Unlike regular zoos with habitats set off by distant boundaries, petting zoos can actually prove that their animals aren't just Robin Williams. Get up close and personal with this Groupon.
$10 for a Fall-Themed Farm Visit for Two (Up to $20 Value)
From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday in October, Reindeer Farm hosts autumnal activities such as a maze made of hay bales, a tractor-pulled wagon ride, a spooky walk, pony rides, and a reindeer tour. Guests can launch spuds from the potato cannon or, for an additional cost, pick out a pumpkin to take home.
Admission for children 2 and younger is free.
What began as a colony farm built by the U.S. Army in 1935 became, by the mid-1950s, the childhood home of Reindeer Farm's head honcho, Tom Williams. After studying the habits of Scandinavian and Siberian reindeer herders in high school, Tom began to understand why the antlered creatures were considered the "cattle of the North": The brisk Alaskan climate suited their dense coats and languid presence at pool parties. In 1987, after years of practicing law throughout Alaska, Tom ventured to Canada to meet his first herd of reindeer, which he kept corralled next to a tiny sign and donation jar on the modest farm. Since then, that initial herd has blossomed into 150 reindeer, who graze beside 35 elk, 13 horses, one bull moose, and one surprisingly well-adjusted bison. Now a petting zoo, the farm has grown alongside the herd, with guided tours, scavenger hunts, and horseback rides treating guests to an up-close and hands-on experience with the majestic animals. Located in the colony's original chicken coop, a gift shop provides guests with any number of collectibles to commemorate their visits.