17 Petting Farms & Animal Farms for Kids to Visit in West Michigan

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The Big Farm Fun List: From Animal Farms to Fruit Farms

From Grand Rapids to Holland, West Michigan is fortunate to have many animal farms to visit.

Each season brings a different kind of fun on the farm for kids – and adults, too. There’s hay rides to pumpkin patches in the fall, getting down in the dirt to pick strawberries in the summer, and petting animals in the spring and summer.

There’s something special about visiting a farm.

PICK YOUR OWN FRUIT 

Fruit picking is a fun outing to do with your kids and it’s a great way to save a little money. Eat some now and freeze some for later!

There are so many farms to visit to pick your own fruit around Grand Rapids. Strawberries, cherries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches… West Michigan has them all! In the fall it’s all about picking those crisp apples and giant pumpkins.

  FARMER’S MARKETS 

While it’s fun to pick your own produce, sometimes it’s just not worth the hassle with littler ones along. West Michigan is loaded with Farmer’s Markets. Get the fresh from the farm produce without having to find time to pick it.

There is a Farmer’s Market for nearly every city in the Grand Rapids area. With many operating on different days, there is one nearly every day of the week.

Grand Rapids’ most iconic Farmer’s Market is the Fulton Street Farmer’s Market. No matter how many visits, there is always something new to discover.

If you’re really short on time, joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is another option. This provides you with portions of in-season produce for a set fee. Many CSA pick-up sites are at local Farmer’s Markets, so you could get all your produce in one stop.

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  SEASONAL FARM FUN 

It’s always fun to find different farms to visit all year, but fall is a particularly special time to visit a West Michigan farm.

Some local favorite farms for kids (and adults!) are places like Moelker Orchards and Fruit Ridge Hayrides. There are always new corn mazes with fun themes that will leave you befuddled and tired (but certain you earned that cider and donut).

The farm fun doesn’t have to stop when the snow comes. There are a few places you can snag a horse drawn sleigh ride in West Michigan as well. There are also several Christmas tree farms to visit to cut down your own tree.

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  CREATE YOUR OWN BOUQUET 

U-pick isn’t limited to just fruits and vegetables. There are also a few farms to visit around West Michigan where you can pick your own flowers. Create your own gorgeous bouquets and take some enchanting pictures while you’re on the farm.

  ANIMALS ON THE FARM 

Baby farm animals and petting farms can warm up all of our frozen hearts after a long Michigan winter.

There are many places you can get close to animals around West Michigan. Choose among zoos, farms, nature centers, and animal sanctuaries. One local favorite place to get cozy with a farm friend is at the Wittenbach Wege Center.

Looking to make it more of a group outing? There are many exciting animals farms for kids for a great field trip and even a spot where you can have a birthday party with animals at petting farms.

And if one day is just not enough for the animal enthusiast in your life, consider an area summer camp that can give your child a chance to spend extensive time hanging out with their favorite furry friends.

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  DIRECTORY OF ANIMAL FARMS FOR KIDS 

There are so many animal farms to visit throughout West Michigan. We’ve compiled a list of farms for kids that have animals or other fun activities.

Petting Farms

One of the best reasons to visit farms for kids is that there are often animals eager to be pet. Sometimes you can purchase animal feed for a small fee and other times you can hold the animals. But at each of the farms below, you can pet the animals.


Anderson & Girls Orchards
2985 N Sheridan Road, Stanton, 48888
Anderson & Girls Orchards is a farm to visit for a little bit of everything. In June, they offer strawberry picking. In September, visitors can enjoy a wagon ride and pumpkin picking. The petting farm is available whenever the farm is open. It includes reindeer, camels, hedgehogs, lemurs, and more.


