Hours & Fees




Zoo Reinvention 

In the coming months, you're sure to hear the sound of progress at the Zoo! We are thrilled to be delving in full steam ahead into Phase 1 of the Master Plans for Reinvention. This means some areas of the Zoo may be a little loud & be unaccessible temporarily. As well, some animals might be off exhibit for a short time. But, don't fret...we love the animals behind the scenes just as much! Checkout openings and closures here: 


Covid Information 

Some helpful information as we navigate keeping our guests, staff and animals safe. 

  • We are disinfecting all touchable surfaces in accordance with the CDC and LA Department of Health Guidance.
  • We have installed protective panels at locations where guest/staff interface is face-to-face.
  • We will adjust our protocol as it’s deemed necessary to keep our staff, guests and animals as safe as possible.


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 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 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, wheelchair or ECV.

Always secure your child with lap belt. Do not allow children to stand or move about stroller, as they could fall or cause the stroller to flip over. Never leave children unattended. Children should be attended at all times while in the stroller.

Stroller Limits:

 - 60lb max for 1 child in a single stroller

 - 100lb max for 2 children in double stroller

 - 5lb max for rear storage pouch

- Child must be at least 12 months of age and able to sit upright alone to use

Rental Prices:

Single Stroller $7

Double Stroller $9

Wheelchair $7

Electronic Conveyance Vehicle $20



The Cypress Bayou Railroad Train Ride will NOT be running in 2022 as we work to re-imagine YOUR ZOO with many new exhibits and improvements, including the relocation of nearly half of the train track for a better guest experience. 

Thanks for your patience and support.



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.