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Visiting the Buffalo Zoo

The Buffalo Zoo is currently open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Walk-up admissions are accepted. However, we encourage all guests to purchase their tickets online to get to the fun faster! No reservation date or time is required. Tickets purchased are good for 365 days from the date of purchase. Buffalo Zoo Members do not require an admission ticket purchase. 

Online tickets will have a separate admission queue during busy days allowing these guests to bypass walk-up admission lines. Click ‘buy now” below to purchase your tickets today! 

If you have any questions about the animal experiences we offer to the Buffalo, NY area or you would like to host a kids birthday party, contact us today! We have a number of event spaces for you to choose from.

Admission Rates

Rate How to Purchase
Members Free Present Membership Card Upon Arrival
Regular (age 13-64) $17.95 Buy Now
Seniors (age 65+) $15.95 Buy Now
Children (age 2-12) $13.95 Buy Now
Children under 24 months FREE Buy Now

Group Visits

*Our online group booking is currently unavailable. Please contact 716-837-3900 to book your group visit.

Bring your friends, family, school, or organization to the Buffalo Zoo! Group tickets are available for groups of 15+, making the Buffalo Zoo the perfect educational field trip destination in Buffalo, NY. Groups with 15 or more paid guests will receive 10% off. Group tickets can be purchased online or at the admissions window upon arrival. Payment must be made by day of visit; no purchase orders. To book group tickets online, click HERE. Here you will create your own account or log in if you have already created an account.

When booking online, groups have the option to pay with a credit card at the time of booking or be emailed the invoice and mail-in payment. If groups choose to mail in their payment, the invoice must be included and payment must be received before the group visit. Groups can log back into the account and increase the number of tickets needed at any time, however, the amount cannot be decreased. Groups can add food onto their order, as long as they are booking at least five (5) days in advance of the visit date.   

If you are a member coming as part of a group, you will not be counted towards group tickets. Please check in as you normally do. Member benefits do not apply to group visits for children unless the named adult/caregiver accompanies them. Whether you are visiting for an educational field trip or just as a large group of friends or family, the Buffalo Zoo is sure to keep everyone entertained for the day!

Adult: $16.15

Youth (12 & under): $12.55

Senior (65+): $14.35

Looking for group transportation to the zoo? Our partners at CharterUP offer services around New York State.



Rides & Attractions

Rides and attractions at the Buffalo Zoo are seasonal and weather-dependent. Train and carousel tickets are good for one year from the date of purchase.

Train: $4 per ride CLOSED FOR THE SEASON



Parking Fees

Parking Fee Rate How to Purchase
Year Round Parking is available for a fee. Hourly rates: $5.00 first two hours, $2 per hour after that with a maximum of $10. Parking can be paid for upon exiting the Zoo at the kiosk located outside Zootique or as you exit the parking lot.


Enhance your visit to the Buffalo Zoo with an animal encounter! Get up close and personal with some of your favorite Zoo animals. When you purchase an encounter, you’ll have the opportunity to go behind the scenes in an exhibit and learn about our animals from the care professionals who work with them every day. Each animal encounter is a private experience for a 6–8 guests depending on the encounter. Age restrictions apply. Guests ages two and younger must be held in the arms of an adult for the entire session. Closed toe shoes are recommended. Book one or all four encounters today!

For the safety of our guests and animals, guests are not permitted to touch animals during encounters with the exception of goat feedings. Thank you for your understanding. 

Giraffe Encounter

Go behind the scenes and meet our giraffe herd, learn about their daily life at the Buffalo Zoo, including diets, enrichment, training, and much more. This private, 25–30 minute experience is head and shoulders above the rest!

When: Available Saturdays and Sundays, November 25—March 28. Only one session is available per day.

Who: Available for one party per session for up to six guests.

Price: $150 per group