The zoo is closed for the 2014 season.
We will reopen in April 2015.

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Safety and Ride Height Requirements

 We offer a variety of rides here at Southwick’s Zoo. There is something for everyone!  Click the links above to learn more about our rides.

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Make sure you are aware of any requirements (height, weight, age) before purchasing ride tickets.

Hours of Operation

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

Spring (April – June) & Fall (September-October) Monday-Friday:  11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Summer (July & August) Monday-Friday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Spring, Summer, & Fall Weekends & Holidays*:  11:00 am – 5:00 pm


*Southwick’s Zoo is open on ALL Holidays during the Zoo Season.

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Ride Tickets

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

  • 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

Didn’t purchase the Combo Ticket at the time of entrance? Don’t worry, you can
purchase a Wristband for the rides at any of our Ride Ticket Sales locations
for unlimited mechanical rides. The wristband is limited to one per person, per day
and must be worn at all times and visible to the operator in charge of the rides.

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Mechanical 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

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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.

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 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.

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Animal Rides

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

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

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


  2 Tickets
Camel Ride Weight Limit 180 lbs per person
Closes at 1:30 weekdays in Sept/Oct

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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.

When you arrive at the zoo you can easily figure out if your child is tall enough for a particular ride with the help of our ride height lion!

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

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