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.

Be A-Mazed – Floral Park, Ny

A farm in the city? You bet. And greater New York City’s largest at that. Dating back to 1697, these 47 acres are also the oldest continuously farmed land in all of the state. Among the epic history roam cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, hens, and honeybees. Of note are the farm’s many heritage breeds. Its Cotswold sheep, for instance, are not only one of the world’s oldest breeds, but also the source of the farm’s fiber program (You can find the fine wool in the Gift Shop.).

Get Lost

In the fall, you won’t want to miss their three-acre corn maze! This year, the Amazing Maize Maze runs from Sep. 23 to Oct. 29. Meanwhile, you can also check out their Children’s Fall Festival, Haunted House, and Pumpkin Patch.

Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Pkwy.
Floral Park, NY 11004
718-347-3276
Online: queensfarm.org

Photo: Yabome M.K. Casper

 

  • 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