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Roger Williams Park Zoo

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Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Experience the Faces of the Rainforest Exhibit - worth the trip!

With all the fantastic upgrades of late, the Faces of the Rainforest is the best! The giant otters... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Great Time!

We headed to the zoo in December since it was a nice toasty 50 degree winter day. Some exhibits... read more

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Located amid 40 acres of beautiful woodlands, the Roger Williams Park Zoo provides visitors the opportunity to see animals from all over the globe – some more than a million years old. Naturalistic surroundings are home to more than 100 species of...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
1000 Elmwood Ave, Providence, RI 02907-3659
+1 401-785-3510
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Reviewed 3 days ago

With all the fantastic upgrades of late, the Faces of the Rainforest is the best! The giant otters are so fun being interactive and just so playful. All the animals in the exhibit are so special and they just make you want to stay and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Caribbean-Fun-Diver
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We headed to the zoo in December since it was a nice toasty 50 degree winter day. Some exhibits were closed for the season, but nothing that disappointed our kids enough to really notice. The new rainforest exhibit will definitely warm you up as the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to the zoo for my 59th birthday, January 4th. The weather was 45 degrees and sunny. As a photographer this was a perfect day for a visit. Not all of the animals were out, but the ones I was most interested were out and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Mara D
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a good zoo to visit. There is a nice selection of animals and there is a fun play area for the kids. There is plenty of parking. It can get busy at the entry when you're buying tickets.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank jtlpeavey
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to this zoo with my husband and toddler in December. The exhibits looked well maintained but some did look a bit cramped. Plenty of signage to tell you facts about the animals and to navigate the park. Due to the season, some animals and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 22, 2018 via mobile

We took our grand daughters (ages 2 & 4) to the zoo the day before Thanksgiving. It was pretty cool walking around but the zoo was great. We had it almost totally to our selves. They have many excellent exhibits including elephants, zebras, cheetahs, giraffes,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank eichsttl
Reviewed November 18, 2018

Nice zoo plenty of animals of all kinds nice gift shops and food plus has a nice park to walk through

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Alice N
Reviewed November 11, 2018

On thanksgiving day the zoo is open for free. They take donations of tinned foods though that go to charity. We werent expecting much. Were going to spend an hour or so. Realized there was much to do and see inside. Plenty of animals from...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed November 11, 2018

Went there with my wife and some friends, as we go yearly now. The price is reasonable, and the pumpkin carving is fantastic, with diiferent themed areas every year. Definitely recommend to couples or families looking for a traditional fall event to have.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Matthew D
Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

This is a nice zoo in a beautiful park like area. Fees to get in are reasonable so this is a good value. While not the largest or the best zoo we have visited, this has a large variety of animals. You should plan two...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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July 27, 2018|
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Response from Davedog14 | Reviewed this property |
Eight is a great age...there will be numerous attractions that would appeal to him.
July 27, 2018|
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Response from RWPZoo | Property representative |
The Zoo is geared towards all ages. See more than 100 species of animals including African elephants, Masai giraffe, cheetahs, a komodo dragon and more. We'd highly recommend stopping by our Big Backyard exhibit area which... More
April 21, 2018|
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Response from hdthequeen | Reviewed this property |
I think three hours is plenty.
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Charlestown and close by places with kids (2 Replies)
Hello...this will be our 2nd time staying in Charlestown, last year we visited Charlestown beach and east beach...we really liked east beach and will definitely spend a day there but would love suggestions about other places nearby that would be fun to go with kids under 5.we're not really familiar with the area yet so online research is tough...Newport seems close while providence may be a drive...I had looked at Roger Williams park zoo...any feedback about that? Also...any restaurant...More
August 14, 2011|
Response fromLauryc|
It's quite an easy drive to Providence, and yes, I certainly would take them to Roger Williams Park Zoo. It's actually right on the southern line of Providence so there is no city traffic to contend with to get there. Just take I-95 north to the exit for Rt 10 south, stay to your right. At the bottom of the ramp take a left and the park is right there on your right. Very easy! The zoo is a great small city zoo. Newport isn't really for kids unless you take them to one of the kid-themed...More
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Hotel for Waterfire & general info about Providence (4 Replies)
We live about 1 hour from Providence but have never explored the city (except when lost on the way back from the Cape, many times...but that's another story), and visits to Roger Williams Park Zoo. We'd like to experience this pretty little city, the excellent restaurants, and Waterfire. So, my goal is to get to know Providence duiing a series of day trips. I'm seeking your input on how to get around town, where to park and where to go. Maybe we will even go to stay overnight sometime and...More
September 06, 2007|
Response fromKP_voyager|
Depending on what time you get there, you might luck into a street spot on North Main Street (heading North) or Canal Street (heading South), where they bound the Roger Williams Historic Site. These are one way streets. There are also usually plenty of spots to be had in front of the State House on Smith Street. For pay parking, the parking at the Providence Place Mall is only $1 for the first 3 hours and then $5 after that. You should be forewarned, though that garage is poorly laid out and...More