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Pet and Play With Animals at These Adorable Farms & Petting Zoos
August 26, 2022
Think bringing your family to a petting zoo sounds like a great day? It’s hard to resist a photo of your child petting or interacting with a cute animal at a farm or petting zoo. It’s almost too much cuteness all in one place. We’ve pulled together a huge list of petting zoos and farms where you can interact with animals! These farms and petting zoos are located near Greenville, SC, in Western North Carolina, Northern Georgia, as well as in Charlotte, NC and Columbia, SC. So wherever you are, find a petting zoo near you, or a farm that makes a great day trip.
Our list includes places open year-round places to pet animals, plus seasonal farms, and mobile and event-based petting zoos. We tried to make sure these are places that treat their animals kindly and with respect as well. If we missed any, let us know in the comments.
Is There a Petting Zoo Near Me?
Yes, there probably is a petting zoo on this list near you! Use the links below to navigate this list by location.
View Petting Zoos and Farms by Location: Petting Zoos Near Greenville, SC Petting Zoos in Western North Carolina Petting Zoos Near Columbia, SC Petting Zoos Near Charlotte, NC Petting Zoos in Northern Georgia Seasonal Petting Zoos in the Carolinas Mobile Petting Zoos Serving Upstate, SC
Petting Zoos in Upstate, SC
Ballyhoo Petting Zoo
This is the only dedicated petting zoo in our area and it’s new! Ballyhoo opened in March 2021 and they have lots of cute animals to cuddle and interact with like bunnies, piglets, and goats. Read our review here.
In Anderson, SC
Hours: Currently open Thursday – Saturday 9 am – 6 pm and Sunday 1-6 pm
Admission: $9/adults, $7/kids, free ages 2 and under.
849 Norris Road, Anderson | 706.436.7249 Read our Kidding Around Greenville review of Ballyhoo Petting Zoo
Moo Cow Farms
Cuddle with cows at Moo Cow Farms in Simpsonville. Visits are by appointment only and you get a tour of the pasture with the cows and opportunities to cuddle with and feed them. Totally awesome.
In Simpsonville, SC
Hours: By appointment only; you can find the most up to date availability here.
Admission: $10/person ages 3+ and include one treat bag. Kids under 3 years old are free. Add-ons include a large treat bag for $2 and a bottle to feed the baby for $3.
Animals: miniature cows
155 Mosley Rd, Simpsonville | Moo Cow Farms Kidding Around Greenville Review of Moo Cow Farms
Pet and even bottle-feed babies at Famoda Farm. Visiting this amazingly welcoming farm is FREE. Don’t forget to purchase ice cream from Amazing Grazin’ on-site ice cream or farm-fresh treats and groceries from Grazers. Save some time to play at the playground, too.
In Taylors/Tigerville, SC
Hours: Ice Cream: Wednesday and Thursday 4 pm to 9 pm, Friday and Saturday 12 pm to 9 pm, Sunday 4 pm to 9 pm, Grazers Farm Store: 10 am to 9 pm Wednesday through Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 9 pm
Admission: Farm admission is FREE
Animals: Baby goats and cows, older goats and cows, donkeys, Twinkles the sheep, bunnies
If you love unicorns, Hidden Pasture Farm is the perfect place to take your kids. Plan to spend about an hour there.
In Fountain Inn, SC
Hours: Current hours are Wednesday-Sunday from 11 am – 4 pm // Check for updates
Admission: $12/person, 2 and under FREE. Pony rides are $5 and children must be at least 2 years old to ride ponies.
Animals: Unicorns, miniature ponies, rabbits
245 Little Virginia Road, Fountain Inn | 864.477.9284 | Hidden Pasture Farm Kidding Around Greenville Review of Hidden Pasture Farm
The farmyard at the Greenville Zoo has goats, a pig, and chickens and is the perfect little petting zoo close to home. It’s more of a feed-goats-and-maybe-touch-them but we are going to count it. You can reserve your tickets online.
In Greenville, SC
Hours: During the fall, the zoo is open 10 am-5 pm daily. In the summer hours extend to 9 am – 5 pm daily. Admissions close at 4 pm each day. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.
Admission: $12/adults, $9/kids 3-12
Animals: Goats, chickens, a pot-bellied pig
150 Cleveland Park Dr, Greenville | 864.467.4300 | Greenville Zoo Kidding Around Greenville Review of Greenville Zoo
OnAgain OffAgain Alpaca Farm
Located in a residential neighborhood in Spartanburg, the owners invite the public to come and check out their alpacas.
In Spartanburg, SC
Hours: Open daily but they ask you to call ahead for a tour. Appointment needed.
A beautiful drive from Greenville through the mountains to Waynesville in Western, NC, this farm has alpacas and lots of miniature animals like horses, cows, and donkeys. You can feed and interact with some of the animals. Read our review here.
