The Palm Beach Zoo, Palm Beach Florida
The Palm Beach Zoo is a non profit zoological organization located at Dreher Park in West Palm Beach. The Zoo houses over 1,400 animals within 23 acres of lush tropical habitat. Its mission is to provide an open-air classroom of living creatures to foster awareness, appreciation and respect for the natural world.
The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society houses over 700 animals from North, Central and South America as well as Asia, Africa and Australia. The Mission of the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is to inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world. The Zoo features a colorful carousel and children’s activity area with safari train, an interactive play fountain, a full service restaurant, daily keeper talks, training sessions and wildlife presentations, and many other programs and events throughout each day.
In addition to exciting animals from all over the world living in natural habitats, the zoo features a colorful carousel, an interactive water play fountain, a full service restaurant, daily performances of the “Wings Over Water” bird show, and many other programs and events throughout each day. The zoo offers a dynamic Summer Zoo Camp Program, a “Night Owls” Overnight Program, Field Trips, Outreach Programs, and a variety of special events such as “Winter in July”, “Boo at the Zoo” and “Festival por los Animales.” Zoo memberships provide free admission year-round.
The zoo is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Animal Highlights Include:
• North American River Otter
• Malayan Tigers
• Tropical Birds
• Florida Panther
• Baird’s Tapirs
• Bush Dogs
• Giant Anteaters
• Patagonian Cavies
• Jamaican Fruit Bats
• And Much More
The Harriet W. and George D. Cornell Tropics of the Americas Exhibit
This breathtaking exhibit is the newest addition to the Palm Beach Zoo, opening in 2004. The $18 million creation showcases both the animals and the native culture found in the Central and South American regions. Jaguars, bush dogs, Baird’s tapirs, Patagonian cavies, capybaras and giant anteaters are just a few of the animals that make their home in this 3-acre recreation of a Central and South American rain forest. You will be enchanted by the Mayan pyramids, the sculptures, and the hauntingly beautiful music. Animal Planet named this exhibit one of the “Ultimate Zoo” exhibits in 2006.
The magnificent carousel at the Palm Beach Zoo provides unforgettable experiences for children and a bit of nostalgia for grownups. Thirty two colorful sculptures including horses, hummingbird, ostrich, sea dragon, white tiger, jaguar, zebra and ostrich take children on thrilling rides while traditional carousel music plays. This is where life-long memories are made. The carousel ride costs $2 with all proceeds benefiting the zoo’s animals. The carousel closes at 4:00 p.m. and during inclement weather.
One of the best-loved attractions in South Florida, our Interactive Fountain is beautiful to see and hard to resist. Children are welcome to play in the dancing waters while happy music plays for the entertainment of all. Changing tents are nearby, and pleasant seating is provided for those who wish to relax and watch as their delighted children frolic in the refreshing water jets. Don’t forget to bring the kids’ bathing suits when you visit the zoo! The fountain closes at 4:00 and during inclement weather.
• open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
• last entry tickets at 4:15 p.m.
Palm Beach Zoo Members – FREE!
General Admission ◦Regular Adult Admission – $18.95
Seniors (60+) – $16.95
Children 3-12 – $12.95
Toddler – Free
Group Pricing: ◦Must have 15 or more paying guests to qualify for the following group rates.
School groups and other Non-Profit Children’s Groups:
Adults – $9.50
Children – $7.00
Chaperone – 1 chaperone per 10 children – Free
Adults – $13.95
Seniors – $11.95
Child (3 to 12) – $9.95
Toddlers – Free
Rainy Day Program
Did you know that when it’s wet and rainy a lot of our animals are at their most active? Here’s your chance to see them in action enjoying the Florida sunshine – even when it’s liquid! Keep an eye out on those “rainy” day coupons for a 50% discount off of any regular price ticket that is only available to Facebook and Twitter followers! Make sure to “like” and “follow” us to stay up to date on all Palm Beach Zoo promotions! Once it is determined that a “rainy day” is occurring a date-specific coupon will be posted on the zoo’s Facebook and Twitter pages for download. Please note that a printed coupon must be redeemed at the time of entry.
To make your visit more enjoyable, the following items are available for rent:
•Stroller – $6.00
•Double Stroller – $8.00
•Wheelchair – $8.00
Accessibility, Accompaniment, & Basic Rules:
•Palm Beach Zoo is wheelchair accessible.
•Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
•no pets, food or beverages may be brought into the zoo.