We love sharing great Day Trip finds with our readers, and we really love it when our readers share a great place with us!
Playground fan Teresa Akersten recently took her family to a Brookhollow’s Barnyard in Boonton Township, NJ (just an hour from Manhattan) and loved it so much, she asked that we share the information with our readers.
While petting zoos are typically a hit with younger kids, Teresa says her boys , ages 8 and 11 years old, had so much fun feeding the goats, pigs and other farm animals. The alpaca named Galaxy was a favorite.
Kids can pet and feed alpaca, goats, horses, bunnies, and many more animals at Brookhollow’s Barnyard.
You can also take a ride on the cow train, enjoy a classic tractor ride, zip around on your own pedal tractors, or watch a G-scale train run through a flower garden complete with bridges and water. Playing in the sandbox or playhouse is always a favorite too.
During the fall, Brookhollow’s Barnyard also operates a Pumpkin Patch complete with hay rides, making it a perfect trip for a day of fall fun!
301 Rockaway Valley Road, Boonton Township, NJ
April 8 – October 31: Open Tuesday-Sunday 10-5 / Closed Mondays
Cost: $5 per person, Train Rides $3, Tractor rides $3, Buckets of Feed $4, Refill for Bucket $1
Where to Eat
Downtown Boonton — with its well-preserved historic buildings and great variety of restaurants — is just a couple of miles down the road. Here’s our picks:
- Maxwell’s on Main: Kids will love that it’s in an historic Maxfield House & Engine Co. No. 1 and kid friendly-food. Parents will love the music, wine and beer list and more.
- For dessert, head over to the popular ice cream shop called the Scoop House to make the day even sweeter!