Celebrate the holiday season! Roger Williams Park Zoo is hosting a Winter Festival at the historic Carousel Village on Saturday, December 2nd. Afternoon hours are noon – 3:00 pm for kids and families and feature a visit with Santa, ice carving demonstrations, holiday treats and an opportunity to hop aboard the Carousel Express train or ride the historic Carousel.
During the evening, 4:00 – 8:00 pm, join with friends and family take a horse drawn hayride through the park, visit Santa, see a dazzling holiday light display, enjoy a variety of food carts, sip some hot cocoa and get into the festive mood on the historic Carousel! All ages welcome.
Date: Saturday, December 2
Times: Noon - 3:00 pm & 4:00 - 8:00 pm
Price: FREE entrance*
Please note: *There is no cost to attend the Winter Festival. There are minimal fees for activities: $5.00 for the horse drawn hayride in the Park; $5.00 for a visit with Santa; $3.00 for the Train Ride, and $2.00 for a ride on the historic Carousel. Children one (1) of age and under are free. Parking is free in the Roger Williams Park Zoo parking lots, and the RIPTA trolley is available throughout the event from noon to 8:00 pm to offer free rides to the Carousel, Botanical Center and Museum of Natural History for other festive happenings.
These 90-minute programs focus on a special animal or area of the Zoo, and present opportunities for adult/child pairs to make discoveries together. Programs include a lesson, activity, a craft, an up-close encounter with one of our education animals, and a walk to an exhibit. Please note: This program does not include direct interaction with exhibit animals.
Class Size: 12 max. One adult must accompany each child. We cannot accommodate additional adults or siblings due to space limitations.
- Members: $14 per child/adult pair
- Non-members: $42 per child/adult pair
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- Sat 12/2, 12/9, or 12/16 - 9:30 am or 12:00 pm
- Tues 12/5 - 9:30 am or 1:00 pm
- Wed 12/6 - 9:30 am
- Thurs 12/7 - 9:30 am or 1:00 pm
- Fri 12/8 - 9:30 am
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- Sat 1/6, 1/13, or 1/20 - 9:30 am or 12:00 pm
- Tues 1/9 - 9:30 am or 1:00 pm
- Wed 1/10 - 9:30 am
- Thurs 1/11 - 9:30 am or 1:00 pm
- Fri 1/12 - 9:30 am
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- Sat 2/3 or 2/10 - 9:30 am or 12:00 pm
- Tues 2/6 - 9:30 am or 1:00 pm
- Wed 2/7 - 9:30 am
- Thurs 2/8 - 9:30 am or 1:00 pm
- Fri 2/9 - 9:30 am
Please note: This program does not include direct interaction with exhibit animals.
Pre-registration is required and ends 48 hours prior to the program. Refunds are only given if the Zoo cancels the program. We must receive requests to transfer the date of your registration at least 48 hours in advance. If there are any changes to your registration, there is a $5 fee.
A minimum of five program participants is required to run a class. Participants will be notified one week before the scheduled class if a class has to be cancelled due to low enrollment, so enroll early!
Questions? Contact email@example.com or call (401) 785-3510 ext. 358.
We strongly recommend you register online for your best chance at securing the session you desire. If you prefer, print out our mail-in registration form and send it to the Zoo using the instructions provided on the form.
Roger Williams Park Zoo will offer free admission on Friday, November 24! We invite you to spread holiday cheer by bringing non-perishable food items to benefit Rhode Island Community Food Bank.
Get outside, enjoy the fresh air, and take time with family and friends to experience everything the Zoo has to offer! Many of the animals enjoy the cooler temperatures, including the red pandas, snow leopards, red wolves and more. And don't forget to visit our nature play and exploration area, Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard!
Roger Williams Park Zoo's American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK) Chapter will be hosting an “Eat Wings. Raise Funds” dining fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings and we would love to have your support! All you need to do is come to the restaurant and eat! AAZK will receive 10% of your total bill.
Time: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Where: Buffalo Wild Wings at the Warwick Mall
Bring your friends, your family, and your appetite! Come any time between 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM and show your waiter the attached flyer.
We hope to see you there and thank you for your support!
Sincerely, your RWPZ AAZK Chapter
Marco Polo’s adventure brought him face to face with the exotic animals of the Silk Road, and so will yours! Start by dining on a hot breakfast buffet of baked pastries, fresh fruit, fluffy scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, breakfast potatoes, orange juice, cranberry juice, coffee, and water. After breakfast, you will join zookeepers that care for the animals of Marco Polo’s Adventure Trek in opening for the day; climb into the bear exhibit to prep it for their arrival, get up close with a camel, and see the snow leopards, red pandas, cranes and takin get their first enrichment of the day.
