Welcome back to your Erie Zoo!

We are thrilled to welcome you back to your Erie Zoo! Please take a moment to learn about the modifications that will be made to your experience this year in response to Covid-19. Here's what to expect this 2021 season at your Erie Zoo. We can't wait to see you!

*Please note, additional precautions may be implemented based upon developments with Covid-19. Check back to this page before each visit.


Ticketing:

  • Zoo hours are daily 10am-5pm. 
  • No timed ticket reservations are required. Daily entry will resume as normal.


Entrance & Parking

Zoo hours are daily from 10am-5pm. Entrance this season will be through our Main Front Gates near the Gift Shop. We recommend parking in the lot across from the Zoo's Main Building. 


Safety Rules

We are continuing to take many precautions in response to Covid-19 in an effort to keep all guests, staff and animals safe.

  • We would prefer our guests to wear masks when visiting the Zoo. Masks bring an extra level of protection for our staff and animals (many who are susceptible to Covid-19). However, in compliance with CDC and PA state recommendations, masks are no longer required for vaccinated individuals.
  • Please maintain a 6-foot distance from others throughout your visit. There is no longer a one-way path, so please stay extra conscious of others during your visit.
  • Make sure to avoid contact with high-touch areas including exhibit glass, railings, seating areas etc. 
  • You may see some barriers or signage asking for you to keep your distance from some exhibits. These animals are highly susceptible to contracting Covid-19, so please respect their space and help keep them safe!
  • Extra hand santizing stations will be placed around the Zoo for your convenience.


If you have any questions please refer to the FAQ section below or contact us by phone (814) 864-4091.


Zoo Safety Precautions

We are following the most up to date regulations issued by the state of Pennsylvania, CDC, and Erie Health Dept to ensure everyone who visits, works, and even the animals at the zoo, remains safe and healthy. We will have frequent hourly sanitizing of the zoo, temperature checks for all employees and volunteers, and all staff is required to wear masks. In addition, some areas may be closed temporarily. We would prefer our guests to wear masks when visiting the zoo. Masks bring an extra level of protection for our staff and animals (many who are susceptible to Covid-19). However, in compliance with CDC and PA state recommendations, masks are no longer required for vaccinated individuals.


Rides

The Wildlife Carousel:
Daily 10:30am-4:30pm

All hours are weather and attendance permitting. 

The Safariland Express train:
Daily 10:30am - 4:45pm

All hours are weather and attendancer permitting. 


Concessions 

Yak Bar is open daily from 10:30am - 4:30pm. Main Stand is open daily 10:30am - 4:30pm. All hours are weather and attendance permitting.


Gift Shop & Rentals

Our Gift Shop will be open daily from 10am - 5pm weather and attendance permitting. 


Wheelchair and stroller rentals are available. Rentals must be returned no later than 4:30pm. Please call (814) 864-4091 Monday through Friday 9am-4pm to reserve one before your visit.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Do you require masks?

We would prefer our guests to wear masks when visiting the zoo. Masks bring an extra level of protection for our staff and animals (many who are susceptible to Covid-19). However, in compliance with CDC and PA state recommendations, masks are no longer required for vaccinated individuals.

Will the Erie Zoo have free time on Sundays?

Unfortunately, as of right now we are unable to have free hours at this time. We hope this will change soon!

How are you handling reciprocal memberships?

Starting May 31st we will once again be able to honor reciprocol memberships. When you arrive to the Zoo and go to purchase your tickets at the front gate, show them your membership card and the discount will be applied. To see a list of reciprocol zoos and perks visit: https://www.eriezoo.org/reciprocal-zoo-list

Are ticket reservations required?

Ticket reservations are no longer required at your Erie Zoo. Simply show up and purchase your tickets at the front gate!