Hudson Valley's best zoos

11 Hudson Valley small zoos for learning and fun

goats at the farm

Due to COVID-19, many zoos are closed right now. You can now visit a couple of the farms that are open, Dubois Farms and Barton Orchards. For updated openings visit each location's website or Facebook page.

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. Zoo is open

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. Open by reservation only

TheCatskill 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. Temporarily closed

Noah'sPark 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. By appointment only

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 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. Trails and ponds are open. No animal visits

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, 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. Open

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. Open

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. Open

Updated 7/29/2020

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