Visitor Information

Binder Park Zoo is open


You may email inquiries to

or call (269) 979-1351


Contact us at or 269-979-1351

Animal welfare is a top priority at Binder Park Zoo. Please be aware that some animals like giraffe, require temperatures to be at least 55 degrees and sunny to be on exhibit. Other factors like rain and wind may also delay or prevent them from going on exhibit. Check for updates by calling the zoo office at 269 979-1351. If call volume is high you may need to leave a message. Your call will be returned as soon as possible. Please understand that animals on or off exhibit can change as quickly as the weather!

Zoo Admission Rates 2022

Binder Park Zoo Members:
 FREE (Must show ID)  |   Military: 50% discount with ID   |  AAA Member: 10% discount with ID

We do not accept coupons from outside organizations, including Groupon and we do not offer free or reduced admission for holders of MI Bridges cards.



Seniors 65+


Children 2yrs -10yrs


Children under the age of 2 are admitted


Parking fee $3 per vehicle, zoo members park free

Purchase advance admission tickets here or at the gate entrance.

 NO reservations are required, there is no “timed” entry into the zoo and we do not limit the number of guests entering the zoo.

Wilderness Tram


The adventure begins at the International Depot as you board the zebra-striped tram. Destination - Wild Africa! Enjoy an immersive experience wandering through Zuri National Park with views of the savanna and wild African animals. No passport required for your return trip. (Free)

Binda Conservation Carousel


Reminiscent of the golden age of carousels, this one-of-a-kind wooden carousel was custom made for the zoo and features a menagerie of 36 colorful, hand-carved animal figures. Themed murals, crests, lighting and music weave together to create a stunning whirl of animals that delight riders of all ages. ($3)


Z.O. & O. Railroad 


All aboard the Z.O. & O.! Ride an open car pulled by a miniature locomotive through a scenic 1.5 mile nature loop. The vintage 1963 CP Huntington train is a pride and joy of the zoo and guest favorite. ($3)

Dining & Shopping


Beulah’s Restaurant - Enjoy a variety of tasty grab and go items, indoors or out. Located in the East Zoo. Open daily.

Kalahari Kitchen - Enjoy delicious meal, snack and drink options with dining overlooking the savanna exhibit. Grill closes one half hour before the zoo closes each day. Open daily. For the menu, click here!

Brass Ring Concession - Located at the carousel, features snacks, soft serve ice cream and an ICEE station. Open daily.

Hours and menus are subject to change. Please inquire at the admission gate for updates.


Safari Gift Shop is located at the zoo exit and is where you’ll find unique, affordable gifts and apparel for everyone.

Zawadi Traders in Wild Africa is now open, come check out all the wild gifts!


Restrooms are available for use inside Binder Park Zoo.


Wagon, wheelchair and mobility scooter rental - available at zoo entrance.

SUV Wagon (seats two children) - $7.00

Manual wheelchair (small, medium & large available) - $6.00

Mobility scooter - $25.00 plus $25.00 deposit - Mobility scooters are available on a first come-first serve basis. Mobility scooters can be reserved in advance by calling (269) 979-1351 (deposit required). Mobility scooters can accommodate up to 500 lbs.



Binder Park Zoo has partnered with KultureCity to improve our ability to assist and accommodate
guests with sensory needs. Our objective is to provide an inclusive and seamless experience for all
guests for all events including those with sensory needs. We strive to raise awareness of the needs
and challenges faced by individuals with sensory processing disorders by supplying our Team
Members with continuous training and by offering the resources and accommodations below to our

Sensory Bags
Sensory bags containing special KCVIP badges, fidget tools, noise canceling headphones and other
resources are available for checkout (at no cost by leaving an ID) at our Guest Services Booth located
at the entrance booths.

Weighted Lap Pads
Weighted lap pads are also available upon request (at no cost by leaving an ID) at our Guest Services
Booth located at the entrance booths.

There is a $25 deposit on the KultureCity Sensory bag. That deposit is refunded when the guest returns the sensory bag with no damaged or missing items.


Giraffe Experience at Twiga Overlook

The opportunity to meet and hand-feed the giraffes in Wild Africa is a signature experience at Binder Park Zoo.

From the overlook deck, guests can meet these gentle giants face to face and have an opportunity to experience the thrill of hand-feeding snacks of lettuce to them.

Twiga Overlook closes one hour prior to the zoo closing.

Feed the giraffe experience – one lettuce snack*= $2, five lettuce snacks = $8*

* a lettuce snack is a single romaine lettuce serving that has been specially prepared by Animal Care commissary staff.  Any other food is strictly prohibited.

Reclassified as a “vulnerable” species by the IUCN in 2016, giraffe have also been added to the SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction) list by the Association of Zoo & Aquariums (AZA) to draw attention to their precarious situation in the wild. Proceeds from this experience help fund the care of the Binder Park Zoo giraffe herd.

Guest Policy sign

Mobility Device Policy

Wheelchairs and other devices designed for persons with a mobility impairment (electric powered or manual) are permitted inside the park.

Devices other than a wheelchair or powerchair/scooter, if used for a mobility impairment only, may be allowed into the park upon final approval of zoo personnel. The following devices will not be permitted: unicycles, bicycles, golf carts, gas powered vehicles of any kind, including ATV’s, lawn mowers, go-carts, etc.

There is a maximum speed limit for all mobility devices of 5 miles per hour inside the park. For the safety of our guests, anyone who does not comply with the speed limit or is operating the device unsafely will be asked to leave the zoo.

Any wheelchair or scooter wider than 29 ½ inches will not be able to board the trams to Africa, the carousel, or the ZO&O Railroad. Ramps for all rides have a 600 lb maximum capacity.