New sensory-friendly events, World Elephant Day and more! August at the Roger Williams Zoo!
With the summer weather here, the Roger Williams Zoo is alive with all kinds of family fun! Check out these events in July and beyond!
August Highlighted Events at the Roger Williams Zoo
Rise & Play: Sensory-Friendly Mornings in Our Big Backyard
First Tuesday of every month (August 7 – November 6) | 9:00 – 10:00 AM
Join us for an hour of nature play before the zoo opens: designed for families who have a child with sensory sensitivities, come and play in Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard from 9 to 10 a.m. Build mud pies, watch boats float downstream and climb high in a tree-house. Limited to 70 participants, this hour will allow you and your family to spend time playing in nature, in a smaller group of guests.
Price: Regular Zoo admission ($12.95/child; $15.95/senior; $17.95/adult); Free for RWPZ members
Sensory-Friendly Days at Carousel Village
First Tuesday of every month (August 7 – October 2) | 12:00 – 6:00 PM
On the first Tuesday of each month (April – August), Carousel Village offers Sensory-Friendly Days. We invite those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences to explore and enjoy Carousel Village. For maximum comfort, there will be no music or indoor lights. The Carousel, bounce house and playground will be open to the public, as well as train and pony rides – weather permitting.
Please note: Standard activity pricing applies.
Celebrate World Elephant Day!
Sunday, August 12 | 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Ever wonder how an elephant takes a bath, does her nails, or checks her weight? Now, you can find out during the Zoo’s Textron Elephant Barn tour in celebration of World Elephant Day! Twenty-minute tours of the barn are on a first-come, first-served basis. Get an up-close view of the workings of the elephant barn, and insight on the care elephants receive. There are no animal interactions on the tour, and the elephants will not be in the barn during the tours, but you may visit with the elephants after the tour in the Ivory Ella Yard. And don’t miss out on special elephant keeper talks and animal enrichment throughout the day.
Please note: This event is included with the price of regular Zoo admission; Free for RWPZoo members
Paws for a Cause: Zoo Night at McCoy Stadium
Tuesday, August 14 | 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Take the family out to a ball game. Tuesday, August 14, support the Roger Williams Park Zoo and enjoy a PawSox game! For every ticket sold through rwpzoo.org, half of the proceeds go directly to the Zoo and help fund educational programs, world-class animal care, and conservation efforts both locally and globally.
Price: General admission $10/person
Please note: Tickets must be bought online at rwpzoo.org in order for proceeds from your purchase to go directly to the Zoo.
Brew at the Zoo (21+)
Saturday, August 25 | 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Tap into your wild side at Brew at the Zoo, an adults-only evening event, and sample more than 170 beers from 80+ local, regional and national brewers. Enjoy live music, animal encounters and more at Rhode Island’s largest outdoor beer festival. Tickets are sold online, and will only be available at the door if they do not sell out in advance.
Price: Advanced special tickets $50/person (available until August 24); Designated driver tickets $25/person
ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS at the Zoo
Harbor Seal Encounters
Enjoy a special behind-the-scenes tour of the harbor seal exhibit, and feed the stars of the show, seals Action and Bubba!
Through – September 2: Thursday/Saturday/Sunday
September 8 – 30: Saturdays & Sundays
There are no feedings on August 25. Guests must be age 5 or older to participate, and a paying adult must accompany children ages 5-11. The seal feeding area is not wheelchair accessible. Register now!
Masai Giraffe Feedings
Price: $5 per participant; $4 for current RWP Zoo members.
Tickets are available at the site of the giraffe feeding in the Fabric of Africa on a first-come, first-served basis, no advanced registration needed. A limited number of feedings are available during each session. Groups may split the food and take turns feeding the animals. Children must be age 3 or older to participate, and be accompanied by an adult. No feedings on Saturday, August 25.
Through September 3: Daily at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm
September 4-30: Weekends only 11:30 am and 2:30 pm
Armadillo Encounters on the Marco Polo Trail
Get up-close with the Zoo’s adorable nine-banded armadillos! Watch the armadillos walk around as you learn and explore these fascinating creatures. You can even touch their natural armor, and take photos. Encounters are weather dependent and times may vary.
EXPLORE AND SOAR – adjacent to Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard
Soaring Eagle Zip Ride
Times: Daily (weather permitting)
Price: $12 per rider, $10 for current Roger Williams Park Zoo members.
Witness breathtaking views 115 feet above the Zoo in comfortable side-by-side seats. The ride is sensational. Must buy admission tickets to the Zoo to buy tickets for the Soaring Eagle. Tickets are available at the admissions gate or at the entrance of the ride. Last ticket sold at 4:15 pm, last ride is at 4:30 pm. There is no advanced registration.
Time: Daily, weather permitting
Price: $6; $5 for current Roger Williams Park Zoo members.
Tickets are available for purchase at the Zoo and sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Last ticket sold at 4:30 pm. There is no advanced registration.
Make every Zoo visit an adventure for the whole family! Get up close this summer with our seasonal camel rides! Experience these majestic animals like never before in a safe environment with experts on hand to lead you around a track while riding a trained camel.
Time: During Zoo hours (weather permitting)
Price: $3 per rider
Please note: The Woodlands Express is wheelchair accessible. We do not offer automated wheelchairs or carts. Last ticket sold at 4:15 pm, last ride is at 4:30 pm.
All aboard the Woodlands Express! Hop on-board this fun family-friendly premium train all summer long. Designed for all ages.
Ride the Carousel at Roger Williams Park Carousel Village
- Weekdays: noon – 6:00 pm
- Weekends: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Train Rides same hours as Carousel (weather permitting)
Price: $3 per rider
All aboard the Carousel Express! Hop on-board this fun family-friendly premium train all summer long. Designed for all ages. Please note: The Carousel Express is wheelchair accessible. We do not offer automated wheelchairs or carts.
Open daily through Labor Day
Price: $5 per ride
Saddle up and enjoy pony rides at Carousel Village. Please note: This activity is only available for children ages 3 -12.
Food Truck Friday
Open Fridays, May 4 – September 28
Time: 5:00 – 8:30 pm
Come experience the array of foods and delicious sweets from a variety of vendors at this magnificent event. The Carousel is open for rides, as are other Carousel Village activities – weather permitting.
Daily General Zoo Admission
Children (ages 2-12)…… $12.95
Seniors (ages 62+)…….. $15.95
Toddlers one & younger…… FREE
Zoo Members…………………… FREE
Roger Williams Park Zoo
1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence RI