We spent a few months in Amsterdam and Papa and I went on a quest to visit every petting zoo in Amsterdam. I love petting zoos. I like avocados as well. And my yellow boots. After visiting nearly all petting zoos my conclusion is that people in Amsterdam really like goats.
This one is on the side of a canal on the bickersgracht in a small neighbourhood near ‘het IJ’ where we lived close by. It was my perfect for my size. They have a few goats, ducks, chickens, geese, sheep, bunnies and pigs. There’s also a little playground right next to it with a slide and some tricycles. It’s not very busy and I liked it a lot. Tips from Papa: This is a perfect little set-up for small children. The playground is completely fenced in so you can chill while the kid plays.
This is a big one in the middle of a park. They have goats, pigs, chickens, sheep, bunnies, guinea pigs, a cow and a huge pig. You can chase them around in the field or see them in the barn. Parents can sit outside on a patio when it’s sunny. Tip from Papa: this is one of the bigger petting zoos. It’s in the Westerpark, perfect to have a coffee at the Westergasfabriek, a walk in the park and a visit to the petting zoo.
In the middle of the ‘Amsterdamse Bos‘ is a big farm with more goats than I’ve ever seen in my life. It was easy to pet them and there were a lot of other children with their parents as well. Papa bought some food and the goats ate it out of my hands. It tickled and I laughed. In the barn was an area where I could walk around with little goats, pigs and chickens with little chicks. There was also a place where they lined up the goats and put hoses on them. Mama said that’s how you get milk. Who knew? Crazy stuff. They use the milk to make stuff they sell in a little shop where Mamas and Papas also drink coffee while their children were playing on a playground. Tips from Papa: Great working goat farm for children of all ages. It can be pretty busy on weekends. Mari was a bit too young to fully enjoy it.
This is a pretty big one. They have fields with farm animals. We didn’t stay very long because it was raining. That’s the best time to visit though because they’s mud everywhere. They have ducks that were very loud. They were so funny. They sell ice cream but not when we were there. We talked to somebody who works there and he was really nice. Tips from Papa: Nice little farm in the Rembrandtspark. Adults will like the patio in the summer while kids can run around.
This small petting zoo was in the middle of a neighbourhood. I went straight for the big goose but Papa and the people working there stopped me. They said he isn’t always nice when you try to grab his throat. Strange because Oma always seems to like it. You learn something new every day. They have a lot of small animals and goats of course. They also have special times when you can hug the animals but we missed it. Tips from Papa: Nice little place in the middle of a neighbourhood. Perfect for small children.
This one is another neighbourhood petting zoo but it’s very cute. The building is nice and they have a lot going on. More goats of course. The pigs are cool as well. We didn’t stay very long because I got bit by a bunny. I didn’t give a peep and Papa didn’t even realize it. A girl who works there did though and gave me a pink band aid. That made it all worth it. Tips from Papa: Very pretty little farm, well run and cute animals.
Those are all the petting zoos I visited in Amsterdam. And I only got bit once. I also visited the Amsterdam Zoo but more about that some other time.