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
Parents relax while your little ones spend some of their boundless energy exploring this unique playground. Located near the African Outpost Restaurant.

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.

Two new Zoo tram shuttles are currently running. 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 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.


Closed for the Season.
Reopening Memorial Day Weekend 2019.

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.

More Info…

Paid Activities


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

Today’s Schedule 


blue train with bow

The Train is closed for the season.  

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

Today’s Schedule | Rider Policy…


Girl on Carousel at the Louisville Zoo

The Carousel is closed for the season.

Take a ride on this 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
All Day Pass $4

Today’s Schedule | Rider Policy…


Camel Rides at the Louisville Zoo

Closed for the season.
Ride breaks typically taken between 1 – 2 p.m.

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 $6
Members $5

Today’s Schedule  |  More info…


Closed for the season.
Ride breaks are typically taken from 1 – 2 p.m.

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

Today’s Schedule  |  More info…


Your Best Deal and Experience!

Includes UNLIMITED Carousel and Train rides the day of your visit during regular Zoo hours and are subject to the cooperation of weather and Zoo maintenance.

Tickets can only be purchased at the Train/Tram Station on the day of your visit.  Safari Ride Bracelets are available March 15 – Oct. 31

Safari Ride Bracelet Prices

Louisville Zoo Members $7
Non-Members $8
Groups 15+ $6

Not valid for “The World’s Largest Halloween Party! presented by Meijer


Closed for the season.

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) $2

Today’s Schedule


Closed for the season.

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.

Pricing and more info…


Closed for the Season. 

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.

Today’s SchedulePrices and more info…

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.