Hours

Thursday-Saturday: 9 AM – 6 PM
Sunday: 1 PM – 6 PM

Closed Monday-Wednesday

Admission

Adults (16+): $9:00
Military/Senior (65+)/Students: $8.00
Children (3-15): $7:00
Toddlers (-2): Free

Location

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

Exciting for the Whole Family

Welcome to Ballyhoo Zoo!

Ballyhoo Petting Zoo is an independently owned, USDA accredited zoo in Anderson, SC. We currently have over 20 species of animals, including some that are not available to see anywhere else in the upstate. We pride ourselves on providing a unique, educational experience that’s fun for everyone! Animal encounters are available daily and tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

Encounter Highlight: Bunny Cuddles

What To Expect When You Visit

We want your visit to be as fun and safe as possible! Please check out our admission guides below.

Admission

Tickets can be purchased at the door or online. We accept cash, card, and mobile pay. We also offer group admission and tours.

Activities

We have interactive exhibits, zip the zoo, and fun yard games available throughout the farm. Animal feed cups for guests to purchase upon arrival.

Accommodations

We have several viewing areas with seating and hand sanitation stations throughout the park. We also have a party pavilion that can be reserved for groups. 

Frequently Asked Questions

If your specific question is not answered below, please contact us and we will be happy to help! 

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 80 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. 

Learn more about our animal rescues here.

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! 

The Best Party Place in the Upstate

Make this party a year to remember! We offer flexible, all-inclusive party packages that fit any price point. 

Unique Animal Encounters

Hands on interactions with our animals are offered weekly.

We have over 150 animals of all shapes and sizes! We pride ourselves on providing a unique, educational experience that’s fun for everyone. We have several animal ambassadors that love special attention from the public. 

We are currently reworking the animal encounter program to add new interactions. The new animal encounters will be available in August.

Encounter Highlight: Patagonian Cavy Corner

Upcoming Events
Admission to events is included with regular admission to the zoo.

Fall 2022

Hundred Acre Woods: Saturday, August 20th + Sunday, August 21st

Labor Day Ice Cream Social: Saturday, September 3rd – Monday, September 5th

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 2022

Christmas Village: December 3 – December 31

Event Highlight: Ballyhootenanny Fall Festival

August 20 + 21

Visit the Hundred Acre Wood with Winnie the Pooh and friends on this character day designed for kids 8 and under. There will be games, crafts, and scavenger hunts

September 3 – 5

We have interactive exhibits, zip the zoo, and fun yard games available throughout the farm. Animal feed cups for guests to purchase upon arrival.

October 1 + 2

Our most popular event of the season is back for a second year! Join us for the Ballyhootenanny Fall Festival! We will have our pumpkin patch, hay day maze, games, and more.

October 29-31

This night and day time festival is for all ages! During the day, join us for games and crafts and at night, trick or treat through the farm and pet the animals along the way! 

Our Most Popular Event of the Season

Join us for the second annual Ballyhootenanny Fall Festival! 

Group Admission Options

We have several packages for groups! Check out the options below or contact us for something custom.

Birthday Parties

Ballyhoo is the go to place for birthday parties for all ages! Packages are completely customizable and we offer flex pricing. All-inclusive packages include decorations, feed cups, cup cakes, pizza, drinks, interactions, and photos! 

Field Trips

Field trips are great for school groups, homeschool groups, scout groups, church groups, preschools, and more! Packages include a farm tour, animal encounters, complementary feed cups, and free admission for chaperons. Field trips are available Tuesday-Saturday.

Behind the Scenes Tours

Behind the scenes tours are available for groups of 10 or more. Group admission packages include complementary feed cups, designated picnic space, and animal encounters. These can also be booked Tuesday-Saturday,

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.

Sensory-Sensitive Admission Option

We have early/late admission option along with individual encounters for our sensory-sensitive visitors at no additional cost. Please connect with us for special arrangements.

Accredited Facility
By the United States Department of Agriculture 

We are proud 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.

We are also working on independent accreditation from the Zoological Association of America and Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Rehabilitation.