Petting Farms, Safaris, Rescues & Zoos | Where to See Animals In & Near Madison, WI


Animals are fascinating. And beautiful. And kids are drawn to them! We have a lot of opportunities in Wisconsin to see different animals — from goats and chickens, to giraffes and tigers… and everything in between.

All of the places we included are driving distance from Madison, WI (most are under an hour and a few are around 90 minutes depending on what part of Madison you live in).

We would love to hear your favorites or if there are any we should add!

Petting Farms

Eugsters Farm Market
| Stoughton

Haven’s Petting Farm | Blue Mounds

Busy Barns | Fort Atkinson

Country Bumpkin | Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Deer Park | Wisconsin Dells

Glacier Rock Farms | Lebanon

GEE Funny Farm | Mukwonago

Animal Gardens | Lake Geneva

Bear Den Zoo & Petting Farm | Waterford

Animal Sanctuary | Tours Available

Heartland Farm Sanctuary | Madison


Henry Vilas Zoo | Madison

Milwaukee County Zoo | Milwaukee

Shalom Wildlife Zoo | West Bend

Racine Zoo | Racine

Ochsner Park Zoo | Baraboo

Wildwood Zoo | Marshfield

Exotic Animals

Safari Lake Geneva | Lake Geneva

Timbavati Wildlife Park | Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue | Rock Springs

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