Don’t let summer slip by without a true wildlife experience! Be it exploring the landscapes of Oregon’s safaris, getting close with your favorite furry friend at a petting zoo or farm or milking a cow at the Oregon State Fair, there are lots of animal adventures that await. Escaping to the quieter life of pasture lands can provide some much needed repose and Oregon has unique farmstay opportunities in some of the state’s most verdant valleys that are the perfect weekend or even week-long retreat.
Get up close and personal with the animals at the Oregon State Fair happening this year from August 27- September 6. Take the family to the animal exhibits, you’ll see everything from horses to guinea pigs. By day, check out the livestock competitions, milk a cow or cuddle with a kid (baby goat). Refuel at one of the 75 food booths located around the fairgrounds (curly fries and cotton candy? Yes, please) before taking in an evening of great music including headliners such as ZZ Top, country singer Dierks Bentley, Lynard Skynard and Lifehouse, not to mention the Michael Jackson laser and dance spectacular!
For a true farm experience, head out to Molalla to the Rosse Posse Acres Elk Farm. This 52-acre family farm has a petting zoo full of friendly goats, turkeys, sheep, chickens and even a miniature donkey and horse. Take a guided tour of a domestic elk farm and learn how elk are raised.
Head out to the coast for a wild animal adventure at the West Coast Game Park Safari. The walk-thru safari has hundreds of roaming animals to see and pet. In Southern Oregon, the Wildlife Safari is a drive-thru adventure with more than 500 animals from around the world.
Take an extended retreat and stay in a wood cabin overlooking orchards and verdant pastures at the Leaping Lamb Farm Stay in Alsea. Here you can spend days exploring the original Spencer Family homestead and their many residents including chickens, geese, horses, peacocks , as well as turkeys and lambs.
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