Hours & Admission

The Utica Zoo will offer extended hours on Tuesday nights again for summer 2014. Tuesday nights begin June 24th and feature extended hours from 10am to 7:45pm. The summer evening hours give guests the opportunity to enjoy the Zoo with the whole family and  see the animals in the light of the setting sun. In addition, Voss’ will  be open during these extended hours offering delicious dinner items and tasty treats.

The Zoo will also be offering a monthly free Tuesday night from 5-7:45pm one Tuesday a month June through August. The calendar is as follows:

EXTENDED HOURS:  Tuesdays- June 24th through August 26th Open 10am- 7:00pm

FREE NIGHTS ( 5 – 7:45pm ) Tuesdays – June 24th, July 29th, & August 26th

 Address:

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.

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>>ANIMAL LIST<<

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*

OPEN SEASONALLY

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.

Directions:

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 strait

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

Turn left onto Memorial Pkwy (1 way street)stay strait, 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 strait onto Memorial Pkwy/Parkway

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

Continue strait 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

Verification

 

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

Zoo Blog

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    Wolf Awareness Week 10/12 to 10/18
    October 14, 2014

    It’s Wolf Awareness Week at the Utica Zoo. 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 Utica Zoo has been Read More

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    New Female Red Panda – Ming Yue
    October 10, 2014

    The Utica Zoo introduced a new female Red Panda today. Her name is Ming Yue. She will join the male Red Panda Muse in the same exhibit.

Upcoming Events

Nov
7
Fri
10:30 AM Stroller Safari – North American...
Stroller Safari – North American...
Nov 7 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Stroller Safari - North American Trek
Load up your stroller and join the newest zoo adventure for your toddler or infant! Each safari includes an interactive stroller tour and an up close animal encounter. The cost is $5.00 per child for members and $10.00 per child for nonmembers. The class meets outside the auditorium at 10:30am.  
Nov
13
Thu
10:30 AM Homeschool Program – Digging for...
Homeschool Program – Digging for...
Nov 13 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Homeschool Program - Digging for Dinosaurs
Is your child a budding zoologist? Our interactive classes help to further homeschool studies through group activities and animal interactions. The cost is $5.00 per child for members and $10.00 per child for non-members. The class meets in the auditorium at 10:30am.
Nov
19
Wed
10:30 AM Zoo Adventures – Happy Hibernators
Zoo Adventures – Happy Hibernators
Nov 19 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoo Adventures - Happy Hibernators
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. The class meets in the auditorium at 10:30am and lasts approximately an hour.
Nov
20
Thu
10:30 AM Zoo Adventures – Happy Hibernators
Zoo Adventures – Happy Hibernators
Nov 20 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoo Adventures - Happy Hibernators
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. The class meets in the auditorium at 10:30am and lasts approximately an hour.

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