Today at the zoo

Planning a trip today? While perusing your favorite exhibits, don't forget to check out these activities.

Today's programs and events


Important hours

      • Fall hours: Today, the zoo hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and visitors can stay on grounds until 5 p.m.
      • The Cascade Grill is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Cascade to Go kiosk is open at 9 a.m.
      • AfriCafé is open Saturday, Sunday and on Second Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Construction or accessibility notes

      • Elephants are viewable from the concert lawn during the construction of Elephant Lands. 
      • Giraffes, gazelles and gerenuks will be off-exhibit during November. Giraffes can still be viewed indoors and on Discovery Tours. 

Train

      • The zoo trains are running on a new route for ZooLights. The first train leaves at 5 p.m. every ZooLights night. 


Parking or riding

All Washington Park attractions now use a Pay-to-Park system. Parking fees mirror downtown's hourly rate of $1.60/ hour with a $4 daily maximum during the non-peak season, and $6.40 daily maximum during peak season. Peak season is April 1 – September 30, and non-peak season runs from October 1 – March 31.

Ride transit and receive $1.50 off admission with each proof of ridership.


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