Encounter 
Tours

Take a walk on the wild side at Barn Hill Preserve with our guided walking tours.  

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Barn Hill Preserve tour guides will show you around our beautiful 7-acre property to see animals such as our Eurasian lynx, macaws, servals, eagle owls, and much more.

 

The guided animal tour is a lot of fun and provides a wonderful educational experience to guests of all ages. Visitors to Barn Hill Preserve will learn about the animals, preservation projects, and history behind the facility

The encounter portion of the tour allows guests to meet our exciting animal ambassadors up close. Guests have the opportunity to meet a variety of small reptiles, mammals, and even interact with a two-toed sloth.

Pricing & Info

We take the safety of our animal ambassadors very seriously, so some animals may not be available to see the public due to medical treatment, behavior, etc.

Each encounter tour ticket includes a guided walking tour that lasts approximately one hour, and an animal encounter demonstration that will also last approximately one hour. 

Adult Tickets: $49 + taxes and fees

Children under 12: $38 + taxes and fees

Hear From Satisfied Guests

Wonderful experience! Knowledgeable and entertaining caretakers and the one-on-one time with the animals was fabulous! A must experience if in the area!

Becky B. via Facebook

Need to Know Info.

We do not allow guests to walk around unattended, as our exhibits are designed for guide supervision.​
We do not allow anyone to hold sloths off of their perch. 
We have a strict 24hr reschedule policy, if you do not reschedule your tickets at least 24hrs beforehand you will lose your tickets.
In cases of inclement weather, tickets may be rescheduled.
Tickets are non refundable

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pet a sloth during the Encounter Tour?


During our encounter tours you will be able to interact with two-toed sloths , but guests are not allowed to touch our sloths. Petting and touching is unconcomfortable for our sloths, so we do not allow it.




What is the terrain of the park like?


The park is located outside and parts of the walking tour are on concrete, grass, and gravel. It is recommened that comfortable walking shoes are worn during your visit.




Do I need to pre-purchase my tickets or can I just show up?


Barn Hill Preserve is not open for general admission. To visit the park you must pre-purchase tickets to an activity online.




Can I add an encounter to my visit?


Yes! We currently offer baby owl and serval cat add ons to our encounter tours. These can be purchased day of, but are subject to availability due to current animal behavior and health conditions.