Giraffe Feedings: 11am – 3pm
(weather permitting) $$
Tram Tours: 10am – 4:30pm
(weather permitting) $$
Keeper Penguin Presentation: 10am and 3pm
Penguin Feedings: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm $$
Wildlife Carousel: 10am – 4pm $$
Gift Shop: 9am – 5pm
Rainforest Grill: 9am – 4pm
Amenities & Attractions
At Mesker Park Zoo we want to make our guests feel welcome and provide an excellent, well-rounded experience for all. Check out our amenities and attractions below to help plan your visit to Evansville’s zoo.
Rainforest Grill • Open 7 Days a Week • 9am – 4pm
The Rainforest Grill is the perfect way to cool off on warm summer days! Step inside and relax in the A/C in our dining room with an ice cold Coca-Cola, Dippin’ Dots, or Forest Freeze. After exploring the hills of Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden, you’ve surely worked up an appetite. Try the kid favorite chicken tenders, cheeseburger, pizza, or grilled cheese, all made fresh to order. Healthy options include salads, fruit cups, and deli sandwiches, and if you’re looking for a quick grab and go snack, popcorn, soft pretzels, nachos, or French fries are just a few of the many snack offerings available at the Rainforest Grill. For adults, we also offer a variety of alcoholic beverages which can be consumed as you explore zoo grounds.
Whatever you’re craving, we’ve got just what you need to fuel up.
Members receive a 10% discount on all Rainforest Grill purchases when they present their membership card (excludes alcohol).
All major credit cards accepted.
Wild Rivers Trading Co. Gift Shop
Open Daily • 9am – 5pm
(Members receive a discount on certain purchases)
No Zoo trip is complete without a stop at the gift shop. Whether you’re shopping for the holidays, snagging a birthday gift, or just need that perfect souvenir, the Wild Rivers Gift Shop is sure to have something for everyone!
Visa, Mastercard, and Discover cards are accepted.
RIDES and ATTRACTIONS
Tokens for Attractions are available for purchase | $1 per token.
Penguin Feeding Experience
Feeding experiences are at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, & 2pm daily while supplies lasts.
Now is your chance to get up close and personal with the amazing residents of Penguins of Patagonia. Meet the penguins and feed them their favorite snack!
5 tokens per feeding.
Open Seasonally (nighttime temps above 50 degrees), 10am – 4pm
Entry is free, but guests are encouraged to purchase feed sticks for 2 tokens per feed stick to enhance their experience.
Ever wanted to go inside an exhibit with an animal? Well now you can! The Budgie Walkabout gives you the opportunity to be INSIDE the exhibit with hundreds of colorful birds native to Australia!
Feedings are 11am – 3pm Daily while supplies last.
Get as close as possible to some of the coolest African natives! For only a couple tokens, you can feed a giraffe some of their favorite treats!
2 tokens per person per feeding.
Giraffe feedings are weather dependent. Check front entry signage for information each day.
Open Daily 10am – 4pm
2 tokens per person per ride
1 Handicapped Accessible Chariot
2 Tokens for ALL DAY
( Zoo members ride free)
2 Tokens per rider, 30 minute ride time. Open Memorial day to Labor Day 10am – 4pm (weather permitting)
Electric Mobility Scooter
Available in the Guest Service Office
$20 per day + tax
Available for rent on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to the popularity of these rentals, we are unable to guarantee availability and these cannot be reserved in advance. Must be 18 years and older and must leave a valid driver’s license or ID. 400-pound weight limit.
Single – $5 + tax
Double – $6 + tax
Available for rent on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to the popularity of these rentals, we are unable to guarantee availability and these cannot be reserved in advance.
KultureCity Sensory Bags
KultureCity Sensory bags are available for checkout at the front gate. Sensory bags include various items to help those who may have sensory needs. Items include: Sound dampening headphones, various fidget devices, a lanyard, a needs card. A weighted lap blanket is also available upon request. This service is available free of charge. Simply submit your Photo ID to the front gate to check out a bag. Your ID will be returned to you once the bag is returned to the front gate.