Adults & Teens


Children (3-12)




2 & Younger


No advance reservations required. | Masks are not required while walking outside on guest paths. | Masks (for over age 11) are required in all buildings--cafe, gift shop and restrooms--as well as the petting zoo, train station/train ride and petting zoo.


Visit Dickerson Park Zoo and you’re off on an adventure of discovery. You’ll see and learn about animals from around the world; and just by visiting, you’re already playing a part in the zoo’s mission to protect animals in our care and worldwide.


  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, November–February (closed if walkways are covered with ice or snow)
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, March–October including all summer holidays.
  • Guests may stay in the park for one hour after the admission gate closes.

Dickerson Park Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Pets are not allowed inside Dickerson Park Zoo. Service dogs assisting individuals with disabilities are permitted.

General Admission Fees

The zoo admission gate accepts cash, local checks and credit cards (VISA, Mastercard and Discover).

  • Adults and teenagers – $15
  • Children (age 3-12) – $10
  • 60+  – $12 (discounted admission)
  • Children age 2 and younger and Friends of the Zoo members are admitted free.

School and group discounts apply to groups with 15 or more paying adult/teen or child admission.

  • Group Adult/Teen – $7
  • Group Child – $5


Military Discount: $12 for adults and teens; $7 for children 3-12. Military discount for an active or retired military individual and up to three additional guests; general admission rates apply for additional family members. Valid military identification MUST be presented at admission gate to receive discount. Discount may not be combined with other offers.

Parking in the zoo’s lot (immediately in front of the zoo) is free. Additional parking may be available in lots owned by the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. Much of the time, parking in these lots is also free. However, during events at the fairgrounds when there is a parking fee charged in those lots, zoo guests can pay the fee to park if zoo parking is full.


Before you visit the zoo download and print one of our exciting scavenger hunts or a fun activity for your child(ren) or classroom.


Mailing address

3043 North Fort, Springfield, MO 65803

Physical address (for use with GPS devices)

1401 West Norton Road, Springfield, MODickerson Park Zoo is located northeast of the intersection of Interstate 44 and Missouri Highway 13 (Exit 77). In Springfield, the zoo is easily accessible north across the city to Norton Road via National, Grant and Glenstone Avenues, or Kansas Expressway.

View a map to the zoo

Playground Park

The playground park adjacent to the zoo is a public park operated by the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. The pavilion can be reserved by groups on a first-come, first-served basis. Rental fees are based on the group size and length of reservation.

Call the zoo office to see if your event date is available. The pavilion can be reserved for any date during the calendar year beginning the first business day of the year. Please review the Pavilion Rental Fees and Guidelines.

Please note: There is a special use application required for large groups (more than 145 people; Event Activity Application ). Contact the zoo office for more information. Please review the City of Springfield park regulations regarding park rules (PDF).

Contact Areas

The Outback Corral petting zoo features domestic and exotic animals in a protected contact setting. Feed machines are located at the petting zoo and on the Dickerson Lake pavilion. Feed for the animals is available for $1 (1 token). Change machines are available for your convenience at the petting zoo, train station and lake pavilion to convert $1 and $5 to tokens.

Giraffe feeding hours

  • 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., daily March through October.
  • The deck is closed November through February.

Giraffe feed is $4 (or 4 tokens) and is available when an attendant is present on the elevated deck.

Titus Express Train Ride!

Tickets are $2 per person for everyone age 2 and older. (Children under age 2 ride free.) The train ride operates weather permitting.

  • 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., daily March through October.
  • Closed for the season November-February.

Food and Drinks

Guests are not allowed to bring large coolers and picnic lunches into Dickerson Park Zoo. You may use your receipt from that day for readmission so you may enjoy a picnic lunch in the park outside the zoo and return to finish your tour. Within the zoo, we offer a variety of food and drink options.

The Bush Country

Cafe serves hot foods (hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, chicken strips), snack foods (nachos, popcorn, etc.), frozen treats (soft serve ice cream and sno-cones) and soft drinks (fountain and bottled). Some items may not be available during winter months. The café offers healthy options – carrots and milk – for our “Junior Zookeeper” kids’ meals.

Café Hours:

  • 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily, March through October.
  • 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., weekends only, November through February.

Soft drink and water vending machines are located through the park. The Outpost in “Tropical Asia” is open for during the peak summer season to provide additional snack and drink service for guests. The Safari Trading Company Gift Shop also carries a variety of packaged candy and snacks, ice cream and bottled soft drinks.

Safari Trading Company Gift Shop

The Safari Trading Company gift shop is open every day of zoo operations.

  • 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., daily, March-October
  • 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., daily, November-February

Stroller Rentals

Single and double strollers are available for rent at the admission gate. (New prices for 2014.)

  • Single Stroller – $7
  • Double Stroller – $9

You are welcome to bring your own stroller or wagon to use in the zoo.


Dickerson Park Zoo now rents Electric Convenience Vehicles for $25 per day (electric wheelchairs). A driver’s license is required as a deposit. Manual wheelchairs are available upon request at no charge for our guests with disabilities.

Parking guidelines

Visiting the zoo on a school field trip? Here’s information you need to help plan your trip!