GUEST SERVICES & INFORMATION
Contact us by e-mail if you have a specific question or call 417-864-1800 (Hotline recording).
Planning a school field trip?
Parking Information for April 15-21
annual Rockn' Ribs fundraising event is at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds
on April 19 and 20. Because of the setup and attendance expected for
that event, the zoo will not have access to the fairgrounds fields for
overflow parking. School buses for field trips will be able to park in
the fairgrounds field but must enter the fairgrounds through Gate 4.
fee for parking at the fairgrounds on Saturday, April 20, will be $5.
We regret the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, April-September including all summer holidays
(Hours change on March 30, 2013.)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, October-March (closed if walkways are covered with ice or snow)
Guests may stay in the park for one hour after the admission gate closes. Dickerson Park Zoo is closed on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Pets are not allowed inside Dickerson Park Zoo. Service animals are permitted.
General Admission Fees
The zoo admission gate accepts cash, local checks and credit cards (VISA, Mastercard and Discover).
Adults and teenagers – $9
Children (ages 3-12) – $6
Seniors (age 60 & older) – $6 (discounted admission)
Children age 2 and younger and Friends of the Zoo members are admitted free.
Group discounts apply to groups with 15 or more paying adult/teen or child admission.
Group Adult/Teen – $5
Group Child – $3
- Group rates will stay the same when general admission fees increase on April 1.
3043 North Fort, Springfield, MO 65803
Physical address (for use with GPS devices):
1401 West Norton Road, Springfield
Dickerson Park Zoo is located northeast of the intersection of Interstate 44 and Missouri Highway 13. 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 (28Kb)
Food & Drinks
We ask that guests refrain from bringing large coolers and picnic lunches into Dickerson Park Zoo. We can provide a readmit ticket for you if you would like to 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 Café is open for seasonal operations. The café 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). The café offers healthy options – carrots and milk – for our "Junior Zookeeper" kids' meals.
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily, April-September
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., daily March and October
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., weekends only, November-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.
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 rental fees and guidelines (PDF files; requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).
Please note: There is a special use application required for large groups (more than 145 people; available by clicking here). Contact the zoo office for more information. Click here to review City of Springfield regulations regarding park rules (PDF).
Safari Trading Company Gift Shop
The Safari Trading Company gift shop is open every day of zoo operations.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily, April-September
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily, October-March
Titus Express Train Ride
Tickets are $2 per person. (Babies under age 1 ride free.) The train ride operates weather permitting.
Single and double strollers are available for rent at the admission gate.Double Stroller – $6
Guests can bring your own strollers or wagons to use in the zoo.
Dickerson Park Zoo now rents Electric Convenience Vehicles for $20 per day (electric wheelchairs). A driver's licence is required as a deposit. Manual wheelchairs are available upon request at no charge for our guests with disabilities.
The Outback Corral petting zoo features domestic and exotic animals in a protected contact setting. Feed machines are located at the petting zoo, at Hamlin Lake and on the Dickerson Lake pavilion. Feed for the animals is available for 50 cents. Change machines are available for your convenience.
Giraffe feeding hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, daily April through September, and weekends only (weather permitting) in March and October. The deck is closed November through February.(The deck closes for a 15-minute break for the attendant between 1 and 1:30.) Giraffe crackers are $2 per package and are available when an attendant is present on the elevated deck.