Guest Services & Information
- Zoo Field Trip FAQs Updated information for teachers and other adults planning school field trips or group visits.
- Bus Parking Guidelines Pass along our information to your transportation department drivers. (PDF document)
- Group Admission Form Simplify your group’s entry into the zoo and payment with our form.
- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, April-September including all summer holidays
- 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.
General Admission Fees
The zoo admission gate accepts cash, local checks and credit cards (VISA, Mastercard and Discover).
- Adults and teenagers – $11
- Children (age 3-12) – $8
- Seniors (60 & older) – $8 (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 – $6
- Group Child – $4
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 and Drinks
We ask that guests refrain from bringing large coolers and picnic lunches into Dickerson Park Zoo. You can use your receipt from that day for readmission so you can 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 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.
- 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 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 Pavilion 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; Event Activity Application). Contact the zoo office for more information. Please review the City of Springfield park 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
The Titus Express train ride is currently closed for track maintenance.
Tickets are $2 per person for everyone age 2 and older. (Children under age 2 ride free.) The train ride operates weather permitting.
- 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, April-September.
- 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekends in March and October.
Single and double strollers are available for rent at the admission gate. (New prices for 2014.)
- Single Stroller – $5
- Double Stroller – $7
You are welcome to bring your own stroller or wagon to use in the zoo.
Dickerson Park Zoo now rents Electric Convenience Vehicles for $20 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.
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 4:30 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 feed is $3 and is available when an attendant is present on the elevated deck.