Lagoon Deer Park

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Last week I took my annual trip to Lagoon Deer Park. It’s a deer petting zoo located in Sandusky, OH – and if you’ve never been to one please make it a priority! The set up is basically one massive pen that you’re allowed to walk in. Along the edges of that pen are a bunch of other pens with deer, llamas, goats, emu, etc. In the large part that you walk in there are usually twenty to thirty deer, maybe even more, that are free to roam. They’ll approach you, and you can feed them peanuts. It is magical. You feel like Snow White, just absolutely surrounded by deer who are so very interested in what you have for them! One of my favorite parts of this park is that it’s almost always empty. There has never been more than one other group of people there at the same time is me. Since 2013, I’ve been visiting this place and it’s still not losing it’s appeal… I mean, how could it?!

I normally head out in there in the fall but this year I wanted to visit a little bit earlier in the season in hopes of seeing some babies. As I walked around I was joined by a man who worked there. He gave me some grass to feed whatever animal wanted it (no one wanted it except a donkey who bit my finger!) and walked around with me for a bit pointing out different highlights. Normally I enjoy just being alone with my thoughts, and of course the deer here but it was like getting my own personal tour which was rad. He directed my attention to two barely one day old fawns that had been born the previous night. In the rocks they were easily looked over since with their spots they basically blended in. If you aren’t looking for them, you aren’t going to see them. I was disappointed they were in the cage where I couldn’t get close but excited to just be able to see them. I watched for a while as one little guy stood and took a few shaky steps and eventually laid back down. Those loooong legs are just too cute.

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deer park, petting zoo

As as I walked out of the pen and back into the building to leave a man who works there, who I’ve seen every year, started up a conversation. “You’re back! Did you see the newborns?” I responded that I had been shown the ones in the back pen and that they were soooo cute. He said “Yeah, and the one right out there?” Whaaat? We walked back outside together and he pointed out a tiny fawn that I had apparently looked right over. I bolted over to it’s side and took a handful of photos that I’m just smitten with.

The babies were very very cute, obviously, but the little guy on the right hand side of the photo below was my absolute favorite of the day. He was apparently born last fall…and I think he might be one of the silliest looking little critters I have ever seen. I like that he’s really furry. He didn’t look like any of the other deer there. He had these scrawny little legs with knobby knees and oversized feet. I was reminded of Dr. Seuss. Don’t you just want to eat him up!?

Lagoon Deer Park, Ohio, Sandusky, Petting Zoo
The photo below was originally hanging out in the middle of this post but it definitely seemed a little out of place but I couldn’t not share it…because emu are terrifying. I guess I’ve never really paid all that much attention to them but I stood there and stared at these beasts for so long just trying to take them all in. They’re like dinosaurs but they also look like handpuppets? I don’t know! Definitely one of those animals that you’re like of like “how is it real? kinda of seems made up…” Giraffes also fall into that category.

As always, if you live ANYWHERE near Sandusky, Ohio – you have to visit Lagoon Deer Park.


Author: Kaylah

Just a green haired gal from Cleveland, Ohio.

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  • Oh My Gosh! That baby (in the rocks) is so cuuuuute!!! Well, they're all cute overload, but that little baby's face is killing me šŸ™‚

    Emus have always reminded me of the Skeksis from The Dark Crystal…in my mind I imagine all young Skeksis started out looking like Emus…and then age reeeeally badly haha!

  • AHHH that baby is the cutest thing I've ever seen. Also their antlers look so soft! Also ALSO I totally agree about emu – they have such funny looking faces. That photo with the "bite" sign is so excellent.

  • Loved this post such beautiful photos… the babies are adorable! I have a tattoo of a deer, they're my favourite as they remind me of home where you can see them in the wild. Wish I had somewhere like this near me though!

  • Ahhh- my dream! These babies are so precious- especially that extra fluffy dude! We've got a deer family living on our front lawn and it kills me to not pet/hold/feed the bunny-sized fawn while it naps in our garden. Heartbreakers!

    • Oh bummer! Well, if you ever go on vacation you should see if there is one nearby. I found my first one on accident while on a camping trip with my family.

  • All of your photos are so gorgeous! I wish there was somewhere like this near me! I see deer in the wild fairly often over here (in England), but it would be so awesome to get up close and pet some tame ones.

    • Thank you so much, Louise!

      Same here. I grew up with deer in my backyard on a regular basis but being able to get so close and interact with them is just something else!

  • That place seems like an absolute dream! I am sure I could spend hours there hanging out with the deer. I cannot believe how cute those babies are! Also the light colored deer are so unique looking. Hah, I love the emu photo. It looks like something you could hang on your door to keep people away.

  • As your page loaded and the first picture came up, I literally squealed out loud, "DEEEEER PARK!!!" … Because I'm a crazy person, I guess? Hahah. I love your deer park posts so much!!

    The babiessss!! šŸ˜šŸ˜šŸ˜

    My favorites are the ones that are super pale with barely any spots! Are they a different kind of deer than the regular domesticated whitetail that the rest are? I think they look so ethereal and majestic! Also, emus are ridiculously terrifying. My mom used to work at a zoo and when I was about 7, two of them tried to chase me and peck me through a chain link fence and whenever they saw me after that, they made a terrible noise and would stick their beaks out of the fence trying to peck at me. šŸ™

  • Love this post so much. So many cute faces! This is honestly like a dream of mine, I love deer so much. I hope I can visit someday!

    Kaili |