The Zoo is now open daily.

Know Before You Go:

  • The Zoo's ticket booth accepts cash, credit, debit, ApplePay, Google Pay and Cash App.
  • Our gift shop does not accept cash at this time, but can accept credit/debit, ApplePay, Google Pay and Cash App.
  • The last admission of the day is sold at 3:30 p.m.
  • Parking is managed by the City of Springfield and not included in Zoo admission. Parking is $3/in-state and $5/out-of-state, cash only.

The Zoo is open on the following holidays:
Mother's Day
Memorial Day
Father's Day
Fourth of July 
Labor Day
Indigenous Peoples' Day

The Zoo is closed to the general public on the first Saturday of August for Brew at The Zoo

always check here and our Facebook page for up-to-date info regarding our hours of operation.


The Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center is an independent non-profit located inside of a city park. The City of Springfield charges a daily parking fee of $3 per in-state and $5 per out-of-state passenger car CASH ONLY. All buses and larger vehicles are charged $15 per vehicle. These prices are subject to change and the money is not managed or collected by The Zoo.