Enjoy hayrides, pony rides, animals and special weekend events at Clark’s Elioak Farm. Walk through the farm to look at the goats, chickens, horses, sheep and other animals. Then visit all the nursery rhyme and fairy tale attractions from The Enchanted Forest. Bring a lunch, and picnic under our lovely trees. $$. clarklandfarm.com

Discover exotic animals like lemurs, camels and zebras at Leesburg Animal Park. This 21-acre park features a petting area where children can touch a range of animals from alpacas to pigs. The park has an indoor area with a reptile exhibit and a playroom, so it’s worth a visit even if the weather is bad. $$. leesburganimalpark.com

It's an udder-ly fun time at Green Meadows Petting Farm. Animal lovers can go nose-to-nose with some of their favorite barnyard animals. Get ready to cheer and shout at the visitor-favorite pig race. Don't forget to bring grandma and grandpa on Wednesdays for free grandparents' admission. $$. Ijamsville, MD. greenmeadowsevents.com

Meet chickens, rabbits, sheep and more at Kidwell Farm in Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, VA. Take a tour of the farm to see a working farm from the 1930s. You can also get a look inside a chicken house, dairy, smokehouse and various run-in sheds for livestock. Free. www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/frying-pan-park/kidwell

Come discover everything under the sea at Glen Echo Park Aquarium, a Chesapeake Bay Discovery Center. Their Touch Tank features a Horseshoe Crab and Knobbed Whelk. Other live animals on site include a Chesapeake Blue Crab, Smallmouth Bass and a Yellow-Bellied Slider. A great way to introduce kids to the Chesapeake Bay and encourage stewardship and conservation. gepaquarium.org


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