Have kids crazy for animals? Here’s where you can take them! Plus road trip ideas!
Here’s where to find animals in Erie, and beyond.
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Animal Habitats | Adoptable Animals | Farm Animals and Horses | Dog Parks | Worth the drive from Erie
423 W. 38th St.
The Erie Zoo is the perfect place to spend the day or just a few hours. A comfortable walk throughout the Erie Zoo and Botanical Garden takes an hour or two, depending on how quick your kids are! You’ll see nearly 400 animals as well as the beautiful gardens throughout the park. There is also a carousel and train. eriezoo.org
Asbury Woods Nature Center
Inside the Nature Center, visitors can enjoy live animal habitats, a turtle pond, and a live honeybee hive exhibit. Free.
Purrista Cat Cafe
30 W. 8th St.
Visit with cats up for adoption at this beautiful new downtown cafe. Children under 10 not permitted. Visits start at $10 per 30 minutes.
1555 East 10th Street
Visits are welcome to say hello and pet cats. Dogs are also on site to visit. Volunteers also welcome to foster animals at their own homes, or care for animals on-site.
Erie Humane Society
2433 Zimmerly Road
Thirty dog kennels and 32 cat rooms are open for public viewing. Volunteers are also welcome to foster or care for animals on-site. Volunteers ages 6-18 must be accompanied by an adult. eriehumanesociety.org
Because You Care
6041 West Road, McKean
Holds a weekly reading program for children in elementary and middle schools. Children can come and read to dogs or cats. Find out more here.
Wooden Nickel Buffalo Farm
5970 Koman Road Edinboro
Along with seeing buffalo, there are also donkeys, goats, chickens, and ducks that you can feed. It costs $1 for an ice cream cone full of food to feed the animals.
Faith Haven Stables
11570 Station Road, North East
Trail rides for small groups and horseback riding lessons.
5811 Welch Hill Rd. Ripley, NY
Trail rides available. Kids must be 6 and up. Double DAB also has a petting farm that includes donkeys, miniature horses, llamas, goats, calves and pot-bellied pigs among other animals.
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Larry R Fabrizi Dog Park
2438 E. 26th St. (in McClelland Park)
Erie Humane Society Dog Park
2407 Zimmerly Road
Horstman & Son’s Country Store / Dog Park
3803 W. Ridge Road
If you’re up for a little road trip, here are additional spots worth the drive from Erie to see animals. All of these are within about a one- to two-hour drive of Erie:
Walk-thru and drive-thru safaris are available. You can hand-feed many of the animals.
Feed giraffes, bottle feed animals, and take horse, pony, and camel rides. Visit a walk-thru aviary, help feed an alligator, and visit the pirate ship playground. (Closed for season)
Watch ducks walk on the back of fish. Take bread. Free.
Dozens of exotic and domestic animal species in this family-owned park. A favorite is the “Kiddie Zoo” where kids get up close to baby animals and a variety of domestic farm animals and deer. (Closed Oct.-April)
The nation’s premier bird zoo.
You’ll find more than 475 species represented by 4,000 animals at this combo zoo and aquarium.
Visiting Pittsburgh? Make sure to check out Macaroni KID Pittsburgh and Macaroni KID South Hills for events and fun in the Pittsburgh area!
Check out the Arctic Edge and Rainforest Falls exhibits, along with Heritage Farm, which replicates an 1850s farmstead.
Aquarium of the Niagara
A smaller aquarium with more than 40 exhibits, 128 different species of mammals, fish, birds and reptiles.
Lake Metroparks Farmpark
A family-oriented center devoted to agriculture and farming. Kids can milk cows, take a horsedrawn carriage ride and meet farm animals.
Greater Cleveland Aquarium
From moon jellyfish to a Giant Pacific Octopus, you’ll discover more than 1,400 animals representing 250 species.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
The 183-acre zoo is divided into several areas: Australian Adventure; African Savanna; Wilderness Trek; The Primate, Cat & Aquatics Building; The RainForest; and Waterfowl Lake.
Visiting Cleveland? Make sure to check out Macaroni KID Cleveland East for all the fun in the Cleveland area!