Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury, MA

Let’s take a trip to the farm! There are many farms and petting zoos in the Boston area where you can interact with the animals and see how they are cared for. Boston Moms has compiled a few of our favorite places to meet some new, furry farm friends!

Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

208 South Great Road, Lincoln

At Drumlin Farm, you can experience life on a working farm and explore a wildlife sanctuary at the same time. Watch the pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, and cows in the farmyard; see how crops are sustainably grown; walk the trails to explore field, forest, and wetland habitats; and observe resident owls, hawks, and a fox in the native wildlife exhibit.

baby lamb at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, MA
Photo courtesy Mass Audubon/Emma Knudsen

Chip-In Farm

201 Hartwell Road, Bedford

The farm zoo animals at Chip-In Farm include Carrot Cake and Clyde the miniature horses, plus dwarf goats, sheep, cows, pigs, chickens, rabbits, and barn cats. Bags of animal food are available for purchase in the farm store!

Natural Resources Trust’s (NRT) Sheep Pasture

307 Main Street, Easton

Just south of Boston, NRT’s sheep pasture has open trails, woods trails, farm animals, and more. Guests can meet Simba the Jersey cow, pet the spotted Jacobs sheep and the Chevion sheep, visit many breeds of chickens, and see the protectors of the farm: the geese!

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Winslow Farm

37 Eddy Street, Norton

Winslow Farm is a nonprofit animal sanctuary devoted to the rescue, rehabilitation, and care of mistreated and abandoned animals. Guests will find a wide variety of animals to visit, including horses, alpacas, birds, donkeys, goats, pigs, rabbits, and even peacocks.  

Winslow Farm

Great Brook Farm

165 North Road, Carlisle

Great Brook Farm sits on a state park in the town of Carlisle, Massachusetts. It is the only state park that has an active dairy farm, which guests can tour for free on the weekends! You will see dairy cows, pigs, alpaca, goats, and more! Be sure to get some fresh ice cream from the dairy store while you are there!

Cider Hill Farm

45 Fern Avenue, Amesbury

The goats and chickens on this working farm love company. Don’t forget to bring your quarters so your tiny farmhands can feed the chickens! Kids will also love rolling around the trike yard, swinging on the horse swings, and digging in the giant sandbox! 

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World War I Memorial Park and Zoo

365 Elmwood Street, North Attleboro

Come and see all your animal friends — ducks, pheasants, deer, miniature horses, donkeys, llamas, goats, sheep, pigs, and more. And after your visit with the animals, check out the many playgrounds, picnic areas, and nature trails at this park!

Parlee Farms

95 Farwell Road, Tyngsboro

Annie’s Animal Barns at Parlee Farms are a must see! Young farm animals are all around, and guests will have the opportunity to feed and pet baby goats, sheep, chickens, and bunnies. The goats and sheep eat right out of your hand, while the bunnies and chickens run to the trough when feed is put down the feeding tube!

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Davis Farmland

145 Redstone Hill, Sterling

There are tons of animals to interact with at this farm west of Boston — and no shortage of other exciting activities either! Plan a full day to explore the Animal Showcase, use your imagination in Imagine-Acres, beat the heat at Adventure Play & Spray, and ignite your adventurous side at Adventureland.

Endicott Park

57 Forest Street, Danvers

Take a journey back to the early 19th century to what was once a thriving gentlemen’s farm, with many of the original buildings! Populated with farm animals and antique farm equipment, the historic farm turned park provides a fun and educational stop while visiting the North Shore.

sheep at Endicott Park Farm

Codman Community Farms

58 Codman Road, Lincoln

Families will love this small farm area with Dorset sheep, Devon cows, Line Back cows, Tamworth pigs, goats, chickens, rabbits, and ducks! 

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Unity Farm Sanctuary

17 Unity Lane, Sherborn

Unity Farm Sanctuary is dedicated to the lifetime care of a limited population of ill, disabled, senior, orphaned, or otherwise surrendered farm animals. Their extensive humane education programs help even more animals in need. This is a closed farm, so tours must be scheduled in advance.

Want to visit other types of farms in the Boston area? Try a pick-your-own experience with your family! Depending on the season, you’ll love visiting our amazing local flower farms, apple orchards, and berry patches

Deanna Greenstein
Deanna is a mom of five (yes, five) children, who lives in Brockton with her small circus of kids, her husband, their dog Penny, and a few cats. Her life is loud, energetic, mostly fun, often gross (did she mention four of those kids are boys?), and she wouldn't have it any other way. In between carting kids to school, baseball, gymnastics, guitar, dance, track and field and every other kid activity known to mankind, she works as a school bus driver for the city of Brockton, and is the Director of Religious Education at the Unity Church of North Easton, a Unitarian Universalist congregation. Deanna also holds degrees in Elementary Physical Education and Dance Education, which she plans to put back into use one day. At parties, Deanna can often be found hanging out with family pets. She follows her children around with a camera like the paparazzi, is pretty sure that 97% of her blood stream is made of coffee, and her laundry is never done. You can also find her blogging at https://eighteenmoreyearsofburpsandfarts.wordpress.com

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