Daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Kidwell Farm is a working farm where you can encounter draft horses, chickens, peacocks, rabbits, sheep, goats, cows and pigs. You can take a tour to see how farm families lived in the 1930s, check out the outbuildings including the dairy, smokehouse, corn cribs, equipment sheds, chicken house, outhouse and livestock sheds, and go on a wagon or carousel ride for an additional fee. This recent video shows you what you can expect during a visit. // 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon; free
Daily, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., last day of the season is Nov. 22,
Meet Big Mama and Elmer the Pot Bellied Pig, and visit with chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys, goats and roosters, then expend some energy with the rope swings, tractor tires, six giant tube slides and more in the farm play area. // 18780 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont; $10/child and $12/adult
Daily, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., last entry 3 p.m.
Sure you can encounter lots of exotic wildlife at this zoo and drive-through safari, but it also has its share of farm animals, too. During the Walking Experience tour, buy a feed bucket and pet and feed pet sheep, goats and rabbits, and even warthogs, a giraffe and camel. Advanced online reservations required so plan ahead; get a sneak peek on what you’ll see via this video. // 1228 Hunter Mill Road, Vienna; $12/child, $20/adult
Select dates in December, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.,
The animal park is popular throughout the year, with an animal barn, pony rides and live animal shows, but the annual holiday event has added a new illuminated barn for petting and feeding the animals. You can also meet Santa, make holiday ornaments in the Christmas Craft Room, take photos with cool critters and enjoy the outdoor lights, bonfire and indoor play zone. // 19246 James Monroe Highway, Leesburg; $10.95/person, under 2 admitted free; regular admission is $13 for kids and $15 for adults
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