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Rides & Attractions

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Tickets are available at the Train/Tram Station and at individual rides/attractions in season (mid-March through October) or at the front cashier windows off-season (November through mid-March). Tickets are required for guests age 3 and older unless otherwise noted. All rides and attractions are subject to schedule changes due to weather conditions and general maintenance. Rides will not operate if the temperature is below 45 degrees. One ticket is required for each ride/attraction experience. Some restrictions may apply to rides/attractions.
– Click for the Louisville Zoo Rider Policy.
– For school group information, click here.

Free Activities:

All operate weather permitting and subject to regular maintenance.

Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks

Now – Sept. 3, 2018
Be amazed at the larger-than-life sculptures of wildlife designed by Artist Sean Kenney. His talented team of builders spent over 6,500 hours and used over 770,000 LEGO® bricks to create 13 impressive works of art hoping to inspire you to learn more about the plight of endangered wildlife and to join us as we strive brick by brick to build a better future for wildlife.

Butterflies n’ Blooms

Opens May 19, 2018
Experience hundreds of graceful native butterflies sipping nectar from colorful flowers, basking in the sunlight and flying freely as you wander through our new 1000 sq. ft. outdoor flight house located in the Africa Zone across from the bongo exhibit. Free with the Zoo admission May 19 through September 23, weather permitting.

Papa John’s Splash Park

Opens Memorial Day, May 28, 2018.
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.  Seasonal attraction open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day

Lion Sculpture Garden

Visit our garden featuring bronze sculptures of a lion pride.  It is a shady oasis with benches, allowing families to rest while enjoying the view. Dial up your fun and stop to play the drums and marimba nearby!

Boma African Petting Zoo

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


Outpost Playground
Parents can relax while kids expend some of their endless energy at this playground with age-appropriate equipment. Located near the African Outpost Restaurant.

Billabong Playabout
Located in the Australian Outback Area near Lorikeet Landing and Wallaroo Walkabout. Kids will love all the age-appropriate fun equipment in the Billabong Playabout.

Zoo Transportation Carts

The transportation carts are currently out of operation for the season. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Safari Ride Bracelet (Your Best Deal)

Includes UNLIMITED Carousel and Train rides the day of your visit (offered seasonally during regular Zoo hours).

Pony Rides 

Enhance your safari adventure with a pony ride in the Boma African Petting Zoo area. The Zoo’s ponies will offer you a memorable ride and photo opportunity.

Camel Rides

Take a sail on the “ship of the desert.” Ramp up your Zoo adventures with a camel ride — a ride of a lifetime.

Conservation Carousel

Take a ride on this beautiful antique carousel, located near the main plaza.

Giraffe Feeding

Open temperatures 50 degrees and above, weather permitting
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.

Lorikeet Landing

Open temperatures 55 degrees and above, weather permitting
Feed nectar to beautifully-colored Lorikeets located at Lorikeet Landing in the Australian area.

Ropes Adventure Courses

Open Weekends
by Great Clips. The whole family will want to try these exciting adventure ropes courses at the Zoo! Located near the Zoo lake. (Seasonal)  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″). 


Opens May 1, 2018.
The Zoo’s colorful train will give families a chance to take a trip around the Zoo.

Kaman’s Art Shoppe at the Zoo

Open Weekends
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. A Fun Foto! Day Pass Program is also available. (Seasonal)