The Toledo Zoo has it all – stunning animal habitats, behind the scenes tours, a Natural History Museum, Safari Railroad, carousel, aerial course, massive playground, conservatory and Aquarium! It’s the best place for a family day and here are the activities you won’t want to miss.
Bring a wagon (or rent one at the entrance for $11) because the Toledo Zoo sits on over 70 acres and is jammed packed with activities and entertainment at every turn. You’ll want to plan for an entire day to experience all of the family fun.
The Toledo Zoo is open Wednesdays thru Sundays from 10am to 5pm (last admittance is 4pm) and Mondays from 10am to 2pm (last admittance is 12pm). Daily admission is $26 for adults and $23 for kids and seniors. Family Memberships are $131 and pays for itself for families with 3 or more children. Even if you don’t have 3 kids, we can assure you that you’ll want to go back for more than one visit.
Start your visit on the Toledo Zoo’s North Side and check out the Artic Encounter and Wolf exhibit before taking a ride on the African Carousel (tickets are $2 per ride) and hopping on the Safari Railway (tickets are $2.50 per ride) to see the monkeys, giraffes and other animals from the African exhibit.
If you’re seeking more adventure, check out the Aerial Adventure Course. All guests between 70lbs and 250lbs can take a walk across the 3 Story High Sky Bridge, try the Challenge Towers or soar through the skies on a Zip Line. All of the activities offer an amazing view of the African exhibit.
Make your way back towards the entrance and cross the pedestrian bridge to the Toledo Zoo’s South Side. There you’ll be greeted by birds, monkeys, and big cats. The stunning habitats are not nearly as interesting as the animals you’ll find including two elephants and a young rhinoceros. Behind the Scene Tours are available for both – giving families a unique opportunitiy to see animals upclose and learn about how they’re cared for at the zoo.
After a visit with the animals stop by Nature’s Neighborhood for live animal shows, Treehouse and climbing wall, and a chance to cooldown at the Stream & Beach.
Wind down at the ProMedica Museum of Natural History, a stunning newer addition to the zoo that offers hands-on, interactive exhibits to learn about animals through the ages.
On the other side of the outdoor Amphitheatre, you’ll find the Aquarium filled with mesmerizing tanks filled with fish, sharks, sea turtles and more.
Take a walk through the gardens and stroll through Great Apes, visiting gorillas and orangutans close before heading to the playgrounds at Aquarium Adventure Trail Splash Pad.