Weekend Visiting Info
Every state seems to have a town named “Woodstock,” but we’re in Woodstock, NY—yes, the one where the famous music festival was supposed to (but didn’t) take place. We’re about 2 hours north of NYC and an hour south of Albany.
YES WE ARE OPEN EASTER DAY
Visiting hours are on weekends only April 5th – October 26th
That’s SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS ONLY 11am to 4pm
Admission $10 Adults
Admission comes with a FREE guided tour (weather permitting)
Tours start at 11:30 • 1:15 • 3:00*
On holiday weekends we are NOT open on Mondays
*We strive to keep to this schedule but due to the unpredictable flow of people and weather, deviations happen. If you miss the start of a tour you can always join the start of the next one so you don’t miss anybody!
Chance of Rain61°/37°
Volunteers are welcome year-round,
please see our Volunteer Page for more info
Sorry, we are very busy and not staffed during the week for visitors.
We are less than 2 hours by car from the George Washington Bridge, and the Trailways bus from NYC stops right on our corner (read important bus instructions here).
Admission is $10 per adult over 12, $5 for kids 12 and under and seniors, free for tykes 3 and under — or free for members. Individual memberships are $30 a year, family membership is $50/year. View our membership page for more information.
Use a GPS? Our physical address is 35 Van Wagner Road, Willow, NY. But don’t use MapQuest or Google maps, they will send you a confusing way — instead use the better directions via the side menu or click here!
Toddlers/Small Children: A visit to the farm is appropriate for children, and we have hundreds come every year. The residents here are accustomed to humans of all sizes. We do exist in part to educate visitors about animal welfare, but the farm is an environment of respect and compassion and there are no graphic pictures. We do stress that WFAS is not a “petting zoo” in the traditional sense, where animals are thought of as entertainment for people, but communing with the beings here and meeting them up close is an integral part of the experience. We do discuss in detail where these animals and those just like them originally came from, and we do not shy away from pointing out that a pig like Patsy would have been the source of bacon and ham. If you have any special concerns about the content of the tour please talk to your guide at the beginning of the tour.
Consider your footwear before you come — if there’s been a lot of rain recently you may encounter some mud and flipflops are not a great choice. Some people will bring extra “junky” shoes if they want to spend a lot of time with the animals.
THERE IS POOR CELL PHONE RECEPTION IN THE CATSKILLS, SO FOR DRIVING/BUS DIRECTIONS USE DIRECTIONS PROVIDED (see options on left menu).
Make a weekend getaway out of it! Stay at The Guesthouse at Woodstock Sanctuary or any of a number of charming B&B’s and inns. The Catskills area is a blast — hiking, kayaking, tubing, art & music are all close by. As long as you’re making the journey, why not bring some junky clothes and volunteer at the farm?
When in town make sure to dine at the Garden Cafe, an all-vegan restaurant with outstanding veg chow. You can’t miss ‘em — they’re right smack in the middle of town on the opposite side of the central “green” in Woodstock where there are some benches and a flag. Other dining options here.
A note about wheelchairs: We do have wheelchair-accessible parking and a restroom available, and most of the farm is reachable by wheelchair. However, be warned that the ground is quite rugged in spots and can be tough-going. We recommend 2 people per wheelchair to help navigate bumps. We have a neighbor who has offered up her golf cart but we need several days notice.
A note about dogs: As much as we love pooches, please leave them at home! Even well-behaved dogs who are not accustomed to a farm can really scare the residents here. We have no shaded parking spots available, and dogs barking outside make our dogs go absolutely nutso.
A note about rain/bad weather: The farm is open despite any weather (check it here), however at our discretion we may reduce the tours or stop them altogether if the weather is poor and/or lightning conditions exist. Bad weather is taxing on our staff and may require them to spend more time tending to animals. If tours are suspended you may still walk around and view the animals at your own risk. If there is any question please call ahead – 845-679-5955.