Calendar of Events

Summer Zoo Hours
Apr 01 - Sep 30

Starting April 1 through September 30, Roger Williams Park Zoo will be open from 10am - 5pm, with the last admission at 4:30pm. Please note that on Saturdays, June 27 and August 29, the Zoo will be ending admission at 12 noon to prepare for two major fundraising events; guests will have until 2pm on these dates to enjoy the exhibits.

Please plan your Zoo trips accordingly.

Camel Rides Open
Apr 18 - Sep 07

Camel Rides are back at Roger Williams Park Zoo! Experience these majestic animals like never before in a safe environment with experts on hand to lead you around a track while riding a trained camel. The camel rides are located adjacent to the Big Backyard. This seasonal offering is available from April 20 - September 7, and requires a nominal fee in addition to Zoo admission.

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Flutterby: Butterflies in Bloom
May 23 - Sep 07

This is the final year for this seasonal experience.

This summer-long special exhibit that thrilled tens of thousands is back at Roger Williams Park Zoo for its second and final year! Flutterby: Butterflies in Bloom provides an immersive experience inside the Zoo’s beautifully landscaped greenhouse filled with hundreds of free-flying native North American butterflies. A delight for butterfly and gardening enthusiasts alike, this enchanting experience invites visitors to discover a deeper appreciation for some of our earth’s most imperiled species – butterflies, in bloom. The exhibit will be open May 23 - September 7, and requires a nominal admission fee in addition to Zoo admission. 

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Daily Giraffe Feedings
May 23 - Oct 31

Share the unforgettable thrill of a close-up animal experience with your whole family! This year, giraffe feedings occur daily from May 23 - October 31, and are open to the general public - no pre-registration required! The price is $5 for the animals' food, which can be split among a group so everyone can have a chance to feed the giraffes. Guests must be age 3 and over to participate.

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ZooCamp! Summer Zoo Adventures & Tadpole Academy
Jun 15 - Aug 21

Registration for all ZooCamp sessions (winter, spring and summer) opens on January 14, 2015.

Fun-filled, action-packed days are offered at for kids ages 4 to 10. Summer Adventures (ages 6-10) and Tadpole Academy (ages 4-5) are affordable vacation options that make for an unforgettable experience for your kids. A special $25 sibling discount applies to all ZooCamps. First registration will be at full price, $25 discount will be applied to each sibling thereafter. Extended day options available. Pre-registration is required.

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Carousel Village Summer Hours
Jun 16 - Sep 07

The Carousel Village in Roger Williams Park will be open June 16 - Labor Day from 11am - 5pm Monday - Friday, and weekends from 10am - 6pm.

A popular family destination in Roger Williams Park since the mid-1890s, the Carousel offers fun for children of all ages throughout the year, including the fully accessible Hasbro Boundless Playground. The Carousel Village features concessions and a variety of food trucks throughout the week for delicious food and drink options that the whole family will enjoy.

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Conservation Heroes Summer ZooCamp
Jun 22 - Aug 21

Registration for all ZooCamp sessions (winter, spring and summer) opens on January 14, 2015.

It’s a wild world, and one that needs leaders passionate about animals, the environment and conservation!  In this one-week camp at the Zoo, campers will be empowered to become leaders in conservation through teambuilding and leadership activities, engagement in inquiry activities, games, encounters with wild animal ambassadors, visits to animal exhibits and more. Activities have been updated to include even more outdoor exploration! Pre-registration is required.

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Rock Wall Open
Jul 01 - Aug 31

Test your climbing skills on our very own rock wall! Provided by Rock Spot Climbing, this four-sided rock wall has varying degrees of difficulty, from beginner to seasoned climbers, so anyone can try. The rock wall will be in the Wilderness Plaza - you can’t miss it! - daily from April 20 - 26 and July 1 - August 31, and requires a nominal fee in addition to Zoo admission.

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Food Truck Friday at the Carousel Village
Jul 10 - Aug 28

Starting Friday, July 10th head to the Carousel Village in Roger Williams Park for Food Truck Fridays! Enjoy a smorgasbord of great food from some of the area’s best food trucks, ride the carousel and explore Hasbro's Boundless Playground. Food Truck Fridays happen each Friday from July 10 - Aug 28 from 5 to 8pm. NEW: Folks can also experience live music and a beer garden each week.

