Things to Remember When Visiting the Zoo

In order to have the best possible zoo visit, you should prepare ahead of time! Here is a handy checklist of things you may want to bring with you and items you cannot bring into the zoo:

checkComfortable Shoes

We strongly suggest wearing shoes that are comfortable to walk in. Southwick’s Zoo is situated on natural terrain and encompasses over 175 acres. There is a lot of walking up and downhill, so wear appropriate footwear.

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Camera and Film

However, don’t worry if you do forget yours… we sell cameras and film at the Purple Peacok Gift Shop within the Zoo.

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Sunscreen,Sunglasses, Hat/Insect Repellant

While much of the zoo is covered by shade, you still want protection from the sun. We are also situated very close to the woods, so you want to bring insect repellent.

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Stroller

The Zoo does offers rentals of Strollers, Wagons and Wheelchairs, but quantities are limited.

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Summers get very hot in this area and we are a large zoo. Bring a water bottle so you do not become dehydrated during your visit. We also have water and other beverages available for sale in various locations within the zoo.

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Food

We do allow outside food, and there are numerous picnic tables throughout the zoo. However, if you find yourself hungry, Southwick’s Zoo provides over 7 food venues that offer a number delicious choices. We offer a wide variety food including pizza, burgers, salads, specialty hotdogs, ice cream, assorted snacks, and much more!

What NOT to Bring:

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Food for the Animals

All of our animals in the Zoo are on special diets. It is harmful and illegal to bring food for animal consumption, per USDA regulations. Feeding of the animals is ONLY allowed in the petting zoo and in the deer forest and ONLY with food provided at the zoo.

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Pets of any kind are prohibited from the zoo for reasons of health and safety. Pets are also not to be left in cars in the parking lot.

x markGrills/Camp Stoves

These are a safety hazard an are not allowed on zoo grounds.

x markBicycles, Skateboards, Roller blades, etc.

Sorry, we do not allow bikes, skateboards, roller-skates, roller blades, pedal toys, and similar items in the zoo. They can be a safety hazard to children and other visitors.