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Visitor Info at a Glance


Open Daily 10am-5pm (last admission 4:15pm)
Open annually March 1st - November 30th
*October hours vary due to ZooBOO

Monday through Friday 9am - 4pm
*Closed for the holidays from Dec. 25th - Jan. 1st


(814) 864-4091


ADULT 13 + ABOVE: $12


CHILDREN 2-12: $8



423 West 38th Street
Erie, PA 16508

PO Box 3268
Erie, PA 16508


Zoo Closing Early

Posted on July 19th 2023

Your Erie Zoo will be closing early on Friday, August 11th at 3pm to prepare for the Felines & Wines Fundraiser. 
To get more details or purchase tickets visit the Event Page

UPDATE: Lion Habitat

Posted on July 7th 2023

On the morning of July 7th a layer of glass in one of the panels at the outdoor lion habitat cracked in several areas. The cracking of this middle layer was caused by a rock that one of the lions unearthed and was playing with in their habitat. Erie Zoo staff took quick and appropriate action to recall the lionesses into their indoor enclosure to ensure the safety of the animals. Our guests were never in danger due to the specific design and engineering of the glass. This zoo-grade barrier is used in lion habitats throughout the zoological world and is made up of three (3) layers of both glass and laminate. The lionesses, Eva and Desta, are safe, unharmed, and for now can be viewed from their indoor habitat in the Main Building while we work to replace the panel.

Air Quality Update

Posted on June 30th 2023
As the air quality from the Canadian wildfires is expected to continue to fluctuate throughout the season, we are working to adapt our operations to both address safety as well as visitor experience.
Today, the Erie Zoo will be open with limited operations. Many animals may be off habitat due to current air quality concerns. Outdoor rides will not be running at this time and concessions will be closed. The indoor animal buildings and Gift Shop will remain open. Carousel hours will fluctuate depending on temperature as all doors will be closed.
We strongly value the health of our guests, staff, and animals and if you choose to visit during this time we encourage you to do so safely.
We realize this is an evolving situation and the zoo team is working hard to adapt to this ever-changing scenario. Veterinary and Animal Care teams are monitoring the animals closely and continue to take appropriate action in the best interest of their wellbeing.
As the air quality is expected to fluctuate throughout the summer, we will continue to provide updates on our social media and website.
We thank you for your patience, support, and understanding during this unprecedented time. Stay safe everyone!

Next Event

Lions, Tigers and Beers

Sat Oct 7th 2023
5:00pm - 9:00pm

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