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Yorks Wild Kingdom York Beach

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Where are we going today?

Lion, tigers and bears....oh my!

York’s Wild Kingdom is not just a zoo filled with 60-70 species of animals for children to watch and learn about, but also a fun amusement park great for the whole family.

The zoo features stunning creatures such as the white Bengal tiger, adorable bear cubs, stripy zebras and a number of species of playful monkeys.  Each area supplies information on the animals, their habitats and nature so kids can learn about the animal as they enjoy the thrill of seeing them face to face.

The nearby Butterfly Kingdom is a 5.500 square foot beautifully lush enclosure which is home to colorful and delicate South and Central American butterflies.  Here kids can learn the short but sweet life cycle of the butterfly, from the chrysalis to adulthood. 

Now you’ve seen the animals - ready to ride the rides!? Of course you are!  The Amusement Park is home to over 22 rides which is great for both smaller and older children.  Go for a spin in the gravitationally challenged Super Spiral, scare yourself in the Haunted House, or get lost in the jungle funhouse.    Challenge yourself to try out every one!  It is worth noting that there are height restrictions on the rides so be sure to check before you queue.  

If that all isn’t enough to keep you entertained for an entire week, there is also an 18 hole mini golf course, batting cages and an arcade to top it all off, just to make sure you really do have an incredibly fun day.


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Where is it at?

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Yorks Wild Kingdom
Route 1 One Animal Park Road
York Beach
ME
03910
Tel: 207 363 4911

How much does it cost?

  • Adults$21.25 for an Adult Zoo & Ride package
  • Children$16.25 4-12 years old Zoo & Ride package
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

Zoo opens at 10am, Amusement park opens at Noon

Open May 26th 2012 thru Labor Day Zoo open daily, Amusement park weekends only until June 23rd then

Teachers corner

There is so much to be learnt during your time at the zoo. There are daily learning sessions, information cards at different exhibits, and for those who fancy zookeeping as a career, there are some great volunteering options to ask about during your visit. .

I'm Hungry!

As long as you don’t want to eat what the lions eat (and we hope you don’t!) then both the zoo and amusement park have a number of snack bars located where you can buy treats such as hot dogs, hamburgers, steak & cheese, cotton candy and the delicious discovery of fried dough. Alternatively, there are a number of lovely areas set up to enjoy your own picnic lunch if you want to bring your own food and drinks. .

Doing our bit

The zoo understands that a naturalistic setting is key for housing wild animals and ensuring they have a great quality of life. The staff promote natural foraging activity as the key form of enrichment to ensure the use their intelligence to work for their food, as they would in the wild. The zoo also participates with an animal release facility in Costa Rica through the Monkey Park Foundation Project. If you want to find out more just have a look on the website. .

Need a little extra help?

Strollers and wheelchairs are available to rent from the Film & stroller booth just near the zoo entrance. You can also bring your own if you like. It is worth noting that the rentals will not be electric. .

Can I get one of those?

What would a zoo trip be if you couldn’t walk away with a cute stuffed toy of your favorite animal? There are souvenirs available for you to purchase to remember your visit.

What people are saying?

  • by Jamie Page

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    This place has gone way downhill....the people that worked here on our visit all had horrible attitudes. My 2 kids ages 7 and 8 stood 20 minutes in line to go on the go-karts....they were turned away by the attendant and were told to go get tokens, of which we were unaware was not covered by the already expensive entrance fee. Once the tokens were obtained, our kids stood back in line and waited another 20 minutes to go on the go karts.....once they got to the SAME attendant, they were turned away because they were not tall enough?!?!?!?...If that...Read More

  • by Patti Gillen

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    My kids and I absolutely love York's Wild Kingdom!!!! This is a great place to spend a day with the family.. the price is perfect, and the beach is only a hop, skip and jump away..

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    It was alright, but I just couldn't understand all of the trashy people that come here...It was like it's located next to a WalMart or something. Even the people that worked here were white trash, it was unbelievable! And they all had an ATTITUDE! Bathrooms are a disgrace, totally FILTHY Zoo! I would NOT waste my time here again. Place was gross...All I wanted to do was take a shower when I left.

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    Very good place, food wasn't that good, but the staff was very friendly.. not a lot animals but I like the fact you can pet the animals and feed them.

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    I went there a while ago, I am 16 now, but my first trip was when I was 8. The rides I looked past as a child, and the food I couldn't care about as a kid, but even at such a young age I saw the terrible conditions of the animals. They looked absolutely miserable, and it made me sick. I started crying and wanted to go home because the animals seemed so unhappy. The tigers looked the most unhappy. They're such a majestic creature and deserve better care. My cousin recently took her two children and it seems that nothing has change. I hope the owners...Read More

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by Jamie Page

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This place has gone way downhill....the people that worked here on our visit all had horrible attitudes. My 2 kids ages 7 and 8 stood 20 minutes in line to go on the go-karts....they were turned away by the attendant and were told to go get tokens, of which we were unaware was not covered by the already expensive entrance fee. Once the tokens were obtained, our kids stood back in line and waited another 20 minutes to go on the go karts.....once they got to the SAME attendant, they were turned away because they were not tall enough?!?!?!?...If that was the case, why were they sent off to get tokens? I, very upset, as I should have been, went back to the counter where the tokens were purchased for the go kart rides and was told they did not offer refunds. I demanded a refund based on the circumstances. The attendant called in her manager who then told me to "calm down" and that there were no refunds to be issued.....no matter the circumstances. told her to keep the ******** money and walked away...she then proceeded to try giving me parenting advice....
The rides haven't been updated in 25+ years, EVERY single water vending machine did not work, and the line to get water or food at the 2 snack stands were unreasonable....primarily because of the lack of drinks available (everyone in line was complaining about the availability of drinks)
I have been going here since I was a kid, and we planned on bringing our kids back...but after seeing the condition of the park, which was disgusting, and the condition of the patrons, even more disgusting, and the attitudes of the staff....again even more disgusting, we will not be back.
I hope the $6.00 in tokens they stole from us was worth it, the bad publicity, the loss of our future visits.....as well as any other losses based on this review.

by Anna McDermott

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I went there a while ago, I am 16 now, but my first trip was when I was 8. The rides I looked past as a child, and the food I couldn't care about as a kid, but even at such a young age I saw the terrible conditions of the animals. They looked absolutely miserable, and it made me sick. I started crying and wanted to go home because the animals seemed so unhappy. The tigers looked the most unhappy. They're such a majestic creature and deserve better care. My cousin recently took her two children and it seems that nothing has change. I hope the owners shape up their care of the animals, it's facilities, and hire a much better staff. The park is an eyesore to the town of York and makes the state of Maine seem like a back water place. (P.S. Don't be fooled by their commercials they air in the summer, the SAME one has been playing since I was 6!!)

The Weather

Friday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 25° F / -4° C
Humidity: 38%
Wind: WSW - 4 MPH

Saturday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 35° F / 2° C
Humidity: 47%
Wind: SW - 9 MPH

Sunday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 39° F / 4° C
Humidity: 50%
Wind: W - 6 MPH

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