Extra Fun & Amenities
New! Nelson Lake Paddleboat Excursions: Take some time during your zoo visit to enjoy cruising Nelson Lake aboard a swan paddleboat! Each bird holds two adults and one child. Half-hour rentals are $4 per person. Children 3 to 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult, and all participants must sign a liability waiver form. A parent or guardian must sign for minors. Swan boat rentals available from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Due to weather issues, wind and lightning, boat rentals may be forced to close without notice.
The Watering Hole – Enjoy a refreshing beverage and a hot dog or hamburger basket, popcorn, cotton candy or nachos!
Safari Express Train – Train tokens are available for purchase in the Zoo Store from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and can be redeemed at the train station until 4 p.m.. $2/person, 2 years of age and under FREE. Schedule subject to change due to weather and/or animal needs.Wildlife Carousel: Take a whirl on the wild side! Tokens are available for $2 in the Zoo Store until 4 p.m. Children younger than two can ride free with a paying adult, and children need to be 42 inches tall to ride the merry-go-round alone.
Zoo Store: Shop for fun T-shirts, hard-to-find plush animals, toys, gifts and keepsakes. Guests even can take care of business like booking a zoo rental, buying a membership, or scheduling a birthday party. While you’re there, it will be hard to resist freshly baked cookies with iced coffee.
Kilimanjaro Mining Sluice: Young miners will discover fossils and gemstones as they pan in this old fashioned sluice. Buy a bag of “rough” at the mining shack. Cost is $8 for pay dirt, $9 for fossil finds, and $11 for Lucky Strike bags. Open March through November.Zoo Lake Feeding Frenzy: Feed the huge carp and other hungry fish in Zoo Lake. Fish food available for purchase right by the dock.Wagon rental: $4. These are available at the front gate. Rent yours when you get admission.
Wheelchair rental — $10, available in the Zoo Store, just inside the front door.
*Prices are subject to change