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All transportation and rides are weather dependent.  Ages 2 and under are free on all transportation and rides.

Friends of the Zoo GOLD Memberships include unlimited rides on the train, tram and carousel. PLATINUM Memberships include unlimited rides on the train, tram, carousel, boat and the African Sky Safari. Purchase yours today.

African Sky Safari $4 per round trip; $2 per one way

Ride high above the African Plains on the NEW African Sky Safari. Your toes will dangle just above cheetahs, lions, giraffes and rhinos, and you will land near one of the best chimpanzee exhibits in the world. The journey crosses approximately 1,500 feet at 35 feet above ground and lasts about seven minutes. Please note operation of the African Sky Safari is weather-dependent.

African Sky Safari Guidelines:

  • Children under 42" tall must ride with an adult
  • All riders must be able to sit up without assistance
  • Flip-flops must be carried; all items must be secured, including food, drink, cameras and sun glasses (dropped items will not be immediately retrieved and may not be returned in the same condition; our animals will probably use them as enrichment items)
  • Maximum three people and 400 pounds per chair
  • You may check your stroller at the employee-monitored stroller check at the ticket booths

Endangered Species Carousel $2 per ride

Take a spin on the carousel. Choose your favorite animal and enjoy.

Tram $1.50 round trip

The tram runs daily from the train/tram station near the front entrance, past elephants, to the African Market and back. You can see flamingos and elephants from the tram.

Train $2.50 round trip

The train circles the central portion of the Zoo with stops at two stations: Front Entry and Australia. On the train ride, you can see kangaroos and camels.

Boat $2 per person

The boat floats you from one side of Africa to the other and back.  Enjoy the breath-taking views of the African Plains. The boat ride is open daily, weather permitting, Memorial Day through Labor Day and weekends in April, May, September and October.


Gold Value Rides Pass $5 per person - a $1 savings

On the day of your visit, purchase an unlimited GOLD rides combo pass and ride as many times as you wish on the train, tram and carousel.

Platinum Value Rides Pass $9 per person - a $3 savings

Rides on the train, tram, carousel, African Sky Safari and boat during the day of your visit. (Please note when the boat is not operating, the platinum value rides pass will be discounted $1.)

Strollers, Wheelchairs and Electric Scooters

For your comfort and convenience, rentals are available. Tickets can be purchased at Guest Relations. All are available on a first come basis.

Single Stroller $6

Double Stroller $8

Wagons $8

Wheelchair $7

Electric Convenience Vehicle (ECV) $22 — To reserve an ECV, please call 816-595-1137.


Explore the map

Check out the interactive zoo map to see the different transportation options. View map