Lewis Farms 2023: Mosey Over to this Fun-Filled Adventure Farm & Petting Zoo near the Lake

Lewis Farms is Now Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo

Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo is a massive 700-acre farm in New Era, MI that welcomes visitors spring-fall.

In addition to their delicious farm market and old-fashioned bakery treats, there are acres and acres of activities for your kids and family to enjoy, including an extensive petting zoo.

lewis farms market slide new era, MI

We love the activities at Lewis Farms that are not found elsewhere.

Their corn barn is literally a full-size pole barn filled with corn! They also have huge spinning tunnels (think a hamster on a wheel!), and, have you seen their slide?!

Lewis Farms opens May 19 with special spring activities and will continue to put on special events until they close in the fall.

What We Loved about Lewis Farms:

  • Admission includes unlimited time at almost every activity! Games, a giant slide, one train and carousel ride, and so much more. 
  • The farm is very clean and has a great layout. Paved paths ensure you won’t miss a thing. They are smooth and wide, allowing for stroller traffic and accessible movement for wheelchairs, walkers, etc.

Summer is a busy time at the farm, as many families visit while on vacation in nearby Silver Lake, MI.

The Sunflower Festival and Jeffrey’s Birthday Party are highlights of the summer at Lewis Farms.

Fall brings out all of the harvest fun in addition to the farm’s regular offerings.

Plan on spending a least two hours on your visit – there’s a lot to do at Lewis Farms!

You’ll likely want to stay longer and eat while you’re here.

Lewis Farms Farm Market

Lewis Farms FAQs

Where is Lewis Farms located?

4180 M-20, New Era, MI 49446. Lewis Farms is located in West Michigan, about an hour northwest of downtown Grand Rapids and just 17 miles north of Michigan’s Adventure. It’s not too far from Muskegon, either.

20 minutes to the north, you’ll find the famous pro-ORV sand dunes: Silver Lake Sand Dunes.

When is Lewis Farms open?

Lewis Farms is open Monday – Saturday: 9 am – 6 pm; Sunday 10 am – 5 pm.
Entrance to the grounds ends an hour prior to closing.
They open for the season on May 19, 2023.
The farm closes for the season on October 31, 2023.

Where can I find a map of Lewis Farms?

Right here! This gives a good overview of the attractions included at the farm.

Everyday Things to Do at Lewis Farms

Visit the Petting Zoo

The 100+ animals at the petting zoo love visitors with treats.

You can purchase a cup of animal feed, and the animals know exactly what that cup looks like.

As soon as they see you with it, they’ll come right up to the fence to get their treats.

We fed goats, donkeys, camels, llamas, and the friendliest deer. They have such unique animals!

My kiddos (ages 9 and 7) loved how eager the animals were to get treats, especially the goats.

We also were able to feed birds in the aviary by purchasing feed sticks at $2/each.

There are more exotic animals on the farm as well, including tortoises, lemurs, and wallabies.


Pay the extra $ for the feed cup. These animals love treats!


I have to mention my favorite animal at Lewis Farms: Jeffery the camel.

What’s so special about a camel? Jeffery is full of personality.

He always comes over to greet you, he loves to be pet, and he poses for the camera better than your kids. Jeffery is the biggest sweetheart – the true star of Lewis Farms.

Sign Up for Animal Encounters

Choose from the Capybara Encounter, Sloth Encounter, or Zoo Keeper Experience

Lewis Farms offers Capybara Experiences on select dates and times.

You will learn amazing fun capybara facts from the Zookeeper during your encounter including how they care for the capybara at the farm. Ages 6+. Minors ages 6-15 must be accompanied by a paying adult with an experience ticket. Available Mon – Sat 9:30am & 3pm and Sun 10:30am & 3pm. 20-30 min experience.

The Capybara Experience isn’t the only hands-on encounter you can book at Lewis Farms.

They also have a Sloth Encounter and a ZooKeeper Experience.

The Sloth Encounter is a unique opportunity to get an up-close look at these docile animals, which are known for their distinct personalities. You may even have the chance to touch or feed them, all while learning fascinating and enjoyable sloth facts from our knowledgeable Zookeeper. Be sure to take a selfie! Ages 8 & up only. Minors ages 8-15 must be accompanied by a paying adult with an experience ticket. Available Mon – Sat at 10am & 10:30am and Sun 10:30am & 11am. 20-30 min experience.

Pro tip: Plan ahead and book these encounters in advance on their website to ensure you don’t miss out.

Play Farm Games

Good Old Fashioned Fun!

In addition to the animals, there are so many activities to entertain and exhaust your clan.

There are giant jumping pillows for kids and adults, pedal cars, races, strength tests pulling tractors and lifting straw bales (which brought out my competitive side!), and good old-fashioned farm-themed playground equipment.

There is also a section dedicated to a farm-inspired carnival or midway games: skee ball, basketball, and fastpitch.

There is even an activity course reminiscent of the Ninja Warrior obstacles. Ropes, tunnels, bridges: there is something for all ages and abilities in this unique playset.

Here’s a closer look at the hands-on activities we found at Lewis Farms:

Giant Slide

Climb to the top, sit on your bag, and race to the bottom!

lewis farms market slide new era, MI

Farm Skee-Ball

A fun tossing game for all ages.

Jumping Pillow

Take off your socks, this pillow rocks!


