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.

Meet All the Baby Animals – Herndon, Va

A sign out front tells passersby what baby breeds have recently been born at Frying Pan Farm Park’s Kidwell Farm. Whether it’s pigs or goats, chicks or peacocks, there are always animals to greet you, play tractors to ride (as well as real wagons to hop on), playgrounds to climb, a country store to explore, and much more—year-round and largely for free.

Calling All Junior Farmers

If you live in the area, you can also sign up for classes through Fairfax County Park Authority. Learn about the 1920-1950 practices “Frying Pan” (as the locals call it) has preserved with “Jr. Farmer Family Fun,” or tuck in your farm friends for the night with “Putting the Animals to Bed.” (What is cuter than that?!)

Frying Pan Farm Park
2709 West Ox Rd.
Herndon, VA 20171
Online: fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fryingpanpark/

photo: Jennifer Massoni Pardini

  • 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