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Rides & Attractions

So Many Things to Do

All rides and attractions are subject to schedule changes due to weather conditions, construction and general maintenance. Rides will not operate if the temperature is below 45 degrees. For special notices and schedule changes, please visit our daily update: Today at the Zoo.

Where to purchase:  Tickets are available at the Train Station and at individual rides/attractions in season (mid-March through October) or at the front cashier windows off-season (November through mid-March).

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.

Free Activities:

All operate weather permitting and subject to regular maintenance.

Opens May 19 – Sept. 23, 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, weather permitting. Learn more… 

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. Learn more… 

Open May 26 – Sept. 3, 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 weekend through Labor Day Learn more… 

wilt girl pets white goatLocated 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.

Located on the Main Plaza near Kentucky Canteen. The globe fountain on the main plaza is solid granite with a map of the world engraved on it. It weighs 5 tons!  The sphere rests in a depression and the fit between the sphere and the base is supposed to be so tight that you can’t slide a playing card into the gap. When water is pumped up the tube in the middle of the base by a small pump, it causes the sphere to magically start turning. The water used is city water that we disinfect with chlorine.

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!

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.

Two new Zoo tram shuttles are currently running.  Suggested donation is $1 per person to support the Zoo Fund – accepted on the tram shuttles via donation boxes.  Tram shuttles make multiple stops on a regular route throughout the Zoo in 10-15 minute intervals. 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.


Safari Ride Bracelet (Your Best Deal)

Includes UNLIMITED Carousel and Train rides the day of your visit (offered seasonally during regular Zoo hours, weather and maintenance permitting). Learn more…

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

Open Daily, weather permitting

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

Purchase tickets at the carousel booth.

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.

The carousel does not run when temperatures are below 45 degrees or with inclement weather.

Carousel $3
All Day Pass $4

Giraffe feeding at Louisville ZooOpen weather permitting, temperatures 50 degrees and above.

The cost for giraffe feeding is $2 per person.  Pay at giraffe feeding area near the camel exhibit.

Marvel at the majesty of our tallest inhabitants as you visit experience one of our most interactive and popular attractions: Giraffe Feeding in Africa!

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.

*Feeding occurs weather permitting (and animal permitting) at temperatures 50 degrees or above. Subject to change without notice.

Open Daily through Labor Day
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) Learn more…

Lorikeets resting on an armOpen temperatures 55 degrees and above, weather permitting
Feed nectar to beautifully-colored Lorikeets located at Lorikeet Landing in the Australian areaLearn more…

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. Learn more… 

Open Daily through Aug. 10, 2018
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″). Learn more…

blue train with bowThe 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  (Spring – October 31, weather and maintenance permitting). Train boards only at main train station.


Train Ride (regular Zoo hours) $5

Click for the Train Rider Policy.