5 Reasons Why You Should Visit an Animal Sanctuary
5 Reasons Why You Should Visit an Animal Sanctuary.
Animal Sanctuary is where the well-being of animals and the love for nature come together in harmony. It’s a haven for rescued and rehabilitated animals and a place where we experience the magic of a sanctuary firsthand. If you’re still on the fence about visiting, here are five compelling reasons to travel to an animal sanctuary.
A Unique Opportunity to Connect with Animals
At an animal sanctuary, it is a rare and immersive experience for animal lovers of all ages. Unlike traditional zoos, we provide a space where you can connect with our animals on a deeper level. You’ll have the chance to interact with rescued farm animals, including cattle, swine, goats, and more in a peaceful and natural environment. These interactions allow you to learn about their stories and foster compassion and understanding toward these beautiful creatures.
Support Ethical Animal Welfare
When you visit San Diego Animal Sanctuary and Farm, you contribute to ethical animal welfare practices. Our core objective is to provide rescue and rehabilitation for animals that have suffered from neglect, mistreatment, or abandonment. Your visit contributes to financing our endeavors to supply nourishment, shelter, and healthcare for these animals, ensuring they lead healthy, happy lives. By choosing us for your animal sanctuary experience, you’re actively participating in the compassionate treatment of animals.
Educational Opportunities for All Ages
An animal sanctuary is not just a place to admire animals; it’s also an educational hub. We believe in the power of knowledge to inspire change and offer informative tours and workshops suitable for visitors of all ages. You can learn about animal behavior, and the importance of ethical treatment of animals. These educational experiences empower visitors to make more informed choices in their own lives and become advocates for animal welfare.
Peaceful Retreat from the City
Escape the hustle and bustle of San Diego’s urban life and immerse yourself in the tranquility of our sanctuary. Our sprawling farm offers a serene environment where you can reconnect with nature. Take a stroll through lush green pastures, take in the soothing tunes of the birds, and experience the therapeutic advantages of being in the company of animals who thrive in a stress-free environment. It’s a perfect place to unwind and find solace amidst the beauty of the natural world.
Support Sustainable Practices
San Diego Animal Sanctuary and Farm is committed to sustainable and eco-friendly practices. We prioritize organic farming, renewable energy sources, and waste reduction. By visiting us, you support our dedication to a greener planet and encourage others to do the same. You can witness firsthand how we integrate sustainability into our daily operations and gain inspiration for making environmentally conscious choices in your own life.
An animal Sanctuary is more than just a place to visit; it’s an opportunity to benefit the well-being of rescued animals, learn about ethical animal welfare, and connect with nature in a peaceful setting. Whether you’re an animal lover, a nature enthusiast, or someone looking for a tranquil escape, we invite you to experience the magic of our sanctuary. Book your visit and discover the joy of connecting with animals, supporting ethical animal welfare, and embracing sustainable practices. Be a part of our mission to create a better world for animals, one visitor at a time. We can’t wait to welcome you. You can visit us at 5178 Japatul Spur Alpine, CA 91901, or get in touch by calling (619) 320-4942 or clicking here.
Hours of Operation: 10 am – 5 pm
We are open to the public 7 days a week. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Based on 276 reviews
San Diego Animal Sanctuary and Farm by the Children's Nature Retreat Foundation
I recently had the pleasure of visiting the San Diego Animal Sanctuary and Farm with my toddler, and it was an unforgettable experience that I feel compelled to share. Nestled just 40 minutes away from San Diego, this hidden gem is more than just a farm; it's a peaceful haven where each animal, from the mini horses to the camels, is treated with the utmost care and love.Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted by the most incredible host, a French single mom who embarked on this admirable journey in 2015 to create a sanctuary for rescued animals. Her passion and dedication were evident in every corner of the 20-acre park, making us feel immediately at ease and welcomed.One of the highlights of our visit was the opportunity to interact closely with the animals. For a small fee, we bought a bucket of hay for $5 and grains for $3, which allowed us to feed and connect with the animals in a more intimate way. My toddler was particularly enchanted by the mini horses, while I couldn't help but chuckle at the camel's antics. It was truly heartwarming to see how well-cared-for all the animals were, reflecting the sanctuary's commitment to their well-being.Not only did we enjoy our time with the animals, but we also supported the sanctuary by purchasing fresh cabbage, bok choy, and eggs. Knowing that everyone involved in the sanctuary is a volunteer added a special touch to our visit, emphasizing the community's collective effort to maintain this wonderful place.I highly encourage everyone to bring a picnic, spend a day at this magical sanctuary, and support their cause by attending their fundraising event on March 8th. Visiting the San Diego Animal Sanctuary and Farm is not only a delightful experience but also a chance to contribute to a noble cause. Let's help this amazing sanctuary continue its mission of rescuing and caring for these incredible animals.
Really nice experience. Good viewing opportunities of a variety of animals in what seems like a humane environment. Easy parking. Fresh produce from the farm is available. Friendly staff. A bit expensive for a family, but it makes sense given the costs of running the place.
