Today at the zoo

Planning a trip today? While perusing your favorite exhibits, don't forget to check out these activities.

Today's programs and events

Important hours

      • Fall hours: Today, the zoo hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and visitors can stay on grounds until 5 p.m.
      • The Cascade to Go kiosk is open at 9 a.m.
      • From Nov. 16, 2015 to Jan. 11, 2016, the Cascade Grill will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m to 2 p.m.
      • AfriCafé is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
      • Elephant Ears Cart is open at 10 a.m.

Construction or accessibility notes

      • Penguins are temporarily staying in a section of the polar bear habitat while the Penguinarium is recoated. They will move back in late December.
      • The Insect Zoo is temporarily closed while the new zoo education center undergoes construction. Visit an all-new Insect Zoo in the Nature Exploration Station, opening in 2017.


      • The train is currently closed for decorating. It will return for ZooLights, starting November 27.
      • The zoo train will likely not run to Washington Park in 2015.

Parking or riding

All Washington Park attractions use a Pay-to-Park system. Parking fees mirror downtown's hourly rate of $1.60/ hour with a $4 daily maximum during the non-peak season, and $6.40 daily maximum during peak season. Peak season is April 1 – September 30, and non-peak season runs from October 1 – March 31.

Ride transit and receive $1.50 off admission with each proof of ridership.

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