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KENSINGTON METROPARK
FARM CENTER
4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford, MI 48380
(248) 684-8632
November through February, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
March through October, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
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Meet farm animals and get a glimpse of rural life at the Kensington Metropark Farm Center. Take in the sights, smells and sounds of life on the farm and see live farm animals like chickens, goats, sheep, cattle and draft horses. Visit a 150-year old restored barn (winner of the Michigan Barn Preservation Network (MBPN) 2012 Barn of the Year Award), the poultry house, or the barn exhibit room and kids’ area. Take a short walk to the riverside, where you’ll find a one-of-a-kind “green” building (made exclusively of natural materials), a stone labyrinth, a grass maze and an early skills area – including a blacksmith shop and brick oven. 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.

OUR ANIMALS

Kensington Metropark Farm Center is home to many species of domestic animals. Several different breeds of horses, cows, pigs, sheep, donkeys, goats, chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits are all permanent residents of the farm.  

Babies 

Many of our animals live their whole lives at the farm, so you can visit them and watch them grow each time you stop by. Many animals are born at Kensington Metropark Farm Center and although births occur throughout the year, spring is the season when most farm babies are expected. Make sure to see if new babies and hatchlings have arrived since your last visit…if you are lucky, you might even see a live birth.  

Petting 

Do you like having your head scratched? So do our animals! Some of our goats and cows really enjoy a good pet. As you visit the farm, feel free to pet animals that approach you. Please be gentle and respectful to all the animals. 

Feeding 

Please do not feed the animals. Our animals at the Kensington Metropark Farm Center are on controlled diets. Just like kids, animals thrive when they are fed only nutritious foods. They can’t have snacks all day.  

PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES

Educational programs and activities allow you to interact with life on the farm and learn about the world around us in fun new ways. In-school programs, fields trips to the Metroparks, homeschool programs and scout programs can all be found at your Metropark interpretive centers.

What topics do we cover? Wildlife, natural science, environment, ecology, climate, farm life, regional history. And that’s just to start. Most Metroparks programs support the Common Core Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Math (STREAM) and Michigan Science Standards curriculum in content, methodology and technology use.

Learn more about educational programs and activities by clicking on the buttons below.

Living History Village

Want to learn early American skills, such as blacksmithing, woodworking, weaving and brick oven cooking? Kensington Living History Village has you covered. Our four-hour small group classes are guided by Living History instructors who are experienced in teaching Colonial-era skills. Scouting troops are welcome.

Click here to explore Chief Pontiac programs and register.

HAYRIDES & FIRE RINGS

Children and adults alike enjoy a hay or sleigh ride. Your wagon rides take you on a tour of the woods and fields around the Farm Center, giving you views of nature and water. Wagons accommodate approximately 15 people.  A wheelchair lift is available upon request.

Public Hayrides

Public Hayrides are the perfect addition to your visit to the Farm Center. Hayrides run every weekend on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from Noon to 4 p.m. and last approximately 20 minutes. Tickets are available on-site only at the Farm Center office.

Rates

  • Adult – $5
  • Senior (62+) – $3
  • Children (ages 3-12) – $3
  • Children (2 and under) – Free

Private Hayrides

Private Charter Hayrides ensure you and your group have a hayride completely to yourself.

Rates

  • Daytime Charter – $50 for 30 minutes
  • Evening Charter – $150 for 1 hour

Currently, daytime charters are available on Wednesdays only and run $50 each. These charters area available in half hour increments. Depending on the size of your group and the number of people you want to rides, you may need to book an hour of rides.  Click here to view daytime charter hayride availability.

Evening charter hayrides are tractor-drawn for safety (headlights!) and are $150 for an hour of rides, which can be divided up as you desire (two 30-minutes rides, 3 20-minutes rides, etc.) For evening charters please contact the Kensington Metropark Office, (810) 684-8632, to inquire about availability

Fire Ring Rental

Think about adding a fire ring rental to your private hayride. You can easily book a daytime rental online. Click here to view fire ring availability.

For evening fire ring rentals, please call the Kensington Metropark Office at (810) 684-8632.

ACCESSIBILITY

The Metroparks are committed to removing barriers, creating and improving access, and increasing recreation opportunities for all.

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Sensory-Friendly Backpacks

Kensington Metropark Farm Center offers Sensory-Friendly Backpacks for those with sensory sensitivities. These backpacks include communication cards, noise cancelling headphones, sunglasses, a liquid timer, and additional fidget items. These can be checked out and returned at the Farm Center Office.

Sensory-Friendly Facility Map

Coming soon!

Wagon Wheelchair Lift

Our wagon at the Kensington Metropark Farm Center is equipped with a wheelchair lift allowing visitors of all abilities the enjoyable experience of a horse or tractor drawn hayride. Advanced notice is appreciated.

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