RWPZ Insider Tours

RWPZ Insider Tours

Join a zoo professional for this special experience! Learn about how Roger Williams Park Zoo started and fun insider knowledge that only zoo staff can provide. You will first explore our newest exhibit, The Faces of the Rainforest. Between the playful monkeys and the giant river otters, there is always lots of action! From there, your private safari will continue through World of Adaptations, Marco Polo Trail and North America. After that, pack your trunks and venture to the Textron Elephant & Giraffe Pavilion to catch a glimpse of the world’s largest and tallest land animals! Before departing, visitors will swing by the Alex and Ani Farmyard for an encounter with our beloved goats. All along the way your personal guide will be there to answer your questions and share stories from across our zoo’s rich history and provide you with some insider knowledge you did not know you needed to know. Like, did you know our oldest resident is 170 years old!

Tour groups will be limited to a single booking capped at 10 individuals. Other groups will not be combined with yours. Ample space will be provided for social distancing. All participants will be required to wear a face mask when visiting Faces of the Rainforest.

Tour Options, Details & Pricing
Standard RWPZ Insider Tour | Dates, Hours and Pricing

Standard RWPZ Insider Tour

Tour a portion of the zoo with your own personal guide at the end of the zoo day.

Date Availability:

  • Thursday - Monday at 3:30 or 3:40 pm
  • Tuesday - Wednesday at 10:00 am, 10:30 am, 2:00 pm or 2:30 pm

Cost:                     

  • Members: $120 for the first two people and $30 for every additional person (max of 10)*
  • Non-Members: $130 for the first two people and $35 for every additional person (max of 10)*

*Guests under the age of two are admitted free of charge

Duration: 1.5 hours

Please note: Not all animals will be visible and species availability can change daily depending on their needs and weather forecasts. We cannot guarantee any specific animal will be viewable on the tour. All tours are rain or shine, except for instances of severe weather or lightning.

Check out our RWPZ Insider + Holiday Lights Spectacular Bundled Experience that includes admission to the Holiday Lights Spectacular following your Insider Tour.

To book or for more information, contact us at programs@rwpzoo.org or (401)-785-3510 ext. 352

NEW RWPZ Insider Tour + VIP Holiday Lights Spectacular

Book our popular RWPZ Insider Tour experience for a private after-hours guided tour that includes visits to our state-of-the-art rainforest exhibit our World of Adaptations building a goat encounter and more! After your Insider Tour concludes, say goodbye to your guide and explore our Holiday Lights Spectacular. More information on the Holiday Lights Spectacular can be found here: www.rwpzoo.org/holidaylights

Date Availability:

  • November 26 - 28; December 2 - 5; and December 9 - January 2 at 3:30 PM or 3:40 PM

Cost:                     

  • Members: $140 for the first two people and $40 for every additional person (max of 10)
  • Non-Members: $152 for the first two people and $46 for every additional person (max of 10)

*  This package includes the RWPZ Insider Tour AND admissions to the Holiday Lights Spectacular. Guests under the age of one are admitted free of charge.

Duration: 1.5 hour tour + Access to the Holiday Lights Spectacular

    Please note: Not all animals will be visible and species availability can change daily depending on their needs and weather forecasts. We cannot guarantee any specific animal will be viewable on the tour. All tours are rain or shine, except for instances of severe weather or lightning.

    To book or for more information, contact us at programs@rwpzoo.org or (401)-785-3510 ext. 358.

    RWPZ Insider Tour + VIP Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

    RWPZ Insider Tour + Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular!

    Book our popular RWPZ Insider tour experience for a private after-hours guided tour that includes visits to our state-of-the-art rainforest exhibit our World of Adaptations building a goat encounter and more! After your Insider Tour concludes, say goodbye to your guide and skip the line as you enjoy VIP access to the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular and the thousands of expertly carved pumpkins, dazzling displays and dramatic storytelling. More information on the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular can be found here: www.rwpzoo.org/jols

    Date Availability: October 2022 TBD

    Cost:                     

    • Members: $152 for the first two people and $46 for every additional person (max of 10)
    • Non-Members: $162 for the first two people and $51 for every additional person (max of 10)

    *  This package includes the RWPZ Insider Tour AND access to the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, guests under the age of one are admitted free of charge.