The best zoo experience I've had in a long time! I've visited twice now and it's just a whole wonderful and peaceful experience. Purchasing the hay buckets are absolutely worth it! Great for couples, family, or even solo trips!
This place is absolutely amazing!It’s a short drive from San Diego city center, only a little bit over half and hour.The animals are amazing and well loved and cared for, and the staff is super friendly and very sweet.I highly recommend going inside one of the enclosures. The animals will be so grateful for it! Give them all the snacks and pets!I had a truly amazing day here, and I cannot wait to come back.
Utterly incredible place. The summer camp opportunities are an incredible way for kids to learn and interact with all kinds of animals. You can not only see but *feed* (and sometimes water) animals that you'll likely never see anywhere else. The staff are amazing, too.
My children LOVED the experience. We were given buckets of hay to feed some of the animals and they totally got a kick out of doing it. If you are going through Japatul Valley, this is a great stop to visit!
Animals are loved and well cared for. A lot of thought is put into this sanctuary.Produce is organic and deliciousBring your walking shoes. It's a nice little walk around the property.Got to pet a couple of animals that I've never even seen up close before! That was very cool. Good for kids to see the animals in person
Remember your sunscreen and water! Really enjoyed this place, at least my kid did. A lot of animals to see and feed and a knowledgeable staff. Ou can buy some of their garden items, too, which are huge. Biggest cow I've ever seen, standing at over 6'1"
Living in San Diego and never hearing of this place makes me sad as now I will make this a frequent visit! So much more fun than the zoo to me! And you get to get so much closer and get to interact with the animals! My kids had a blast and my husband and I felt like kids as well! We will definitely be back! Another hidden gem we have found since becoming parents!
What a wonderful place for all the animals. Our family enjoyed roaming the paths through the large enclosures. The black horse is amazing!! We love pigs, and there were several nice pig areas with big water holes. The peacocks are beautiful. There are places to rest and an area to picnic. Highly recommended!
Went there with my girlfriend for our for years together and we absolutely loved it, it is something very different you can find not so far from San Diego. The staff was very amazing and helpful and also very Informative of the animals, you can tell they really love what they do and how much they care for all the animals. I will definitely spread the word of this place to friends and family and will be sure to be back soon.
We came for the behind the scenes tour. WOW!! Such a great up close and personal tour with the founder, Agnes! She was very knowledgeable about every animal, and took great care of the sanctuary! We were able to feed, pet, hold, and love on all the animals, and were given plenty of time to take it all in. Can’t say enough good things about this place! We will be back 🖤
The Serenity Sanctuary is an absolute gem. I can't express how thrilled I am to have stumbled upon it. We frequent the sanctuary and take delight in introducing our friends to this hidden paradise. The serenity that engulfs you while feeding and interacting with the gentle creatures is simply unparalleled. You have the freedom to meander at your own leisure, feed the animals either by reaching through or observing from above the fences, and even relish a picnic lunch amidst the tranquility. Indulging in a delectable ice cream treat from the snack bar is an added pleasure, knowing that the proceeds contribute to the noble cause. Trust me when I say, it's an experience you absolutely must not miss!
Couldn’t have had a better time, everyone was so friendly & sweet -especially Amanda! Our son had the best time adventuring and seeing all the different animals. Great pricing, we got two feed buckets and went to town giving all the animals a snack! We will bring anyone who visits us in San Diego here, highly recommend. Can’t wait to go again.
We love this place so much. The care they give to the animals is exceptional. The environment is a calm, beautiful escape from the city. Bring a picnic and stay the day visiting will all the sweet, very loved animals.
I have been here many times with my kids, but our last visit was the first we have done as a guided tour field trip. We learned SO much! Travis, the animal keeper, was beyond patient with the 18 children, many of which were incredibly young. He kept them all so engaged for several hours. The chaperones keep mentioning what a special day it was, and how much more we got out of it than we would have at the San Diego Zoo.A wonderful and special gem of a place!
Nice place to bring animal lovers. It's not too big or small. People here are friendly. Make sure you buy a bucket of animal food. It was so much fun interacting with them. The restrooms are clean and plenty of picnic benches for a break.
This truly is a magical place that not many people know about. The animals are so well cared for, have huge pastures to roam, and really love attention from guests. The Farm is a great place to take your family and allow your kids to run free and enjoy the outdoors. Lots of shaded picnic areas and places to sit along the way. Highly recommend!
Great place to share with friends and get to know the fauna of the place by feeding the animals, taking walks around the park trails 🌳 🦒 🦓 🦔Very close driving from SD, to get out of the routine and give yourself a break from so much work It is advisable to bring your own drinks and some snacks, just relax 🚘 🏃 ☀️ ⛅️
This place is amazing and way easier / more fun than schlepping the kids to the Zoo or Wild Animal Park. They have so much fun getting up close to all the animals and being able to feed them. Highly recommend!
