Michigan’s Adventure celebrates 60th anniversary by adding a petting farm

Honey Hill Farm Mobile Petting Zoo and Pony Rides

February 18, 2016

Michigan’s Adventure celebrates 60th anniversary by adding a petting farm

Honey Hill Farm News & Blog • By Megan Powell-Larkin, Staff Writer

Muskegon, MI- Michigan’s Adventure is turning the big 6-0 this year and they’re celebrating with a healthy dose of nostalgia. If you’re lucky enough to have been visiting the park since its modest beginnings, you’ll remember that the amusement park opened in 1956 as a small animal park.  Once named “Deer Park Funland,” the family attraction featured encounters with deer, llamas and a variety of barnyard animals.

Today, Michigan’s Adventure is managed by Camille Jourden-Mark, whose father owned the park from 1968 until Cedar Fair purchased it in 2001. Mark grew up in the park, and still remembers the popularity of the petting zoo.

As a return to its roots, Michigan’s Adventure recently announced that the petting zoo will be making a special return to the park for the 2016 season.

The petting zoo will be named “Funland Farm,” as a throwback to the early days of the park. It will feature a variety of animals, including chickens, ducks, llamas, miniature donkeys and goats. Families will have the opportunity to interact with the animals and enjoy the same experience that visitors enjoyed in years past.

The animals will be provided by Honey Hill Farm, a professional zoo based in Berry, KY. The same company provides the animals at sister parks Kings Island and Cedar Point.

Honey Hill Farm has an unrivaled commitment to animal welfare. They are working with Michigan’s Adventure to adapt an area of the park to be a
safe, quiet environment for the animals who will be living there. The animals will be cared for by experienced Honey Hill Farm employees. They’ll return to their full-time home in Kentucky at the end of the season.

“They’re not farm animals,” says Honey Hill Farm owner, Sally Powell. “We make sure that everyone knows that our animals are professional pets.”

You can learn more about the animals who will be visiting Michigan’s Adventure this year at https://www.honeyhillfarm.net/animal-welfare-pledge/.

Michigan’s Adventure will open for the 2016 season on Memorial Day weekend. Read more about it at https://www.miadventure.com/.