Calendar of Events

Daily Animal Encounters
May 24 - Sep 01

Share the unforgettable thrill of a close-up animal experience with your family! Feed a giraffe or a seal daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Advanced online ticket purchase is now available! If the tickets don’t sell out online, they will also be available at the Zoo admissions gate on the day of your visit, but space is very limited.

Feed a Giraffe: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Feed a Seal: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday

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Seasonal Offerings Open Daily
May 24 - Sep 01

This year, Roger Williams Park Zoo is introducing three seasonal offerings to make every Zoo visit an adventure for the whole family! Enter our picturesque greenhouse where you will be immersed among hundreds of free-flying butterflies in our Flutterby: Butterflies in Bloom exhibit; test your climbing skills with the Rock Wall in the Wilderness Plaza; or have a close-up animal experience with our Camel Rides adjacent to the Beyond the Fence area of the Big Backyard. These new attractions will be open daily from May 24th – September 1st, and require a nominal fee in addition to Zoo admission. Visitors also have the option of purchasing a special Explorer Pass which will provide unlimited access to all three on the day of purchase.

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ZooCamp
Jun 16 - Aug 22

ZooCamp is one of our most popular programs, and it's no wonder why - it's the wildest way to spend a week during school vacation! Children have a blast during summer school vacation with a week of games, hands-on activities, crafts, animal encounters and tours of the Zoo! Kids ages 4-10 can enjoy one of our 10 weeklong sessions; and older kids ages 11-13 can become environmental leaders at one of the 4 weeklong Conservation Heroes ZooCamps.

Upcoming ZooCamps
Ages 4-10
Summer ZooCamps: June 16-August 22
Ages 11-13
Conservation Heroes: June 23-August 22

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Ode To The Owl by Alex and Ani
Jul 02 (All day)

The Zoo is honored to announce the launch of a new bangle from Alex and Ani's Charity by Design called "Ode To The Owl." This beautiful bangle, along with the Monkey bangle before it, will support our conservation and education initiatives. You can purchase the bangle starting July 2nd online and in Alex and Ani retail stores. 

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R.I. Treasury's Smart Money Program Goes to the Zoo
Jul 25

The Smart Money tour is coming to the Zoo on July 24 from 11am to 3pm. The program is designed to help Rhode Islanders learn about the Treasury and raise awareness on the Financial Empowerment, Unclaimed Property, and Crime Victim Compensation programs.

The Treasury holds more than $275 million in unclaimed property for over 750,000 Rhode Islanders. There is no charge for Rhode Islanders to get their property returned to them.


 

Animal Birthday Party Club: Red River Hogs Persephone and Harley
Jul 25

Due to inclement weather, we will be holding the Red River Hog Birthday Party on Friday, July 25 from 11am to 3pm. Party like an animal at the Zoo! Join us to celebrate the birthday of Persephone, one of our cool red river hogs. The day will include tasty enrichment treats for Persephone and her companion Harley, fun activities for you, and much more! This event is free with Zoo admission. 

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Teacher Appreciation Days
Jul 27 - Jul 29

Visit the Zoo during our Teacher Appreciation Days, and come see all the Zoo has to offer for your students year round! In honor of our teachers, before the new school year begins, Roger Williams Park Zoo will be offering all teachers free admission from July 27 – 29.

This discount is available to public and private school teachers and applies only to the teacher. Proper identification must be shown to receive free admission. 


 

Animal Birthday Party Club: Giraffes Amber and Jaffa Prince
Aug 07

Party like an animal at the Zoo! Join us to celebrate the birthdays of Amber and Jaffa Prince, two of our Masai giraffes. The day will include tasty enrichment treats for the giraffes, fun activities for you, and much more! The activities run from 11am - 3pm. This event is free with Zoo admission.

Please note, the rain date for this event will be August 8th.

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Classic and Antique Car Show
Aug 10 (All day)

Not just your typical car show. Come enjoy a day of classic cars and animals at the Zoo! Zoo guests will get to vote on their favorite car. The hours of the show are 10am – 5pm, Sunday, August 10th. This event is free with Zoo admission. Email npotito@rwpzoo.org for more information.

