Hours & Admission



The Utica Zoo, One Utica Zoo Way, Utica NY, 13501

April 1- October 31 Open 10AM-4:45PM

November 1 – March 31 Open 10AM – Gift Shop/Admission Gate closes at 3pm,  Zoo Gates close at 3:45PM

Group Rates: 10 people or more Children $2.50, Adults $4.25

Seniors, College Students with ID and Veterans $3.50.



Daily California Sea Lion Feeding 12:30 & 3 everyday EXCEPT Tuesday

Cash, checks, Discover, American Express, Visa & Mastercard accepted. PLEASE NOTE: There will be a $25 service charge for all returned checks.

Invoicing for group purchases by organizations available upon request.

Voss’ is CASH ONLY*


Outside food and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted

* ATM available on site

Zoo Rules & General Information

GUEST RELATIONS – Located at the entrance of the Utica Zoo, at the main gate for services such as admission & membership purchases, change for feed machines, separated guest assistance and information for guests with disabilities.

MINOR GUESTS IN ZOO:  For the safety of all visitors and the animals, children under the age of 16 must be accompanied at all times by an adult 18 years of age or older.

FIRST AID – First Aid kits are strategically placed and marked throughout the zoo and are intended to be self-administered.  Please ask employees for locations.

CREDIT CARDS AND BANKING SERVICES – VISA, MASTERCARD, AMERICAN EXPRESS and DISCOVER are accepted for zoo admission, membership, special event ticket sales & gift shop. Concession stand sales are CASH ONLY with ATM located within zoo grounds.

BABY CHANGING – Changing facilities are in restrooms.

SMOKING – Smoking is permitted OUTSIDE THE ZOO GATES in designated areas only. Failure to comply will be cause for removal from the zoo. Your cooperation is appreciated.

LOST AND FOUND – All items are kept for 30 days.  After 30 days all items are discarded. The Utica Zoo will not mail items and is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

LOST CHILDREN – Please report lost children to any staff member. We will respond and initiate protocols. If you are separated from your child, experience has shown most are found in the same area where the child was lost in minutes. The Zoo is prepared to involve law enforcement whenever the situation dictates.

LOST PERSONS – If you are separated from someone, please ask an employee for assistance.

PETS – Dogs or other animals of any kind are prohibited on grounds with the exception of service dogs. Please be mindful of the danger of leaving pets in your vehicle while visiting our park and is not permitted. Anyone found to have left an animal in their car will be asked to leave.

AREA CLOSINGS – Due to mechanical, health, weather or other safety conditions, we may have to close certain areas or attractions. We will do everything we can to re-open as soon as safely possible.

GUEST WITH DISABILITIES – Information for guests with disabilities is available at the main gate. Wheelchair service is also available on a first come, first serve basis or with reservation.

STROLLERS – Are available for rent at the main gate.

FOOD/BEVERAGE POLICY – Food and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted within zoo ground. Please do not feed the animals due to possible health hazards.

REFUNDS – Rain checks and refunds will not be issued.

PHOTOGRAPHY – You are welcome to take photos and/or video for personal use only; commercial photography requires permission from the Public Relations department. On occasion we will photograph or take video of visitors for educational or promotional purposes. Entry to the zoo grants permission for use of these images.

WEAPONS POLICY – No firearms, knives, or other weapons are permitted on zoo property.

LASER POINTERS – For the safety of our guests, animals and employees, laser pointers are prohibited on zoo grounds unless used inside by event facility for meeting purposes.


From New York State Thruway 90

Take Exit 31

Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Genesee Street S/NY-5S/Downtown Utica

Turn right onto N Genesee St – stay straight

At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit to Genesee St

Turn left onto Memorial Pkwy (1 way street)stay straight, pass Rec Center on right

Turn right onto Utica Zoo Way – See Utica Zoo archway and go up hill

From NY-5S

Exit onto Culver Ave toward Broad St

Continue straight onto Memorial Pkwy/Parkway

At light, turn left uphill onto Steele Hill Rd (see Utica Zoo sign)

Continue straight through light on Utica Zoo Way  and go uphill through Utica Zoo Archway

NY-5E NY-12N

Take the Burrstone Rd E exit

Merge onto Burrstone Rd

Slight right to stay on Burrstone Rd

Continue onto Memorial Pkwy stay strait, pass Rec Center on right

Turn right onto Utica Zoo Way and go uphill through Utica Zoo Archway

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 – 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.
10:30 AM Zoo Adventures – Over and Under ...
Zoo Adventures – Over and Under ...
Jan 8 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoo Adventures - Over and Under the Snow
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.

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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