Sheep pasture landscape at Farm Sanctuary
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Watkins Glen, New York

Sheep pasture landscape at Farm Sanctuary
Visitor Update
As a precautionary measure due to COVID-19 concerns, we are temporarily suspending public programs and events at our Sanctuaries at least through the end of September. This includes all tours, visitors, accommodations, and volunteer opportunities.

The Sanctuary Experience

Guest with sheep at Farm Sanctuary, credit Jo-Anne McArthur

Photo: Jo-Anne McArthur

Nestled in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York, the rolling green pastures of Farm Sanctuary’s 275-acre New York shelter are home to more than 800 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 food system, but also introduce us to inspiring individuals through their heartwarming tales.

Spend the day with us and take an hour-long guided tour, browse our unique gift shop, learn more about farm animals in our Visitor Center, or enjoy a snack on our scenic deck.

We are located next door to Sugar Hill State Forest, just west of Watkins Glen.

Guest with pig at Farm Sanctuary, credit Jo-Anne McArthur
“A beautiful and peaceful slice of heaven! All the staff were so friendly and accommodating and the animals were extremely happy and well cared for.”
- Cheryl, Farm Sanctuary Visitor
Facebook Review

Photo: Jo-Anne McArthur

Sanctuary Tours

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WE ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.

The New York Sanctuary is open to visitors from May through October according to the schedule below. Tours start promptly on the hour. Please plan to arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to your tour to have time to sign in.

May, September, and October

  • Saturday – Sunday:
    • The Gift Shop and Visitor Center are open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 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 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 animal rescue stories.

Prices
Adults: $10
Children 4-12: $5
Children 3 and under: Free

Farm Sanctuary landscape

WE ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.

The New York Sanctuary is open to visitors from May through October according to the schedule below. Tours start promptly on the hour. Please plan to arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to your tour to have time to sign in.

May, September, and October

  • Saturday – Sunday:
    • The Gift Shop and Visitor Center are open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 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 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 animal rescue stories.

Prices
Adults: $10
Children 4-12: $5
Children 3 and under: Free

Father holds his son up to pet a goat at Farm Sanctuary.
  • Review the tour-day closures
  • Check the weather and come prepared
  • Please bring warm clothes, umbrellas, water bottles, sunscreen, etc., as appropriate. Comfortable, closed-toe footwear is advisable during any sanctuary visit. If it has rained in the past week, we recommend waterproof boots, as the Sanctuary gets very muddy.
Guest with sheep at Farm Sanctuary

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:

  • We are currently closed for events and tours

We encourage you to visit our events page for details and registration information for these events.

Events
Guests with Faith cow at Farm Sanctuary

Farm Sanctuary also offers private group tours.

Private group tours are $10 per person with a minimum charge of $150.

School Groups: Admission charges will be waived for middle school and high school children that are visiting Farm Sanctuary as part of a school group tour.

Group tours need to be scheduled in advance and all minors will need to have a liability release signed by their parent or guardian before the tour. If you would like to arrange a group tour or want additional information, please contact [email protected].

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

Haile Thomas with Poppy cow at Farm Sanctuary

All guests 18 or older will be required to sign a liability waiver upon arrival at the Sanctuary. Anyone under 18 will need to have a waiver signed on their behalf by a parent or guardian. If you are bringing children to the Sanctuary for whom you do not have guardianship, please email [email protected] or click here for a copy of the waiver to have signed before the tour.

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Accommodations

Tiny house in summer at Farm Sanctuary
Cabins at Farm Sanctuary

Tiny Houses

Immerse yourself in the Farm Sanctuary experience with a stay at one of our luxurious tiny houses! Sip your cup of coffee on the front porch and watch the pigs frolic in the adjacent pasture before starting your day with a private tour only for those staying in Sanctuary accommodations.

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Cabins

Snuggle up in one of our cozy cabins and start living the Farm Sanctuary life! You’ll enjoy stunning views of our picturesque location in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York while learning about farm animal issues and forging a closer bond with the rescued animals at our shelter.

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Tiny house in summer at Farm Sanctuary

Tiny Houses

Immerse yourself in the Farm Sanctuary experience with a stay at one of our luxurious tiny houses! Sip your cup of coffee on the front porch and watch the pigs frolic in the adjacent pasture before starting your day with a private tour only for those staying in Sanctuary accommodations.

Read more
Cabins at Farm Sanctuary

Cabins

Snuggle up in one of our cozy cabins and start living the Farm Sanctuary life! You’ll enjoy stunning views of our picturesque location in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York while learning about farm animal issues and forging a closer bond with the rescued animals at our shelter.

