Tips for Visiting
To make the most out of your Sacramento Zoo visit, take a look at some of our tips! Even if you are a Zoo Member or have been to the Zoo before, we think you will find them helpful.
Want to avoid crowds and school groups?
Plan your visit for non-holiday Mondays, Saturday or Sunday mornings, or most weekdays after 1 pm (by that time, most visiting school groups are gone).
Visit in winter.
You'll have the place to yourself! The animals enjoy the cool temps and are more active throughout the day.
Warmer days in March and October are great at the Zoo.
We're not as crowded, and school groups’ reservations are low. When it's wet, you can still go wild!
Check your watch!
Don't miss our Zoo PI’s Critter Caper, the Wildlife Stage Show, and Keeper Chats; check the calendar before your visit.
Mornings are usually great times to see many animals, especially when it is hot!
Many are just starting their day like you, and are often active in the cooler morning times than in the hot Sacramento heat of summer.
Wear comfortable shoes!
Even our 14 acres can seem like a lot of ground to cover.
Know before you go.
Look at the map on this web site, and plan your day.
Dude, where's my car?
Parking is on-street and free throughout Land Park.
Wagons and wheelchairs.
The Zoo is stroller and wheelchair accessible. We rent wagons and have wheelchairs available on a first come basis at the Zoofari Market. Wheelchairs are for use free of charge.
Visiting from in town?
You can get to the Zoo by riding Regional Transit bus #6.
Need to come and go?
Once you enter the Zoo, you can exit and reenter if you get your hand stamped. There is a stamp kiosk by the exit.
Stuff to leave at home:
Rollerskates, rollerblades, skateboards, scooters, bicycles, radios, boomboxes, tape or CD players, AND THE FAMILY DOG (or cat, or lizard, or whatever) since pets are not allowed in the Zoo! Call ahead about service dogs (916) 808-5888.
Give your lungs a rest.
Smoking is prohibited all over the Zoo.
Food can be purchased at Kampala Café or Savannah Snacks. They offer everything from hamburgers to veggie burgers, ice cream to fries and much more!
Young children can enjoy more than just the animals.
Ride the train and Conservation Carousel for an extra fee. Also, the playground and safari jeep are always favorites of our youngest visitors.
Souvenirs to take home!
Don’t forget to stop by the Zoofari Market during your visit to pick up unique gifts! The photo booth and penny machine are always fun for everyone.
Please Do Not Feed the Animals:
Our animals have specific diets and nutritional needs and we request that you please not feed them. Because some animals are under strict diets for medical reasons, it is vitally important that this policy is followed.
Animals Do Not Like to Be Teased!
For the welfare of our animals, we ask you not to tease, whistle or yell at the animals at the Zoo. And, please do not throw food or anything else into the animal exhibits.
You can't lose, even if they snooze.
Especially on warm afternoons, many of our animals like to nap. Wait for several minutes or check out our indoor Reptile House.
Want to see animals up-close?
Glass exhibits offer great views-- check out the reptile house, Chimpanzee exhibit, Giant Anteater, North American River Otter, Fennec Fox, Aardvark and Wolf's Guenon exhibits. For the animals’ safety Please Do Not Touch the Glass! After the stage show, stick around to get up close to the Animal Ambassadors.
Look sharp and be patient.
In winter, look for animals warming up in sunny areas. During hot weather, check out the shady spots in an exhibit--the animals will probably be there. Be patient and look carefully at all areas of the exhibit. The animals you are looking for might be concealed by trees, sitting in the shade of a cave, or even right in front of you, camouflaged as a leaf!
Non-commercial photography for personal use is allowed in public areas, but you must stay safely behind any barriers and remain in the public areas at all times..
Commercial photography and filming requests must go through the Sacramento Zoo Public Relations Department.