This award-winning, 92-acre zoo emphasizes biodiversity and replicating native habitats, with more than 1,090 individual animals representing nearly 300 species. The grounds are divided into what zookeepers call “bioclimatic zones, the unique habitats around the world, from tropical rain forests to the frigid climes of the Far North.” As the zoo is laid out along winding paths, bring comfortable walking shoes, and plan a break during the outing, particularly for youngsters.
The zoo is open from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily October 1 to April 30, and 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily May 1 to September 30. Admission is seasonal as well, with adult admission being $11 from October 1 through April 30 and $16.50 from May 1 through September 30. Children ages 3 to 12 are $8 from October 1 through April 30, $11 from May 1 through September 30; and children 2 and under are free. The zoo also has a Fridayz Happy Hourz discount of $4 off each ticket after 4 p.m. from May 1 through September 30.