Whether you bring kids or not, this is a fantastic place to visit. The staff is super friendly and helpful, you can get up close and personal with with the animals, and the fees are fairly priced. Of all San Diego has to offer, this has to be at the top of your bucket list to see.
What a fun Easter Sunday! My daughter and I stopped by for the Easter egg hunt event and to also visit the animals today. So many families visiting yet with 20-acres of land to explore, it was still so peaceful and we were able to take our time visiting each animal without crowding or congestion. It was so nice! We enjoyed ourselves. We loved having the opportunity to feed the livestock and some of the exotic animals! It is such a beautiful place and the staff are so kind, and helpful. They truly want all visitors to feel welcomed and to walk away with the best experience. Definitely visiting again!
Today was a fantastic day at the SDAS&F! There were so many happy families and the weather was fantastic. The Easter egg hunts (one per day leading up to Easter) are super popular. This is one of the best and most wholesome places in the county to enjoy Easter 🐣 fun. It’s also a place for all seasons and can be enjoyed anytime of the year.
My son and I come here often (since he was about a year old and now almost 6) and absolutely love it! In the quiet beautiful mountains surrounded by nature and animals! You get an up close experience with every animal and can feed almost all of them! Shady picnic areas with a little snack store for snacks and drinks. Their events are always fun like their Easter egg hunt, and trick or treating! The animals are so sweet and well cared for! The people who work there are so helpful and love to chat about all the projects and animals on the property! We love the Sanctuary so much and look forward to all of our future trips! I 100% recommend all families to visit this little jewel in Alpine!
We had such a wonderful time at the San Diego Animal Sanctuary and Farm! This was our second visit, and we wish we lived closer so we could go more often. My 11-year-old daughter did the "Be a Keeper for a Day" experience, and it was just perfect. Everyone was so kind and friendly, and it is such a beautiful place to spend a day. The animals are so well-cared for and loved. It truly is a "sanctuary" for animals and for people!
My husband and I had an absolutely wonderful time. We saw an ad on Facebook and drove out to see some animals and we’ll probably keep going back because we love animals. Didn’t realize there was the different packages so we’ll probably try and do more with our favorites. The staff were friendly, loved the animals, had the best time feeding everyone, Pearl was a favorite of mine. We paid $38 each for an adult day pass and then $5 for individual buckets of hay (an absolute steal).
We go here on the weekends. The whole family loves it. We rent one of the wagons to pull our buckets of greens for the animals (and our toddler). We bring a picnic to eat at the picnic area next to the zebras. It's a great way to interact with the animals, and to teach kids how to care for and respect them. Plus it's just a beautiful area for a walk.
What a fun little place! I’d much rather take my kids here to experience animal life than the zoo. The animals all seem really happy to be here and excited when the saw my kids with their buckets of hay.They also have these adorable little kittens that followed us around the whole property and we’re sweet as can be!We had so much fun and everyone was super friendly and helpful.As for the price- It’s completely reasonable due to the expense of running this place.
Fantastic experience. The staff were extremely friendly and welcoming, you can tell the animals are loved and well taken care of. I will definitely be coming back here to support the good cause of this foundation.
I loved our visit today. I can’t even describe how happy I feel I went to the children’s retreat today. Please go there it will really make your heart sing and your soul dance. Animals are amazing and so is the staff. Thank you so much for a beautiful day!
My 8-year-old granddaughter was a Zookeeper for a Day in March. She loved it so much that she requested a return visit rather than doing something else, so we’re going back to do it again next month. This was (on the day we went) a one-on-one experience, and she got to feed more than a dozen different types of animals (including bottle feeding a baby goat), plus observe a vet work on horses’ teeth and my granddaughter also helped prepare medications for sick animals and brush miniature horses. The zookeepers she worked with were very sweet and provided lots of educational explanations. I was offered the opportunity to ride along on the golf cart with both the small and larger zookeepers. The Children’s Nature Retreat really cares about the animals, most of which were rescues. They also limit the number of guests so that it never gets crowded and offer volunteer opportunities to local disabled young people. A first rate operation!
A great little place in Alpine to either take your kids for a couple of hours or to go yourself and clear your head. She has a good assortment of animals so you’re sure to find some animal you’ll like there. She even has a bison! Highly recommend this place.
This place was amazing the owned was super nice and very personable with everybody and my son loved the up close and personal with the barnyard animals and the keeper was super nice and didn't rush us at all and answered all my questions about all the animals and the zebras were awesome to feed!! I loved how far away it is from everything and super relaxing!!
My boys said, "This is more than amazing? What words are better than amazing?" It's a neat rescue that allows you to take the time and enjoy the animals without the crowd. The $5 feeding bucket is totally worth it!
Thank you April, Liz, Travis for an amazing experience. We all had a very relaxing, enjoyable time. It was great, being able to enjoy every animal for as long as we wanted to spend time with. Every animal seemed to have their own fun personality. A must visit, the rules are simple and you will love this place. It is well cared for! You can bring snack, and water and there is seating throughout the property for you to relax and enjoy at your pace❤️❤️❤️🙏, well done!