Little kids love going to the zoo, but we’re sure they probably get frustrated when we don’t let them pet the lions or the bears (they’ll understand when they get older…hopefully). That’s why there are petting zoos. Petting zoos provide children with the opportunity to pet and feed gentle animals like goats, llamas, horses, rabbits and more. Trips here make great outings when the weather warms up, so consider taking your child to the Best Petting Zoo on Long Island for an after school activity once spring comes around.

2015: Long Islanders Voted Town of Brookhaven Wildlife and Ecology Center Best Petting Zoo on Long Island!

Town of Brookhaven Wildlife and Ecology Center
249 Buckley Rd., Holtsville 631-758-9664. brookhaven.org

The Town of Brookhaven Wildlife and Ecology Center is nothing short of an absolute local gem. A great place for kids, their expansive petting zoo runs the gamut, from rare birds (a Bald Eagle!) to goats and llamas to two enormous (and adorable) black bears. Best part? It’s free!


2014: Long Islanders voted Long Island Game Farm Wildlife Park and Zoo in Manorville Best Petting Zoo on Long Island!

1. Long Island Game Farm Wildlife Park & Zoo
638 Chapman Blvd., Manorville. 631-878-6644. longislandgamefarm.com

2. White Post Farms
250 Old Country Rd., Melville. 631-351-9373. whitepostfarms.com

3. Steppin’ Out Ponies
193 Seaman Neck Rd., Dix Hills. 631-243-1658. steppinoutponies.com


2013: Long Islanders Voted Holtsville Zoo & Ecology Center in Holtsville Best Petting Zoo on Long Island!

1. Holtsville Zoo & Ecology Center
249 Buckley Rd., Holtsville. 631-758-9664. www.brookhaven.org

2. Long Island Game Farm Wildlife Park & Zoo
638 Chapman Blvd., Manorville. 631-878-6644. www.longislandgamefarm.com

3. Steppin’ Out Ponies
Half Hollow Hills. 631-243-1658. www.steppinoutponies.com


2012: Long Islanders Voted White Post Farms Best Petting Zoo on Long Island!

1. White Post Farms
250 Old Country Rd., Melville. 631-351-9373. www.whitepostfarms.com

2. Steppin’ Out Ponies
Seaman Neck Rd., Dix Hills. 631-243-1658 www.steppinoutponies.com

3. Long Island Game Farm Wildlife Park & Zoo
Chapman Boulevard, Manorville. 631-878-6644. www.longislandgamefarm.com


2011: Long Islanders Voted White Post Farms in Melville the Best Petting Zoo on Long Island!

1. White Post Farms
250 Old Country Rd., Melville. 631-351-9373. www.whitepostfarms.com

2. Long Island Game Farm Wildlife Park and Zoo
638 Chapman Blvd., Manorville. 631-878-6644. www.longislandgamefarm.com

3. Holtsville Ecology Center
249 Buckley Rd., Holtsville. 631-758-9664. brookhaven.org/Departments/HighwayDepartment/WildlifeEcologyCenter.aspx