Roger Williams Park Zoo offers many accomodations for visitors with cognitive disabilities to help guests fully enjoy their Zoo experience. The Zoo has recently partnered with Kulture City to allow guests with autism and other sensory-processing disorders get better resources and support as they experience all the zoo has to offer.  

If you have any questions about other accessibility accommodations you may need for your visit, please contact our admissions department at 401-941-4998 or email

Services for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities
Become a Zoo Member

Join now and visit all year long! Avoid waiting in line at the Zoo's front entrance buy becoming a Zoo member. Memberships can be purchased online or by calling (401) 785-3510.

Mobility Needs

The Zoo covers 40 acres, and the path through Zoo grounds is a bit over one mile long.  It is mostly wheelchair-accessible, though does include hills and uneven or unpaved terrain.  The average length of stay is three hours. Wheelchairs and strollers are available at the rental kiosk located at the main entrance. One and two seat strollers are available on a first-come, first-served basis for $5 (single stroller) and $7 (double stroller). Manual wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis for $5.

An EZ Cart (automated wheelchair) is also available for rental by reservation. They are available for $25 each at rental area near the zoo’s main entrance on a first-come, first-served basis.  Since only a limited number are available, it is highly encouraged you call ahead to place your motorized wheelchair reservation at least 48 hours before your visit (401-785-3510 ext. 316). 

Quiet Zones

Quiet zones are designated areas where guests can sit and regroup away from bustling crowds or stimulants.  Quiet zones are located at the entrance of the Wetlands Trail (across from the Muntjac exhibit; along the Marco Polo Trail Trek steps away from the moon bear exhibit); and indoors at the EMT room of the Sophie Danforth Administrative Building (across from the Alex & Ani Farmyard).

Sensory-Friendly Bags

Sensory bags are available and lended to visitors free of charge - simply ask front gate admissions staff when you arrive. Each bag is filled with fidget toys, emotional cue cards, noise-cancelling headphones and other useful toys. These bags are available at both Roger Williams Park Zoo and Carousel Village. 

Ride Accessibility

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

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

Sensory-Friendly Days
Sensory-Friendly Nights at 2021 Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

Join us for a special sensory-friendly Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular an hour before the trail opens to the public: designed those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences and their families from 5:00 – 6:00 pm.

For maximum enjoyment, the over 5000 pumpkins will light up the Zoo’s Wetlands Trail, but there will be no music or special effects. This year’s highlights include intricately carved pumpkins with celebrating 150 years of American music!

Dates: Tuesday, October 26 and Wednesday, October 27

Time: 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Pricing: Tickets are available for purchase in person ONLY at the Zoo's admissions booth. Ticket prices are $16 for adults; $13 for children ages two – twelve. Children one and under are free, but still need a ticket.  Roger Williams Park Zoo members save $2 off adult and $1 off child tickets. Members must present a current Roger Williams Park Zoo membership card and another form of matching photo I.D. Reciprocal memberships are not eligible for this member discount. 

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 & Play: Sensory-Friendly Mornings in our Big Backyard

Join us for an hour of nature play before the zoo opens: designed for families who have a child with sensory sensitivities, come and play in Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard from 9 to 10 a.m. Build mud pies, watch boats float downstream and climb high in a tree-house. Limited to 70 participants, this hour will allow you and your family to spend time playing in nature, in a smaller group of guests.

Try something new:Imagination playground, a large-scale building toy, will be available for guests to use during this time. This amazing play material allows you to create tall towers, build ramps and create cities, all at your own pace.

The Nature Swap room will be available with books and carpet squares for families who need a quiet space during the event.

Dates: TBD

Time: 9:00 - 10:00 am

Pricing: Regular Zoo admission ($12.95/child; $15.95/senior; $17.95/adult); Free for RWPZoo members

Please note: Rise & Play is free for Roger Williams Park Zoo members, but you must log into your account and pre-register!

Sensory Friendly Days at Carousel Village

Carousel Village offers Sensory-Friendly Days. We invite those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences to explore and enjoy Carousel Village.

For maximum comfort, there will be no music or indoor lights. The Carousel and playground will be open to the public, as well as train rides (weather permitting).

Dates: TBD

Time: 12:00 - 6:00 pm

Please Note: Standard activity pricing applies.