A petting zoo and kids go together like cookies and milk. There is just something about interacting with a fuzzy friend that makes children smile. If you are wondering where is a great petting zoo near me where my kids can get up close and pet animals, we have a great list for you. Some of these animal farms you may have heard of, and some may surprise you!
Petting Zoo Near Me North of Atlanta
Looking for local petting farms north of Atlanta? Here is a good list. Know any we missed? Leave us a comment.
NOTE: We’ve heard Tanglewood has closed. We are investigating and will update once we get the word.
171 Tanglewood Drive, Canton, GA 30115 | (770) 667-6464
Tanglewood Farms answers the question where is a fun animal farm near me that is just the right size for young children. Tanglewood Farms is an entire Western-themed town of miniature farm animals, the perfect size for little ones. Plus, since this is a working farm, they do tours by appointment, so you (and the animals) won’t be overwhelmed. The tours are approximately 45 minutes to an hour, so there is plenty of time to warm up to the creatures and get some good photos. Reader Andrea Shubert said her children love the pygmy goats and think them the best part of Tanglewood Farm.
2912 Paradise Valley Road, Cleveland, GA 30528 | (706) 348-7279
The North Georgia Zoo has a wide variety of animals, and several ways to have a personal animal encounter. This is a great petting farm for an overnight adventure. I visited with the boy scouts as we were able to see, and touch lots of different animals. Watch out of the llamas, they can spit, but the camel’s nose is soft and the parakeets landed all over us, while the wolves were surprisingly docile puppies. The North Georgia Zoo also has several friendly animal encounters with more exotic animals like a sloth, kangaroo, or lemur. In the spring, get up close and personal with the petting zoo babies.
469 Old Dahlonega Hwy, Dahlonega, GA 30533 | (678) 859-6820
Book a private ‘small animal’ show with one of the zoo keepers and you could get the opportunity to hold a cockatoo, American alligator, ball python or corn snake (my oldest always wanted a corn snake), a hedgehog, bearded dragon and more. These encounters are approximately 45 minutes and do require reservations. You can also have breakfast with the big cats – but I would not expect to pet them.
3026 US-441, Tiger, GA 30576 | (706) 782-2784
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.
337 Cassville Rd, Cartersville, GA 30120 | (770) 386-8688
Located just a few miles from historic downtown Cartersville, Pettit Creek Farms is home to a menagerie of animals to rival a few zoos I have visited. Unlike a traditional zoo however, owners Scott and June Allen have placed most of the animals from different parts of the globe in the same pastures. A glance around any given pasture will show you heart-warming odd animal friends like a baby camel and her best friend, an old goat. The farm is a place where you will actually meet animals instead of just observing them. The Allen’s have hand-raised many of the animals from birth and are experts in their field.
Petting Zoo Near Me in Atlanta
Looking for the nearest petting zoos in Atlanta or just outside the perimeter? Here are our favorites. Know others? Leave us a comment.
1000 Robert E Lee Blvd, Stone Mountain, GA 30083 | 800-401-2407
Sure Stone Mountain Park has the big granite carving, an awesome laser fireworks show, and the Crossroads attractions area, but did you know they also have an animal farm too? Yup. The farmyard is included in your daily Adventure pass. Not only can you pet the farm animals, but children can learn the role livestock played in early Georgia life. And oh by the way, the goats do tricks too.
7. Zoo Atlanta
800 Cherokee Ave. S.E., Atlanta, GA 30315 | (404) 624-9453
Although most of the zoo animals at Zoo Atlanta are kept away from curious hangs, there are a few places where you can touch the animals. One is during the giraffe feedings. Stand eye-to-eye and let the tallest living land mammals nibble twigs from your hand. Zoo Atlanta also has the Parakeet Adventure. You likely won’t get to touch the birds, but you can feed them with sticks of seeds. Before promising anyone they can feed the animals, be sure to inquire if when and if feedings are happening during your visit. Zoo Atlanta also has a barnyard where you can pet and brush goats, and maybe a pig if you can catch them.
225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
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. Plus all the touch tanks are free with admission.
4525 US-78, Lilburn, GA 30047 | (770) 972-6643
Unfortunately, this petting zoo has now closed in 2017.
Petting Zoo Near Me South of Atlanta
Looking for the nearest petting zoos south of Atlanta? Try these. Know others, leave us a comment.
10. Yule Forest
3565 GA-155 N, Stockbridge, GA 30281 | (770) 954-9356
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.
1658 Turner Church Rd, McDonough, GA 30252 | (770) 288-2582
There is always a special event going on at the Southern Belle Farm, from spring berry picking, to a fall festival. 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.
1300 Oak Grove Rd, Pine Mountain, GA 31822 | (706) 663-8744
The main attraction here is a drive thru animal safari that will have you regaling friends for years to come. But in addition to that no-to-be-missed experience, they also have a great walk thru area that is more like a traditional zoo. The best part of the Wild Animal Safari is feeding the animals, and petting them as their slimy tongues search your hard for more food.
13. I-16 Chevron
I found this unique and hidden petting zoo on fellow blogger Daddy Mojo’s site. Stop for a little gas on the way from Atlanta to the coast and take in the petting zoo. According to Daddy Mojo, you can purchase food to feed the animals inside the convenience store.
14. Wild Adventure
3766 Old Clyattville Rd, Valdosta, GA 31601 | (229) 219-7080
This Georgia Theme Park also has an animal park that includes a petting zoo where children can get up close with baby animals like fluffy ducks, bunnies and goats.
Mobile Petting Zoos
These are great ideas for a birthday parties, festivals, and more.
Calhoun, GA, (678) | 493-5860
Bet you didn’t know that unicorns were real and you can bring them to your next birthday party did you? The Unicorn Party is limited to 15 people and includes other mythical animals like a long-haired cow and a miniature horse. For larger groups, Little Red Barn has potbelly pigs, bunnies, roosters and more. All the animals are on leases, so children can get up close and personal at this mobile petting farm.
Kennesaw, GA 30152 | (770) 789-1422
Cricket’s Mobile Petting Zoo can bring the farm to you if you live in North and Central Georgia including the greater Metro Atlanta area. 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
17. Wildlife Wonders
2912 Paradise Valley Road, Cleveland, GA 30528 | (706) 348-7279
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.
P.O. Box 872, Hartwell, Ga. 30643 | (706) 717-8837
Camel, Monkey, Kangaroo, Zebra, Lemur, Parrot, Mini-Horse, Mini-Donkey & more! Sam’s will bring them all to you.