Need some time to chill with a chicken? Hang out with a miniature horse? Look into the sweet big eyes of a cow? There are a handful of places to visit farm animals near Boulder, including working farms and sanctuaries, that welcome visitors. While you are there, be sure to support them by leaving a donation or buying some of their farm stand goods. Each farm has its own rules regarding COVID as well as petting animals, so please be respectful. Here are seven places to visit farm animals near Boulder.
The Bee Hugger Farm
The Bee Hugger Farm is a happy place where you can visit goats, peacocks, chickens, sheep, horses, mini horses, and more! Kids can climb tractors, and adults can buy honey. The farm is open to the public with no entry fee. Text for questions to 303.330.8277. Located at 12590 Ute Hwy, Longmont, CO 80504.
Cure Organic Farm
Luvin Arms Animal Sanctuary
Visit the rescued animals at Luvin Arms Animal Sanctuary, a safe haven for abused and neglected animals in Erie. At the sanctuary, you can see cows, sheep, pigs, turkeys, horses, goats, ducks, and more. A donation is requested to help keep the sanctuary going. Tours are available every Saturday & Sunday from April 10 – November 28. Book a tour here. Luvin Arms Animal Sanctuary is located at 3470 Co Rd 7, Erie, CO 80516.
Seventh Generation Farm
If you want to see some sweet farm animals, 7th Generation Farm has pigs, horses, goats, chickens, ducks, geese, and dogs! While you are at the farm, pick up starter plants, eggs, honey, vegetables, and more. 7th Generation Farm is open Friday 12-5 PM and Saturday 9 AM – 4 PM. Located at 100 S 96th Street, Louisville, CO 80027.
Strawberry Fields Urban Farm Petting Zoo
Set up a time for a private family petting zoo at Strawberry Fields Urban Farm in Erie. The farm has the sweetest goats, as well as horses, chickens, pigs, and more. Many of these animals are rescues, and all the proceeds go to taking care of the animals so they can live happy lives. Strawberry Fields is a favorite place for families to visit with farm animals near Boulder. To book an hour with the animals, go to the Strawberry Fields Urban Farm Facebook page. The farm also accommodates birthday parties! For more info, message them here. Strawberry Fields Urban Farm is located at 12657 Jay Rd, Erie, CO 80516.
Sunflower Farm is a rural haven in South Longmont where kids can feed goats, sheep, and llama, jump from hay bale to hay bale, play in the corn house, playhouse and sandboxes, explore the tree forts and bridges, hold a chicken, soar down the zipline, balance on the slackline. There is even an old airplane to explore. All activities are covered by a single admission fee of a ticket—no other fees apply. Pre-purchasing tickets is encouraged, the farm frequently sells out. Sunflower Farm is located at 11150 Prospect Rd, Longmont, CO 80504. Summer hours are posted here.
Agricultural Heritage Center
The Boulder County Agricultural Heritage Center is a free place for the public to experience what farm life was like in the early 1900s. Animals, including chickens, pigs, draft horses, and sheep, are on-site from April – October. The center also has interactive exhibits, two barns, an outhouse, a milk house, and a blacksmith shop. The Ag Heritage Center is one of our favorite places to visit farm animals near Boulder. Located at 8348 Ute Hwy, Longmont, CO 80503.
YA YA Farm & Orchard
Part of a historic century-old farm specializing in heirloom apples, YA YA Farm & Orchard is a U-Pick-It Apple Orchard located in Longmont. When you visit the farm stand (open September – November) you may visit with farm animals: Percheron Draft Horses, mini donkeys, chickens, ducks, and peacocks. Bring a picnic if you wish. Enjoy all things apple at the farm stand – apples, apple cider donuts, apple pies, and more! YA YA Orchard is home to 1,000 fruit trees – mostly apple, but some cherry, plum, and pear. They also have grapes, blackberries, and raspberries. U-Pick requires prior reservations and is sold out generally by August. YA YA Farm & Orchard is located at 6914 Ute Hwy, Longmont, CO 80503.
For more fun things to do in Boulder County, check out our post: Things to Do in Boulder this Summer!