Address & Phone:
300 Parkside Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14214-1999
Phone: (716)837-3900       Fax: (716)833-3743

Hours of operation:
Throughout the year, the Buffalo Zoo offers guests fascinating animal exhibits, naturalistic wildlife habitats, beautiful garden areas and several unique areas in which to enjoy an environment that is full of fun, adventure and history. The Buffalo Zoo is open daily rain or shine!

July 1 - August 31 10:00am - 5:00pm
Fridays in July and August 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
September 1 - June 30 10:00am - 4:00pm
*grounds remain open 1 hour after gates close.

On Fridays in July and August, the Zoo is open for admission until 7:30 p.m. and you may remain on grounds until 8:30 p.m.

Please understand that special circumstances including construction, births and veterinary procedures may require that specific animals be removed from public viewing to ensure the best possible care. Sorry, there are no refunds due to animal unavailability or weather.


Early Closing 2016
Please note that the Buffalo Zoo will be closing early on the following dates:

May 27 for BuffaLoveFest, the Zoo’s inaugural celebration of everything Buffalo!
The Zoo’s gates will close at 2 p.m. and the grounds will close at 3 p.m.

Please accept our apologies for any Inconvenience.

June 10 for Catillion, the Zoo’s annual creative black tie gala
The Zoo’s gates will close at 2 p.m. and the grounds will close at 3 p.m.

Please accept our apologies for any Inconvenience.

July 20 for Wines in the Wild, the Zoo’s popular summertime gala
The Zoo’s gates will close at 2 p.m. and the grounds will close at 3 p.m.
Please accept our apologies for any Inconvenience.

Holiday Hours 2016
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

Christmas Eve
- Gates 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
- Grounds open until 2:30 pm
- Concessions  10:00 am - 2:30 pm
- Gift Shop 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
- Switchboard 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
- Other Departments 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Christmas - CLOSED

New Years Eve
- Gates 10:00am -2:30pm
- Grounds open until 3:30 pm
- Concessions 10:00 am -3:30 pm
- Switchboard 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
- Gift Shop 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

New Years Day - OPEN

Admission Fees:

  • Regular Admission: $12.00 (age 13 - 64)
  • Children (age 2-12): $9.00
  • Seniors (age 65+): $10.00
  • Children 23 months and under: FREE

usa-american-flag-gif-8ACTIVE & RETIRED Military personnel and their dependents
with valid I.D. will receive a fifty-percent discount.
This discount is in place year-round
at the Buffalo Zoo.

Click here for more information on discounted group presale information

Parking Fees:
$5.00 Cars
Due to space limitations, large trucks, trailers and buses are not able to park in the lot.

A token must be purchased at the main entrance to exit the parking lot. The automated gates will ONLY accept tokens.

Train: $2.00
Carousel: $2.00
Kangaroo Hop $5 (seasonal)
Arctic Blast $2

Tokens can be purchased at convenient locations near our rides. Tokens MUST be purchased, the attendants will not accept cash. All rides are closed during the winter.

The Buffalo Zoo does have a limited amount of manual wheelchairs for use during a visit to our grounds. They are given out on a first-come, first-served basis. If you know the time of your arrival, the Guest Relations staff can reserve a wheelchair for your use. There is no charge for use of the wheelchairs, just leave some identification. For more information, stop by any of our main admissions gate or call the Explorer’s Trading Post gift shop at 837-3900 ext. 110.

Birthday Parties:
Make your child’s special day one to remember at the Buffalo Zoo!
Click here for more birthday party information.

Shows & Attractions:
Seasonal shows including: keeper talks, animal contact and much more! Check the event and program listing on this site or see our event and information boards just past the main gate on your Zoo visit.

For a hands-on animal experience, come explore our brand new Delta Sonic Heritage Farm. The latest Zoo offering enhances everyone’s zoo experience by giving them an opportunity to actually touch the animals seasonally inside the exhibit. The Delta Sonic Heritage Farm is the first project to be built as part of Phase II of the Buffalo Zoo’s master plan. The family-friendly exhibit recreates a historic farm from the 1850s and replaces the former Children’s Zoo. This Erie Canal-era homestead features heritage breeds of domestic animals and includes an adjacent wetlands and a historic replica of an Erie Canal lock.

Offers a variety of gift selections for all occasions. Birthdays, anniversaries, birth of a new baby - celebrate these events and others with a souvenir such as: artwork, mugs, clothing, books, and plush animals. A great variety of gifts - film, shirts, sweatshirts, and hats are available. Stroller rentals which consist of single $5.00 double $7.00 with a driver’s license for I.D.

The Beastro concession stand is open 7 days a week. Satellite stands are located throughout the Zoo on a seasonal basis.