Click here to find out which trucks will be at the Carousel Village each week.

Family Overnights at the Zoo
Jul 18 - Aug 15

Snooze at the Zoo for the wildest family overnight adventure in town! Our Family Overnights offer an exciting opportunity to experience the zoo as so few have – after dark. The night begins with pizza and ice cream before educators engage you and your child(ren) in hands-on activities, program animal encounters, and a Zoo tour by flashlight. Set-up your sleeping bags in the Education Center with popcorn and a movie before you snooze. You’ll wake up to a light breakfast before a morning Zoo tour. Pre-registration is required.

Dates & Times:
July 18 & August 15 from 6:30pm - 10am

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Ball Carnaval
Aug 07

Our wonderful friends at the Newport Polo Club are hosting a black tie event called "Ball Carnaval" on August 7 in Rosecliff, one of Newport’s legendary Bellevue Avenue mansions. All proceeds from the event's silent and live auctions will help Roger Williams Park Zoo in its plans to build a new tropical rain forest building this year.

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World Elephant Day
Aug 12 (All day)

Join us for World Elephant Day and bring attention to the urgent plight of these land giants. The elephant is loved, revered and respected by people and cultures around the world, yet we balance on the brink of seeing the last of this magnificent creature. Hear from zoo keepers the importance of ongoing conservation efforts to save these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat, and more.

Early Closing: Last admission at 3:30pm
Aug 13

The Zoo will end admission at 3:30pm on Thursday, August 13 to prepare for an evening event. Guests who arrive before 3:30pm will have until 4pm to enjoy animal exhibits.

Member's Night
Aug 13

A special evening offered exclusively for members of Roger Williams Park Zoo to enjoy the exhibits along with music, crafts, games and more! (Reciprocal memberships at other Zoos will not apply for this event.)

Not a member? Join or renew by August 13th, and you too can join the party!

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Early Closing for Brew at the Zoo
Aug 29

Roger Williams Park Zoo will end admission at 12 noon in order to prepare for the Zoo’s annual fundraiser, Brew at the Zoo. Guests who arrive before noon will have until 2 pm to enjoy the exhibits.

Thank you for understanding.

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Brew at the Zoo
Aug 29

Brew at the Zoo is back at Roger Williams Park Zoo! Roam the Zoo while sampling over 100 craft beers from more than 50 of the regions’ finest brewers at Rhode Island’s most popular outdoor venue. (Daytime admission to the Zoo will end at noon for event preparations.) Proceeds from this fundraiser will help to support animal care, education and conservation programs, and Zoo improvements.

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Carousel Village Fall Hours
Sep 08 - Oct 31

The Carousel Village in Roger Williams Park will be open daily Sept. 8 - Oct. 31 from 11am - 4:30pm

A popular family destination in Roger Williams Park since the mid-1890s, the Carousel offers fun for children of all ages throughout the year, including the fully accessible Hasbro Boundless Playground. The Carousel Village features concessions and a variety of food trucks throughout the week for delicious food and drink options that the whole family will enjoy.

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Preschool Adventures
Sep 12 - Feb 27

The Preschool Adventures program, designed for children ages 3 - 5, focuses on a special animal or area of the Zoo and presents opportunities for adult/child pairs to make discoveries together. Each 90-minute program includes a lesson, activities, a craft and an up close program animal encounter. Themes change monthly, with programs scheduled from September 2015 - February 2016. Online registration is required.

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Day of Honor
Sep 13 (All day)

Roger Williams Park Zoo salutes the men and women who serve our nation and communities with a special Day of Honor, with free admission for veterans and members of our armed forces, active and retired police, fire and ambulance personnel, and other emergency responders, as well as half price admission for up to three guests. Identification of active or retired status must be shown to receive free admission.

ROCK & ROAR! A Rock-a-Baby Kids’ Concert Series
Sep 26 - Feb 07

The very popular Rock-a-Baby band is coming to the Zoo! Come and jam with them in the Education Center. This exciting 45-minute concert specifically geared toward our youngest Zoo guests promises to be fun for the whole family! Each month’s concert will have a different animal or nature theme, so no two shows will be alike! Online registration is required.

