Tours of Farm Sanctuary’s New York Shelter


The health and safety of the entire Farm Sanctuary family, including our visitors, is of the utmost importance. As a precautionary measure due to COVID-19 concerns, we are temporarily suspending public programs and events at our Watkins Glen, New York Sanctuary. This includes all tours, visitors, and volunteer parties until further notice. We will continue to closely monitor the situation as it evolves, and provide updates on in the weeks to come.

visit the farm animal sanctuary in Watkins Glen

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 BarnCenter, or enjoy a snack on our scenic deck. 

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



The New York Shelter 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 online videos and animal rescue stories.


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

Before your tour:

  • Review the tour-day closures below
  • 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.


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 21, 22 and 23, 2020

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


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

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


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.


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 or click here for a copy of the waiver to have signed before the tour.


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


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

We look forward to your visit. Please contact with any questions.