In Waynesville, NC
Hours: Tours are by appointment only and last about 45 minutes
Admission: $15/adults and kids ages 7+, $13/ kids 3-7, kids under 3 FREE
A miniature donkey farm in Western NC where you can pet and cuddle with the donkeys.
In Hendersonville, NC
Hours: By appointment only Wednesday afternoons and Saturdays. Make an appointment by emailing [email protected].
Admission: $10 donation
942 Etowah School Rd, Hendersonville, NC | [email protected]
Petting Zoos in the Midlands, SC
A huge zoo with not only animals but a ropes course, gardens, a carousel and climbing wall, and outdoor playgrounds. You can feed the giraffes and lorikeets and pet animals in the farmyard all for a small fee, around $2 for each cup of feed or per person.
In Columbia, SC
Hours: 9 am – 5 pm daily, closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
Admission: $21.99/adults, $18.99/kids ages 2-12
Parking: $5 per vehicle
Animals: The ones you can interact with are the giraffes, goats, sheep, and lorikeets.
500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia | 803.779.8717 | River Banks Zoo Kidding Around Review of River Banks Zoo
Cotton Branch Farms
A rescue farm, Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary offers tours for visitors that include interaction with the animals.
In Leesville, SC
Hours: Tours begin at 11 am on select dates and last approximately 90 minutes. Guests are asked to sign-up for tours in advance.
Home to many exotic animals, the North Georgia Zoo offers several different encounters with the animals for guests. Admission includes a zoo tour and access to the petting zoo but the personal animal encounters are extra fees. Be sure to look at the age requirements if you are going to book an animal encounter.
In Cleveland, GA
Hours: Open year round but only on weekends some months and during the week others. It’s best to check their online calendar.
Admission: $25/adults, $23/kids 2-11; pony rides are $5/each; petting farm admission is $8/adults and $6/kids. personal animal encounters range from $8 up to $300/person.
Animals: Reptiles, birds, camels, wolves, zebras, lemurs, goats, water buffalo, alligators, and monkeys.
2912 Paradise Valley Rd, Cleveland, GA | 706.348.7279 | North Georgia Zoo and Farm
Chestatee Wildlife Preserve & Zoo
This non-profit takes in rescued animals who have been orphaned, illegally purchased, or abused. They take donations of food as well.
In Dahlonega, GA
Hours: Daily 10 am – 4 pm (last entry is at 2:45 pm)
Admission: $15/adult, $10/kids ages 1-11; $5/bucket of feed for the animals; face masks are recommended and guests are asked to bring their own hand sanitizer.
469 Old Dahlonega Hwy, Dahlonega, GA | 678.300.0019 | Chestatee Wildlife Preserve
Goats on the Roof
Like it sounds, goats are on the roof of this family-friendly petting zoo, which also sells ice cream, fudge, and t-shirts and has a playground and gem mining on site. Photos with Santa and a goat happen during the Christmas season.
In Tiger, GA
Hours: Thursday- Monday from 10 am- 6 pm, closed Easter, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Thanksgiving.
Admission: Free admission.
Animals: Lots of goats
3026 US-441, Tiger, GA | 706.782.2784 | Goats on the Roof
Petting Zoos Near Charlotte, NC
Lazy 5 Ranch
Just outside of Charlotte, this farm has lots of animals to see and pet, plus it offers wagon rides. Please note they only accept cash.
In Mooresville, NC
Hours: Hours are Monday- Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm (please arrive by 5 pm) Sunday from Noon- 5 pm (please arrive by 5 pm).
Admission: $15/adults, $11/ages 2-11; to include the wagon ride and animal feed, tickets are $21/adults, $15/ages 2-11.
These petting zoos and farms are open on a seasonal basis such as in spring or fall.
One of the very best farms in the entire Upstate and a fall favorite for so many families in the area due to its award-winning corn maze, fall farm activities, pig races, live entertainment, and a little petting zoo area.
In Anderson, SC
Hours: They are open daily from late September through mid-November for fall family fun; they are also hosting Spring events in April, including the Spring Break Farm Fun event and Easter Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza event. You can find specific dates on the Denver Downs website.
Admission: Fall event admission $15/person, Spring event admission $12/person
Animals: Pigs, goats, cows, and baby goats
1515 Denver Road, Anderson | 864.515.4554 | Denver Downs Kidding Around Greenville Review of Denver Downs
Roper Mountain Science Center
The Roper Mountain Science Center is part of the Greenville County School System and has a planetarium, science hall, and Living History Farm.
In Greenville, SC
Hours: Afternoon Explorations program: September 13, 2022 – May 13, 2023 Tuesdays through Fridays*- 1:30 pm-4:30 pm *excluding days when RMSC is closed for holidays and Greenville County Schools scheduled breaks.
Hours: Summer Adventure program: June – August 2022. Check the Roper Mountain website for upcoming exhibits!
