Create your own adventure at Utica Zoo

Lion Cubs at Utica Zoo

Catch the roar of the lions on African Alley (near the African vulture!). Then watch Merlin the Peacock strutting around the beautiful grounds. Don’t be surprised if Merlin joins you for a stroll! And make sure to visit Boomer the Ostrich, who can sprint up to 43 miles an hour, bounding 10 to 16 feet in one stride. Can you keep up?

Unlike any other experience in Utica, Rome, or the Mohawk Valley, you’ll get closer than ever to live wild animals at the Utica Zoo. From Africa and Asia, from Canada and South America; the animals at the Zoo are here and just waiting to meet you! Located in Roscoe-Conkling Park, we’re just off the beautiful Memorial Parkway in South Utica. Open year round, rain or shine or…snow! Come explore and meet our animals today!

Guided Tours & Animal Presentations

Self-Guided Tours

zoooIf you choose to lead your group around the zoo yourself, after making your reservation, you will receive an informational packet with a zoo map, a sheet explaining the rules of the zoo, a fee calculation form and other information to help make your zoo visit fun and educational.

Consider renting a Nature’s Connections Apron for your groups visit.  The aprons are geared to primary elementary levels with appropriate materials in each.  The aprons focus on animal adaptations with activities and bio-facts provided to offer tangible reinforcements for the concepts expressed.

Guided Tours

The Basic Tour: Approximately 1 hour
Cost:  $20 + admission

The North Trek Tour: Approximately 30 minutes
Cost:  $15 + admission

Diet Kitchen Tour: 15 minute presentation on diet preparation & nutrition
Cost:  $5 + admission

Animal Presentations

Animal Presentation: Featuring animals from our education collection, are also available for your group.  We can tailor a presentation to your needs or request our basic ‘classification classroom’.  This 45 minute program introduces your group to 4 animal classes found at the zoo (mammal, bird, reptile, and amphibian). $40

Single Animal Presentation

A nice addition to a day at the zoo.  This 15 minute presentation introduces your group to one of the education animals up close and personal. $10


April 1- Oct. 31: Open 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Nov. 1 – March 31: Open 10 a.m., admission/gift shop closes at 3 p.m. and Zoo gates close at 4 p.m.


zebra at utica zooApril 1-Oct. 31: Child, $4.75; Adult, $7.75; Senior, Military and College, $6.75
Nov. 1-March 31: Child, $2.50; Adult, $4.25; Senior, Military and College, $3.50

Open Late

The Utica Zoo will offer extended hours on Tuesday nights beginning Tuesday, June 24th from 10 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Upcoming Event

16th Annual Brewfest Fundraising Event

On Saturday, Aug. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. the Utica Zoo will host its 16th Annual Brewfest. The event takes place on the beautiful grounds of the Utica Zoo under tents and large pavilion, rain or shine. This event has become the Utica Zoo’s largest adult fundraiser. With the support of our amazing sponsors and passionate staff, the Brewfest gives the Mohawk Valley a way to help the Zoo and have fun too! Fundraisers like this one have made it possible for us to expand and improve our grounds and animal exhibits including this year’s additions. If you haven’t been to the Zoo in the past year, the changes will amaze you! The Zoo will CLOSE at 3 p.m. on the 2nd to set up for the event.

For information on the zoo or upcoming events, call 315-738-0472 or email

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