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Roger Williams Park Zoo

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Address: 1000 Elmwood Ave, Providence, RI 02907-3659
Phone Number:
+1 401-785-3510
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Roger Williams Park Zoo, one of the nation's oldest, exhibits 100 rare and...

Roger Williams Park Zoo, one of the nation's oldest, exhibits 100 rare and fascinating species from around the world including African elephant, giraffes, moon bears, snow leopards, flamingos, harbor seals, timber rattlesnakes and more in naturalistic enclosures. The Zoo also features seasonal activities, family-friendly education programs, and special evening events, like the nationally acclaimed Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, scheduled throughout the year. In addition, the Zoo participates in collaborative conservation and breeding programs to help ensure the future survival of threatened and endangered species both locally and around the world. Visit our website for more information.

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2 yr Old Heaven!

Thank you Big Back Yard! Thank you Zoo animals! Thank you local attractions! You have made our 2 yr old very happy! Can't wait for summertime!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Providence, Rhode Island
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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Thank you Big Back Yard! Thank you Zoo animals! Thank you local attractions! You have made our 2 yr old very happy! Can't wait for summertime!

Thank kls0604
Providence, Rhode Island
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have really mixed feelings about zoos to begin with. This one is small, nestled inside a large park. There are some wonderful large animals like drafts and elephants, but I don't feel that the environment is best suited for them. So far, the best thing I've ever seen at the zoo was the pumpkin Spooktacular in October. That event... More 

Thank Ellie B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Roger Williams Zoo is a great place to take young kids and grandparents alike. Easy walking terrain is good for pushing strollers. The zoo offers many animals and exhibits, but can be thoroughly seen in about 3 hours. Guests are allowed to bring coolers and enjoy the picnic areas, although some food is available for purchase. Family/ Annual passes... More 

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Hadley, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

This is such a beautiful zoo, in the RW Park system, just off of I95. The animals and exhibits are attractively laid out, and the grounds are immaculate. Great place to relax and get close to nature's creatures.

Thank Anne S
Rochester, New York, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

In downtown area, very convenient! A lot of animals you can't see from others, we spend the whole afternoon there, great zoo!

Thank Yuxi-Moon
Orange Park, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

If you are going in October, the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular was wonderful. It is a nice zoo..great way to spend part of a day.

Thank tlburch51
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Is a well designed zoo, a nice variety of animals. We spent about one and a half hours and saw everything. Lots of kids, they all seemed to really be enjoying themselves.

Thank RunSeattle
West Warwick, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

RWP Zoo is a wonderful zoo. I have been to zoos around the world, and this is one of my favorite. It is small, but it has a wonderful nature walk and an explore center for children of all ages. The staff at the zoo are also wonderful. They really care about the environment are are always willing to go... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Love the place. Some of the animals were "away" due to the cold weather. Nice place to walk around and see all the animals. We are defiant taking advantage of our membership!

Thank Jenn S
Jefferson, Maine
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Lots of wicked cool pumpkins! Lots of people be prepared to go slow, lots of little kids and strollers. It was cool but I wouldn't do it again!

Thank EFW2014

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