Rides & Attractions

Activities are seasonal and subject to the cooperation of animals, weather and Zoo maintenance.

Special Attractions

Free Activities


Open Year Round

Located near the African Outpost Restaurant and elephant exhibit. Kids can pet and interact with animals under the supervision of staff members. Meet our adorable Nigerian dwarf goats or take a ride on a pony! A fun hand washing station is located in the petting zoo.


Outpost Playground
We will be building a brand new playground to replace the existing one near the African Outpost.  The process starts Sept. 23.  Keep your eyes on it.  The new playground with lots of exciting features will be finished in Dec/Jan timeframe.  We still have the playground at Australia for those wild kids.

Billabong Playabout
Located in the Australian Outback Area near the Splash Park, Lorikeet Landing, Wallaroo Walkabout and Wild Burger. Kids will love it!


Closed for the season. 
Re-opening Spring 2020

Two new Zoo tram shuttles are here! Suggested donation is $1 per person to support the Louisville Zoo Fund — accepted on the tram shuttles via donation boxes. Tram shuttles make multiple stops on a regular route throughout the Zoo. A wheel-chair accessible tram shuttle is available. Tram shuttle seating is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Subject to periodic maintenance.


Closed for the Season.

The nautically-themed water play area has 42 unique ways for kids to get as wet as they want! It includes a fishing boat to climb on, dump buckets, jelly jet launchers, mini water slides and much more. Designed with safe family fun in mind, it’s a really cool place to beat the heat.

Subject to the cooperation of weather and Zoo maintenance.

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Paid Activities


Girl on Carousel at the Louisville Zoo

Closed for the season.
Re-opening Spring 2020

Take a ride on the beautiful antique carousel located near the main plaza.  Children under 42″ tall must be accompanied by an adult. If the child is too young to ride alone and must be supported, the child needs a ticket, but the parent rides free. Purchase tickets at the carousel booth. Subject to the cooperation of weather and Zoo maintenance.


Carousel $3.50
All Day Pass $4.50

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Girl with lorikeet

Open year-round, weather permitting and when temperatures are above 55 degrees.

Enjoy a real nose-to-beak experience as you stroll through this beautiful aviary surrounded by brilliantly colored, friendly birds that will eat nectar right out of your hand!  Nectar may be purchased at the exhibit.


1 Cup of nectar $2

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Closed for the season. Re-opening Spring 2020

Presented by Great Clips
The whole family will want to try these exciting adventure ropes courses at the Zoo! Located near the Zoo lake. There are two courses including the two-story high Sky Trail® Navigator and the Sky Tykes™ for beginners or small children ages 2-7 (maximum height is 48″). Purchase tickets at the Ropes Course. Subject to the cooperation of weather and Zoo maintenance.

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Camel Rides at the Louisville Zoo

Re-opening Friday March 13

Take a sail on the “ship of the desert.” Ramp up your Zoo adventure with a camel ride – a ride of a lifetime. The Zoo’s dromedary camels will offer you a memorable ride and photo opportunity. Purchase tickets at camel area. Subject to the cooperation of animals and weather.

Camel Ride Ticket Prices

Non-Members $7
Members $6

NEW Camel Feeding Prices

Re-opening March 13
Get nose-to-nose with the Zoo’s friendly camels as they eat right out of your hand!

Camel Feeding (per person) $3

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Re-opening March 21

Enhance your safari adventure with a pony ride in the Boma Petting Zoo area. The Zoo’s ponies will offer you a memorable ride and photo opportunity. Purchase tickets at the Boma African Petting Zoo. Subject to the cooperation of animals and weather.

Pony Ride Ticket Prices

Non-Members $6
Members $5

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Re-opening weekends March 14 and open daily starting March 23

Marvel at the majesty of our tallest inhabitants as you experience one of our most interactive and popular attractions. Enjoy a true nose-to-nose encounter as you feed giraffes right out of your hand!  Keepers will talk with guests about giraffes and answer questions. Pay at giraffe feeding area near the camel exhibit. Subject to the cooperation of animals and weather.


Giraffe Feeding (per person) $3

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Closed for the season. Re-opening Spring 2020

Fun photos, wild Handimals hand art, fabulous face painting and more. New Fun Foto!+ Season Pass Photo Club for Zoo members exclusively grants Club members access to their own unique website from which they can view, email, download or post their photos directly to Facebook.

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blue train with bow

The Train is currently closed.  

The Zoo’s colorful train will give families a chance to take a trip around the Zoo. Tickets will be available at the Train/Tram Station located on the main plaza. The train boards only at the main train station. Subject to the cooperation of weather and Zoo maintenance.


Train Ride (during regular Zoo hours) $5.50

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Terms and Conditions

  • One ticket is required for each ride/attraction experience. Some restrictions may apply to rides/attractions.
  • Tickets are required for guests age 3 and older unless otherwise noted.