This weekend we made our annual drive out to Living Treasures Animal Park. We chose the Donegal location this time around (although we have been to both). After about an hour on the PA turnpike we arrived at our destination. The drive was easy and quite beautiful, the rolling hills east of Pittsburgh are breathtaking to this flat country girl (I grew up in Western NY where it is VERY flat).
Living Treasures Animal Park is basically a very large petting zoo. The variety of animals is surprising, much larger than your average petting zoo. You are encouraged to buy a cup or bucket of feed at the entrance (and definitely plan/budget for this, I think it would be rather boring if you didn't have any feed). Both parks are basically a large circle with animals both around the perimeter and in the center. We chose the Donegal location because we found it to be larger and just had a better layout for our tastes, but pairing a trip to the Moraine location with a trip to the beach at Moraine State Park would be an excellent way to spend a sunny summer day.
We were first met by one of our favorite animals, Sascha the bear. What a cute little creature! While we weren't allowed to feed her, the boys had a blast watching her play. We followed the circle around and met the deer, camels, alpacas, and our favorite monkeys. Each of the animals either has a fence that you can personally feed the animals through or a tube that you can place food in to drop down to them (in the case of more dangerous animals like the bears). Many of the animals were fed special cheerio-type food that can be purchased in small "gumball" machines for a quarter. Make sure to bring lots of quarters! We visited in the late morning/early afternoon and the animals were still very hungry. Many times we go to petting zoos and the animals don't want to eat any of the goodies, but that certainly wasn't the case here, they were fantastic piggies!
Each location also has a true petting area where the animals roam freely amongst the guests. In our petting zoo we found baby goats, sheep and potbelly pigs.
We ended the trip with a pony ride for both kids. They loved this experience and nearly kissed the horse goodbye. Moraine also offers camel rides (I did this the last time we went to the Moraine location and really enjoyed it, Ben screamed the whole time but mommy had fun!) and horse-drawn safari tours (for an additional charge).
Living Treasures Animal Park
288 Route 711
Donegal, PA 15628
268 Fox Road
New Castle, PA 16101
Hours: April & May - Open daily 10am to 6pm
Weather permitting. If weather is threatening, please call first.
Memorial Day through August
Open daily 10am to 8pm
September & October - Open daily 10am to 6pm
Price: Adults: $8.50 Children 3-11: $5.50 2 and under: Free Seniors 62 and over $7.00
Pony Rides: $2.50
Feed $4.50 for large bucket $1.75 for small bag
-Kids love feeding the animals
-Up close and personal animal experience
-Nice day trip
-Something different to do
-Gift shop toys were very reasonably priced
-Price can add up by the time you pay admission, food, pony rides, etc.
-The exit is through the gift shop, and the kids begged for souveniers