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)

Trevor Zoo

131 Millbrook School Rd., Millbrook

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.

The Catskill Animal Sanctuary

316 Old Stage Rd., Saugerties

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 availible from April- October. Tickets are $12 adults and $8 children 12 and under. Tours run every half hour from 11am-2:30pm.

ForsythNature Center

157 Lucas Aave., Kingston

A fixture within the Kingston community, the nature center is committed to providing education and allowing exploration of the natural habitat. They have 24 animal exhibits and a dozen gardens filled with native flora and fauna found right here in the Hudson Valley. Make sure to bring your own carrots, popcorn and apples — the animals love to eat! Summer hours are Memorial Day through Labor Day, Mon-Fri 7am-7pm and weekends and holidays 9am-5pm. Open in the winter (October-May weekdays 7am-5pm and weekends and holidays 9am-1pm.

Noah's Park Retreat

48 Maple Ave., Goshen

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 845-421-5365.

StonyKill Farm

79 Farmstead Ln., Wappingers Falls

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.


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.

BreezewayFarm Petting Zoo

161 Anawana Lake Rd., Monticello

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.


209 Perkinsville Rd., Highland

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.

SproutCreek Farm

34 Lauer Rd., Poughkeepsie

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.


5755 Route 209, Kerhonkson

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.

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