If your kids are climbing the walls, it may be time to release them into the wild (or a petting zoo). Animal encounters in the DC area are the best places to meet-and-greet with furry and feathered friends.MoreLess
Visit this zoo where rescued animals get a second chance. Want to meet these special creatures? Take a Discovery Tour with one of the owners where you can explore the zoo after hours for more chances to get hands-on interactions and feed the animals.
Get ready to hitch up the wagon and go for a zoofari ride at this small petting zoo that is just perfect for the mini set. Upon arrival kiddos can grab a bucket of feed and a bottle of milk for a baby goat and start meeting and greeting the animals while giving them a tasty treat. Explore a reptile house and the Budgieary Adventure Aviary, too. Feel safer keeping in your distance in your own vehicle? You can drive through this park, too. Reserve your tickets online before you go.
This 21-acre facility offers little ones the chance to take part in interactive animal shows, arts and crafts, as well as visit and pet the animals. Ride a pony on a nice day or head inside on colder, rainy ones to enjoy all the activities that this park offers. Visit everything from farm animals to monkeys, llamas and lemurs. The resident sloth is a fan favorite. Bring your lunch to enjoy a picnic!
Rabbits, sheep, chickens, cows and draft horses are in the mix at this Frying Pan based petting zoo located in Fairfax County. Add in the pigs and a peacock or two and you have yourself a fun, educational day spent outside. The traditional red barn farm is a working demonstration full of new baby animals joining the Kidwell Farm family. The carousel is open, but you must purchase your tickets online.
Head into MD for a day of outdoor adventuring at Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo where families can roam for hours and always see something new. Over 100-acres of wildlife fun little ones can touch and feel large herbivores while bouncing around the grounds on a safari ride. Take in an interactive show for more touchy-feely moments. Note: Camel rides and parakeet feedings are currently not available. Face masks are required when viewing indoor exhibits and on the Safari Ride.
Get up close and personal at this petting zoo where you can feed sheep and goats for free and even take in a pig race or two. Green Meadows has over 200 animals to visit and touch from alpacas and llamas to pea fowl and draft horses with a kangaroo or two as well. The cow feeding exhibit is currently closed due to COVID, but this MD farm has added a number of new animal interactions to fill the void.