We offer a variety of rides here at Southwick’s Zoo! Before you buy your tickets make sure you check the height requirements for each ride.

Note: The Skyfari ride will open mid April

All rides are weather permitting and are subject to change without notice.

Spring (April-June)
11:00 am – 4:00pm
Weekends: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Summer (July & August)
Weekends & Weekdays: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Fall (September & October)

11:00 am – 4:00 pm
11:00am – 5:00pm

*Southwick’s Zoo is open on ALL Holidays during the Zoo Season.
Rides operate 11:00am-5:00pm all holidays.

ticket prices

Tickets & Wristbands can be purchased at the Ride Ticket Booth, Train Station, Skyfari, & Show Stopper.ride tickets 2015

Tickets or a wristband must be purchased for children under 3 who meet height requirements to go on any rides excluding the train ride (kids 2 and under ride the train free)

Ticket Prices


(unlimited mechanical rides)
1 Ticket$3 each
18 Tickets$50
24 Tickets$65

mechanical rides

Kiddie Rides

Number of TicketsHeight Minimum
Carousel1No height min.
Car Ride132 inches
Rodeo Ride136 inches
Frog Hopper136 inches
Rocket Ride140 inches
Bear Affair142 inches
Jungle Boat142 inches


Skyfari Sky Ride

Note: The Skyfari will open in mid April
See the zoo from a new point of view on our Skyfari Sky Ride! You’ll get a bird’s eye view of the African Plains, chimpanzees, alligator, and more!

Number of TicketsHeight Minimum
Skyfari2 tickets or $642 inches


Ride Rules

  • Children must be at least 42″ tall to ride.
  • Children must ride with a person 13 years of age or older.
  • The Skyfari Sky Ride chair can seat: two adults , two adults with one small child (must be 42″ tall to ride), or two children with one adult.
  • The Skyfari Sky Ride operator reserves the right to assign seating based on safety guidelines.

Woodland Express Train Ride

All aboard the Woodland Express! This relaxing train ride is about 15 minutes long and will take you through our scenic North American exhibit and local wetlands. You can get a very close look at our elk and see some local wildlife such as herons, turtles, ducks, and swans.

Number of TicketsHeight Minimum
Train Ride2 tickets for $6 per person
Children 2 and under ride free
No height min.


Pony and Camel Rides will resume April 18, weekends only.

Pony Rides

Visit the Elkhorn Stable to take a pony ride! It is located nearby the Elkhorn mine and the Woodland Express Train Station.

2 Tickets
Pony Ride Weight Limit 90lbs

Spring (April-June) & Fall (September & October): Open Weekends only
11:00am – 4:00pm

Summer (July & August) : Open Weekdays and Weekends
11:00am to 5:00pm

Camel Rides

2 Tickets
Camel Ride Weight Limit 180 lbs per person
Resume April 18 : Weekends Only

ride safety

Height, age, size, & safety requirements must be followed for the safety of the rider and staff. Please obey all posted signs. All rides are at the discretion of the ride operator and ride operators reserve the right to refuse rides for the purpose of health and safety of the riders, animals, and staff. Height requirements are posted at each ride.

CarouselNo height requirement
Train RideNo height requirement
Car Ride32 inches
Rodeo Ride36 inches
Frog Hopper36 inches
Rocket Ride40 inches
Bear Affair42 inches
Jungle Boat42 inches
Skyfari42 inches