    Duration: 2 hours + Access to the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

    Please note: Not all animals will be visible and species availability can change daily depending on their needs and weather forecasts. We cannot guarantee any specific animal will be viewable on the tour. All tours are rain or shine, except for instances of severe weather or lightning.

    To book or for more information, contact us at programs@rwpzoo.org or (401)-785-3510 ext. 352

    Insider Tour FAQs
    What if I purchased tickets on my own for a Holiday Lights Spectacular slot after 6:00PM?

    You will be asked to exit the zoo after your Insider Tour and to return via the main lot to park and queue for entry with the rest of the general admission guests.

    Can we purchase food or souvenirs?

    Standalone Insider Tours will be touring the zoo when the zoo is technically closed, the Discover the Wild Gift Shop and our other concessions will be closed for the day. For tours that include access to the Holiday Lights Spectacular, food and souvenirs will be available to purchase.

    What should we wear?

    Because this experience is rain or shine, you should dress for the weather. Closed toe shoes are required, and comfortable walking shoes are strongly encouraged.

    Will we see the whole zoo?

    Insider Tours will explore our Faces of the Rainforest Exhibit, Adaptations building, in addition to our Marco Polo Trek, the North America region of the zoo, The Textron Elephant and Giraffe Pavilion and our farmyard! Guests that bundled their tour with access to the Holiday Lights Spectacular will have an opportunity to explore the rest of the outdoor spaces of the zoo for that evening event.

    Will we see lots of animals on exhibit as we tour?

    We will see animals on your tour, especially in our Rainforest and Adaptations buildings! Each species in an outdoor exhibit has their own restrictions regarding outdoor access that are dependent on temperature, weather and other wellbeing factors. As always, animals that do have outdoor access always have the option to be inside if they choose, so who and what we see will be different every time!

    Do you need to provide contact information for every person in your party?

    When making the reservation we will collect contact info from that guest. When you arrive, we will collect basic contact information from at least one person in every household for the purpose of contact tracing. This information will not be used in any other way.

    What if I have a medical condition, do I still need to wear a mask?

    All unvaccinated individuals are asked to wear a mask when indoors. All guests and staff are required to wear a mask when visiting the Faces of the Rainforest exhibit.

    What age restrictions are in place for the Insider Tour?

    Currently, guests of any age can participate in this special experience! All children must be accompanied by a paid adult and one adult must be present for every two children under the age of 11. Strollers and wheelchairs can be accommodated.

    We have changed our minds; can we get a refund?

    Cancellations of more than 2 weeks in advance of your booked tour are eligible for a full refund.

    Cancellations with notice of at least one week, but less than 2 are eligible for a 75% refund.

    Cancellations made with less than one week, but more than 48 hours are eligible for 50% refund

    Cancellations made with less than 48 hours notice are not eligible for any refund in whole or in part.

    Where do we check in?

    Please refer to your confirmation email for your specific check-in location and time! You can email programs@rwpzoo.org with further questions. Please be sure to include the name on the reservation as well as the date and time of your tour.

    Will we get to touch animals?

    Will we get to touch animals?

    Yes! Weather permitting, you will have an opportunity to visit and interact with our lively goat trip! (A group of goats is called a trip)

    What if I am feeling ill?

    We ask that any guests that feel unwell or have any symptoms of COVID-19 (including cough, fever, or shortness of breath), they kindly stay home.

    Is the experience ADA accessible?

    Yes! All of the indoor exhibits and main paths are ADA accessible. Be advised that this experience does cover some changes in elevation and due to social distance requirements, zoo staff will not be able to assist in maneuvering manual wheelchairs. Manual wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis for $5.

    Are wheelchairs available?

    Wheelchair rentals may be available during your tour, availability for after hours events are limited. Please reach out ASAP or mention this during the reservation process for special arrangements.

    Manual wheelchairs are generally available on a first-come, first-served basis for $5