Tilden Park's Little Farm is fantastic and free. For the price of a head of lettuce or stalk of celery, you can get up-close-and-personal with cows, piglets, chickens, goats, bunnies, and more.
Do you (or your small child) have an attention span to short for the zoo? Are you prone to tantrums and meltdowns? The Little Farm welcomes all for $0.
Follow the signs for the Nature Center on the Marin end of the sprawling Tilden Park (not the Steam Trains end of the park). Park in the lot. Enjoy running around the big field or playing on the playground structure before or after your farm experience.
The Little Farm is open daily, year-round, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Year. Round. Christmas, New Years, yes and yes! Because it's a working farm, the animals need love all of the holidays too.
Other tips to enjoy Little Farm:
- Clean bathroom and paths are available.
- The Environmental Education Center (EEC) also has clean indoor bathrooms and is open Tuesday thru Sunday (except for big holidays) from 10:00am – 4:30pm
- The playground near the parking lot is great for toddlers and preschoolers (though its rated for 5 and up) but NOT if your kid likes to bolt away from you since its lacking a fence.
- No food available.
Still have energy after your visit to the farm? There is a brief hike around Jewel Lake that preschoolers love. Be warned: It's a bit much for toddlers and not stroller-friendly.
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