Have you heard of Ballyhoo Petting Zoo? So many families have asked us over the years if there is a dedicated petting zoo in the Upstate and the answer was always “not really” – till now. Ballyhoo Petting Zoo in Anderson, SC, less an hour’s drive from Greenville. We got a sneak peek and oh my gosh, it’s awesome.
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About Ballyhoo Petting Zoo
When Miranda Hayes’ niece was searching for a petting zoo party in the Upstate, there weren’t any options. So, being the entrepreneur she is, she decided to create one. Having a background with handling and caring for animals plus going to school for marketing, Ballyhoo Petting Zoo eventually became a reality and is now ready for families across the Upstate to enjoy.
Ballyhoo has dozens of animals, including baby bunnies, piglets, goats, alpacas, donkeys, cows, lambs, and ducks. They’ve taken in rescue animals and their mini-cow and goats recently gave birth to even more babies.
The petting zoo is clean and laid out nicely, which makes it easy for guests to enjoy. Every animal we saw and interacted with was so sweet and fun. They all seemed to be content, happy, and well-taken care of, which made my kids and I even more excited to cuddle and play with them. There is just something about holding a little baby animal that emits calm and peaceful feelings.
Animal Interactions at Ballyhoo Petting Zoo
You go to a petting zoo presumably to pet and touch animals. These kinds of experiences can be addicting! There are plenty of studies that show the benefits of animal interactions with humans. Lessened anxiety, decrease in stress, reduction in PTSD symptoms, and even an improvement in reading and writing skills are all results of positive animal therapy.
At Ballyhoo Petting Zoo, guests are able to hold animals and feed them. We got to hold a baby lamb named Scott, who was the sweetest thing ever. And we also were able to hold some baby bunnies. I nearly put one in my pocket and took it home. They are so adorable and my kids were thrilled to be able to sit and hold them – everyone was content.
The piglets were also a highlight. We got to pet them and hear their super cute squealing. We also fed the alpacas and goats, who are very friendly and fun to watch. When we got in the car to leave, my kids immediately begged me not to ask them which animal was their favorite. And then they asked when we were coming back when we had yet to leave the parking area.
Birthday Parties and Field Trips at Ballyhoo
Ballyhoo offers three birthday party packages that range in price from $9 to $18 per person depending on what kind of party you want. These birthday parties are all inclusive and include admission tickets, feed cups, a photo session, cupcakes from Mama’s Cakes, birthday kid gift bag, and party favors. All you have to do is show up, which, as a parent, is ideal.
The zoo also has field trip options that are $10/person and include admission, feed cups for the animals, a photo session, and guided tours.
Special events include a reserved canopy and picnic tables and are all outdoors.
Ballyhoo has several special events during the year to coincide with holidays like Halloween, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, the Christmas season, and lots of others. Stay tuned to their website and Facebook page for all the latest information.
Tickets and Memberships for Ballyhoo Petting Zoo
Ballyhoo offers both one-day ticket admissions as well as yearly memberships for guests. Admission tickets are $9/adults, $7/kids ages 3-15, and under 2 are free.
Yearly memberships range from $24/child up to $94/family with two adults and up to six kids. Members receive discounts on concessions and the gift shop, as well as refillable feed cups and access to member-only events.
Ballyhoo Petting Zoo Hours
Thursday – Saturday: 9 am – 6 pm
Sunday: 1 pm – 6 pm
Ballyhoo Petting Zoo
849 Norris Road, Anderson706.436.7249