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Food Truck Friday at Carousel Village
April 15, 2022 - 5:00pm to September 30, 2022 - 8:00pm
Event Information

Come experience the array of foods and delicious sweets from a variety of vendors at this magnificent event. Take a ride on the historic Carousel, or hop onboard the Carousel Express train (weather permitting). Plus, admission is free! Bring a chair or blanket, and sit on the lawn. Food Trucks accept cash, credit, and debit. 

Dates:  

  • Saturday, April 15th  –  September 30th (weekly on Friday's)

Time:  5:00 pm

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
September 29, 2022 - 6:00pm to October 31, 2022 - 10:30pm
Event Information

Everyone should put down the remote, shut off their streaming service and make sure they don't miss this year's Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, celebrating 75 years of television. Presented by Citizens, guests will share in the nostalgia of their favorite tv shows, artistically carved on thousands of pumpkins. From Mr. Ed to The Walking Dead, this year's Spectacular has something for everyone. Visitors will have a "yabba-dabba-do time" while "taking a break from all their troubles," as the shows' musical theme songs accompany the experience.

Date: 

September 29th - October 31st 

Pricing: 

  • Value Nights (Monday-Thursday): $18 per adult, $15 per child. 
  • Prime Nights (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) $21 per adult, $18 per child.
  • Toddlers ages 1 and under attend free. They will receive a complimentary ticket upon arrival.  
  • Current RWP Zoo members receive a special discount of $2 off adult tickets and $1 off child tickets

Please Note: 

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is open rain or shine. NO REFUNDS OR RESCHEDULING. All tickets must be purchased online in advance. Click here for details on pricing, parking, and our weather and membership policies. For questions, please contact visitorservices@rwpzoo.org.

Spooky-ish Scout Family Fun Night at the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular - October 17th
October 17, 2022 - 4:30pm to 8:30pm
Event Information

Join us for an evening of fun for scouts, prospective scouts, friends, and family! Scouts BSA members, Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts will all have a great time during this all-new event. Not a scout? Come join us anyway! Local scouting representatives will be on hand to answer questions and to help you find a troop or pack near you if you are interested. Join us and visit the zoo after hours for animal encounters, keeper chats and a Halloween dance party! Admission includes access to Faces of the Rainforest, World of Adaptations, the Farmyard and other specially illuminated zoo exhibits! Attendees will also skip the line as they receive V.I.P. access to the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular! (Animal encounters and keeper chats are weather dependent.)

 

Date:    October 17th, 2022

Time:    4:30pm-8:30pm (last admission is at 8:00pm)

Cost:    $35 per person

*Children under 2 admitted free

Tickets must be purchased in advance. Walk in tickets will not be available.

 

NOTE: Visitors should expect travel delays around the zoo, especially after 6:00PM. Please plan accordingly.  Visitors are strongly encouraged to check-in between 4:30PM and 5:45PM for the quickest and easiest entry.

The event ends at 8:30PM with last admission for the event at 8:00PM.

 

Register Here!

 Most scouts can earn recognition requirements by participating in a service project. Add that to your Scout Family Fun Night at JOLS by collecting items from our Zookeeper’s Enrichment Wishlist. These items will be used by our animal care team to keep our animals healthy and active as they investigate new smells and practice natural foraging behaviors!  - 2022 Zookeeper Enrichment Wish List

Cancellation/Refund Policy: For Scout family fun night at JOLS, refunds requested prior to September 17th will be honored, minus the $5 online fee. After September 17th, all sales are final, and no refunds will be issued. This program is rain or shine and will only be rescheduled if the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is cancelled due to extreme weather conditions. This event has a backup date of October 24th in the event of extreme weather.

Breakfast with the Elephants (Ages 7+)
October 22, 2022 - 8:30am to 10:00am
Event Information

ise and shine with the Zoo’s herd of African elephants in this exclusive experience before the Zoo opens.  We’ll start with an al fresco hot breakfast buffet before joining the zookeepers that care for the elephants to learn about elephant diets, care, training and more.  Guests will venture into the elephant yard to help prepare it for the day by providing enrichment and diet for our beloved elephant girls! Breakfast includes: slices of seasonal fresh fruit, freshly baked breakfast pastries, farm raised scrambled eggs, delicious crispy home-fried potatoes, and crispy hickory smoked bacon. Provided beverages include: orange juice, coffee and tea.*

Capacity is limited to 30 participants and openings will not last long.

*Food and beverage offerings subject to change based on seasonal availability and other factors beyond our control

Date:  

Time:  8:30 am

Cost:  Members: $76 / Non-members: $96

PLEASE NOTE: Pre-registration is required.  Ticket price includes a hot breakfast buffet, program, and admission to the Zoo post program. All children under 15 years old must be accompanied by a paid adult. The behind-the-scenes components of this program may not be wheelchair accessible.  Navigating sandy and uneven surfaces will be required as will the ability to wear a mask for extended periods of time.

Spooky Zoo
October 22, 2022 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Event Information

Dates: Saturday, October 22, 2022 (Rain Date: Sunday, October 23)

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Spooky Zoo is back offering daytime outdoor autumn fun for the whole family. Come trick-or-treat (while supplies last) with us beginning at 10:00 am. Kids and adults alike can enjoy a day at the Zoo along with free trick-or-treat bags, fun fall-animal enrichments and more!

Please note: This event is free with Zoo admission and free for RWPZoo members. All activities are weather permitting and while supplies last. Timed-entry ticket requirements continue to remain in effect for non-members.

Spooky Zoo
October 29, 2022 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Event Information

Dates: Saturday, October 29, 2022 (Rain Date: Sunday, October 30)

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Spooky Zoo is back offering daytime outdoor autumn fun for the whole family. Come trick-or-treat (while supplies last) with us beginning at 10:00 am. Kids and adults alike can enjoy a day at the Zoo along with free trick-or-treat bags, fun fall-animal enrichments and more!

Please note: This event is free with Zoo admission and free for RWPZoo members. All activities are weather permitting and while supplies last. Timed-entry ticket requirements continue to remain in effect for non-members.

Holiday Lights Spectacular
November 25, 2022 - 5:00pm to January 1, 2023 - 9:30pm
Event Information

Tickets go on-sale this fall! Stay tuned.

Bring family and friends to experience Holiday Lights Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island – an annual walk-through experience just in time for the holidays. Join us nightly November 25, 2022 – January 1, 2023, for a dazzling light display through the Zoo. Featuring 40 acres of festive larger-than-life luminous displays and over 2 million illuminated lights, it’s the most wonderful way to ring in the holidays! 

Please note: the Holiday Lights Spectacular features flashing lights which may affect photosensitive visitors. 

 

Date:  

  • November 25, 2022 – January 1, 2023th

Time:  5:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Pricing: All tickets are timed-entry and must be purchased ONLINE IN ADVANCE.

  • Adult $12; child $10 (ages 2-12)
  • Current RWP Zoo members: Adult $10; child $9 (ages 2-12) To receive the discount, you must be logged into your zoo membership account.
  • Children one and younger are always admitted free.