Hours & Fees




Some helpful information as we navigate keeping our guests, staff and animals safe during this unprecendented time. 

  • All guests who wish to enter indoor areas of the zoo, such as restrooms or gift shop, must wear a mask. Guests are not required to wear masks to enjoy the outdoor areas of the Zoo, as long as they can maintain 6-ft social distance, but due to the executive order from Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome.

  • Cypress Bayou Railroad is closed.

  • Keeper chats & amphitheater shows are temporarily suspended.

  • Flamingo Café & Cool Critters Café are open with limited menus & properly adjusted outdoor seating.

  • The number of guests allowed in the Zoo is being monitored to prevent crowding.

  • Constant disinfection of all touchable surfaces will occur in accordance with CDC & LA Department of Health guidance.

  • Hand sanitation stations are provided at multiple locations throughout the Zoo.

  • Installation of protective panels where face-to-face interactions most frequently take place.

  • Implementation of barriers near exhibit viewing areas with glass to limit touching.

  • Creation of public markers to serve as social distancing reminders.

  • Zoo staff have their temperature taken daily upon arrival at work and wear face masks/shields. 

  • Protocols will be adjusted as necessary to keep staff, guests and animals safe. 


Regular Hours

Admissions gate open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily

Zoo grounds close at 5 p.m.

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo is open every day of the year except for New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Extended Summer Weekend Hours

Due to daylight savings time and the extra hours of sunshine, the Zoo is open later during summer weekends! During April through August, the admission gate is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Zoo grounds close at 6 p.m.

The Zoo is a non-smoking facility.



Notice: Effective April 1, 2016, a state sales tax of 5% will be applied to admission to all zoological parks in accordance with the Louisiana Department of Revenue and tax code 47:301(14)(b)(ii). On July 1, 2016, that amount will reduce to 3%. For more information, please visit www.rev.state.la.us. 

Adults/Teens: $8.75 + tax

Seniors 65+: $7.75 + tax

Children ages 2-12: $5.75 + tax

Children 1 & under: Free

Wednesday Afternoons: $1.50 + tax for all ages between 2pm - 4pm. 

Because the Zoo remains open during inclement weather, the Zoo offers no refunds or rainchecks.


Adults/Teens: $7.75 + tax

Seniors 65+: $6.75 + tax

Children ages 2-12: $4.75 + tax

Children 1 & under: Free

  • Minimum of 15 paying individuals
  • All fees collected in advance and presented at the Admission Gate as one single payment
  • Reservation made 14 days in advance preferred
  • Chaperone requirements: 1 adult per 10 children
  • Because the Zoo remains open during inclement weather, the Zoo offers no refunds or rainchecks.


See our school group information at our Field Trip Page.


Join Friends of the Baton Rouge Zoo and visit all year for free! Your annual membership benefits include our reciprocal program where you may visit a variety of other zoos and aquariums in the U.S. for free or discounted admission with your Friends of the Zoo membership.

Wednesday Special

Visit the Zoo every Wednesday of the year from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for $1.50 + tax per person. Zoo grounds close at 5 p.m.


Stroller/Wheelchair Rental

Strollers and wheelchairs are available on a first come, first served basis. No advance reservations are accepted. A driver's license is required in order to rent a stroller.

Rental Prices:

Single Stroller $7

Double Stroller $9

Wheelchair $7

Electronic Conveyance Vehicle $20



Due to the vague info on amusements in the Governor’s recent declaration & track relocations taking place for the Cypress Bayou Railroad, the train is currently unavailable. We will let our guests know via social media and our website as soon as we have more details on timing.

A visit to the Zoo is not complete without a ride on the scenic Cypress Bayou Railroad. This adventure takes guests into the beautiful wetlands surrounding the Zoo perimeter. The train runs daily beginning at 10 a.m. with continuous runs every half hour, weather permitting.

Train tickets are $2.00 + tax per person (ages 1 and under are free)


Take a ride on the Baton Rouge Zoo Tram. Enjoy a leisurely 25-minute, narrated sidewalk ride throughout your Zoo.

Available by reservation only and one week notice is required. Minimum 15 people. Please contact our Guest Services manager at 225-775-3877 option 3 or rentals@brzoo.org.



Flamingo Café

The Flamingo Café is open daily and offers a variety of foods, drinks and snacks. Seasonal concessions are available at the Cool Critters Cafe, located near KidsZoo. Drinks may be purchased at the food stands or in vending machines throughout the Zoo.

The Zoo does not have public picnic facilities. Groups are not allowed to bring food or drinks into the Zoo. Greenwood Park, just north of the Zoo, has picnic facilities for public use.

Private Parties

The Zoo offers many options for your next birthday party, company picnic or family reunion. To learn more, please click here.

Gift Passes

Single admission passes, train tickets and memberships are available for purchase. These passes make great gifts to include in birthday cards, thank you notes and stocking stuffers. To purchase, please call (225) 775-3877.