Tours

Tours of Farm Sanctuary’s New York Shelter

visit the farm animal sanctuary in Watkins Glen

The rescued animals at Farm Sanctuary love visitors as much as you’ll love touring our farm animal shelters! Our sanctuaries are home to hundreds of rescued cows, pigs, turkeys, and other farm animals — and each has a special story. Their stories of struggle and survival, against all odds, give the public insight into the realities farm animals face in the modern factory farming industry, but also introduce us to inspiring individuals through their heartwarming tales. After meeting our farm animal friends, visitors can browse through our Visitor Center, filled with literature, videos, displays, and cruelty-free gift items.

Tour Times 

The opening tour day for the 2016 season will be Sunday, May 1. 

The New York Shelter is open to visitors from May through October with the following tour schedule. See below for special event days and closures:

May, September, and October
Saturday – Sunday:
The Gift Shop and Visitor Center are open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Guided tours are held on the hour. The first tour is at 11 a.m., and the last tour is at 3 p.m.

Monday – Friday:
Farm Sanctuary’s visitor and tour programs are closed.

June, July, and August
Wednesday – Sunday:
The Gift Shop and Visitor Center are open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Guided tours are held on the hour. The first tour is at 11 a.m., and the last tour is at 3 p.m.

Monday and Tuesday:
Farm Sanctuary’s visitor and tour programs are closed.

Due to weather and staffing the New York Shelter is closed to visitors from November through April. We encourage you to get to know our animals through our online videos and animal rescue stories.

Prices

Adults: $10
Children under 12: $5
Children 3 and under: Free

TOUR DAY CLOSURES AND SPECIAL EVENT DAYS

Closures

Due to events that we are holding at the sanctuary, we will be closed to the public and will not be offering guided tours on the following days.

August 19, 20 and 21

Special Event Days

On Sunday June 5 and Monday July 4 we are holding special events at the sanctuary. These events are open to the public, but do require an extra fee. Special Event Information 

Group Tours

Farm Sanctuary offers special tours for groups with 10 or more people — including schools, environmental clubs, and other groups. If you are a teacher or group leader and would like to arrange a special tour, please call please call 607-583-2225 ext. 291.

For important safety reasons concerning our tour guests and the animals, group tours are limited to ages 12 and older.

Companion Animals

For their safety and the safety of our animal residents, companion animals are not allowed on guided tours or on the shelter grounds at any time. Dogs are welcome in our Visitor Center provided they are on a leash; however they may not be left unattended in the Visitor Center. Please do not leave companion animals inside your vehicle while you are visiting as temperatures inside of a vehicle can reach life-threatening conditions very quickly, even with windows open. If you are planning to bring your companion animals to Farm Sanctuary, please make sure that you have someone to watch them while you are touring our shelter. Thank you for your cooperation.

SANCTUARY VISITORS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Farm Sanctuary does not discriminate against sanctuary visitors on the basis of a person’s disability and will work to provide reasonable accommodations to visitors who need such accommodations to ensure equal access to our tours, programs, services, events, and activities.  We want to make sure that all of our visitors have a meaningful and safe experience and are comfortable during a visit to our sanctuaries.  Therefore, we encourage individuals with disabilities who may have special accommodation requests to make a prior arrangement.  To set up arrangements or for more information about accommodations we can make, please contact our Visitor Experience Manager, Natalia Veinott at nveinott@farmsanctuary.org or 607-583-2225 ext. 291.

VISITORS WITH SERVICE ANIMALS

In order to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, visitors, resident animals, and visiting service animals, certain areas of the sanctuary are accessible only by staff, our resident animals, and visiting guests.  A clean and safe area can be made available for a service dog during a guest’s visit to restricted areas.  Please note that the restricted areas include all resident animal enclosures.

For any other species of service animal, please contact us so that we can determine whether accommodation may be made Contacting us in advance to make arrangements for service animals is strongly encouraged to assist us in preparing appropriate accommodations for the service animal upon arrival.  Please contact our Visitor Experience Manager, Natalia Veinott at nveinott@farmsanctuary.org or 607-583-2225 ext. 291.