9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Daily
A Metroparks Vehicle Entry Permit is required to visit.
Meet farm animals and get a glimpse of rural life at Kensington Metropark’s Farm Center. Take in the sights, smells and sounds of life on the farm and see live farm animals like chickens, sheep, cattle and draft horses. Visit a 150-year old restored barn (winner of the MBPN 2012 Barn of the Year), the poultry house or the barn exhibit room and kids’ area. Take a short walk to the riverside where a one-of-a kind “green” building (made exclusively of natural materials), a stone labyrinth, a grass maze and the new early skills area including a blacksmith shop and brick oven can all be found. An herb garden, field crops and old-fashioned farm equipment are also on display. Special programs on the animals, historic techniques, and other farm-related topics are held throughout the year.
During weekends in March, visitors can visit the sugar shack and observe as maple trees are tapped and the sap is boiled to make maple syrup. In October, visitors can take a hayride to the pumpkin patch to pick pumpkins and gourds. Public hayrides or sleigh rides are offered on weekends and holidays; privately chartered hayrides are also available. Farm tours, maple sugaring, fall harvest and Kids’ Cottage programs are available for interested school groups.
About Our Animals
Kensington Farm Center is home to many species of domestic animals. Horses, cows, pigs, sheep, donkeys, goats, chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits are all permanent residents of the farm. You will also notice different body shapes, patterns and colors since there are a variety of breeds represented. Brown Swiss or Holstein? Saanen or French Alpine? Look for the signs posted around the farm with interesting information and help on recognizing the different breeds.
Many of our animals live their whole lives at the farm, so you can visit them each time you stop by. We also welcome new animals every year as many animals are born at Kensington Farm. Though births happen throughout the year, spring is the season when most farm babies are expected. Stop out often to see which newborns or hatchlings have arrived. Many babies have even been born right before our visitors’ eyes!
You don’t have to just stand there! Some of our goats and cows really enjoy a good back scratch. As you visit the farm, feel free to pet animals that approach you. We encourage gentle contact with the farm animals and that’s what some of them even expect.
We ask that you please do not feed the animals. Our animals at Kensington Farm are on controlled diets. Just like kids, animals thrive when they are fed only nutritious foods and don’t get snacks all day. Also, hand-feeding encourages bad habits that we want to avoid.