Petting Zoos Near Croswell, Michigan

by Laurie Rappeport
There are several petting zoos to choose from near Croswell, Michigan.

There are several petting zoos to choose from near Croswell, Michigan. Images

Croswell Michigan, a small town in Michigan's Sanilac County, provides residents and visitors with access to several petting zoos nearby. Petting zoos offer enjoyable experiences for families, educational and social groups and individuals. Hands-on zoos allow children and adults to learn about animals' behaviors and habits. Petting zoos also provide opportunities for individuals to develop a deeper understanding of nature through observations and hands-on interactions with animals.

Whispering Pines Animal Kingdom

The Whispering Pines Animal Kingdom ( in Lexington, nine minutes from Croswell, invites families to bring their children for interactive experiences with the zoo's animals. The zoo has sheep, bison, tortoise, antelope, zebras, donkeys, ducks and goats which children can see and pet. Whispering Pines Animal Kingdom runs a variety of programs as part of its mission to educate children and adults about the animals.

Thumb Festival

The annual Thumb Festival in Sandusky, Michigan, includes a petting zoo as part of its schedule of events and activities for children. Sandusky, about 27 minutes northwest of Croswell, organizes the annual June fair to allow travelers to enjoy the sites and activities in Michigan's Thumb area. The Sandusky Chamber of Commerce coordinates the festival which also features car, truck, motorcycle and tractor shows, an arts and crafts fair, sports tournaments and a pet parade.

Wilderness Trails Zoo

Wilderness Trails Zoo ( in Birch Run Michigan, one hour and forty minutes from Croswell, includes a petting zoo. The hands-on area houses an alpaca, a zebu, ferrets, rabbits, a mini donkey, goats, sheep and cows. Depending on the time of year, visitors may also find newly weaned or bottle-raised baby animals in the petting zoo.

Children's Zoo at Celebration Square

The Children's Zoo at Celebration Square in Saginaw, one hour and forty minutes from Croswell, has an extensive exhibit of animals. The Animal Encounters section features residents of the zoo's hoof stock yards, which include a llama and alpaca, pigs, cows, sheep and alpine goats.

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