Critter Barn
9275 Adams Street, Zeeland, 49464
The Critter Barn has the trifecta of animal farm experiences. Visitors can hold different small animals and feed goats. There are dozens of different kinds of animals guests can see and pet — and a whole “cat house” where you can brush cats.
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Dairy Discovery
12877 84th St. SE, Alto, 49302
Go behind-the-scenes of the dairy industry at Dairy Discovery. Along with learning about how the farm operates, visitors also get the chances to bottle feed newborn calves, watch cows being milked, and meet barnyard friends in the petting farm. There is also a picnic area, straw fort and maze, hayride, and more.


Deer Tracks Junction
7850 14 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs, 49319
As you might guess, there are dozens of deer to pet at Deer Tracks Junction. But there’s also yak, elk, and goats at this petting farm. Visitors can take an air-conditioned stagecoach ride where the animals may come right up to you for a visit. Feed cups are available to purchase for many of the animals and there’s also a giant play structure, making this a great farm for kids.
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Fellinlove Farm
6364 144th Ave, Holland, 49423
The farm is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing dynamic experiences for all ages and abilities. At this petting farm, guests can not only pet the animals, but they can also get right into the pens with miniature llamas and donkeys. Fellinlove Farm has over 65 animals (including rare Fell horses, an African Tortoise, and New Zealand pigs), a bunch of friendly barn cats, and over 25 koi.
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Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo
4180 West M-20, New Era, 49446
Lewis Adventure Farm is THE farm to visit for families. In the summer months, kids will love the barrel train, skee ball, carousel, slides, play area, and more. In the fall, additional experiences include hayrides, corn maze, corn pit, and a pumpkin patch. The huge petting farm includes zebus, llamas, alpacas, miniature horses, emus, wallabies, prairie dogs, and more. U-Pick apples in the fall.
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Scidmore Park
112 Spring St, Three Rivers, 49093
In addition to playground equipment and a duck pond, this 18 acre park also has a seasonal petting farm. Animals include llamas, python snakes, pot-bellied pigs, and much more. Make sure to check out the rabbits and hedgehogs, too.


U-Pick Farms

While the u-pick fruit is the main reason these are great farms to visit, we’ve gathered a list of ones that offer additional family fun.


Crane Orchards
6054 124th Ave, Fennville, 49408
Crane Orchards is the farm to visit for u-pick apples, peaches, and sweet cherries. In the fall, families can get lost in a corn maze and enjoy a hay ride.


Fruit Ridge Hayrides
11966 Fruit Ridge NW, Kent City,
49330
While this is the perfect farm to visit in the fall, it’s great year-round. Year-round activities include petting farm, hayrides (sleigh rides in the winter), and children’s play area. In the fall, enjoy U-Pick apples and pumpkins, pony rides, corn maze, farm market, and more.
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Krupp Berry Farm
8025 Krupp Ave, Comstock Park, 49321
Krupp Berry Farm is a fourth-generation, family-run farm. They are not a totally organic farm, but employ many ecologically friendly practices. U-Pick strawberries and red raspberries. Asparagus, black raspberries and rhubarb available in the market. A petting farm is open during berry season with feed available for purchase.


Moelker Orchards and Farm Market
9265 Kenowa Ave SW, Grand Rapids, 49534
Moelker Orchard offers several varieties of fruit including apples, peaches, pears, plums and cherries. U-pick is available for cherries, apples, and pumpkins. In the fall, families will want to make this a farm to visit for horse-drawn wagon rides and storytime at the orchard for kids ages 5 and under. Visitors will also want to stop at the farm market and bakery.
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Rasch Cherries & Apples
17647 40th Avenue, Conklin, 49403
This fun family farm offers u-picked sweet and sour cherries in the summer – including free pitting on light sours. In the fall, u-pick apples, pumpkin and peaches are available along with a sunflower maze and hayride.


Farms to Visit in the Fall or Winter

It’s fun to visit an animal farm no matter what time of year. But some farms really come alive in the fall – or even in the winter. Each of the farms mentioned below has special seasonal activities which makes it an ideal time to visit.

