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Louisville Zoo
1100 Trevillian Way
Louisville
KY
40213
Tel: 502 459 2181

Directions

Take I-264 (Watterson Expressway) to Poplar Level Road exit #14 and travel north. Follow the black and white zoo signs to 1100 Trevilian Way. The Louisville Zoo is also accessible by public bus service through TARC.

Where are we going today?

Enjoy wild adventures year round amongst more than 1,400 exotic animals in beautiful, naturalistic habitats amid an amazing botanical garden on 134 rolling acres at the Louisville Zoo. Behold baby Scotty, the Zoo's first baby African elephant, born March 2007, as he rolls in the mud, swims in the pool and continues to grow.

Be immersed in the middle of gorillas "in the round" at award-winning Gorilla Forest with Western lowland gorillas and patas monkeys. At Lorikeet Landing you can get nose-to-beak with colorful Australian parrots as they land on you in the open walk-through aviary. Louie, the rare white alligator, offers a unique look at an animal that would not survive in the wild. The Islands exhibit features orangutans, baby siamangs, tapirs, Sumatran tigers, babirusa and a glorious array of rare island birds. Experience a special encounter with wallaroos and wallabies at Wallaroo Walkabout and watch Amur tigers being trained up-close at Tiger Tundra without a special behind-the-scenes tour.

Escape from the heat at the Calistoga Splash Park at Glacier Run. Enjoy gift shops, indoor and outdoor cafes, a petting zoo, playgrounds and fun rides on an antique carousel, tram and miniature train.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$24.95
  • Children$20.95
  • Free Under: 12 months.
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

September-February Open: 10am Close: 4pm (exit by 5pm) March-Labor Day Open: 10am Close: 5pm (exit b

Open daily year round. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.

Teachers corner

The Louisville Zoo, a non-profit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and the planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM) and by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). We offer many educational classes, camps and overnights..

I'm Hungry!

African Outpost: Full menu including chicken finger baskets, hamburgers, hot dogs, salads and wraps.
Outback Oasis: Ice cream, hot dogs, snacks and pizza.
Islands Cafe Hamburgers, pizza, hot dogs, ice cream and snacks.
Ostrich Stand Soft drinks, ICEES and snacks..

Any Top Tips?

Stroller and wheelchair rental are available on the front plaza.
Smoking is prohibited throughout the Zoo. Three designated smoking areas are identified by banners.
Enjoy a train, tram or carousel ride at the Zoo!
Full train ride: $2.50
Half train ride: $1.50
Tram: $2 for all day
Carousel: $1.50
Calistoga Splash Park at Glacier Run is open during regular zoo hours from mid-May to mid-September.

Doing our bit

$.15 of every full-price admission goes directly to support critical conservation programs..

Need a little extra help?

The Louisville Zoo is accessible to those with limited mobility and wheelchairs.
A limited number of motorized and non-motorized wheelchairs are available for rental in the front plaza.
You may also want to consider utilizing the ZooTram that circles the Zoo and drops visitors off at key stops along the way. .

Can I get one of those?

For kids you can choose from our huge selection of plush animals or wide variety of books, games and toys. And if you're looking for something a little more grown-up we have beautiful jewelry, fun t-shirts and sweatshirts plus a great selection of hand-crafted gifts from exotic locations throughout the world.
Zoo admission is not required to shop in the main Gift Store on the front plaza..

More information

Prices quoted are for best value ticket which includes features such a 4D movie showing. Other lesser access tickets are available for less..

What people are saying?

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    My group and I really enjoyed this zoo. They had a lot of animals and the view of the exhibits was amazing. You felt like you could reach out and touch most of the animals. The zoo was clean and the staff was friendly. We took the train and I recommend avoiding it. It was $3.50/ person and all the train showed were the backs of the exhibits and storage sheds. Over all, great experience would love to come back!

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    I've enjoyed the zoo since it's opening when I was a small child to today with my own small children. Or at least I'd hoped to go to the zoo today. The problem with the zoo is they're open less hours than a bank, and several of the animals are on display even less time than that. Open only 6 hours out of 24 is hardly a good business model which is why it cost so much to get in or to get anything to eat there, when you can get in at all that is. Little wonder they're always asking for more and more money.

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    Shabby and depressing. The zoo is quite small, and the enclosures for the animals were tiny. The giraffes were behind big metal bars like a circus show One of them was biting the bars trying to get to the other. All of the animals looked lethargic and depressed, AND it was expensive to get in. Only positive thing I have to say about the zoo is that no one was there to interrupt us walking through quietly. The carousel was in shambles and filthy... though there were so few people on it that they offered us a free ride.

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    This zoo is pretty small and the enclosures for the big animals are also pretty small. Alot of the big cats were really stressed and depressed and It made me sad to see such beautiful creatures sad (ESP the snow leopard). Other than the cats being stressed the zoo is pretty nice. The petting zoo portion is nice. The animals seemed
    happy there. Very, very clean. Also, you have to stop by their gift shop!!! Cutest toddler and adult shirts!! Their Xbox and Beatles parody shirts were very witty.

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    Great zoo in every way. Animal and zoo fans will appreciate this zoo and kiddos will really love it because of all the amenities designed with families in mind.

    GOOD: Plenty of shady areas for picnics, very nice playground areas, a super spraygound (a/k/a splash park), large variety of animals, newer areas have some really cool themes, plenty of refreshments and snacks available for sale throughout, and some family rides such as a carousel and a train that circles the entire zoo.

    CAUTIONS: This is a hilly zoo. It's all downhill as you get...Read More

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by Troy Windhorst

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Great zoo in every way. Animal and zoo fans will appreciate this zoo and kiddos will really love it because of all the amenities designed with families in mind.

GOOD: Plenty of shady areas for picnics, very nice playground areas, a super spraygound (a/k/a splash park), large variety of animals, newer areas have some really cool themes, plenty of refreshments and snacks available for sale throughout, and some family rides such as a carousel and a train that circles the entire zoo.

CAUTIONS: This is a hilly zoo. It's all downhill as you get deep within--the hill when hit you on the second half of your trip around the zoo. There is a tram, for a fee, but with only two stops, it is very limited. While there are areas with many benches, some areas are a bench-desert and there is nowhere to sit. Many parks have drinking fountains throughout the park (usually at restrooms), but I didn't see any here.

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