Celebrating Our First Anniversary!

Ballyhoo Petting Zoo is a unique, hands-on interactive experience located in Anderson, SC. Our family farm is the perfect family-friendly educational entertainment for all ages! 

Enjoy our safe, clean, outdoor facility and remember to social distance when visiting! Masks are not required as all activities are outdoors.

Hours:

Thursday – Saturday: 9 AM – 6 PM

Sunday: 1 PM – 6 PM

Monday – Wednesday: Closed

Admission:

Adults (+16): $9.00
Military, Senior (+65), Students: $8.00
Children
(15-3): $7.00
Toddlers: Free 

Children must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18 at all times. Military, Senior, and Student discount available with valid ID. 

Contat:

849 Norris Road, Anderson SC 29626
706-436-7249
ballyhoopettingzoo@gmail.com
@ballyhoopettingzoo

Upcoming Events

We have a packed schedule for 2022! Admission to the event is included with regular admission to the zoo. The regular farm interactions and activities will be available during the events as well. Additional activities, games, crafts from events may have a small fee. 

Spring
Memorial Day Special Hours: Monday, May 30th – 10 AM – 6 PM

Summer
Pioneer Days: Saturday, June 11th + Sunday, June 12th
Pineapple Festival: Saturday, June 25th + Sunday, June 26th
Independence Day Special Hours: Monday, July 4th – 10 AM – 6PM
Ballyhoorassic Park: Saturday, July 9th + Sunday, July 10th
Day of the Cowboy: Saturday, July 23rd + Sunday, July 24th


Fall

Hundred Acre Woods: Saturday, August 20th + Sunday, August 21st
Labor Day Special Hours: Monday, September 5th – 10 AM – 6PM
Ballyhootenanny Fall Festival: Saturday, October 1st + Sunday, October 2nd
BallyBOO Trick or Treat: Saturday, October 29th – Monday, October 31st
Harvest Jamboree: Saturday, November 19 + Sunday, November 20


Winter

Christmas Village: December 3 – December 31

Saturday, June 11 + Sunday, June 12

Travel back to the old west for pioneer days at Ballyhoo! Learn all of the essential skills pioneers like Daniel Boone used to explore the Wild West! This quest is designed for kids 3-14.

Saturday, June 25 + Sunday, June 26

Pineapple Festival is back for the second year! Kick of the summer and tiki-out with Ballyhoo and enjoy snow cones, Hulu contests, waterslides, and plenty more of activities all weekend! 

Saturday, July 9 + Sunday, July 10

This Dino-Mite event is roaring back for another year! Join us for this Dinosaur filled weekend to hunt for dinosaurs, excavate fossils, and meets some modern day Dinos.

Saturday, July 23 + Sunday, July 24

Western weekend is here with Day of the Cowboy celebration at ballyhoo. Little cowboys and cowgirls alike will learn how to host a ho-down rodeo and what life on the ranch is like.

Saturday, July 23 + Sunday, July 24

Western weekend is here with Day of the Cowboy celebration at ballyhoo. Little cowboys and cowgirls alike will learn how to host a ho-down rodeo and what life on the ranch is like.

Saturday, July 23 + Sunday, July 24

Western weekend is here with Day of the Cowboy celebration at ballyhoo. Little cowboys and cowgirls alike will learn how to host a ho-down rodeo and what life on the ranch is like.

Saturday, July 23 + Sunday, July 24

Western weekend is here with Day of the Cowboy celebration at ballyhoo. Little cowboys and cowgirls alike will learn how to host a ho-down rodeo and what life on the ranch is like.

Saturday, July 23 + Sunday, July 24

Western weekend is here with Day of the Cowboy celebration at ballyhoo. Little cowboys and cowgirls alike will learn how to host a ho-down rodeo and what life on the ranch is like.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of admission?

Adults (+16): $9.00

Military, Senior (+65), Students: $8.00

Children (15-3): $7.00

Toddlers: Free 

What are your hours?

We are currently open Thursday-Saturday from 9 AM – 6PM and Sunday 1 PM – 6 PM.

Do you have to preorder tickets?

