Join a zoo professional for this special experience! Guests will learn about how Roger Williams Park Zoo started and some of the 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 The Amazing World of Adaptations, our Marco Polo Trail and our North America sections of the zoo! After that, pack your trunks, because guests will venture to the Textron Elephant & Giraffe Pavilion to try and 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. Unvaccinated guests 2 and older are required to wear a mask inside all buildings and outdoors when 3 ft social distance cannot be maintained. Vaccinated guests need only wear a mask when entering the Faces of the Rainforest Exhibit.
- 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, but still count towards the 10-participant cap.
Duration: 1.5 hours
- Tours are offered daily at 4:00 and 4:10 PM and must be booked in a advance
Now booking through September!
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 email@example.com or (401)-785-3510 ext. 352
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 Asian Lanterns Spectacular, food and souvenirs will be available to purchase.
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.
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 also purchased access to the Asian Lantern Spectacular will have an opportunity to explore the rest of the outdoor spaces of the zoo for that evening event.
This is a walking tour of the zoo and will cover around a mile as we explore exhibits and the zoo’s history. Guests that have also purchased access to the Asian Lantern Spectacular will obviously walk a bit more, but as that is a self-guided experience can choose to rest or enjoy dinner or snacks as they enjoy the show at their own pace. We highly recommend comfortable walking shoes.
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!
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.
Due to the nature of this special experience, and for the safety of you, your guides, and our animals, we must require masks for all visitors over the age of 2.
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.
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.
Please refer to your confirmation email for your specific check-in location and time! You can email firstname.lastname@example.org with further questions. Please be sure to include the name on the reservation as well as the date and time of your tour.
Most Insider Tours end up being a very private experience as your party will be the only one with your personal tour guide. We could have up to two Insider Tour groups on grounds at the same time but work to keep those groups in different areas while touring. For tours with Asian Lantern Spectacular access, general admission for the show is scheduled to begin at 5:30pm
Yes! You will be part of a select group of guests that get to tour the zoo after the other guests have gone! That is a privilege usually reserved only for our peacocks! You will also have an opportunity explore the Faces of The Rainforest Exhibit and our Wild World of Adaptations building which are both closed during the Lantern Spectacular to other guests. And don’t forget your knowledgeable guide who will be there to help answer any questions you have and provide some insight into zoo operations!
Yes! Weather permitting, you will have an opportunity to visit and interact with our animated goat trip! (A group of goats is called a trip)
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.
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.
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
An EZ Cart automated wheelchair may also available for rental by reservation. Please contact the us at (401) 785-3510 x352 or x394 at least 72 hours in advance of your visit to check availability and to reserve the EZ Cart. The rental fee is $25.