Hudson Valley's best zoos

11 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.

TrailsideMuseum 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.

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 180 exotic and indigenous animals with 80 different species, 8 whom are endangered. Bring a picnic, there are a few picnic spots and a beautiful way to spend an afternoon. $6 adults and $4 children. Open year round from 9am-5pm. 845-677-3704.

The Catskill Animal Sanctuary

316 Old Stage Rd., Saugerties 12477.

A rescue to more than 300 animals who freely roam the grounds- don't be surprised if a goat or chicken tries to hitch a ride with you. 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. Weekend tours available from April- November this year for weekend tours. November tours will be offered at 10:30am and again at 1:30pmTickets are $12 adults and $8 children 12 and under. Tours run every half hour from 11am-2:30pm. 845-336-8447.

Noah's Park Retreat

48 Maple Ave., Goshen 10924

A not for profit retreat for a variety of animals including farm animals and other more unique species. The beautiful grounds and homes of each animal make Noah's Park a relaxing and unique place to visit for all ages. Make an appointment to visit and learn all about each animal and the world they live in. Open by appointment only 7 days a week. Call 845-294.8948.

StonyKill 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 as well as an open barn on the weekend for visiting the animals. Also check the calendar for special events and festivals throughout the year. The greenhouse and barn is open on weekends from 11am-1pm. 845-831-3800.


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, wooden ship playground, gem mining, duck races and shooting gallery. Plus open on the weekends is the kids fun part including peddle karts, rope maze, slides, train, bounce houses and more! Open seasonally from July through November 9am-5pm. Free admission on weekdays and minimal fee on weekends. 845-471-2879.

BreezewayFarm Petting Zoo

161 Anawana Lake Rd., Monticello 12701.

A beautiful petting zoo in Sullivan County where you can pet and feed the animals and even take a pony ride. Some of the animals on the farm include calves, chickens, cows, donkey, horses, pigs, sheep, llamas and more. Open July and August. Wed-Sat 10am-5pm and Sunday 10am-6pm. 845-794-4543.


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.

SproutCreek Farm

34 Lauer Rd., Poughkeepsie 12603.

Education, farming, community and more. Sprout creek is a place explore nature, animals and to learn where our food comes from. With award winning cheeses you can be sure the finest cows aren't just from California. Get up close a personal with cows, chickens, goats and other friendly farm critters. Insider tip: Stop into the farm store in the summer for some delicious fresh ice cream. Open on weekends to the public from 10am-5pm. 845-485-8438.

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. Open every day Spring- Fall from 10am-6pm everyday. Check website for specific opening and closing dates. 845-626-7137.

Updated February 26th, 2019

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