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Visitor Info

Daily Activities

Below are all of the regularly scheduled activities at the Zoo. If you’re looking for special events, head over to our Events page. If you’re looking for additional information about your visit, check out our Visitor Info page.

Regular Zoo Hours

9am to 5pm: Monday through Friday
9am to 7pm: Saturday and Sunday

Please note the below early closings. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause:

  • On August 11, Henley Park will be closed all day
  • On August 11, the Zoo will close at 5pm and reopen for Rewind at 7pm
  • On September 9, the Children’s Zoo, Nourish 205, and the gift shop will close at 3pm
  • On September 14, the Children’s Zoo, Nourish 205, and the gift shop will be closed all day
  • On September 14, the Zoo will close at 3pm and reopen for ZooGala 2018
  • On October 5, the Children’s Zoo, Nourish 205, and the gift shop will close at 3pm

Please note we are closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Red Diamond Express Train Ride

9am - 4:45pm — Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9am - 6:45pm — Saturday, Sunday

Cost: $3.50 plus tax

Camel Rides

9am - 5pm — Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9am - 7pm — Saturday, Sunday

Cost, $5 plus tax
Weather dependent

Protective Life Carousel Rides

9am - 4:45pm — Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9am - 6:45pm — Saturday, Sunday

Cost: $3.50 plus tax

Take a spin on the Zoo’s animal-themed carousel. There are an array of animals to choose from – a giraffe, rhinoceros, gorilla, cheetah, frog, zebra and many more. Pick your favorite and enjoy the ride!

Goat Walk

9:30am — Every Day

Schaeffer Eye Center Lorikeet Aviary

10am - 4pm — Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
10am - 5pm — Saturday, Sunday

$2 plus tax, weather dependent

Full Moon BBQ Wild Slide

10am - 4:45pm — Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
10am - 6:45pm — Saturday, Sunday

Cost: $3.50 plus tax

Riders must be 4 years of age and 40 inches tall to ride

Red Diamond Sea Lion Show

10am — Every Day
2pm — Every Day

Children’s Zoo Contact Yard

10:00am - 12:00pm — Every Day

Kiwanis Giraffe Encounter

10am - 4pm — Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
10am - 5pm — Saturday, Sunday

Cost, $3.50 plus tax

Weather dependent

Wildlife Show

11:00am — Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Predator Zone (Lion Training)

11:30am — Every Day
3pm — Every Day

This exciting experience puts you face-to-face with African lions. Watch how the keepers care for the lions during this narrated presentation. Predator Zone features a training area where zookeepers and visitors are on the same level as the animals. See behind-the-scenes training that the keepers conduct on a daily basis to care for the Zoo’s lions.

Alligator Feedings

2pm — Monday

Snake Feedings

2pm — Friday, Saturday

Komodo Dragon Feedings

2:10pm — Sunday
11am — Thursday

Animal Greetings at the Wildlife Stage

2:30pm — Every Day