Plan Your Visit

Tips for Your Zoo Experience!


Respect the Animals Sign

  • What TO Bring

Guests are welcome to bring in personal coolers with outside food and drink. Open-air cooler storage is available by the Jungle Gym playground. Grills or grilling of any kind, however, is not permitted.


  • What NOT to Bring

For the safety of our animals, please refrain from bringing pets, plastic lids or straws, glass containers, alcoholic beverages, grills and balloons of any kind.

      For the safety of our guests, please refrain from bringing radios or boomboxes, skateboards, roller skates, Heelys or other wheeled shoes, inline or roller blades, Frisbees, bicycles and other sports equipment. 

     Firearms are prohibited on Zoo grounds.

  • Weather Considerations

Fall, winter and cloudy days are good times to visit the Zoo because it is less crowded and many of the animals are more active. If you choose to visit on a hot summer day, try to come in the early morning or a few hours before closing. Always be safe, drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen, sun glasses and hats.


  • Rides and Attractions

In addition to Zoo admission, the Zoo has fun and interactive attractions for small fees, such as Stingray Bay, Giraffe Feedings, Safari Tram or Carousel, to name a few.  Several boards are posted near ticket booths and in the Global Plaza that list any daily closings.  All attractions operate weather permitting of 55 degrees or higher with wind, rain and crowd considerations. All schedules are subject to change.


  • Schedule Changes and Closings

While visiting the Zoo, be sure and check the Zoo's mobile Web site ( often for all show and feeding schedules, and updated maintenance or weather-related closings. Weather often changes without notice and our rides and attractions may need to change as well. The Zoo does not offer refunds or rain checks due to animal visibility or weather conditions. Special circumstances, including extremes in weather, construction, births, feeding, and veterinary procedures may require that certain animals be removed from public viewing to ensure the best possible care.


  • Zoo Behavior

 Speak softly. Loud noises or abrupt movements may startle the animals.

Also, please do not chase free-range animals like ducks, geese and peacocks. Remember, the Zoo is their home.

Please respect the animals' home by not throwing items into their habitats, tapping on glass, crossing barriers or teasing them. Misconduct will not be tolerated.

Exhibit railings and fences are constructed for your safety. Please refrain from climbing on them or lifting children over them.

The Zoo's staff works very hard to make the Zoo gardens and grounds beautiful for all visitors to enjoy. Please use walkways and do not mosey through the posies.

We recommend spending time at each exhibit in order to see and enjoy animal behaviors. Please also be considerate of other guests' viewing pleasure.


  • Feeding Animals

Our animals are on special diets. Please do not share your "treats" with them. This includes all animals that live at the Zoo, even squirrels, peacocks and birds. We have regularly scheduled animal feedings (i.e., Giraffes and Lorikeets) for your convenience.


  • Lost Items

 To retrieve lost items or turn in found items, please go to the Guest Relations office at the main entrance.


  • Pet Policy

Please leave your pets at home. If you chose to bring "Spot" with you, the Zoo offers an area to house pets for a small fee during your visit.


  • Guide Animals

Before entering the Zoo, please check in your guide animal(s) at the Guest Relations office located in the Zoo's Global Plaza.


  • Smoking

By state law, smoking is not permitted in zoological parks, including electronic cigarettes or vaping devices. Please refrain from smoking on Zoo grounds or parking lot.

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The Zoo is a fully accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the American Association of Museums (AAM) as both a living museum and a botanical garden. AZA accredited facilities are dedicated to providing excellent care for their plants and animals, a great experience for guests and a better future for all living things.

A New Breath of Fresh Air: As of Nov. 1, 2007, state law prohibits smoking inside zoological parks. Please help us abide by this law by refraining from smoking within the Zoo. Thank you for maintaining a smoke-free environment for all living things!