If you are an animal lover, or someone in your family is, then check out some of these amazing zoos, farms and petting zoos. Many offer the opportunity to feed or interact with some of the residents.
Lou’s Pet Shop in Grosse Pointe Woods
If you have an animal lover in the family, then you will enjoy a visit to Lou’s Pet Shop in Grosse Pointe Woods! From resident pets, to animals for sale and pet supplies, this pet shop has something for everyone. his family-friendly business offers an amazing alternative to visiting the zoo, providing many opportunities to interact with the animals. Two resident tortoises roam about the store. During your visit you may encounter bunnies, hamsters, fish, birds, reptiles, as well as spiders. Lou’s is also licensed to sell two exotic breeds, hedgehogs and sugar gliders.
Reptarium in Utica
If you or someone in your family is a reptile lover, then you won’t want to miss a visit to The Reptarium. The newly expanded 7,000 square foot space in Utica offers visitors the opportunity to see roughly 150 different species of animals. During public tours, guests will be able to interact with several pre-selected animals.
Catfe in Ferndale
Are you craving the love of a kitten or cat, but don’t want to commit to adopting one? Are your kids just in love with animals, but you aren’t in the position to bring one home? Or are you looking to give a precious furbaby a forever home? Check out the Catfe Lounge in Ferndale.
Petting Zoos and Farms in Metro Detroit
Maybury Farm in Northville
Maybury Farm offers many opportunities to interact with their animals, as well as a play structure, hayrides, picnic areas, and a small lake. The farm is located at 50165 8 Mile Rd. which is between Beck and Napier and just a few minutes from I96 and I275. While the farm rents it’s 85-acres from the State, guests do not need a state park pass to visit the Farm, they just pay the farm admission (subject to change).
Upland Hills Farm Petting Farm
Admission to Upland Hills Farm includes day access to the farm, including hayrides, walk through the storybook trail, milking a cow, visiting all the animals, as well as playground access. The concession stand is also open. Guests are able to bring in food and beverages for a summer picnic.
Blue Line Farm
Blue Line Farm is another one of the petting zoos in Metro Detroit. This family owned farm in Livonia offers tours throughout the year. Reserve a spot at Blue Line Farms to interact with goats, chicken & pigs.
Charles L Bowers School Farm in Bloomfield Hills
Are you interested in safe outdoor family fun? Bowers School Farm is located in Bloomfield Hills and is owned and operated by the Bloomfield Hills School District. This is a great place to spend the day with your family. Bowers School Farm is open to the community on Tuesday, Thursday, as well as Saturday (hours will vary based on the season). The petting farm offers summer camps, field trips, seasonal activities, ice cream, and also a farm experience store. The farm consists of the animals, several gardens, together with a visitor center.
Sea Life Aquarium
SEA LIFE Michigan is the state’s largest aquarium with over 250 species as well as 2,000 creatures including sharks, rays, green sea turtles and more! Journey through the freshwater lakes of Michigan all the way to the depths of the ocean and meet the amazing creatures that live there. Then, visit the Interactive Touchpool and learn what it feels like to pet a sea anemone, sea star and other rockpool creatures. Finish your adventure by strolling through the Underwater Ocean Tunnel and watch as thousands of tropical fish swim overhead. To get any closer, you’d have to get wet!
Bonus: The Petting Farm at Domino’s Farms
The Petting Farm at Domino’s Farms in Ann Arbor is home to many different animals for guests to interact with. Guests can see chickens, ducks, alpaca, barn cats, llamas, peafowl, pigs, rabbits, sheep, cows, horses, goats and more. Feed is available, however, the farm asks that you only feed certain animals during your visit.
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