Plan Your Zoo Visit

You'll never run out of things to do at the North Carolina Zoo, but you may have trouble figuring out what to do first. Here are some ideas to help you plan your next visit.

The Basics

NC Zoo Hours:

The NC Zoo is open year round, every day but Christmas Day.

April – October: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

November – March: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

During the winter months, visitors enter both continental regions through the North American ticket booths. The African exhibits are open, but the African ticket booths are closed.

Throughout the year, the Zoo stops selling tickets one hour before the Park closes. Staff takes some of the African animals off exhibit an hour before the rest of the Park closes. Consequently, we recommend that guests visit the Zoo's African region before they visit North America.

If you have questions about the Zoo that are not answered here, please visit the NC Zoo's Website or send us an email.

No Pets at the Zoo

The Zoo follows strict quarantine protocols to protect its animals from exposure to potential diseases. A new collection animal must remain in quarantine, under observation by our veterinary staff, for a minimum of 30 days before we introduce it to an exhibit. Because pets can also carry diseases, we cannot risk allowing them into the Zoo.  We respectfully ask that you do not bring your dog, cat or other pet into the Park.

School Group Registration

Visit the NC Zoo's Web site and click on "Tickets" to register a school group.


Guests are encouraged to bring their own wheelchairs to the Zoo.

The Zoo maintains a small stable of wheelchairs that visitors can rent. Manually-operated wheelchairs rent for $10.70 a day; electric wheelchairs rent for $29.96 day. To rent a wheelchair, please speak to someone working in any of the gift shops in the African or North American entrances.

Entry refunds are not provided if wheelchairs are not available for rent. All rentals are on a first-come, first-served basis. Wheelchairs cannot be reserved.


We encourage you to bring your own strollers; however, you can rent single strollers ($9.63) and double strollers ($11.77) at the Earth Explorers Store in North America and at the Safari Gift Shop in Akiba Market.

Admission Rates for Non-Society Members

(NC Society members pay no admission charge.)
Adults: $15
Senior Citizens 62 and older: $13
Children 2-12: $11

NC Zoo Society Memberships

Individuals and families can join the NC Zoo Society to receive free admission to the North Carolina Zoo and free or half-priced admission to more than 150 zoos and aquariums across America.
Learn more

Got other questions?  Call the Zoo's information line at: 1-800-488-0444, click here to visit the NC Zoo's Website or send us an e-mail by filling out the contact form at this link



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