Welcome back to your Erie Zoo!

After being closed for the past few months, we have finally received permission to open our gates again! There will be some changes due to Covid-19 regulations, so please read through the items below to prepare for you first visit back. We can't wait to see you!


No ticket reservations are necessary throughout the month of November.

Entrance & Parking

Due to low attendance numbers in November, we have switched back to our Main gate being our entrance. Some areas will still be blocked off, but we have gotten rid of the one-way path in preparation for snow removal.

We are recommending parking in the lot across from the Zoo's Main Building. 

Safety Rules

Things are going to look a little different when you get here, but please remember, all the precautions we are taking are to protect everyone: our guests, staff, and the animals.

  • Masks are required except for children under 2 years old and those with medical conditions.
  • Please social distance throughout your visit.
  • Make sure to avoid contact with high-touch areas including exhibit glass, railings, seating areas etc.
  • We will provide extra santizing stations for your convenience throughout the zoo.

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 sanitizing of the zoo, temperature checks for all employees, and all staff and guests will be required to wear masks. In addition, some areas may be closed temporarily. 


The Wildlife Carousel and Safariland Express are now closed for the season. 


All concession areas are closed for the season.

Gift Shop & Rentals

Our Gift Shop is now closed for the season.

Wheelchair and stroller rentals are availabe. Please call (814) 864-4091 Monday through Friday 9am-4pm to rent one before your visit.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why are you requiring masks?

First and foremost, we are requiring masks at the zoo in response to CDC recommendations in the effort to keep everyone safe: our visitors, staff, and the animals. We are also asking this added layer of protection to help protect our essential staff and animals. We are a small zoo with high contact with our visitors. Many animals at your Erie Zoo are susceptible to Covid-19 and there has not yet been enough research to tell the effects in may have. Additionally, our staff is essential to caring for these animals every day and we need to keep their health as a top priority in order to keep our animals healthy and our gates open. 

Will the Erie Zoo have free time on Sundays?

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 and new regulations placed on the zoo and needing to control the capacity on grounds, we will be unable to have free hours at this time. 

How are you handling reciprocal memberships?

During this time, we will temporarily be unable to honor reciprocal memberships due to limitations with our ticketing system. But we hope this will change in the future!

Can I still use my coupon from the Erie Coupon book?

Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to honor coupons. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope we can reimplement them in the future!