September 26: Farmyard Follies
October 31: Halloween Hop
November 21: Sea Creature Shimmy
January 9: Dino Stomp
February 7: Rainforest Reel

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Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
Oct 01 - Nov 01

The acclaimed Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, presented by Citizens Bank, returns to Roger Williams Park Zoo October 1 – November 1. This breathtaking display of thousands of illuminated jack-o-lanterns features over 125 of the gourds carved into veritable works of art. The Providence Journal called it “Disney-quality” and visitors praise it as “Autumnal bliss” and “The best fall experience.” Event admission runs from 6 – 10pm, and the trail closes at 11pm; on Saturday the last admission is at 11pm, and the trail closes at midnight. On weekends, visitors who purchase the dinner offering enjoy express entry to the pumpkin trail. 

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Spooky Zoo
Oct 24 - Oct 25

Visitors to this fall daytime Halloween tradition will enjoy fun seasonal activities including trick-or-treat stations, pumpkin treats for the animals, creepy-crawly animal encounters, pumpkin carving demonstrations, a games area, roaming costumed characters, live music, and more. Spooky Zoo activities are free with Zoo admission, and kids ages 3 - 12 who come in costume get in for half-price. Activities run from 10am – 3pm.

Boo at the Zoo Family Overnights
Oct 24 - Oct 31

Looking for a family Halloween experience complete with jack-o-lanterns, flashlights and goose bumps? Creepy crawly creatures like bats, spiders, snakes, and wolves have been the stuff of nightmares for as long as we can remember. Get the skinny from Zoo staff as they bust the myths about misunderstood animals, and the very important role they play in the world. Goose bumps gone? Good. PLUS cap off the experience with admission (no lines, no waiting!) to the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular! Pre-registration is required. More details coming soon.

Carousel Village Winter Hours
Nov 01 - Dec 01

The Carousel Village in Roger Williams Park will be open only on weekends Nov. 1 - Dec. 1 from 11am - 4:30pm.

A popular family destination in Roger Williams Park since the mid-1890s, the Carousel offers fun for children of all ages throughout the year, including the fully accessible Hasbro Boundless Playground. The Carousel Village features concessions and a variety of food trucks throughout the week for delicious food and drink options that the whole family will enjoy.

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Veteran's Day Discount
Nov 11 (All day)

Roger Williams Park Zoo salutes the men and women who serve our nation this Veterans Day with free admission for veterans and members of our armed forces, and half price admission for up to three guests. Identification of active or retired status must be shown to receive free admission.

Coat Drive
Nov 14 - Nov 18

Bring gently used coats to Zoo admissions from November 14 – 18 to help a family in need, and receive half-off admission for up to 4 people for that day. Coats of all sizes will be accepted at admissions, however, the Zoo is not collecting other textiles. Coats, which are being collected in partnership with Children’s Workshop, will be delivered to the Buy Nothing Coalition for people who need help keeping warm this winter.

Santa's Arrival & Holiday Parade
Nov 28

Usher in the holiday season with the Jolly Old Elf himself at Roger Williams Park Zoo. See Santa arrive in grand style in our parking lot. Then stick around for a festive holiday parade through the Zoo. Visitors who would like to share their holiday cheer with children in need can bring new, unwrapped toys to place in the Cardi’s Furniture Toys for Tots collection box.

Visits with Santa
Nov 28 - Dec 06

Celebrate the holiday season in wild style at Roger Williams Park Zoo. Meet the Jolly Old Elf himself while enjoying a tasty treat and fun activities for the whole family. Visits will take place from 10am – 12pm & 1 – 3pm. The price, in addition to general Zoo admission, is $10 for children ages 3 through 12, and $5 for toddlers ages 2 and under; parents visit Santa for free! Pre-registration is NOT required for the visits. Zoo visitors who would like to share their holiday cheer with children in need can bring new, unwrapped toys to place in the Cardi’s Furniture Toys for Tots collection box.

A Special Thank You to our Annual Media Sponsors
Dec 31