These Farms & Petting Zoos Near Greenville, SC are Adorable – Kidding Around Greenville

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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 several places within a couple of hours’ drive from Greenville where kids can learn about animals and touch and play with them. 
We’ve compiled lists of year-round places to pet animals, seasonal farms, and mobile and event-based petting zoos near Greenville and Spartanburg. 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.

These petting zoos near Greenville are open year-round.
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.
849 Norris Road, Anderson | 706.436.7249
Read our Kidding Around Greenville review of Ballyhoo Petting Zoo
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.
The corner of Mosley Rd and E Standing Springs Road, Simpsonville | Moo Cow Farms
Kidding Around Greenville Review of Moo Cow Farms
Due to COVID-19, guests are not allowed to pet the farmyard animals at this time.
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 and face masks are recommended.
150 Cleveland Park Dr, Greenville | 864.467.4300 | Greenville Zoo
Kidding Around Greenville Review of Greenville Zoo
Located in a residential neighborhood in Spartanburg, the owners invite the public to come and check out their alpacas. 
262 Hollis Drive, Spartanburg | 864.680.9854 | OnAgain OffAgain Alpaca Farm 
Due to COVID-19, guests can not walk into the petting zoo area, but are welcome to pet animals through the fenced enclosure.
The WNC Nature Center not only has wolves, red pandas, lots of reptiles, otters, and several play areas, they also have a cute little petting zoo that’s included with admission. 
75 Gashes Creek Rd, Asheville, NC | 828.259.8080 | WNC Nature Center 
Kidding Around Greenville Review of WNC Nature Center
Perhaps the only place that allows guests to get in the field and barn with the goats to play with them. There is also hiking and touring the house. 
1800 Little River Rd, Flat Rock, NC | 828.693.4178 | Carl Sandburg Home
Kidding Around Greenville Review of Carl Sandburg Home
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.
500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia | 803.779.8717 | River Banks Zoo
Kidding Around Greenville Review of River Banks Zoo
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.
2912 Paradise Valley Rd, Cleveland, GA | 706.348.7279 | North Georgia Zoo and Farm
An alpaca farm that also has goats and chickens. Gloria, the owner, makes hats, scarves, mittens, and blankets from the alpacas fleece and gives great tours on the property.
1024 Milford Road, Townville | 864.903.1856 | Lucky Acres Farm
Kidding Around Greenville Review of Lucky Acres Farm
A rescue farm, Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary offers tours for visitors that include interaction with the animals.
Distance from Greenville: 1 hour and 45 minutes
507 Cotton Branch Road, Leesville | 704.712.1802 | Cotton Branch Farms
Located on the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, the farm at Antler Hill Village has lots of animals for kids to touch. 
One Lodge Street, Asheville, NC | 800.411.3812 | The Biltmore
Kidding Around Greenville Review of Biltmore
An alpaca farm in Western North Carolina that has nearly 25 alpacas and offers private tours. 
39 Pegg Rd, Weaverville, NC | 828.777.3568 | Last Penny Farm
If you love unicorns, Hidden Pasture Farm is the perfect place to take your kids. Plan to spend about an hour there.
108 Hidden Pasture Trail, Fountain Inn | 864.477.9284 | Hidden Pasture Farm
Kidding Around Greenville Review of Hidden Pasture Farm
This non-profit takes in rescued animals who have been orphaned, illegally purchased, or abused. They take donations of food as well. 
469 Old Dahlonega Hwy, Dahlonega, GA | 678.300.0019 | Chestatee Wildlife Preserve
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.
3026 US-441, Tiger, GA | 706.782.2784 | Goats on the Roof 
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.
Just outside of Charlotte, this farm has lots of animals to see and pet plus offers wagon rides. Please note they only accept cash.
15100 Mooresville Road, Mooresville, NC | 704.663.5100 | Lazy 5 Ranch
These petting zoos and farms near Greenville 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.
1515 Denver Road, Anderson | 864.515.4554 | Denver Downs 
Kidding Around Greenville Review of Denver Downs
The Roper Mountain Science Center is part of the Greenville County School System and has a planetarium, science hall, and Living History Farm.
402 Roper Mountain Road, Greenville | 864.355.8900 | Roper Mountain Science Center
Kidding Around Greenville Review of Roper Mountain Science Center
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.
520 Acker Road, Belton | 864.423.4048 | Possum Kingdom Kreamery
Kidding Around Greenville Review of Possum Kingdom Kreamery
The petting zoo is part of Tweetsie Railroad theme park near Boone, North Carolina. 
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!).
187 Garren Road, Hendersonville, NC | 828.974.1232 | Justus Orchard
Kidding Around Greenville Review

This Christmas tree farm is only open for one week during the year to sell trees but they also have barnyard animals there to get guests in the spirit of the holiday.
156 Cooley Bridge Road, Pelzer | 864.243.3092 | May-Lan Tree Plantation
Known for their spring strawberry patches and fall corn maze and hayrides, Stewart Farms also has an area for kids to pet farmyard animals.
6600 SC-92, Enoree | 864.969.7270 | Stewart Farms
Kidding Around Greenville Review of Stewart Farms
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. 
1193 Pinnacle Mountain Rd, Flat Rock, NC | 828.692.7930 | Sky Top Orchard
Kidding Around Greenville Review of Sky Top Orchard
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 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
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
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 Petting Zoo 

Thank you for posting this article. It may need to be updated, please. I see some of these parks are now open (but the article says “temporarily closed”, for example Tweetsie railroad’s petting zoo is open now, according to their website).
Thanks! We will check into it.
llamas are my fav animal i want 6 llamas and 6 alpacas when i grow up
The Lazy 5 Ranch link needs fixed. Apparently the url is missing the word “the” at the beginning.
Thanks! We fixed it.
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