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

      • Spring 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. 


      • A new daytime zoo loop offers visitors views into the Condors of the Columbia habitat and Elephant Lands north habitat. Weekend and holiday operations begin February 14 and weekday operations begin March 23, weather dependent. The train ride is approximately six minutes long and tickets cost $3 for non-members and $2.50 for members.

      • The zoo train will likely not run to Washington Park in 2015.

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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