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As a member of our BPZOO family, we hope you understand that our visitor experience has been reconfigured in order to meet current public health guidelines. We want you to enjoy your visit so we have implemented measures to encourage social distancing among guests and staff and to protect our animals.  In addition to limiting the number of guests we are allowing into the Zoo at one time, indoor spaces are currently unavailable, with the exception of restrooms, and the carousel and train cannot operate at this time. We’re sorry for the inconvenience! 

NEW: Book a 30 minute private tour of the Rainforests, Rivers & Reefs building as part of your visit! 

HERE IS A LOOK AT WHAT TO EXPECT:

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All guests, including BPZOO Members, will need to reserve tickets on our website prior to visiting.

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You will need to choose a specific entry time for your visit. This helps us limit person-to-person transactions and help us manage guest capacity throughout the day. Per state guidelines, guest contact information will be required during the online ticketing process to allow for contact tracing.

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Due to the state requirement for contact tracing and capacity limits for the Zoo, online pre-registration and advanced ticket sales are strongly encouraged. Anyone who wishes to pay with cash upon arrival will need to provide contact tracing information and will be admitted into the Zoo assuming capacity limits have not been exceeded.

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In accordance with Governor Baker’s updated State guidelines for mask use, effective April 30, 2021, the Zoo’s updated policies are as follows:

  • Masks are required for all guests over the age of 5 and are highly recommended for children ages 2 – 5 in all indoor areas of the Zoo including admissions, restrooms, the Northwoods Gift Store, and the Wildlife Education Center.
  • Guests are not required to wear masks in outdoor areas when social distancing is possible.
  • Masks are required in outdoor areas when you are unable to remain 6 feet from other guests or during scheduled programs or tours.
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Indoor areas will be temporarily closed. This includes Rainforests, Rivers & Reefs and Buttonwood Farm barn. The Gift Store is currently open on weekends and periodically throughout the week. The carousel and train will be closed per state guidelines.

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Restrooms will be available inside the Wildlife Education Center.

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Some animals, most notably our Asian elephants, may have access to their barn – weather depending.

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There will be a one-way traffic flow around the Zoo to promote social distancing. Guests will be allowed to walk the Zoo more than once, but they must maintain the one-way pattern throughout their visit. We ask that guests refrain from backtracking.

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Hand-sanitizer will be accessible to guests at the entrance, exit, and at strategic locations around the Zoo.

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The Zoo has taken significant steps to ensure that guests will have an enjoyable visit. We ask for your patience and welcome feedback on the modified zoo experience so that we can do our best to serve you while still meeting the requirements of our “new normal”.

visitor information

TO ENSURE YOUR ENJOYMENT OF THE ZOO, PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING ZOO MANNERS:

The Zoo buildings and grounds are smoke free.

For the safety and comfort of other visitors and the Zoo animals, the following items are prohibited:

  • Pets
  • Bicycles
  • Scooters
  • Roller Skates
  • Glass Containers
  • Sporting Equipment
  • Balloons
  • Drinking Straws

Accessibility

The Zoo is fully accessible to the disabled, and a limited number of wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the front entrance. Our train and carousel rides are both ADA certified (currently not operational under Phase One of reopening).

Restrooms & First-Aid:

Restrooms, during Phase One of reopening, are located in the Wildlife Education Center. The restrooms are handicap accessible. Baby changing stations are located in both men and women’s restrooms in the Wildlife Education Center. Special needs changing facilities are available.

First Aid assistance is available at the main entrance or by contacting any Zoo employee.

Strollers are welcome throughout the Zoo, but please be considerate to others when navigating in crowded viewing areas. The North Woods Gift Store has wagon rentals available for $6.

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