We get lots of kids at the Zoo, but we’re always amazed at the number of couples, dates, and seniors who love to visit. For them, the Zoo is a unique way to relax and enjoy nature close to home in the Mohawk Valley. So why don’t you visit the Utica Zoo, whether you’re young or old, to try something a little bit… different?

You can get real close with an Animal Encounters package. And don’t let winter stop you. Snowshoe our groomed trails with rentals or bring your own. If your child’s birthday is coming up, make it a special celebration at the wildest place in town.

You can also rent our facilities with the pavilion and we’ll even provide a delicious BBQ. Entertain friends, celebrate your special event or let your company’s employees just get away from it all.

Hours & Admission

Find hours, admission, food vendors, payment options and more!

Birthday Parties

Celebrate your birthday at the wildest place in town! Looking for a new place to celebrate a birthday? We offer multiple Birthday Party packages and extras to fit your budget!

Snowshoes Rentals

Bring your own or rent a set of our brand new snowshoes! With groomed trails and amazing scenery, come see the zoo in a whole new way!

Animal Encounters Up Close and Personal

Have you ever wanted to get real close to the animals at the Utica Zoo? Well, now you can! With our Animal Encounters packages, you can make your Zoo visit extraordinary!

Get the Zoo All to Yourself with Zoo Rentals

Looking to host a party, reunion, company retreat, employee appreciation day, wedding, or just have the Zoo all to yourself? Check out our Pavilion Rentals and make your event WILD!

Guided Tours & Animal Presentations

Discover our animals in depth with your own personal guide.

Hours and Admisson

April 1 to October 31: Open 10AM until 4:45 PM
November 1 to March 31: Open 10AM, admission/gift shop closes at 3PM & Zoo gates close at 4PM

Admission 4/1- 10/31 11/1- 3/31 & Group
Child 3-12 $4.75 $2.50
Adult 13-61 $7.75 $4.25
Senior 62+, Military, College w/ ID $6.75 $3.50

Upcoming Events

10:30 AM Zoo Adventures – Forever Antlers
Zoo Adventures – Forever Antlers
Dec 19 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoo Adventures - Forever Antlers
Join our monthly preschool program as we explore the world of animals through storybooks! Each session includes a story, animal meet and greet, snack, and activity. The cost is $5.00 per child for members and $10.00 per child for non-members. Child admission included and Adults are free. The class meets in the auditorium at 10:30am.
10:30 AM Zoo Adventures – Holiday Special
Zoo Adventures – Holiday Special
Dec 23 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoo Adventures - Holiday Special
Join us for a special holiday Zoo Adventures. Story, craft and of course, animals! Free for Members, $5.00/ child for non-members, adults free.
10:30 AM Dangerous Defenses – Zoo Explorer
Dangerous Defenses – Zoo Explorer
Dec 27 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Dangerous Defenses - Zoo Explorer
Dangerous Defenses-December programs will focus on the different ways animals keep themselves safe. Antlers and Horns and Prickly Thorns! Animals protect themselves in an amazing array of ways. Join zoo educators as we learn about animal defenses. We will meet a few of our education animals and tour the zoo. This program is free with your admission and recommended for ages 5 and up.
11:00 AM Happy Zoo Year
Happy Zoo Year
Dec 31 @ 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Happy Zoo Year
On New Years Eve (Wednesday, December 31st) the Utica Zoo will be celebrating “Happy Zoo Year” from 11 to 1 pm in the Auditorium. Madagascar the movie will be shown on a projector screen. Kids will be able to participate in arts & crafts, and animal meet & greets. There will be a Hot Chocolate toast at Noon with free cookies on the side. Regular Winter Admission. Free for Members. The Utica Zoo is open on New Years Day.

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Zoo Blog

  • Santa takes a photo with a child at the Utica Zoo Holiday Hoot.
    Holiday Hoot 2014

    December 14th, 2014 – The Utica Zoo welcomed Santa Claus and visitors to the annual Holiday Hoot today. Children were able to get their pictures taken with Santa by Whitesboro Fun Pix, and also let Santa know what they wanted for Christmas. Chuck E. Cheese stopped by to give tokens to kids, and take photos as well. Docents and educational staff brought out animals that the whole family could interact with. The mild temperatures made it a perfect day to walk around the Utica Zoo and see all the animals on exhibit. Children participated in arts and crafts in the Auditorium. Visitors enjoyed hot chocolate and coffee, along with free cookies and candy. People brought gifts for our animals from Read More