Most kids love animals of all kinds, and taking the kids to meet farm animals is an easy, fun and educational outing. We are lucky to have some great options near Portland where you can get up close and personal with animals. Read on for some of our favorites.
Triskelee Farm is a PDX Parent favorite. Experience farm life by reserving a guided educational farm tour that takes you up close and personal with their lovely farm animals. Their working farm raises animals for eggs, milk, fiber, and meat. They have alpacas, goats, ostriches, peacocks, and more. You’ll even get a chance to feed some! You can read our review of our visit here.
Although it’s only a short drive away, you’ll feel like you’ve entered a farming oasis when you cross the bridge into Sauvie Island to check out The Pumpkin Patch. The Pumpkin Patch’s barn is stocked with kids’ favorite barnyard animals. You’ll see an alpaca, goats, chickens, bunnies — even peacocks! Above each animal’s stall, you’ll find a sign with interesting facts about them. You can also do some u-pick, from berries in the summer to pumpkins in the fall. Open daily June-October. The Animal Barn is free to visit.
Another great Sauvie Island option is Topaz Farm. There are animals like mini donkeys, a mini cow, mini goats, pigs, chickens, turkeys and ducks, plus they have a great farm store and grill. You may also book a birthday party with the animals, or visit on one of their family-friendly Americana Harvest Nights. Or plan your visit around u-pick season, and leave with regeneratively farmed produce and flowers. It’s free to visit the animals when they open for the season in June, but they also host special ticketed events in the spring if you just can’t wait.
With over five acres, Frog Pond Farm has plenty of space to visit with goats, llamas, donkeys, alpaca, camels, chickens and more. Their Farm Walk Abouts happen May-September, Pumpkin Patch from Mid September-October, and Holiday Experience and Tree Farm is from November-December. You can read a review of our trip here. In addition to their regular yard games, they also have a play structure with five slides and a mini climbing wall. Admission $12/person ages 2+. You may also buy cups of feed for an up close encounter with the animals.
Combine meeting farm animals with another kid fave — a train ride — at Flower Farmer in Canby. On the weekends, the miniature train will take you out to see the animals, including chickens, rabbits, a goat and an alpaca, and the driver will hop off to tell you more about them. The farm store and outdoor area has a fun, vintage feel, and the staff is friendly and welcoming.
If you want to get even closer and more personal with animals, book a time to visit the goats (often adorable baby goats) at Portland Goat Parties in the Scholls area of Beaverton. Rather than a walk-through visit, this is an hour-long slot to hang out with, pet and feed the goats.
To visit and brush goats for free, check out The Belmont Goats! During visiting hours at their lot in North Portland, you can get up close and personal with the goats, or you can drop by to see them through the fence at other times. Follow them on social media to get the latest updates. Donations appreciated when you visit.
You can also head east to Hood River’s Draper Girls Country Farm. In addition to lots of opportunities for fresh u-pick and they-pick fruits and veggies, they’ve got goats. You can purchase a small packet of goat food for a few dollars if you want to have the goats really eating out of your hands. Or you can just watch them climb and chew. Definitely bring a picnic for you and your crew. They’ve got lots of tables and chairs for you to sit at while you enjoy the unbeatable view of Mt. Hood. There’s also a large wooden swing, big enough for two or three kids to play on.
Old McDonald’s Farm, a nonprofit in Corbett, aims to educate youth about farm animals, agriculture, gardens and natural resources. Gather a few friends for the morning chores package, an intense educational program where kids can learn how to feed and care for all types of livestock. They also offer less intense options, Saturday programs and host special events throughout the year.
Located on an old dairy farm in the Lents neighborhood, Zenger Farm is now cow-less. It remains an animal haven though, with volunteers tending to chickens, worms and bees. Keep on top of their events on their website. They offer open farm days, farm camp, farm school and field trips.
When Portland Community College is open to the public, community members can tour the Rock Creek Farm, with its goat, alpaca, cows, bunnies and chickens. There’s also a playground! Free, but contact PCC to make an appointment.
The Farm Place at Packer Orchards is another fun spot for meeting farm animals. Check the website and Instagram account for the latest updates.