Petting Zoo Ocala

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Petting Zoo Ocala
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Petting Zoo Ocala offers a variety of kid-friendly farm animals for viewing, petting and feeding. A stroll through the barn gives visitors an opportunity to meet alpacas, llamas,camels, lemurs, squirrel monkeys, goats and a few of our other barnyard friends. Some highlights of the zoo include: goats, pigs, horses, sheep, ducks, donkeys, emus and peacocks just to name a few. Come and meet all our four-legged, furry and feathered friends! Pony rides and camel rides , train rides are available for an extra fee. Picnic area.
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Jaylin4242
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Animals were wonderful, I am so happy that there is a petting zoo that takes rescues because animals after being rescued will always be happier with extra affection. I love the pony's! They are so sweet! I will be there at least once a month for my kids they had so much fun. The owner(or son) was so sweet, we were there a bit later and he took the time to show and tell me and my kids about all the animals, until dinner time and he rushed off to take care of them. Such a great experience I would recommend to all.
Written April 9, 2021
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Danielle S
Fort Myers, FL162 contributions
This petting zoo was so much bigger than I expected. You can pet and love on most of the animals. There are a few that you are not allowed to pet and feed. My sister and I shared the large bag of feed and it lasted the whole time we were there. We were able to feed every animal with it. The petting zoo was clean and maintained, although the only person working there that day was the guy at the ticket counter. There were some animals that had signs saying "I bite" so you can feed and pet them at your own risk. We had so much fun interacting with all of the animals. If I lived in Ocala, I would be here all the time.
Written October 29, 2021
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An
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This petting zoo is a nice place for the kids, it is calm and very well kept. Animals look happy and are good to people. Our kids had a great time petting and feeding the animals. I only wish it were closer to our town as we would visit often.
Written April 23, 2022
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Angel Melendez
Pigeon Forge, TN11 contributions
Family
If you are an animal lover this is not the place for you. Yes you do get to see animals you would otherwise never have the pleasure of seeing but at what cost. The hooved animals are in need of trimmings, the miniature horse is barely able to walk around with its severely over grown hooves. Birds are missing feathers due to stress. Squirrel monkey looks like he has a severe case of mange. All of the animals you are allowed to feed act like they have never seen food in their life.
Written June 13, 2022
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livelife h
Atlanta, GA3,863 contributions
Friends
The staff were very friendly and accommodating. I did the raccoon and spider monkey animal encounter. Which was well worth the price. They make sure that you get pictures and videos and actually interact with the animal. It was for about 5 minutes but I never felt rushed. You can feed animals they have a cow that has a personality.
Written April 8, 2021
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Brewshark
Panama City, FL2 contributions
Family
I am normally very forgiving about attractions like this because it's a home business but one of the staff there wanted to berate my 5 year old son because he was a little intimidated by the goats in the petting area. It was his first time and to be frank the goats were super aggressive on me and I'm a big guy so no wonder he was a little afraid. When I tried to slowly coax my son into letting them the lady there decided it was okay to talk trash about my son and say he needed to get over it or leave. We'll leave is just what we did and will never be back. I am a tolerant guy but not when it comes to family.
Written July 11, 2016
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A S
Ocala, FL31 contributions
Family
Brought the family here on the Monday before New Years specifically so that our 4 year old could have her first Pony ride. We had looked at the website and saw the pictures and were really looking forward to the visit, but we did not know what to expect. To make it short this place exceeded expectations.

We drove up and parked and the first thing we saw were a pair of Zebras eating hay in the front area next to the parking lot. My daughter loved looking at the Zebras and was an excellent kick-off. So we went and paid the admission, which was reasonable for our family. The owner made the point of saying that we could basically walk the full depth of the property to look at all the animals.

We started off at the barn which contained the Emus, Pigs, and Peacocks. The guttural sound the Emus make is interesting, I would not have expected that sound from a bird. Next we walked around towards the petting area, the first thing that was offered was an opportunity to pet the rabbits. Now this might seem like a small detail, but rabbits are so soft and my daughter loved it and those of you with kids know that it is the little things that are important.

The petting area itself is pretty clean (for a farm) I think the people at this place try to keep the cow patties to a minimum so I can say walking all over this area did not leave me in any big piles of poo, goat pellets yes, cow patties no. The petting area contained goats, ponies, and a cow all of whom were pretty well mannered. No one in my group got bit, rammed, or eaten clothes by the goats. If you want all the animals to come to you quickly simply bring in some food ($0.50 at the concession stand) and you will have a barnyard full of friends. It is worth stating the cow, ponies, and goats were all really friendly.

The pony ride was nice and consisted of an oval around the front of the property on a white pony named Pablo, thank you Pablo. The owner led the pony herself and our daughter had a great time.

