One of Tucson’s oldest and most recognized attractions is the Reid Park Zoo.
Located in mid-town Tucson and bordered by Gene C. Reid Park and Randolph Golf Course, the 24-acre zoo was founded in 1965 and is home to hundreds of animals. Although it’s not a particularly large zoo, it is clean and well-kept – perfect for a 1-2 hour family outing.
Where is the Reid Park Zoo located?
In Central Tucson.
The address is: 3400 Zoo Court, Tucson.
What are the hours?
The Reid Park Zoo is open seven days a week.
- October – May, 9:00am – 4:00pm
- June – September, 8:00am – 3:00pm
The Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
What is the parking situation at Reid Park Zoo?
Parking is free and plentiful.
Why would I visit the Reid Park Zoo?
- To see elephants, bears, lions, zebras, anteaters, otters, rhinos, flamingos, hedgehogs, and more
- To feed the giraffes
- To cool off at the Kenya Get Wet splash area
- To ride the miniature train
- To attend a birthday party or special event
How much does it cost?
Zoo admission is FREE for members.
Peak Season: December – May
- $9.00 adults ages 15-61
- $7.00 seniors ages 62+
- $5.00 children ages 2-14; FREE for children under 2 years
Off Season: June – November
- $8.00 adults ages 15-61
- $6.00 seniors ages 62+
- $4.00 children ages 2-14; FREE for children under 2 years
Note that there are several attractions that require an additional fee. Giraffe encounter is $2/person, camel rides are $7/person, and the Reid Park Zoo Express Train is $2/person.
What is the cost of membership? Is it worthwhile?
There are four different membership levels: Individual ($35/year), Senior ($25/year), Family ($70/year), and Gold ($110/year). Membership qualifies you for free admission to the zoo all year long, a 10% discount at the cafe and gift shop, and discounts to zoo programs. PLUS, you’ll receive free reciprocal or discounted admission to 160 zoos and aquariums around the USA. You’ll also be invited to special member-only events, including the much-anticipated Ice Cream Safari.
For a family of four, you would quickly pay for your membership if you visited the zoo more than two times in one year.
What should I wear?
Sunglasses, a hat, and lightweight/breathable clothing. If you plan to let your little ones splash in the Kenya Get Wet water area, have them wear their swimsuits and/or bring along a second pair of clothes.
What should I bring with me?
Water bottles, sunglasses, and a camera are recommended.
How many bathrooms are available? Are they clean?
Bathrooms are located conveniently throughout the property and are well-maintained.
What is the best season for visiting the desert museum?
October thru April are ideal because the temperatures tend to be more moderate than in the summer months. That said, summer visits can also be fun if you visit in the mornings or evenings.
What is the best time of day to visit the zoo?
Animals tend to be most active and visitor attendance tends to be lowest early in the morning and just prior to closing.
Is outside food allowed? Are picnic tables available?
No. Outside food and drinks are not allowed in the zoo.
What dining venues are available on-site?
The Zoofari Market Café at Reid Park Zoo welcomes guests with a 2,200-square-foot indoor space with air conditioning and inside seating for 93. Two adjacent outdoor patios can seat an additional 100 people. Open daily between 9am and 4pm, the cafe serves pasta, burritos, burgers, and pizza.
What restaurants are located NEAR the Reid Park Zoo?
There are plenty of dining options in the area. Our top picks within a 2-mile radius are:
- In-N-Out Burger, 3711 E. Broadway Blvd. (0.6 miles away) – burgers, fries, shakes
- Claim Jumper, 3761 E. Broadway Blvd. (0.7 miles away) – soup, salad, burgers, pasta, seafood, kids menu, complimentary baby plates
- Tucson Tamale Company, 2545 E. Broadway Blvd. (1.0 mile away) – tamales
- Fronimo’s Greek Cafe, 3242 E. Speedway Blvd. (1.6 miles away) – gyros, burgers, greek salads
- Baggin’s Gourmet Sandwiches, 2741 E. Speedway Blvd. (1.7 miles away) – sandwiches, salads
If it’s hot outside and you’re up for a cold slushee style drink, go to Eeegee’s at 1875 S. Alvernon Way (1.1 miles away).
BABIES & KIDS
Should I bring a stroller?
Yes. The Reid Park Zoo also has strollers available for rent -$6 for a single stroller; $8 for a double stroller.
Is there a designated area for moms to feed their babies?
No. That said, there are a number of benches throughout the zoo and indoor/outing seating at the Zoofari Market Cafe.
Are changing tables available?
Yes – in all of the restrooms.
Is there a kids menu available at the Zoofari Market Cafe?
Can I have my wedding at the Reid Park Zoo?
Yes. There are several different venues available for rent – event gardens, Jaguar Junction Cafe, Conservation Learning Center Deck, Zebra Gazebo, and more. Generally, private events begin after the Zoo closes and the public guests have had a chance to exit, approximately 4:30 pm. You must use the zoo’s provided caterer.
Is the Reid Park Zoo on Facebook and Twitter?
You can also sign up to receive the zoo’s enewsletter, filled with news about upcoming events and current happenings.
What else do I need to know before I go to the Reid Park Zoo?
That just about covers it. Have a great time! Feel free to leave any additional questions in the comments and we’ll respond ASAP.