When it comes to animal encounters, sometimes keeping it low key at a farm is just the ticket. Whether that means feeding a horse, petting a longhorn, or becoming a beekeeper, we’ve rounded up the most fun, functional, and famed farmlands from coast to coast. Flip through the slideshow below for everything junior aggies need to know.

Go for Garden Variety – West Hartford, Ct

Part garden, part farm, and all in the spirit of appreciating the wonders of nature. Each day of the year, Westmoor Park’s barnyard is open for visits with sheep, horses, goats, cows, and bunnies galore. Their website offers personal profiles of every single farm friend, so make a game of it and go looking for your favorites (Pro tip: Cleo the llama likes to have her coat brushed!).

Lend a Green Thumb

The park also relies on volunteers of all ages. From April to October you can help “Plant-a-Row for the Hungry” in their organic vegetable and herb garden. The harvest is then donated to local shelters and senior centers.

Westmoor Park
119 Flagg Rd.
West Hartford, CT 06117
Online: westmoorpark.org

photo: John Cudworth via Flickr

  • HarleyFarms-cc- penny via flickr
  • TractorKids - Schnepf Farms - via website
  • KidsFeedingHorses-Sun Valley Stables-via Chartlotte Stevenson
  • GirlLonghorn-Preston Trails Farm via facebook
  • FarmKids-Oliver Kelley Farm-via Minnesota Historical Society
  • GirlwithChickens via Stratford Ecological Center
  • GirlonTractor-Frying Pan Park Farm via Jennifer Massoni Pardini
  • GirlFeedsGoat-cc-Kurt Wagner via flickr
  • Queens County Corn Maze via Yabome M.K. Casper
  • TwoLlamas-cc-John Cudworth at Westpoor Park via flickr

Where do farm animals roam in your neck of the woods? Share with us in the Comments below!

—Jennifer Massoni Pardini