Hudson Valley's best zoos

Hudson Valley small zoos for learning and fun

goats at the farm

The Hudson Valley is filled with educational farms, animals sanctuaries and places filled with animals for visitors of all ages to enjoy. We have rounded up a few of our favorites.

Trailside Museum and Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park
7 Lakes Pkwy., Appalachian Trl., Bear Mountain

Take a step onto the Appalachian Trail where you will find four museums, live reptiles and fish exhibits, nature trails filled with animals only native to New York State. Trailside houses a wide range of native mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. Open year round from 10am-4:30pm. (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas) 845-786-2701. Bear Mountain State Park and Trailside are currently closed to due to flooding from the July 9 storm. Repairs are in progress. Check their website for updates.

Trevor Zoo
282 Millbrook School Rd., Millbrook, 12545.

Fun fact: Trevor Zoo is the only in the country that is located at a high school. The zoo houses more than 160 exotic and indigenous animals with 70 different species, 11 whom are endangered. Bring a picnic, there are a few picnic spots and a beautiful way to spend an afternoon. $6 adults; $4 seniors, $4 children ages 4-12, 3 and under are free until Sept. 1, 2023 when rates will go up by $1/each; free admission will be under 2 years. Open year round from 9am-5pm. 845-677-3704. Open by reservation only. Buy tickets online.

The Catskill Animal Sanctuary
316 Old Stage Rd., Saugerties 12477.

Catskill Animal Sanctuary is a 150-acre refuge in New York’s Hudson Valley for 11 species of farmed animals rescued from cruelty, neglect and abandonment. Over the years, thousands have come to this place of profound peace. Tours are offered on the weekends from April to October to non- members where you will hear stories of rescues, understand what caring for the animals mean and learn how you can help. Stroll the grounds freely from 10am-3pm, saying hello to as many of our rescued animal residents as you may find along the way– including our iconic “Underfoot” residents, who free-roam the property all day long! Your day pass purchase also includes a complimentary 90-min or 60-min guided educational tour. You can purchase day passes online. 845-336-8447. Open on weekends 

Stony Kill Farm
79 Farmstead Ln., Wappingers Falls 12590.

8 miles of hiking trails is only the start of what Stony Kill has to offer visitors. The foundation also offers community garden plots, nature camps and programs. From February through November, enjoy a visit with the animals, and chat with our volunteer barn guides every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-1pm (with the exception of some special events and holidays*). The Greenhouse is open on Saturdays from 11 am to 1 pm. Also check the calendar for special events and festivals throughout the year. 845-831-3800.  

Barton Orchards
63 Apple Tree Ln., Poughquag

More famously known around town for apple picking, Barton Orchard is popular among the kids for the large petting zoo, farm animals, dog park and playgrounds. Plus, on the weekends is the kids fun part including peddle karts, rope maze, slides, train, bounce houses and more! The farm will be open daily beginning August 12 through November 4, 2023. Admission to the farm is free with the exception of of their festival weekends, and there is no charge for parking.  845-471-2879. 

DuBois Farms
209 Perkinsville Rd., Highland 12528.

Fun for the whole family, DuBois is a Hudson Valley favorite open August through November for pick your own, corn maze, wagon rides and other activities for the kids. A “tiny town” colorful village and pretty extensive petting zoo area completes your trip to the farm. 845-795-4037. 

Kelder's Farm
5755 Route 209, Kerhonkson 12446

Educational and fun, Kelder's Farm provides something for everyone. From seasonal entertainment such as jumping pillow and corn maze to berry and apple picking, a nature classroom, tours and full petting zoo. Must buy tickets or Season Pass. Open every day Spring- Fall from 10am-6pm. Check website for specific opening and closing dates. 845-626-7137.  

Updated 8/11/2023

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