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Zoo Closes at 4pm for Private Event
Aug 14

The Zoo will be closing at 4:00pm on August 14 to prepare for a private event for Zoo members. Not a member yet? Join or renew your membership today, and you can get many amazing benefits including admission to this special member's-only event. You’ll enjoy animal exhibits and the Big Backyard, meet some of our Education Animal Ambassadors, show off your creativity with our craft activity, dance to some funky tunes, climb our rock wall, and more. All free as our way of saying a special thank you to the members who support us.

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Roger Williams Park Zoo Members Night
Aug 14

A special evening exclusively for members of Roger Williams Park Zoo! All RWP Zoo members are invited to enjoy the exhibits along with music, crafts, games, and more! Members will receive an invitation in the mail. Not a member? Become one by mid-July and you too will receive an invitation to join the party! 

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Weekend Animal Encounters
Sep 01 - Sep 28

Share the unforgettable thrill of a close-up animal experience with your family! Feed a giraffe or a seal on weekends in September, pluse Labor Day Monday (the 1st). Advanced online ticket purchase is now available! If the tickets don’t sell out online, they will also be available at the Zoo admissions gate on the day of your visit, but space is very limited.

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Zoo Closes at 2pm for Brew at the Zoo
Sep 06

Roger Williams Park Zoo will close to the public at 2pm in order to prepare for the Zoo’s Brew at the Zoo fundraising event. The last admission is at 12 noon, so guests will have ample time to enjoy all the exhibits prior to the early closing. 

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Brew at the Zoo
Sep 06

Tap into your wild side at Roger Williams Park Zoo! Brew at the Zoo is a beer tasting event where you can sample dozens of the region’s finest craft beers at Rhode Island’s most popular outdoor venue. You can also enjoy animal encounters, live music, and more! Brew at the Zoo is on Saturday, September 6th from 5 - 9pm. Tickets for this 21+ event are $50 per person and $25 for designated drivers, and will be sold online - check back soon for details. 

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Day of Honor
Sep 14 (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 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.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
Oct 02 - Nov 02

The acclaimed Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, presented by Citizens Bank, returns to Roger Williams Park Zoo! You will be amazed by this breathtaking display of thousands of illuminated jack-o-lanterns, with over 125 of them carved into veritable works of art. The 2014 Jack-O-Lantern Sepctacular, titled "Jack-O-Lanterns A to Z," will run October 2 - November 2, rain or shine, with admission from 6pm - 10pm; the trail closes at 11pm. Admission is extended to 11pm on Saturdays, with the trail closing at midnight. On weekends, visitors who purchase the dinner offering enjoy express entry to the pumpkin trail.

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Boo at the Zoo Family Overnights
Oct 18 - Oct 25

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. PLUS cap off the experience with express admission to the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular! Boo at the Zoo Family Overnights are on October 18th and 25th. Pre-registration is required.

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Spooky Zoo
Oct 25 - Oct 26

Join us for a wildly fun time this Halloween and enjoy frightfully fun 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! The activities run from 10am - 3pm. Spooky Zoo is free with Zoo admission, and kids age 12 and under who come in costume get in for half-price. 

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Veterans Day
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, as well as half price admission for up to three guests.

Identification of active or retired status must be shown to receive free admission.

Santa's Arrival & Holiday Parade
Nov 29 (All day)

Usher in the holiday season with the Jolly Old Elf himself at Roger Williams Park Zoo! See Santa arrive in grand style at approximately 9am 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 29 - Dec 07

Celebrate the holiday season in wild style at the Zoo! Meet the Jolly Old Elf himself while enjoying a tasty treat and fun, holiday-themed activities for the whole family. Visits will take place on Novermber 29th and 30th, and December 6th and 7th from 10am - 12pm and 1pm - 3pm each day. The price, in addition to Zoo admission, is $10 for children ages 3-12, and $5 for toddlers ages 2 and under; parents attend the visit for free! 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