Explore & Soar Attractions

Explore & Soar Attractions

For something slightly out of the ordinary, visit our new Explore and Soar area (located inside the Zoo, adjacent to Hasbro's Our Big Backyard) offering an exhilarating zip ride and a train excursion through the woodlands.

Hours of Operation, Pricing & Restrictions

All rides are open weather-permitting

April: Weekends only, but open daily during Providence School Vacation Week (April 18 - 22)
May: Weekends only, plus open Memorial Day
June - August: Open daily
September & October: Open weekends only, plus holidays

Zip ride and train ride tickets are sold on-site only at the Explore & Soar ticket booth. Ride tickets are sold all day, up until 3:15 pm (last ride is at 3:30 pm). All riders require tickets, but waivers aren’t needed.

Explore & Soar Attractions
Make every Zoo visit an adventure for the whole family! All ride tickets can be purchased at the Explore & Soar ticket booth.
Soaring Eagle Zip Ride

The Soaring Eagle Zip Ride offers breathtaking views 115 feet above the Zoo allowing riders to see out over Providence and into Narragansett Bay in comfortable side-by-side seats.  The ride is sensational. The zip ride is located adjacent to Hasbro's Our Big Backyard in the Zoo's new Explore & Soar area. 

Price: $12 per rider, $10 for current RWPZoo members.
Passenger Capacity: two persons

Passenger Restrictions:

  • Riders have no age requirement, but must meet age/weight restrictions: must be at least 42" tall and less than 450 lbs (combined between two riders) and fit securely in the restraint systems.
  • Passengers with physical disabilities must be able to be secure in the restraints.
  • All legs must be present to the knee at a minimum.
  • No prosthetics allowed on the ride.
  • Expectant mothers - Due to the nature of the restraining device (i.e. lap belt), expectant mothers are discouraged from riding, and will be verbally warned that a lap band could place undue force or pressure on the baby

Train Ride

All aboard the Wilderness Explorer!  Hop on-board this fun family-friendly premium train all summer long. Designed for all ages, this ride is located adjacent to Hasbro's Our Big Backyard in the Zoo's new Explore & Soar area.

Price: $3 per rider (A rider is any adult or child age 2 and up)

Passenger Restrictions:

  • All ages can ride, and riders that cannot sit up on their own must be accompanied by an adult
  • The train has a capacity of 18-28 people depending on the mix of riders

Please note: The Woodlands Express is wheelchair accessible. Please note that the train can only accommodate manual wheelchairs and not motorized wheelchairs/EZ carts.

Are the rides open during the Spectacular shows?

The Soaring Eagle zip ride will be open (weather-permitting) during the Asian Lantern Spectacular and Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular.

  • During Asian Lantern Spectacular and Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular zip ride tickets are a flat-rate $15 (no member discount)
  • Tickets only sold on-site on a first-come, first-served basis. They are not available online.

The Wilderness Explorer train ride is closed during all evening Spectacular shows.