Date: Sunday, November 5
Time: 8:30 am
Price: $55 RWP Zoo members; $65 Non-members
Please note: Capacity is limited to 25 participants. Breakfast with the Animals is rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable. Ticket price includes a hot breakfast buffet, program, and admission to the Zoo post program. Participants age 15 and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Pre-registraion is required.
Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Spooky Zoo is back, offering daytime outdoor autumn activities for the whole family. Come trick-or-treat (while supplies last) with us beginning at 10:30 am on the Treat Trail by the red wolf exhibit. Kids and adults will enjoy a packed schedule of seasonal activities including: animal encounters, the annual elephant Pumpkin Stomp, photo booth fun, meet & greet with Star Wars characters (Saturday) and RI ComicCon (Sunday), sculpture making and more!
Please note: This event is free with Zoo admission and all children 12 and under dressed in costume get in for half price. All activities are weather permitting and while supplies last.
Saturday, October 21(4 spots left) & Saturday, October 28* (*SOLD OUT): Boo at the Zoo! A Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Family Overnight (ages 6+)
Time: 6:30 pm - 10:00 am
- Members: $120 per parent/child pair; $60 per additional participant.
- Non-members: $130 per parent/child pair; $65 per additional participant.
The night begins with pizza and ice cream before educators engage you and your child(ren) in an owl pellet dissection, program animal encounters, and VIP access to the world famous Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. Set up your sleeping bags in the Meller-Danforth Education Center with popcorn and a movie. You will need your zzzzs before waking up with the animals! We provide a light breakfast before a morning Zoo tour.
Please note: There must be at least a 1:3 parent/child ratio. This program is not designed for adults without children
Important registration note: There are no refunds unless program is cancelled by the Zoo.
All requests to change the date of your program must be made at least 48 hours prior to the start of your scheduled program. Requests are not guaranteed and are dependent upon availability. A fee of $20 per program participant will be assessed when any change to your program date is made.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext 358.
The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is back October 5 through November 5 delighting audiences of all ages. This year we will travel through time and visit with dinosaurs, explore the ice age, and peek into the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Rome. As guests wander the Wetlands trail they will delight in the history of the Middle Ages, discover the New World, and be fascinated by major inventions like cars, planes, space travel, and the computer. Infused throughout will be the art and music associated with each era. Imagine the history of us all on over 5000 intricately carved pumpkins. Mark your calendars - Tickets on-sale NOW!
NEW IN 2017: Experience the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride and see the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular from 115 feet above the earth. Riders will see out over Providence and into Narragansett Bay in comfortable side-by-side seats. The Soaring Eagle Zip Ride is open every night during the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular weather permitting. Some restrictions apply.
- Prime Nights (Friday, Saturday, Sunday): Available for purchase ONLINE ONLY and timed ticket entry requires pre-registration.
- Value Nights (Monday through Thursday): Sold online and at Zoo admissions.
- AAA Member Discount (Tuesdays): Available for purchase at Zoo admissions ONLY.
Please note: Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is open rain or shine. In the case of light to moderate rain, the show will be open. There will be no refunds or rescheduling.
Rise and shine with the Zoo’s herd of African elephants in an exclusive experience before the Zoo opens. Start by dining al fresco on a hot breakfast buffet at the Serengeti Market Café, and enjoy baked pastries, fresh fruit, fluffy scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, breakfast potatoes, orange juice, cranberry juice, coffee, and water. After breakfast, you will join a zookeeper that cares for these amazing animals to learn about elephant diets, care, training, and more. You will even walk in the footsteps of giants when the program takes you through the outdoor elephant yard to see the elephant pool, enrichment, and hanging hay nets.
Date: Saturday, September 30
Time: 8:30 am
Price: $55 RWP Zoo members; $65 Non-members
Please note: Capacity is limited to 30 participants. Breakfast with the Animals is rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable. Ticket price includes a hot breakfast buffet, program, and admission to the Zoo post program. Participants age 15 and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Pre-registraion is required.
A co-hosted event with Roger Williams Park Zoo and Total Body Affinity
Spend a Sunday morning on your mat adjacent to the majestic elephants at Roger Williams Park Zoo! Reconnect with your mind and body as waterfalls create the serene backdrop with the elephants before the Zoo opens to the public. Complimentary fresh fruit cup and bottled water. Continue your journey with a leisurely stroll through the zoo, and enjoy visiting with all the animals in a beautiful setting.
Date: Sunday, September 10
Time: 8:30 am - 10:00 am (8:00 am check-in)
Cost: $35 per guest; price includes Zoo admission for one adult
What to Bring: Must provide own yoga mat and towel, water for class.
Please note: All activities are OUTSIDE. NO REFUNDS (in the event of bad weather the class will be rescheduled to Sunday, September 24. Yoga class is for All Levels, and guided by a professional instructor from Total Body Affinity.
Questions prior to registering? Contact Beth Pincince, Special Events & Promotions Manager, at email@example.com.