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Roger Williams Park
Providence, Rhode Island


Daily 9am - 4pm

Daily 9am - 5pm

Admission Prices
Adults:  $12.00
Seniors:  $
Children (3-12):  $
2 and under: 

hours and admission subject to change

Shows and Attractions  Must-See Exhibits  |  Food and Drink  |  Children's Zoo

Roger Williams Park Zoo
Providence, Rhode Island

Our Rating:  excellent

We last visited in July 2006.

New England's top zoo only gets better every time we visit.  We first came to this zoo in November of 2003 and were impressed by the naturalistic habitats and wide variety of animals.  Our most recent visit in July of 2006 further reinforced our impression that this is truly one of our favorite zoos.  A rather cramped polar bear habitat is being expanded to nine times its original size.  The new North American Trail habitat will house not only the polar bears but also bald eagles, bison, red wolves, and others.

If you're in the vicinity and only have time for one zoo visit, skip Boston and visit the Roger Williams Park Zoo. 

Shows and Attractions

Yakety-Yak Zoo Chats

More intimate than a show, these chats by zookeepers and others feature either a live animal encounter or a talk by zoo staff with specific information on different animals housed at the zoo. 

Must-See Exhibits

We're going to go out on a limb and recommend the North American Trail habitat.  It looks like this is going to be the signature exhibit in an already outstanding zoo!  In the meantime, we really enjoyed the natural habitat of the wetlands on our visit. 

Food and Drink

Roger Williams Park Zoo features a couple of dining options which are supplemented by carts throughout the zoo.

Alice's Restaurant is located in the African Fishing Village near the main gate and serves foods like sandwiches, hot dogs, and vegetarian options.  They also have a variety of snack items.

The Hungry Bear Café is located in the Sentinel Dog Plaza and features similar menu items to Alice's Restaurant.

During the winter food service is available in the Menagerie building at the Polar Bar Café.

Other food and drink kiosks are available throughout the zoo.  The zoo didn't have many areas within its gates for picnickers, but it is located in Roger Williams Park.  Take some time to explore the park itself when you visit.  You won't be disappointed.

Children's Zoo

The children's area features an interactive barnyard where the kids can interact with animals one-on-one.  There's a handwashing facility available for use afterward.

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