Other opportunities to view animals with limited contact (that is to say standing at a fence line and hope the animal comes to you) included Camels, Horses, Alpacas, Donkeys, Llamas, Chickens, Turkeys, Ducks, Geese and more. I was actually impressed that there were small chickens walking around the property that you could walk up and pet. Please note, that they serve animal feed at the concession stand and at 25-cent vending machines. I wish I had brought more quarters for when we were on the back of the property. I am also pleased to say that the camel did not live up to the usual camel reputation, he was friendly, soft, and did not spit.

Once your little children get their fill of looking at and petting animals this farm has a small playset and bounce house set-up which any child under 8 would probably love. Other features of this location are picnic tables which one could use for a packed-in lunch which are located under a nice shade canopy. Additionally, this location has a small concession stand which serves soda, water, popcorn, nachos, ice cream, and other small items. They also operate a small gift shop with many of small items which would make great family gifts to remember the visit.

The only item to note is that the only restroom facility I saw was a Porta-Potty. We did not visit this during our visit, but I would assume it is not bad. If this is a problem for your family then you might want to plan you trip accordingly.

All-in-all I was expecting something much smaller and what I got was a multi-acre farm with a lot of animals that my daughter loved visiting. The owner and staff were all courteous and accommodating and the animals were friendly. Additionally the bounce-house provided a well rounded value The experience far exceeded the price of admission and I would recommend this place to anyone looking to have a couple-hour family outing.

I would like to say thank you to the great people here who made this an excellent visit.
Written December 30, 2013
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Aidan
Melbourne, FL83 contributions
Family
We visited here with our two young sons 5 & 7 as they love animals and the outdoors. We have a number of petting zoo's in Ireland so figured this place would be worth a visit. It cost us 24$ for 2 adults and 2 children, which wasn't bad but not cheap either. They have a few acres of space and plenty of animals but they seriously need to buck up on their customer service skills as you have to ring a bell to get someone to take your fee, then you are basically let roam as you wish with no guidance and no one even acknowledging you. We had the owner(s) pass us a number of times and didn't even look up, even though we were within a few feet of them. In Ireland it is common to greet anyone who passes you, especially if it is your business and you want customers to return. The place was a little run down and frankly sad but with a few lively friendly staff, the place could be much more welcoming and fun. Manners cost nothing folks!!!
Written March 26, 2015
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Johnny Softball
The Villages, FL5 contributions
Family
This place was very underwhelming. Not much to see or do. We paid almost thirty dollars for the family to get in and left in less than an hour. Could have left after 15 minutes because we had seen all there was to see. They have lots of small animals but really there isn't much opportunity to interact and pet the animals. The place was not well maintained, several machines were out of order, the bouncy house was deflated, the play area was old, rusty and overgrown with grass. The picnic table area was run down and dirty. It reminded me of the days when I was young and we would visit the old farm. However, we did get to overhear an argument between a couple of the staffers complete with profanity and threats of physical violence which was great for the kids to see and hear. You only have to drive by the place to see that it is not somewhere you really want to stop and visit. Your first impressions will be spot on so do yourself a favor and keep on driving.
Written August 31, 2015
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uknowjojo
Fort Pierce, FL24 contributions
Family
The two ladies who run this farm are great! Lots of sweet and fun animals. We loved the camel (he licked my husband's head!) and the donkeys. Bring lots of quarters as there is a 25 cent animal food vending machine. The farm was bigger than expected. in the first area there was a camel, donkeys, horses (regular and mini), alpacas, llamas, emus, pigs, and some other animals I am sure I am forgetting.

Next part is the farmyard area. One of the ladies offered my daughters, ages 9 and 3, ice cream cones full of animal feed for 50 cents a cone (very reasonable). We ended up buying 6 cones as it was so fun! Once you have cones in hand you enter the farm yard where the animals come up for food and petting. Be warned....the goats have no manners whatsoever. That's what made it fun though. There is a very sweet cow in the farmyard area, which I have never seen at any other petting zoo.

We were the only people there. The ladies took time to speak to our daughters and answer their questions. They showed us a very pregnant guinea pig....poor thing!. We saw probably 30 rabbits, guinea pigs, sheep, goats, a cow, geese, turkeys, chickens, ducks, etc.. There is a bounce house and play set near the farm yard as well.

One more special thing.....we spotted a chicken egg that had been laid in the guinea pig/male rabbit area. One of the ladies retrieved it and gave it to us, along with a dozen other eggs (3 duck, 9 chicken, and one little banny hen egg). It cost us $24.00 to enter, plus about $6.00 in quarters due to animal feeding fun. Totally worth it. I am go glad we found this place!
Written December 31, 2013
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Petting Zoo Ocala is open:
  • Mon - Mon 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Wed - Fri 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM