Zoos make it possible for people to see how animals interact with their environments and for animals to see how people interact with their weird, hairless babies. Witness the wonders of nature with this Groupon.
$25 for a petting zoo pumpkin patch package (up to a $50 value)
- Admission for four (up to a $32 value)
- Train rides for two kids (a $6 value)
- Two small pumpkins (an $8 value)
- Two Halloween decoration bags (a $4 value)
All October long, Zoomars is transformed into a spooky pumpkin patch complete with a hay maze, face painting, and trick-or-treating goats dressed up as llamas. Additional seasonal activities include a headless horseman pony ride ($5) and the bone- and fossil-filled Miner's Gulch ($8).
Zoomars calls itself a place for "innocent, old-fashioned fun"—and it's not kidding about the "old-fashioned" part. Although the petting zoo itself opened three decades ago, it stands on the site of a farm built around 1890. Other exceedingly quaint buildings sprang up around it in the years that followed, and now its fuzzy and feathered fleet frolics in the center of San Juan Capistrano's historic district, including two Zoomars facilities listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The tidy, USDA-approved farm houses 16 friendly species ready for affectionate coddling, such as sheep, bunnies, and guinea pigs. Zoo staffers supervise kids as they climb into goat pens, or drop snacks into the mouths of zedonks, zebus, and staff members working through lunch.
Additionally, a child-size miniature train chugs a whistling ride around a circular track, and gentle ponies trot along on hand-led trail rides as parents canter along behind. At a re-created Gold Rush–era mine, staffers help small visitors to pan and sift for gemstones, arrowheads, dinosaur fossils, fool’s gold, and long-lost arcade tokens.