2016 Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular: Roger Williams Zoo
|Official Website:||2016 Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular: Roger Williams Zoo|
|Venue:||Roger Williams Park Zoo|
|Location:||Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI, 02907|
|Dates:||Thursday, October 6, 2016 - Sunday, November 6, 2016|
|Hours:||Hours Vary see below|
|Ages:||Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults|
|Cost:||$$ see below|
This breathtaking display of thousands of illuminated jack-o-lanterns features over 125 of the gourds carved into veritable works of art playing out this year’s theme “American Treasures.” And of course, Halloween favorites will be back including the dazzling Laughing Tree with its hundreds of illuminated pumpkins and iconic laughing music.
New this year, Friday – Sunday nights now feature timed ticket entry starting at 5:30pm. These timed tickets will only be sold online.
Situated on the Zoo’s picturesque wetlands trail, the event has won praise from across the nation for its amazing artistry and appeal as a unique, family-friendly autumn destination. Over 100,000 people have come in each of the past five years to enjoy the nighttime show, and last year’s Spectacular saw the second highest attendance of over 125,000 visitors.
Show standards will return, such as childhood favorites and Halloween scenes, as will the show’s dazzling grand finale, the Laughing Tree. There, hundreds of glowing jack-o-lanterns on the ground and high up in the trees surround carved giants (well over 1,000 pounds) arrayed in the forefront that are enhanced with spooky fog and the iconic musical theme punctuated by a catchy beat and laughter. Light and image projections also enhance the scenery along the trail.
2016 Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular details:
The Show will run rain or shine from October 6th through November 6th, however, in cases of severe weather or weather-related technical difficulties we might close the event or end admission early. Please check our website, Facebook and Twitter pages for frequent updates.
The Spectacular is an important fundraiser for Roger Williams Park Zoo. Proceeds from the event will help to support the Zoo’s animal care, environmental education and conservation efforts both locally and around the globe, as well as Zoo improvements.
New this year, Friday – Sunday nights now feature timed ticket entry starting at 5:30pm.
Open from 5:30pm - 11:00pm (last entry at 10:00pm)
On Saturdays, admission will be extended an hour, with the last admission at 11pm, and the trail closing at 12am.
VALUE NIGHTSs: (Mon. - Thurs.): $15 adults; $12 children (ages 2-12) - Sold at Zoo Admissions and Online. Enter any time between 5:30 and 10pm - the trail closes at 11pm. WEEKEND/PRIME NIGHTS (Fri. - Sun.): $18 adults; $15 children (ages 2-12) - SOLD ONLINE ONLY - Purchase Ticket Here. Timed Entry tickets are non-refundable, and cannot be rescheduled. Toddlers age one and younger are always admitted for free.
Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI, 02907 map
Roger Williams Park Zoo
1000 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI 02907
Jack o' Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams ZooJust need one word to describe this Awesome! The talent is amazing.....This is a must see....
Long Lines No Staff - DO NOT GO ON THE WEEKENDIf you like lines upon lines starting with a 90 min car ride to go 600 yds just to park have fun. This was just the start: We pulled in on Sat. at 7:00pm and did not see a thing till 9:30-10:00. Then the trail was packed and many with small kids and parents having trouble keeping track of them. No staff to to let you know how long lines would take. Sooooo NOT worrh it!
beautiful but packed on the weekendthe drive from boston area is an hour at night (no traffic) and the saturday night line to enter was LONG....while waiting, one passes a lot of concession stands (food, snacks, trinkets, glow wands) that tempt the little kids and cost the parents! the pumpking were really really pretty and the music and other effects are superb. i assume that the weekdays have a shorter line and make it more worth it...also AAA members get a bit off from the steep price so bring your card!!
Jack O Lantern SpectacularWe made an afternoon of it this past Tuesday in Providence with our 3 yr old dtr -- children's museum followed by the spectacular. Decided to try their bbq option--was quite pricey, but frankly, well worth it as once we were finished with our meal, we were escorted directly to the front of the exhibit line. I'm not sure how our little one would have fared if we would have had to wait! We've found a new Halloween tradition!
Long LinesWe went on Saturday night and it was packed. We waited for over two hours in line before we saw the pumpkins - an hour once we were in the zoo and the rest to get into the zoo. Once we got to the pumpkins you can't just mill around because there are hundreds of other people around you pushing you through... That being said, some of the pumpkins were amazing but the majority were just your average carving that you would do with your child. It would have been much more enjoyable had we not waited in line as long - we waited because we drove down from Massachusetts to see it. If you plan on going, buy your tickets ahead of time so you can bypass the lines outside the zoo and only wait once you're inside the park.
Could Not Even Get In The Parking LotTried to see this last Sunday night at 8 pm. So overcrowded, we could not even get in the parking lot and went home. Saw some people getting angry at the entrance because of gridlock. Good thing we came from the south, since the traffic jam from the north went on for over a mile, and people were stuck: boxed in with no outlet to turn around and exit and not one person or one sign was stationed near the road to help direct traffic or inform what the heck was going on.
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