COVID Openings: Riverbanks Zoo Is Back!

COVID Openings: Riverbanks Zoo

COVID Openings: Riverbanks Zoo Is Back!

Summer day-trips are the best!! One of the local’s favorite is Riverbanks Zoo. The zoo is now open as COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted. 

As part of a three-phased approach, Riverbanks will resume operations with limited attendance and programming, new standard operating procedures, and enhanced health and safety measures to safeguard our guests, staff, and the animals. 

What You Need To Know Before You Visit!

Limited Tickets

To help ensure limited attendance, Riverbanks will require timed-ticket reservations for all members and guests. Staggered arrival times for entry will be available every half hour; however, visits will not be restricted once admitted to the park. Group sizes will be limited. Tickets will be emailed and can be printed at home or scanned from your phone. Anyone without an advance reservation will not be admitted.

Admission is $19.95 for adults and $16.95 for children 3-11. 2 and under are free. Military with ID is $17.95.

Safety Measures

For added safety and convenience, additional hand washing stations and hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed throughout the park. Employees are required to wear masks; members and guests will be encouraged to do the same but are not required to do so.

Social Distancing Markers are placed around the park to encourage safe distancing.

There will be vigorous cleaning of well trafficked areas.

Attraction Information

Please be advised that there will be no tram service between the Zoo and Garden. Guests wishing to visit both the Zoo and Garden during the same visit are welcome to walk via the tram pathway or may drive around to the other side and re-enter the park with their ticket reservation. 

Most outdoor exhibits and spaces will be open for guest enjoyment with social distancing. The following indoor exhibits, attractions and services are scheduled to be open during the initial phase, with limited capacity and increased, rigorous cleaning and disinfecting:

  • Aquarium-Reptile Complex
  • Birdhouse
  • Endangered Species Carousel
  • Farm Experience
  • Giraffe Feeding 
  • Spots ‘n’ Stripes kids’ train 

Waterfall Junction/Garden is open, but the splash pad portion will not be turned on in the initial opening phase. 

Dino Dig is closed.

Dining options with outdoor seating and open-air stands will be open
 including Wild Burger, The Watering Hole, The Coop, Kodiak Point, ICEE, and Dippin’ Dots. 

Mom Stuff

Outside Food Is Allowed. Pack a cooler of snacks and drinks if you want to save money on meals.

Bring Water. The zoo is very hot during the summer. 

Bring Sunscreen. This is an outdoor park.

Talk To The Kids About The Closures. This will help with meltdowns about closed attractions. 

We Highly Recommend a Stroller or Pull Wagon. The kids will be walking a lot and you may want something to store “all the things”.

We Recommend Closed Toe Shoes/Sneakers! You will be doing lots of walking.

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