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Bethke Farms
12124 136th Ave., Grand Haven, 49417
While the main draw to Bethke Farms is the huge u-pick pumpkin patch, there are also other fall activities. Families can take a hayride through the 15 acres of pumpkins and get lost in a corn maze. Kids will love playing on the pirate ship play area.


Fruit Ridge Hayrides 
11966 Fruit Ridge NW, Kent City, 49330
The fall months are a great time to visit Fruit Ridge Hayrides. Families can enjoy hayrides, a giant corn maze, pony rides, petting farm, pig train, and farm art (made from hay bales). There is also U-pick apples and pumpkins available. Return in the winter for a horse-drawn sleigh ride.
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Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo 
4180 West M-20, New Era, 49446
Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo holds special events throughout the summer such as Baby Animal Days and Peach Harvest Festival. During fall weekends, visitors can try the apple cannons, watch a dog show, and more. There are always dozens of regular activities and a large petting farm. U-Pick apples in September and October.
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Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery
3142 4 Mile Rd NE, Grand Rapids, 49525
Robinette’s is open year round, but has special activities in the fall. During September and October, visitors can explore the corn maze and enjoy a horse drawn hayride. A petting farm is also open in the fall.


Peacock Road Family Farm 
11854 Peacock Road, Laingsburg, 48848
Drive just over an hour southeast of Grand Rapids to Laingsburg for a memorable seasonal family farm experience. In the fall, watch pig races, take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch, try out the apple sling shot, visit with over 50 animal in the petting farm, and more.

Make memories during the Santa Experience beginning in late November. Drink hot cocoa with Santa and Mrs. Claus, make a caramel apple, and visit the Christmas Shoppe. Plus cut your own tree or take home a pre-cut one.


Post Family Farm
5081 Bauer Rd., Hudsonville, 49426
Post Family Farm overflows with family fun in the fall. Available activities include a hayride to the u-pick pumpkin patch, pumpkin train ride, play area, petting farm and more. Don’t miss the warm pumpkin donuts! Post is also a great farm to visit in the winter for a horse-drawn sleigh ride.


Shawhaven Farm
1826 Rolfe Rd., Mason, 48854
Head a little east of Lansing for a fun farm to visit in Mason. There’s a different event for every season. Have your picture taken holding a baby lamb during Lamb Festival in April. Get lost in a corn maze or milk a cow in the fall. Teens and adults will want to get scared at the “Haunted Farm,” featuring Escape Rooms and other spooky adventures.

A petting farm is open during all daytime events, spring through fall. U-pick pumpkins in October.


U-Pick Flower Farms

Some of these farms to visit have additional activities, but they are mostly about picking your own beautiful bouquets.


Dahlia Acres Farms 
4763 Baldwin Street, Hudsonville, 49441
Features a variety of Dahlias for purchase, either pre-picked or U-pick. By appointment only.


Lavender Hill Farm 
1219 Morris Drive, Niles, Michigan
This flower farm to visit is about 90 minutes south. The lavender field features eight varieties that bloom from late June until late July. Their webstore includes many lavender products.


Lavender Hill Farm 
7354 Horton Bay Rd. North, Boyne City, 49712
Road trip to Northern Michigan to this u-pick lavender farm.  At this farm to visit, visitors can cut their own lavender among the 25 varieties. Guests can also watch lavender oil being distilled.


Three Acre Farm 
9973 Homerich Ave SW, Byron Center, 49315
This family farm to visit is open from mid-July through mid-Septmber. Hours are limited so be sure to check their Facebook or Instagram for the latest information. Over two dozen flowers are available for u-pick including sunflowers, daisies, and zinnias.


Wild Wood Family Farms
7970 Snow Ave SE, Alto, 49302

The cutting gardens at Wild Wood are available by appointment only. There over 100 varieties of flowers to pick. The season runs from May to October with the largest portion available from the end of July to early October. Winter blooms also available.


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