OUR 20-ACRE SANCTUARY IS
OPEN FOR VISITORS & GEMS
We are now open to the public Saturdays and Sundays! We'll be open from 10 am to 2 pm.
There is no fee to visit Rooterville, but the suggested donation is $10 per person and $30 for a family of 4. If you would like to visit during the week, please call or email us ahead to schedule a visit. We look forward to seeing you!
Driving Directions: We recommend you use GPS or Map-quest.
If there are 2 large dogs or other animals at the gate, they are friendly but prone to running away. Please secure all gates when entering and leaving the sanctuary. Park near the second gate in the shade. Please always remember to secure all gates behind you to help keep the animals safe. Thank you!
TOURS ARE SEASONAL
AVAILABLE MARCH - DECEMBER WEATHER PERMITTING
ROOTERVILLE TOURS ARE UNAVAILABLE FOR JANUARY & FEBRUARY
IMPORTANT TOUR INFORMATION, PLEASE READ:
The steady stream of news and information about the COVID-19 (coronavirus) has touched us all. At Rooterville Animal Sanctuary, the health, safety, and well being of our guests, our staff, and our community is our number one priority.
Our sanctuary will remain open as long as we can offer a safe and healthy environment for you, our animals, and our team.
Our hours of operation will continue, with limitations – we ask that everyone use social distancing. We do not require mask!
Directions are easy just enter our address in your GPS, we are located right off N County Road 315.
Rooterville is open to the public for self-guided tours every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am - 2 pm. The recommended donation for your visit is only $10 per person, or $30 per family of four. If you cannot afford that, we still want you to come!
All donations and purchases at our gift shop go directly toward helping the animals you meet! Our gift shop is full of beautiful, fun and unusual things so don't forget to bring your wallet! Every dollar you spend with us helps the animals you'll meet during your visit!
We welcome people of all ages from Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Middleburg, Orange Park, Flemming Island, Gainesville, Orlando and MORE to visit our kid-friendly facility. Expect to have the experience of a lifetime interacting with our sweet animal ambassadors.
Please keep in mind, we are a functioning animal sanctuary. We are not here to entertain you and we are not a "petting zoo". We are inviting you to experience farm animals in an environment that meets their needs and lets them live the lives they deserve to live. Visiting is a PRIVILEGE, we are inviting you into our home. Please conduct yourself accordingly.
Dress appropriately! You will likely get dirty. We have plenty of hand washing stations to help keep your hands clean, please use them. There are animals roaming the property so there will be poop, it's life. Watch where you're walking and please wear boots or closed-toe shoes. Sandals are not appropriate.
This is the animals' home! That means: Respect the animal's space. If an animal moves away from you, leave it alone. Children are to be under control and supervised at ALL times. You will be around large animals, you must be mindful of where your kids are and how they are behaving around the animals. Yelling, screaming, running, or acting in any other manner than calm, slow, quiet, and gentle around the animals will not be tolerated. Be kind, be gentle, and be quiet around the animals. Enjoy watching them as they go about their day.
Big pigs love back scratches and small pigs love belly rubs. Hair standing up usually means that they are enjoying what you are doing and they may fall over for a belly rub! Don't reach for an animal's face, they may think you're handing them a snack and bite your fingers. Ouch!
Feeding of animals is allowed only in designated areas. We wish you could feed them all, that would be amazing! You likely only brought a few snacks so to keep you safe. Please ask us where you can feed the animals.
Best snacks to bring: Baby carrots, sliced apples, strawberries, grapes, bananas and etc. Small things you can hand feed. Tinsel the cow just absolutely loves bananas!
Our animals are our greatest ambassadors here at Rooterville! Rooterville residents are happy, fun to be around, and quickly show all of our visitors that they have individual personalities and feelings exactly like more common pets such as dogs and cats. In fact, pigs outrank dogs on the intelligence scale! They are the most intelligent domesticated animal and have learned to play video games faster than chimpanzees! The best way to understand this is to meet them all for yourself. It’s an experience that you and your family will treasure for a lifetime.
If you appreciate the work we are doing, please consider becoming a monthly donor (GEM) as you get special privileges, like visiting whenever you want! It's a great feeling to be a part of something that is helping make this world a better place for all of us.
If you fall in love with a special animal, ask about adopting them! (virtually of course!) We'd be honored to have your support! We look forward to meeting you!
IRooterville is open to the public for self-guided tours every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am - 2 pm. We suggest a $10 donation per person. It’s an experience that you and your family will treasure for a lifetime. Be sure to stop by our gift during your visit.
The recommended donation for your visit is only $10 per person, or $30 per family of four. If you cannot afford that, we still want you to come! We also have a lovely and quaint Gift Shop. All donations and purchases at our gift shop go directly toward helping the animals you meet on your tour! Our gift shop is full of beautiful, fun and unusual things. Every dollar you spend with us helps the animals you'll meet during your visit!
YOUR VISIT TO ROOTERVILLE INCLUDES:
Hands-on interaction with all of the animals you will meet.
A chance to feed snacks to the friendly pot bellied pigs in the Farm House yard (you are welcome to bring small snacks that are easy to hand feed, like baby carrots, sliced apples, romaine lettuce, grapes, popcorn, etc.). Tinsel the steer loves bananas in the peel, fyi.
Photo opportunities with many special animals, like Tinsel the ginormous cow or Poppy the adorable pig! There are even some wonderful nature scenes around the sanctuary to capture precious memories of you and your family. So be sure to bring your cameras.
Sign up for our newsletter to receive Rooterbucks! A $10 gift certificate to use in our gift shop.
Our 20-acre sanctuary has pot-bellied pigs, farm pigs, cows, chickens, turkeys, goats, and more. Come out and make new friends!
Tour our sanctuary for the opportunity of a lifetime and meet hundreds of friendly animals! You will hear the incredible stories of their lives before they made it to Rooterville.
Our animals are friendly and approachable. Pigs love to have their bellies rubbed! You will get the best photos to share with friends and family.
We would greatly appreciate a donation of $10 per person or $30 per family to help us feed and care for our wonderful animals.
We are open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am - 2 pm.
Sanctuary is subject to close during really cold or hot weather for the wellbeing of the animals.
Please contact us at if you have any questions:
Rooterville@rooterville.org or call (386) 661-2287 .
Camp Out at Rooterville
For an up close and personal overnight experience at the sanctuary, we have space to bring your camper or RV's, perfect for Gator game days! Enjoy the calm of Rooterville at night, and listen in as all of the animals settle in and doze off for the evening. Create your own beautiful memories with all our wonderful ambassadors during your camping trip.
Rate is $55.00 per night
Discounts for Weekly or Monthly.
Email Elaine or call to book your camping trip today.
We try to keep this experience affordable but please remember that ALL proceeds help the animals here at Rooterville so please be reasonable and generous. All of our paying guests will receive a $10 coupon to use in our gift shop to make it more affordable for everyone, just remind your tour guide!
*If you have pets that will be camping with you please contact Elaine for options. Elaine@Rooterville.org
Camping is the only availability for overnight stays
at our Sanctuary.
We no longer offer Glamping in the people barn
or Bed in Breakfast.