Read more

Dining Guide

Beyond Meat wraps at Farm Sanctuary event

Every year, Farm Sanctuary staff members scour local eateries to find veg options for Sanctuary visitors (and ourselves). We take the guesswork out of vegan traveling and provide a comprehensive cruelty-free dining guide for Watkins Glen and surrounding areas.

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Beyond Meat wraps at Farm Sanctuary event

Getting to Farm Sanctuary

Farm Sanctuary’s New York shelter is located just west of Watkins Glen in the Finger Lakes region of New York. The Sanctuary is one-and-a-half hours southeast of Rochester and half an hour north of Elmira.

Physical address (for mapping purposes only):
3136 Aikens Rd
Watkins Glen, NY 14891

Please note: It is best to use our driving directions once you reach Watkins Glen as navigation apps might direct you to take small, unmarked seasonal roads through the surrounding forest. Mail may not be sent to this address. All Farm Sanctuary mail should be sent to PO Box 150, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

Farm Sanctuary’s New York shelter is located just west of Watkins Glen in the Finger Lakes region of New York. The Sanctuary is one-and-a-half hours southeast of Rochester and half an hour north of Elmira.

Physical address (for mapping purposes only):
3136 Aikens Rd
Watkins Glen, NY 14891

Please note: It is best to use our driving directions once you reach Watkins Glen as navigation apps might direct you to take small, unmarked seasonal roads through the surrounding forest. Mail may not be sent to this address. All Farm Sanctuary mail should be sent to PO Box 150, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

From Watkins Glen

  • From Route 14/Franklin Street, head West on Fourth Street/Route 409
  • Turn right onto Route 23/28
  • Stay on Route 23 as it branches off to the left (one mile)
  • Continue on Route 23 for eight miles and then turn left onto Aikens Road
  • Follow Aikens Road for two miles until you see the Farm Sanctuary Visitor Barn on the left. Look for Farm Sanctuary signs along the way

From Rochester

  • Take 390 S to 17E (86) and then take Savona Exit 40
  • Turn left on Route 226 North, then right on Route 23
  • Take a right on Aikens Road and proceed two miles to the Visitor Barn

Please note: Route 17 is also Interstate 86.

Unfortunately, there is not any public transportation available that will take you to the Sanctuary. If you are flying or taking the bus, you will need to rent a car or take a taxi to the Sanctuary. Taxi rides do need to be scheduled in advance.

Elmira/Corning Regional Airport
45 minutes from the Sanctuary.

Ithaca Regional Airport
1 hour from the Sanctuary.

Rochester Airport
1.5 hours from the Sanctuary.

Taxi Services
Elmira/Corning Regional Airport
Bells Taxi
1 hour notice required; approximately $75.
607-731-8801 • 607-731-8880

Ithaca & Elmira Airports
Ithaca Dispatch Inc.
1 day or several hours’ notice preferred, approximately $80.
607-277-7777

Bus Transportation
Greyhound 800-231-2222
Shortline 607-734-2001
NY Trailways 800-295-5555
Coach USA 800-647-6471

Car Rentals
Avis 800-831-2847
Enterprise 800-325-8007
Hertz 800-654-3131
National 800-227-7368

Area Accommodations

Eric and Rory pigs at Farm Sanctuary

Please visit the local Chamber of Commerce or lodging association website for a comprehensive listing and information on places to stay near Farm Sanctuary. For your convenience, we’ve included a list of guest picks.

Please make sure to mention that you are visiting Farm Sanctuary when you make your reservation. Thank you!

Guest Picks

Local Attractions Guide

Waterfall in Watkins Glen, NY, Credit, Songquan Deng

Photo: Songquan Deng

The Finger Lakes area is alive with opportunities for exploration! Visit local wineries, hike gorges and waterfalls, or stroll through an area museum. Some highlights include the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, Watkins Glen State Park, the Corning Museum of Glass, and Ithaca’s many waterfalls.

Download the Guide
Waterfall in Watkins Glen, NY, Credit, Songquan Deng

Photo: Songquan Deng

Frequently Asked Questions

For their safety and that 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. If a companion animal is found unattended on shelter grounds or in parking areas, Farm Sanctuary staff may call the police to investigate. Thank you for your cooperation.

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 [email protected].

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 [email protected].

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Cows outside Farm Sanctuary

Our 26-acre Southern California Sanctuary is located on a beautiful hacienda ranch in Acton, just 45 minutes from Hollywood, and provides Sanctuary for approximately 100 animals.

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