Unlike regular zoo 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.
Choose Between Two Options
- $7 for a Reindeer Farm tour for two (up to a $14 value)
- $13 for a Reindeer Farm tour for four (up to a $28 value)<p>
Informed guides impart safety rules and informational tidbits during tours that culminate inside the pen, where guests can snap photographs with the animals after petting and feeding them. Customers aged 8 and older also can enjoy $15 off the farm’s horseback trail rides, which overlook the Valley farms, Knik Glacier, and Cook Inlet ($65 value). Admission for children aged 3 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.