Obstacle Course Playground

This activity course is reminiscent of the Ninja Warrior obstacles. Ropes, tunnels, bridges: there is something for all ages and abilities with this playset.

Lewis Farms Obstacle Course Playground

Pedal Carts

Put the kids on 4 wheels close to the ground on a flat, paved surface and watch them go! Carts come in different sizes, so as long as a kid can pedal, they can drive.

Bump Along Barrel Train

Kids are pulled on a ride through the orchards and farms on this classic ride.

Corny Barn

The corn barn at Lewis Farms is unlike any other – It’s huge!

As a parent, I appreciate that it is very clean and not at all dusty as one might expect.

Plus, it’s one activity I can’t resist. There is something so soothing about walking through the corn and running it through your hands!

We usually plan to spend a significant amount of time here while the kids bury each other and take turns on the twisty slide.

Lewis Farms corny barn


Even the handwashing stations are fun at Lewis Farms! Located throughout the farm, they make it easy to wash your hands after touching the animals.

Lewis Farms handwashing station

Farm Market & Bakery at Lewis Farms

Come Hungry and Take enjoy the Homemade Eats

After the running, playing, animal-feeding, and corn-lounging, you’ll no doubt work up an appetite.

Lewis Farms Farm Market

The farm market kitchen cooks up staples like chicken tenders, pretzel bites, and pulled pork sandwiches. 

Lewis Farms has delicious meals to quell those hunger pangs.

Lewis Farms Hilltop Cheese Co

As the name implies, we devoured cheesy meals like brisket mac and cheese, grilled cheese on homemade bread, plain mac and cheese, and…wait for it…a mac and cheese grilled cheese!

Lewis Farms Hilltop Cheese Co Grilled Cheese

We ate lunch at Hilltop Cheese, the concession stand in the middle of the farm.

The fresh lemonade and homemade chips were perfect accompaniments.

You can also purchase fudge, ice cream, donuts, kettle corn, or pies, among other tasty treats.

Summer Things to Do at Lewis Farms

Special events happen often at Lewis Farms! Here are a few to look forward to in the summertime:

Jeffrey the Camel’s Birthday Party & Corn Roast

August 12, 2023

Help celebrate Jeffrey’s 16th birthday. Jeffrey is Lewis Farm’s beloved camel and you’re invited to be a part of this big celebration.

Enjoy all kinds of delicious food and LOTS of corn. Additionally, there will be bonus events and performances to make the day extra special!

Flower Mania Weekends

August 5-September 24, 2023
Saturdays & Sundays

Color is blooming! Come and see the stunning fields of flowers. There will be stunning backdrops for the perfect picture. Plus, you can take some of your favorite flowers home with you.

Fall Things to Do at Lewis Farms

Fall in West Michigan is special indeed, with all of the fall activities and fall things to do in full swing.

You can bet autumn brings even more excitement to Lewis Farms when apple picking, the corn maze, and wagon rides are on the agenda.

Visit the Farm’s Facebook page to learn more about special events and happenings.

U Pick Apples

September & October U-Pick Apples Available

U-Pick apples are a fall staple at Lewis Farms.

Depending on timing, you may be able to pick Cortland, Empire, Fuji, Gala, Jonagold, Jonathan, McIntosh, or Red Delicious. Other variety of apples available for purchase.

lewis farms apple picking

Corn Maze

Opening Date TBA

The most fun you’ll ever have getting lost! Maze details.

Pumpkin Patch

Pick your own pumpkin in the pumpkin patch. They have lots to choose from!

Jackpine Lumberjack Show

Saturday, September 9th – Sunday, September 10th, 2023
Saturday, September 16th – Sunday, September 17th

See World Champion Lumberjacks in head-to-head competition!
Chopping, Sawing, Axe Throwing, Log Rolling, and Speed Climbing – it’s a great combination of action-packed fun and comedy!

lewis farms lumberjack festival

Fall Festival Weekends

Saturdays & Sundays, Sept 2 – Oct 31, 2023

Looking for something to do with the kids this fall?  The Lewis Farms Fall Festival is a great place to start.

Enjoy pig races, apple cannons, u-pick apples, apple cider, a dog show, and stilt walkers in addition to all of the other attractions.

Then, capture the perfect photo in the Pumpkin Patch and enjoy 46+ farm attractions.

Finally, Don’t forget about the apple cannons in the back of the farm. Nothing says stress relief like watching apples explode on cars and other fun targets!


Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo Hours

OPENING DAY: May 19, 2023

SUMMER Season: May 19 – September 1, 2023

Fall Season: September 2 – October 31, 2023


  • Monday – Saturday: 9 am – 6 pm
  • Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
  • Entrance to grounds ends an hour prior to close.

Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo Admission

The farm market and donut area do not require paid access but anything beyond that building – all of the play structures and hands-on fun -require admission.

When you visit, expect to pay an admission fee to access the activities.

SUMMER Admission Ticket Prices

Check the attraction list on their website to see what’s open on weekdays vs. weekends

Online: $17.95 + processing fee
Gate: $21.95

General Admission is required for ages 3 & up and includes entrance into the farm.

Most activities are included with your admission ticket but several, like apple picking, require an additional fee.

Lewis Farms Photo Ops

Lewis Farms is also an excellent spot for fall photo ops, from the sunflower field to the gorgeous landscaping and custom-made props.

Lewis Farms Virtual Tour

Here’s a 360-degree view of what’s in store when you visit Lewis Family Farms!

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