We are open year round!

About the Venue

Founded in 1875, Ross Park Zoo is the fifth oldest zoological institution in the United States. Initially donated by businessman Erastus Ross, it has evolved from a recreational area into a hub for wildlife conservation and education.


While we value inclusivity, please note that the terrain within the zoo, with its hilly and occasionally steep areas, may present challenges for those with limited mobility. We are committed to assisting visitors to the best of our abilities.

2024 Renovations:

Please be aware that for the 2024 season, the carousel is closed for renovations.

The Ross Park Zoo offers daily animal viewing hours from 10 am to 4 pm, with the last admission at 3 pm. Please note that the zoo is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas, and periodically closes for inclement weather.

Campus Location:
Ross Park Zoo is located at 60 Morgan Road, Binghamton, NY 13903 and shares its campus with the Discovery Center of the Southern Tier. Please note that while we share a campus, Ross Park Zoo and the Discovery Center are not affiliated in any way.


There are several parking options available on campus. For the closest parking lot to the zoo entrance, we recommend looking for a spot in the zoo gift shop parking lot.

Gift Shop Parking Lot:

  • Upon entering the campus, take a right turn at the stop sign by the bus stop and head down to the gift shop parking lot.
  • Follow the signs leading to the zoo to avoid confusion with the Discovery Center of the Southern Tier.

Alternative Parking:

  • If the gift shop parking lot is full, there are other parking lots available on campus.
  • Look for signs directing you to additional parking areas.
  • You can also park in these lots and walk down to the zoo entrance.

If you happen to see a brightly colored cow statue, you are at the Discovery Center and will need to return to the main campus loop to access the zoo gift shop parking lot. Please follow signs for Ross Park Zoo to ensure you find the correct parking area.

See the table below for both in season and out-of-season admission rates.

Please note that special events like Eggstravaganza and Halloweekend may close the zoo for regular admissions and have separate event admission rates and require pre-registration. Please visit our upcoming events calendar for more details. Please note, complimentary admission passes are not valid for special events.

In Season Ticket Prices (In effect May 24, 2024 - September 2, 2024)

Ticket Type Price
General Admission (ages 13 and older) $9.00
Children 3 to 12 $7.00
Discounted Admission (adults 55 and older, students with ID, military with ID) $8.00
Museums 4 All (EBT) $3.00
Group Rate (10 or more) $6.00
Children 2 and under FREE
Ross Park Zoo Members FREE

Get your tickets for admission to Ross Park Zoo today!

Get your tickets for admission to Ross Park Zoo today! These in-season rate tickets are valid for entry and redemption until December 31, 2024, and are non-refundable and non-transferable. Enjoy a full day of admission any day from now until Dec 31, 2024 from 10am to 4pm, with the last admission at 3pm. We are open 7 days a week (please check out website for weather-related closures).To purchase discounted tickets, including senior, college, military, Bridge Program, Museums For All, and group rates, please purchase tickets on-site the day you plan to visit. For more details on additional pricing options, visit Thank you and we hope to see you soon at the zoo!
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Discounted Pricing Info

Group Rate

During the period from Memorial Day through Labor Day, groups of 10 or more can enjoy the group admission rate of $6.00 per person. In our off-season, the group rate is $5. To book a field trip, please visit our Education page.

In an effort to be more accessible to all members of our community, the Ross Park Zoo offers discounts to seniors, students and military as well as those with an EBT Card. See below for details. 

Museums for All (SNAP/WIC/EBT)

The Ross Park Zoo is a proud member of Museums for All, which allows guests with an EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) card or a WIC/SNAP card to purchase general admission tickets for $3.

Museums for All Tickets: $3 admission per person for up to 4 people per EBT or SNAP card. 

Note: Current EBT or SNAP card must be presented at entry. 


The Ross Park Zoo offers $1 off admission to all active, reserve, retired service members and veterans. Note: Current Military ID must be presented at entry. 

Seniors (55+)

The Ross Park Zoo offers $1 off to seniors (55+) every day. 


The Ross Park Zoo offers $1 off admission to college students with a current student ID card. Note: Current ID or Student ID must be presented at entry.

Additional Services

Below are some additional options you may choose to enhance your visit. 

Guided Tours are available year round when scheduled in advance. Please visit our Education page to learn more and to schedule your tour.

Strollers are available to rent for $2.00 each and may be requested upon admission to the zoo.

A limited number of complimentary wheelchairs are available upon request.

Rentals for our pavilions and amphitheater are available for full or half day rentals. For more information, please visit 

Please call the zoo at (607) 724-5461 to reserve the pavilions for your next event!

The Ross Park Amphitheater is available to rent for full or half day rentals. It is a great venue for weddings and more! Please call the zoo at (607) 724-5461 to reserve the Ross Park Amphitheater for your next event! For more information, please visit

From Memorial Day through Labor day, stop by our admissions kiosk and purchase a Valley Dental Pediatrics Children’s Zoo souvenir grain cup for $3.00 to feed our goats and sheep. You can refill your cup for just $2.00 in our children’s zoo!

*Please note that grain feeding is available on a limited basis, and we discontinue grain feeding when the goats and sheep are full.

Grain Feeding Policies:

  • Grain is sold from 10am-12pm ONLY, or until goats/sheep are full (whichever happens first)
  • Grain is sold only on weekends in April and May
  • Grain is sold daily in June, July, and August
  • Grain is sold on weekends only in September
  • No grain feeding from November-March