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Hours and FAQs

The 2018 visiting season ends on Sunday, October 21

HalloWoodstock is October 27

Member Appreciation Day is October 28


Visitor FAQ:

Q: Do I need to make a reservation to visit?

A: No, we are open 10:30 am – 4 pm on weekends only. The open season is the first full weekend of April through the last full weekend of October. If you are planning to bring a group of 10+, please email info@woodstocksanctuary to let us know.

Q: Does it cost anything to visit?

A: We are a nonprofit and admission is a suggested donation of $10 adults, $5 kids/seniors/active military/veterans. Toddlers and members are “free.”  Please visit our Admission page for a list format.

Q: Am I required to take a guided tour?

A: It’s highly recommended but not mandatory. For your safety and the animals’ you will not be able to enter the pens and pastures without a guide. There is no fee for a tour, and you do not have to sign up.  Just be at the Visitor Center 10 minutes prior to tour time so you have time to sign up and use the bathroom.

Q: How long are the tours?

A: They generally run about 1 hour.

Q: What do the tours consist of?

A: You will be taken from species to species and enter the pastures and yards with many of the animals. We’ll tell you their stories, including where they came from before, how they were rescued, and who they have become since. Woodstock Sanctuary has a strong educational mission and during the tours we are very frank and don’t sugar-coat the realities of modern animal agriculture.

Q: Are the tours child-friendly, or do you have special kid tours?

A visit to the sanctuary is appropriate for children. They will get to meet all sorts of animals, and many enjoy being touched or scratched. The sanctuary is an environment of respect and compassion and there are no graphic pictures. 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 Olive would have been the source of bacon and ham.

Q: What if I miss the beginning of a tour?

A: We have four tour times per day on the hour at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm, so you can enjoy a vegan snack or shop at our Visitor’s Center while you wait for the next tour.  Please do not join a tour already in progress because safety instructions are given during the introduction.

Q: Why doesn’t your address of “2 Rescue Road, High Falls, NY 12440” show up on my GPS?

A: Try using “6 Epworth Lane, High Falls, Ny 12440” instead.  We changed the road name when we moved to this location and not all of the GPS programs have caught up yet.

Q: Where can I find directions?

A: Please click on the Visit tab on our menu above and then click on Directions.

Q: Can I feed the animals?

A: Many of our animals are on special diets, so please do not feed any food to the animals at the sanctuary.

Q: Can I bring my dog?

A: For the safety and comfort of both our nearly 400 rescued animals and your dog, dogs are not allowed on sanctuary grounds.  Registered service animals are the only exception to this rule.

Registered animals must be kept on-leash at all times and are prohibited from entering animal enclosures. We reserve our right to ask even registered animals be removed from the property if they are being aggressive towards our rescued residents, or other guests or staff.

Q: But what if my dog stays in my car and I park in the shade with the A/C running?

A:  Per NYS law you may not leave your dog in your vehicle and this includes with engine on and the A/C running because in NYS it is also illegal to leave an unattended car’s engine running.

Q: I’m from out of town; is there any way that I can come during the week?

A: If you can only come during the week, please click on the Join tab on our menu above and then click Volunteer.  We need volunteers all year round and that is a great way to visit while we are closed to visitors.

Q: Do you have overnight accommodations?

A: We do not currently have accommodations on site, but check out our Overnight Accommodations page for local places that we suggest.

Q: Will there be vegan food and drinks available for purchase?

A: Yes! There are vegan snacks available in our Visitor’s Center.

Q: Can I bring my own food?

A: Yes, but please do not include meat, eggs, dairy, or animal by-products out of respect for the animals, staff, and fellow visitors. You may be asked to put your food back in the car for consumption elsewhere if it does not meet these criteria.

Address: 2 Rescue Road, High Falls, NY 12440

Visiting Hours: 10:30am – 4pm, Saturdays and Sundays only.  No reservation necessary!*

Weekend Tour Times (Hourly, starting at 11am with the last tour at 2pm)

11:00 am

12:00 pm

1:00 pm

2:00 pm

(There is no fee to take a tour.)

Please be prepared to move-about in the open air for about a mile and half, and to endure whatever weather Mother Nature sends our way!  Tours run for about 55-60 minutes. We reserve the right to limit or cancel tours during dangerous conditions like lightning, very high winds, or extreme heat.

*We are closed on holidays that land on Monday (but still open on those Saturdays and Sundays): Memorial Day,  Independence Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day

Click here to view the Sanctuary map and rules!

Visitors make friends with Panther, Marty, and other rescued chickens!


If you need a ride, new Lyft customers can use code WHYWOODSTOCK for a discount on their first trip!