Roger Williams Park Zoo
Other Ideas: Butterfly Garden at Museum of Science; New England Aquarium: Boston; Capron Park & Zoo; Franklin Park Zoo - Zoo New England; The Butterfly Place
The Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island is home to over 160 rare and fascinating species from around the world.
Come see African elephants, red pandas, snow leopards, cheetahs, sloths, a Komodo dragon and many other exciting creatures.
You can get up close with giraffes and armadillos during hands-on animal encounters and explore the nature play area, Hasbro's 'Our Big Backyard', for more outdoor fun.
Don't miss the Explore & Soar exhibit, where you'll find camel rides, the Woodland Express train, and for the slightly more adventurous, the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride. Later, enjoy wild encounters with primates, tropical birds, free-roaming sloths, and giant otters at the Zoo's newest exhibit, Faces of the Rainforest.
Roger Williams Park is also home to Carousel Village, which features a historic carousel, pony rides and the Carousel Express train. Seasonally, Carousel Village hosts Food Truck Fridays, April – September, with trucks serving up tasty treats such as tacos, grilled cheese sandwiches, Korean barbecue and more.
There is also a petting zoo at the Alex and Ani Farmyard Contact Yard, where visitors can walk among and interact with the farm animals.
View a map of the Zoo
As leaders in conservation and animal care, Roger Williams Park Zoo’s mission is to create engaging experiences that empower guests to join us in conserving wildlife and wild places.
The Marco Polo Trail, the first exhibit of its kind to truly embrace the 'biopark' concept -the idea of combining cultural, historical and zoological experiences. The Marco Polo Trail is a multifaceted exhibit tracing a three-year journey of explorer Marco Polo through Asia.
To give visitors a sense of the culture and history of the era, the Zoo recreated scenes from Marco Polo's journey including a Venetian plaza, Bedouin tent and the hull of a 16th century trading vessel. The exhibit features snow leopards, moon bears and camels - all animals Marco Polo encountered on his journey.
Roger Williams Park Zoo is a great place for families to learn together. Today, awareness and appreciation of wildlife, in addition to recreation, serve as major goals of Roger Williams Park Zoo.
April – September: Open daily 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (last admission is at 4:30 PM)
*Closed on Saturday, June 29 for Zoobilee; Saturday, August 24 the Zoo will close early with last entry at
October - March: Open daily 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (last admission is at 3:30 PM)
*Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, & Christmas Day.
*Close on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, & Christmas Day.
**Also closes at 2 PM on the last Saturday in June.
View Rates & Information
Adults ..... $17.95
Children (2-12) ..... $12.95
Seniors (62+) ..... $15.95
Toddlers one & younger ..... FREE
Zoo members ..... FREE
Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI, 02907 map
Phone: (401) 785-3510
South on I-95 Take exit 17, Elmwood Avenue; Left at light; Park entrance is 1/2 block on left. Follow the signs to the Zoo entrance
West on I-195 Take I-195 West to I-95 South; Take Exit 17, Elmwood Avenue; Left at light. Park entrance is half a block on left. Follow the signs to the Zoo entrance
North on I-95
Take Exit 16, Elmwood Avenue; Bear right; Left at light. Park entrance is half a block on right. Follow the signs to the Zoo entrance
- Plan to stay about 3 hours when you visit. The Zoo covers about 40 acres and the path through the Zoo is a little more than one-mile long.
An Okay Zoo And A Wonderful ParkWe had the pleasure of getting down to Roger Williams Park Zoo on a cool day. The park was surprisingly spread out, and most the animals were atleast 100 feet away from you, sleeping or not to be seen. We were able to get closer to the elephants and giraffes, which my daughter loved. At the end of the day, we had a picnic in the park and watched the Canadian Geese.
A Great Zoo And Parkthis is a great zoo that I have visited countless times over the last five years. It was a tragedy to lose the polar bear, since it was one of my favorites. a new habitat will not be open until 2007, drat. there are plenty of other exhibits that will hold your interest. However, some of the exhibits could use some updating and refreshing (australia, asia). pack a picnic for the park, and you have one fun day! beware, that the park gets very crowded on the weekends. One Sunday, the parking lot was closed down and no one else was let inside the zoo. We had to creep along in bumper to bumper traffic all around the park for almost an hour just to leave so we could find somewhere else to go.
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