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.

Get to Know a Texas Longhorn – Gunter, Tx

Preston Trail Farms is packed with 50 goats, cows, and the longhorns Texas is famous for, but don’t call this animal haven a petting zoo. They proudly prefer: “petting farm” because of their focus on farm friends. Located along the Shawnee Trail (up which those famous longhorns were herded going back to the 1840s), this destination has been a hit with North Texans and Oklahomans for the past 20 years.

When to Go

This family business is open year-round and only charges admission during peak pumpkin season—your fare includes hayride, roping pen, and six-foot hay maze fun, as well as a cup of animal feed (and pumpkin pie or hot dog for you!). And the under two set is always free. This year, the Pumpkin Farm is open Sep. 11-Nov. 22. And, there's a brand new feature for 2017—free farm train on the weekends!

Preston Trails Farm
15102 TX-289
Gunter, TX 75058
Online: prestontrailfarms.com

photo: Preston Trail Farms via Facebook

  • 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