaras, llamas, an ostrich, alligators, birds, tortoises, goats, and more. The animals are in a fence, but you can walk right up to them (and they’ll be reaching for you if you have the coveted feed in your hands).
There’s also a drive-through option here too. A guide will drive you through their safari, pointing out animals and facts along the way.
WILD ADVENTURES THEME PARK (VALDOSTA)
Not only does Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta feature roller coasters, rides, and water park fun — they’ve got plenty of exotic animals too!
You’ll find a petting zoo here, where kids can get up-close to baby animals like ducks, bunnies and goats. The petting zoo is included with the price of admission.
If you want a more in-depth experience, try the Ultimate Animal Feeding Package. The package includes 2 giraffe feedings, 2 cups of feed for The Birdhouse, 2 bags of gator food at Discovery Outpost, 1 cup of feed for Liberty Farms Petting Zoo, 2 nature feeds for the pond, and a souvenir photo.
MOBILE PETTING ZOOS
CRICKET’S MOBILE PETTING ZOO (KENNESAW)
Cricket’s Mobile Petting Zoo can bring the farm to your next party, festival or event. This mobile petting zoo serves all of north and central Georgia, including the Greater Atlanta Metro areas.
Interact with sheep, ducks, chickens, rabbits, pigs and more. Cricket generally brings between 20 and 25 furry and friendly animals. They also have pony rides and a trackless train for rent.
WILDLIFE WONDERS (CLEVELAND)
Wildlife Wonders is the mobile petting zoo associated with the North Georgia Zoo. If you can’t make it to the Cleveland farm, have the zoo animals come to you. You can have anywhere from 8 to 18 animals come to your next event!
WW houses over 400 animals and has provide programs for Stone Mountain Park, Lake Lanier Islands, and many others.
SAM’S PATH PETTING ZOO (HARTWELL)
This mobile zoo brings animal interactions and education to you! Featuring exotic animals and more, the animals with Sam’s Path Petting Zoo are well-mannered and great with a crowd.
You’ll see camels, monkeys, kangaroos, zebras, lemurs, mini-horses, mini-donkeys, and more.
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