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Roger Williams Park Zoo Providence

Where is it at?

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Roger Williams Park Zoo
1000 Elmwood Avenue
Providence
RI
02907
Tel: 401 941 4998

Directions

By Bus: Take RIPTA's Route 6 Prairie Ave / Roger Williams Park Zoo trolley. This is part of the Providence LINK route which is serviced by trolleys that run on a new state-of-the-art hybrid parallel drive diesel / electric system. And fares are just $2 per person, per ride!

Where are we going today?

Roger Williams Park Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the entire country, so it has certainly given a LOT of children an unforgettable day out!

Roger Williams Park Zoo is set on 40 amazing acres in Providence. There are about 130 species of weird, wonderful and rare animals from all across the world!

Spend the morning with the sweet elephants. Enjoy lunch in front of the playful gibbons. Take some photos of the moon bears and watch the kangaroos hop along as fast as they can!

All of the animals are housed in naturalistic settings, which means those little animal lovers can really study the behaviors of these amazing creatures, just as they would do in the wild. An invaluable learning experience!

The Roger Williams Park Zoo also has a number of fun exhibits that the children love! They can live like a local farmer at the Alex and Ani Farmyard, which is a replica of a typical Rhode Island commercial farm. Kids can enjoy activities like the "milking station" and "egg collection station".

The Big Backyard gives those little adventurers a new kind of nature play area, with the ultimate outdoor play space! The whole family can explore the animals native to North America, and Australasia, and observe native wildlife in the most endangered habitat. An important lesson for kids to learn all about what is happening with our species on their 1/4 mile walk.

Animals, education, fun, playtime and exploration - yes please! And it's all at Roger Williams Park Zoo! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$14.95
  • Children$9.95 (Ages 3 - 12)
  • Free Under: 2 years.
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

10am - 5pm. 4pm close October to March.

Open all year, but closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day.

Teachers corner

With family programs, field trips and educational experiences there is so much that students can learn at the zoo! Give them a call to plan your trip! .

I'm Hungry!

They have two main food concessions, where you can get pizza, wraps, hot dogs, sandwiches, and treats!.

Healthy Eating!

There are vegetarian options and kids meals in the cafes, and healthy options like turkey wraps too! .

Any Top Tips?

Why not have your birthday party at the zoo! They love having children celebrate their big day with the animals! .

Doing our bit

They have made sure that the animals enclosures are similar to their natural environments, so you know the animals and happy and healthy.

Need a little extra help?

There are wheelchairs to rent at the zoo. .

Baby Facilities

They have strollers to rent, so bring the whole family! .

Can I get one of those?

There are THREE gift shops that you can purchase some fun items to take home! .

More information

Some of the areas within the zoo have slightly different opening times, so just check in the morning what's open to you! .

What people are saying?

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    We were just here recently and the kids seemed to enjoy it a lot. The zoo is open all year round which of course limits some exhibits that cannot have certain animals outside during the winter. We saw I'd say 90% of the animals.

    This zoo is all outdoors with the exception of small butterfly garden during warmer months (about 1/2 the size of York Wild Animal Kingdom). You'll do a bit of walking here but feel it's a lot more open for the animals. The selection of animals are great and while some were hiding or sleeping, we did get to see something...Read More

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We were just here recently and the kids seemed to enjoy it a lot. The zoo is open all year round which of course limits some exhibits that cannot have certain animals outside during the winter. We saw I'd say 90% of the animals.

This zoo is all outdoors with the exception of small butterfly garden during warmer months (about 1/2 the size of York Wild Animal Kingdom). You'll do a bit of walking here but feel it's a lot more open for the animals. The selection of animals are great and while some were hiding or sleeping, we did get to see something a little different from York which of course is open less than five months out of the year. I won't list them all but I feel this zoo had more variety.

For the most part the zoo is clean, bathrooms throughout, there are few places to eat and overall price is not bad ($15 for adults and $10 for kids 3+). If you have little ones, I would highly suggest a stroller as the park is fairly stretched out but have plenty of room for even a big stroller to go around no problem.

One of the attraction we feel the kids actually enjoyed are the play areas near the butterfly garden. There's a good I'd say an acre full of kids to play with water area, a covered house, and a park-like setup that they can play for hours.

Overall the zoo portion is 'okay' for first time visit but I feel there's a lot more walking to do (but good for the animals) but of course the kids can still enjoy the park area as well.

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