Admission: $5/person, kids under 3 FREE, RMSC members are free
402 Roper Mountain Road, Greenville | 864.355.8900 | Roper Mountain Science Center Kidding Around Greenville Review of Roper Mountain Science Center
Possum Kingdom Kreamery
In the early spring, this goat farm in Belton has various dates for adults and kids to sign up to cuddle baby goats and help feed and care for them. It’s as awesome as it sounds. They also do tours March through October.
In Belton, SC
Hours: Dates will come out in late January/early February to sign up to help feed baby goats. Dates are very limited, so follow the Possum Kingdom Kreamery Facebook for sign up dates.
Admission: $20+ to feed baby goats
Animals: Lots of baby goats, a llama, rescued deer
520 Acker Road, Belton | 864.423.4048 | Possum Kingdom Kreamery Kidding Around Greenville Review of Possum Kingdom Kreamery
Deer Park Zoo at Tweetsie Railroad
The petting zoo is part of Tweetsie Railroad theme park near Boone, North Carolina.
In Blowing Rock, NC
Hours: Saturday & Sunday from 10 am – 6 pm; Extended days and hours from May-October. Be sure to check their calendar for the latest hours of operation.
Admission: Included with admission to Tweetsie Railroad ($58/adults, $39/kids ages 3-12)
Animals: Goats, llamas, emus, miniature horses, and some fluffy sheep called an Olde English Babydoll Southdown Sheep
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane, Blowing Rock, NC | 800.526.5740 | Deer Park Kidding Around Greenville Review of Tweetsie Railroad
The family-run apple orchard is a fantastic fall destination with tons of great activities for kids – and they have a petting zoo with gentle goats and a pond where kids can feed fish (bring quarters!).
In Hendersonville, NC
Hours: 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Sunday. These hours are seasonal starting around July and ending in early November. Check their website before you go.
Admission: Free admission to the orchard. If you want to feed the animals, you can pay for a bucket but it’s free to pet them. The petting zoo is open on weekends but you can see the animals if they are out anytime.
Known for their spring strawberry patches and fall corn maze and hayrides, Stewart Farms also has an area for kids to pet farmyard animals.
In Enoree, SC
Hours: See website for dates and times.
Admission: Free admission to the farm and barnyard; additional fees for pumpkins, corn maze, and wagon rides.
Animals: Farmyard animals.
6600 SC-92, Enoree | 864.969.7270 | Stewart Farms Kidding Around Greenville Review of Stewart Farms
Sky Top Orchard
The farm animals are part of the larger experience at Sky Top Orchard in Flat Rock, NC, known for their cider donuts and apple picking.
In Flat Rock NC
Hours: Starting in August and running through the Sunday after Thanksgiving, they are open daily from 9 am – 6 pm except for Thanksgiving.
Admission: Free admission; bring change to buy food for the animals.
Animals: Sheep, chickens, goats, peacocks
1193 Pinnacle Mountain Rd, Flat Rock, NC | 828.692.7930 | Sky Top Orchard Kidding Around Greenville Review of Sky Top Orchard
Mobile & Event-Based Petting Zoos
If you’d like to plan an event like a birthday party, scout outing, or office event with animals, these places can either host you or will come to your location.
Safe Haven & Educational Adventures, Inc.
Safe Haven is a permanent sanctuary for exotic wildlife that have either been abandoned, abused, lost their home for some reason. They do educational programs, including birthday parties, and bring their animals to educate and be loved on. 864.246.4425 | Rescue Exotics
Super popular in the Upstate, the Critter Keeper “brings the jungle” to you for parties and events with reptiles and fluffy critters for kids to enjoy. 864.640.2295 | Critter Keeper
Snakes, squirrels, spiders, lizards are some of the neat animals that consist of the Wildlife Geeks traveling show. 843.592.8079 | Wildlife Geeks Kidding Around Greenville Review of Wildlife Geeks
Emit’s Farm Adventure Park
Located in the Upstate, they bring animals to your special events and parties. Emit’s Farm Adventure Park
Herbert and Friends Mobile Petting Zoo
They have bunnies, alpacas, goats, and guinea pigs and bring all the cute animals right to you. They are located in Greenville. 864.346.6991 | Herbert and Friends Mobile Petting Zoo
Triple Lake Farm
A mobile petting zoo based in Easley, SC. They have miniature cows, goats, donkeys, and offer pony rides.
864.908.8640 | Triple Lake Farm
Sam Path Petting Zoo
Located in Northern Georgia, Sam Path Petting Zoo has zebras, monkeys, camels, kangaroos, and all kinds of other animals perfect for a cute party. 706.717.8837 | Sam Path Petting Zoo
Jackson Farm: Sprinkle’s Mobile Petting Zoo
Right across the border in Western North Carolina, Jackson Farm will bring the zoo to you with their mobile petting zoo full of sweet animals like goats, unicorns, and bunnies. 828.233.6399 | Jackson Farm Sprinkle’s Mobile Petting Zoo