The Golden Goat Bridge

Pygmy goats cross the Golden Goat Bridge at the Amish Farm and House. 

The idea of petting a goat or seeing a miniature horse up close for the first time can be exciting for kids.

Luckily for parents, there's no shortage of places in Lancaster County where people can see all kinds of animals. 

From petting zoos to farms, restaurants to a sanctuary, here are 9 places to check out  — just don't forget the anti-bacterial soap.

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Amish Farm and House

Not only can you get a guided tour through Amish country, but you can get up close with baby chicks, Scottish Highland steer, pigs, lambs, alpacas and Maggie the mule.

Location: 2395 Covered Bridge Drive, Lancaster

Hours: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Contact: 717-394-6185

Eastland Alpacas


Visit cuties like these up close during Eastland Alpacas annual open house this Saturday and Sunday and Nov. 12 and 13.

With their sweet faces and pleasant personalities, alpacas may just be one of the cutest animals that exist. And you can see them at this 30-acre farm in Mount Joy, which has an annual open house during the first two weekends of November. 

Location: 2089 Risser Mill Road, Mount Joy 

Contact: 717-653-2757 (call for hours or to schedule a visit to see alpacas)

Good 'N Plenty Restaurant

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A cow makes its way past the soda machine at the Good 'N Plenty Restaurant Sunday. (Richard Hertzler / Staff)

Open year-round, the petting zoo is located behind the restaurant and is filled goats, sheep, ducks, chickens and a horse.

Location: 150 Eastbrook Road, Smoketown 

Hours: Call for petting zoo hours

Contact: 717-394-7111 

Li'l Country Store and Miniature Horse Farm

Ten adorable miniature horses will greet you at this Ronks farm. Each stall has a large hole cut in the door that allows guests pet the miniature horses and, of course, get an obligatory selfie. 

Location: 264 Paradise Lane, Ronks

Hours: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday

Oregon Dairy 

Visit deer and pygmy goats in the playground area of Oregon Dairy.

Location: 2900 Oregon Pike, Lititz

Hours: Call for hours

Contact: 717-656-2856

Wolf Sanctuary of Pennsylvania

Visitors can take tours to see more than 40 wolves at the sanctuary that largely operates on donations. For those who are interested in education, the public daytime tours are ideal. These range from 60-90 minutes, and a group travels with a guide from enclosure to enclosure. Attendees will see a little over half of the sanctuary’s wolves on these tours.

Location: 465 Speedwell Forge Rd. Lititz

Hours: Call for tour hours

Contact: 717-626-4617

Pine View Dairy


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Visitors can pet a calf any time the store is open or watch the cows being milked.

Location:  2225 New Danville Pike, Lancaster


Summer Hours (April – October)

Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday: Store and Property are Closed

Winter Hours (November – March)

Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Sunday: Store and Property are Closed

Contact: 717-872-5486

Pretzel Hut

Pretzel Hut

The Pretzel Hut on Route 501  just north of Brickerville features a live animal exhibit. 

Located along Route 501, this retro restaurant features a free range live animal exhibit in the woods. Visitors can feed goats, hold bunnies, take selfies with peacocks, chickens and turkeys (if they'll let you) and check out a giant pig. If you want more adventure, you can access the horseshoe trail and hike for miles. 

Location: 2224 Furnace Hill Pike, Newmanstown

Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday

Contact: 717-627-4887 

Tomato Barn

After patrons make their purchases or visit the ice cream stand, they can visit a large, fenced-in area to view a variety of farm animals. 

Location: 65 Penn St., Washington Boro

Hours: 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday

Contact: 717-684-2597