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Frequently Asked Questions

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How much are tickets?

Age Zoo Admission Cost
Young Children
(ages 0–2)
FREE
Children
(ages 3–11)
$11.95 /person
Adults
(ages 12–61)
$15.95 /person
Senior Citizens
(ages 62+)
$11.95 /person
Members
Become a Member
FREE

Do you ever offer discounts?

We offer special rates for groups of 20+ and school groups. Guests with a military ID receive $1 off regular gate admission for everyone in their party. On Wednesdays from November through February, tickets are $3 per person for Winter Wednesdays.

What kinds of payment do you accept?

We accept cash and most major credit cards. We do not take personal checks.

Can I purchase tickets online?

Yes! You can purchase your tickets online and print them at home before you visit.

How much is a membership?

Memberships start at $93.50 for a whole year of unlimited visits and more. See our Membership page for full details and benefits.

Is there a fee for parking?

Parking is FREE!

What are your hours?

Season Zoo Hours
Summer (Mar–Oct) 8:30 AM – 5 PM
Winter (Nov–Feb) 10 AM – 5 PM

What days are you closed?

We close the Saturday after Labor Day for our annual fundraiser, Zoobilee. But we are open all other 364 days of the year.

Can we bring our stroller or wagon?

Absolutely! We also have strollers available for rent at $6/single or $10/double. Ask for them at the gift shop or the information kiosk inside the Zoo entrance.

Do you have wheelchairs available?

Yes, wheelchairs are available to rent. A push wheelchair is $8, and an electric wheelchair is $25 for the first 3 hours and $5 for each additional hour. Call 316-266-8217 to reserve a wheelchair or inquire at the information kiosk inside the Zoo entrance.

Can my child bring a skateboard, bicycle, or scooter?

For the safety of our animals and our guests, we do not allow bikes, scooters, skates, skate-shoes, skateboards, hoverboards, or Segways.

Do you have lockers available for rent?

No, we do not have lockers available. Feel free to bring a cooler, bag, or wagon to carry your items around with you.

Can we bring pets to the Zoo?

Only service dogs are permitted in the Zoo. We have limited kennel space available at no charge for pets that are traveling with you.

Can we take pictures of the animals?

You’re welcome to take photos and video for your personal use only. Commercial photography is allowed only with prior written permission.

Is smoking allowed at the Zoo?

Smoking is only allowed in the designated smoking areas indicated on the Zoo Map.

Are outside food and beverages allowed?

Yes, visitors can bring in food and non-alcoholic beverages. You can also stop by one of our food and beverage locations:

Plaza Beastro

Hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, fruit, plus daily specials

Big Bear Watering Hole (open seasonally)

Ice cream, snacks, funnel cakes

Nganda Cafe (open seasonally)

Hot dogs, nachos, Siberian Chill

Baobab Cafe (open seasonally)

Hot dogs, nachos, pizza, Siberian Chill

Kookaburra Canteen (open seasonally)

Bottled drinks, hot dogs, pretzels, sno-cones

What exhibits and events can we see during our visit?

Visit our Zoo Calendar to find out what’s happening while you’re here!

Do you have a gift shop?

Yes! Our gift shop is located near the entrance of the Zoo. We offer a full selection of merchandise, including books, SCZ logo clothing, educational toys and much more.

Can we leave the Zoo and come back on the same day?

Yes. Just hold onto your receipt and present it at the admissions window when you return.

Do you offer rain checks?

We’re open rain or shine! We don’t give rain checks, so be sure to check the weather before you come.

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