Goats, chickens, and ducks, oh my! While living in the Bay Area sure has its advantages (hello, drop off childcare and easy take-out), finding up close and personal animal encounters for our wildlife-loving kids hasn't always been so easy in this fog-ridden metropolis. Luckily, the old McDonald in all of us can now get in the pen with our favorite barn yard animals thanks to a variety of Bay Area petting zoos that are all open year round. Here's 10 of them to get you and the kiddos on the path to pure barn yard animal bliss.
San Francisco Zoo
Don’t ex out the big attraction as too obvious a choice. Tucked among this big zoo’s offerings is a quaint Family Farm, complete with a red barn and a little pond for the ducks to swim in. Little ones may roam from goat to goat, feeding them pellets by hand, chase the chickens, and groom the miniature donkey.