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.
Nelson Lake Paddleboat Excursions will be closing for the season on Sunday, Nov. 5th, close of business. We will reopen in March at the beginning of our Spring Season.
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