No you do not have to purchase tickets in advance. We take cash and card at the door.

Do you offer memberships?

Yes we do have annual membership options! View Memberships here: https://www.ballyhoopettingzoo.com/tickets-memberships/

Where do you get your animals?

Most of animals are raised on the farm or donated through our animal rescue program. We currently have 48 animal rescues and counting. Our rescues vary from minor concerns to severe health issues that require ongoing treatment. We love all of our animals and make sure all rescues will be able to permanently stay at the farm or are 100% healthy before they will be eligible for adoption. 

How much time/care does it take to run the farm?

The farm is a 24 hour job. Animal welfare is our #1 priority and we spend a great deal of time and effort making sure our animals receive the highest quality care possible. We are a USDA accredited facility and take great pride in our Class C Exhibitor certification. 

We typically go through about 4,800lbs of hay and 1,600 of grain every month feeding all of our animals. Each species has a specific diet and nutrition plan based on their heath needs, age, and weight.

Aren’t all of the treats bad for the animals?

We use Purina & Mazuri animal feed, supplements, and treats. All of our treats are hay-based and do not include excess sugars. This means it does not effect their natural diet and are completely safe for them to eat.

Do the people stress the animals out?

We designed the farm so pens were only accessible on one or two sides. Animals are not forced to interact with guests and can retreat to the back of their pens at any time. All of their shelters are also turned away from guests so they can rest in their barns or houses and not be bothered. 

However, Our animals are extremely spoiled and love attention. This has not been a problem since we opened, even on the busiest days! 

Animals + Interactions

We currently have 140+ animals with 18 species and 27 breeds. Our collection includes both domestic and exotics, and we are hoping to add more exotic species soon! All animals can be fed and petted while visiting the farm. Special interactions, including baby animal encounters, are available daily and are usually timed. 

Our Animals:

Learn more about all of the furry friends at the farm! We have photos of the animals at the farm along with some fun facts and birthdays.  

Rescue Program:

Rescues have become a huge part of our farm and we love each of our unique little animals. Learn more about our rescue program and how you can help!

Adopt an
Animal:

We have a few babies available for adoption that are the perfect edition to any family or hobby farm. All animals are checked by our veterinary before they are adopted. Click the link below to fill out the adoption application.

USDA Accredited Facility

We are a USDA Class C Exhibitor and follow all USDA guidelines for the care of our animals. This includes daily observation, special diets, exercise, exhibits, and veterinary care for each individual animal. All of our animals are named by our little helpers and very loved individuals at the farm.

Reviews

I took my 2 1/2 year old and she LOVED it! She was able to pet and feed goats, pigs, sheep, donkeys, rabbits, horses, chickens, and lamas. (There were other animals too!) The staff was very friendly and even let her hold and spend time with baby goats and rabbits. The farm was big enough and fenced in for her to run around but not too big where I couldn’t keep my eyes on her. The rest of the day she kept asking to go back!

Amber C.

Great environment. Amazing, friendly staff. Nice variety of animals to pet and feed. Very interactive place. My kids loved the prairie dogs and bunnies the most. I highly recommend for all kids.

Thomas T.

What a gem! Ballyhoo is the sweetest little petting zoo. So interactive and inviting. I took my 5 year old and 17 month old and we had the best time. Staff was great too! Well worth the hour drive and we will definitely be back

Jessica F.

We just visited today at Ballyhoo.It was the absolute best. You walk at your own pace and once you pay and are in that’s when the fun starts.Very family friendly and a couple of tables for a picnic. I think I enjoyed it just as much as my grandsons. DEFINITELY will be visiting here again soon.The clerk on Saturday( today) was the sweetest ever and very informative. Good job to the Ballyhoo team!!!

Trish B.

This is a wonderful family location! There are picnic tables with umbrellas, and there are snacks/sodas in the main office. Very affordable, and very great opportunity for kids to interact with animals. There were goats, sheep, cows, chickens, bunnies, horses, and ducks. All of the animals were well taken care of and the staff were very friendly. This is a locally owned operation, and I felt very good supporting this small farm. I highly recommend visiting this small, local business.

Jillian G.