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 – Bundle Up!
Zoo Adventures – Bundle Up!
Dec 4 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoo Adventures - Bundle Up!
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 Dangerous Defenses – Antler Anti...
Dangerous Defenses – Antler Anti...
Dec 6 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Dangerous Defenses - Antler Antics Story Time
Dangerous Defenses-December programs will focus on the different ways animals keep themselves safe. Tarkington Moose is losing his antlers! What can he do? Find out as zoo educators read a fun story and introduce you to a couple of education animals. Free with admission. 10:30am in the Auditorium.  
10:30 AM Homeschool Program – All About B...
Homeschool Program – All About B...
Dec 11 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Homeschool Program - All About Birds
Our interactive classes help to further home school studies through group activities and animal interactions. 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.
6:00 PM Night Prowl
Night Prowl
Dec 12 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Its dark and its cold and we are thinking about our warm beds! Many animals however are just getting up. Join zoo educators as they introduce you to nocturnal animals and then lead you on an exploration of the zoo after dark. The evening will end with hot chocolate and treats around a fire. $5.00 per person for members, $10.00 for non-members, under 2 free. Please pre-register.

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Zoo Blog

  • Zoo Keepers from the Utica Zoo feeding Camels.
    Utica Zoo adds new Camel Window
    November 15, 2014

    The Utica Zoo has a brand new window for the Bactrian Camels. Every day at 11:30am we open up the doors for a keeper talk and feeding. The window is at the bottom of the ramp going up to our overlook, so you are actually at face level with the camels. Visitors that come to this feeding get to see the camels eat their daily produce diet. Their snacks consist of bananas, carrots, lettuce, yams, and apples. You will be just a few feet away from them and be able to learn more about the Bactrian Camel species, and specifically about Nigel and Najla. We have gotten a wonderful response from everyone with this new window. Most people are shocked Read More

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    Utica Zoo celebrates Wolf Awareness Week
    October 14, 2014

    It’s Wolf Awareness Week at the Utica Zoo from 10/12 to 10/18. Although they are essential to the health of the ecosystem and keeping herbivore populations in check, wolves have been the subject of intense persecution throughout the centuries, and most species are either threatened or endangered due to myths and misunderstandings. Less than 100 individuals currently live in the wild. Mexican wolves are the most endangered gray wolf subspecies in North America, and our three females; Bella, Sierra and Aztec, are among the last of their kind. After becoming extinct in the wild during the mid-1900s, Mexican wolves are finally making a small comeback in Arizona and New Mexico, but there is still a long way to go. The Read More

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    Utica Zoo welcomes new female Red Panda
    October 10, 2014

    The Utica Zoo introduced a new female Red Panda today (October 8th, 2014). Her name is Ming Yue. She will join the male Red Panda Muse in the same exhibit. Q&A with Zoo Keeper Beth Ricci Why did we get a new Red Panda? We were recommended to bring Ming Yue to Utica as part of the Red Panda Species Survival Plan, which is a breeding and transfer plan. She was recommended to breed with our resident male, Muse. Where is Ming Yue from?  She came to us from the Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn, NY What is the breeding season?  Breeding occurs in winter, generally January-February. Breeding season is affected by photoperiod. Photoperiodism is the physiological reaction of organisms to the Read More