The last admission of the day is sold at 3:30pm. Parking is not included in admission price and 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

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.