Enhance Your Visit


Splash Pad

Cool off from the summer heat at the Jackson Zoo’s Splash Pad and lounge area! Kids bring your swimsuits & towels and play all day, or cool off after a trip around the zoo. Visitors receive free admission into the Splash Pad with general zoo admission. The Splash Pad is open from 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Towels and goggles are available for purchase in the gift shop.

*Please note that NO GLASS OR FOOD are allowed in the Splash Pad or Metro PCS Lounge. Livingston Park has picnic tables for public use.

Endangered Species Carousel

Visitors to the Jackson Zoo not only can see some exotic animals during their visit, but they can ride them as well! The Friends of the Jackson Zoo is proud to offer visitors the opportunity to ride such animals as a giraffe, a lion, an elephant, and our own native Mississippian, the catfish. Read more about our unique attraction courtesy of The New Southern View!

The carousel is open daily and is only $2 a ride.
**The carousel will be closed during the winter season (Nov. 1-Feb. 28)**


Replica Steam Train

Our original train was a C.P. Huntington 1863 replica steam engine which was installed in 1972. The track gauge is 2 feet with approximately 1 mile of track. Today we have a similar model engine, owned by Star Amusement Company that runs on the original tracks. The train has 4 cars that hold up to 15 passengers each and has one wheel chair accessible cart available on request.

The train is open daily and is only $2 a ride per person.
**The train will be closed during the winter season (Nov. 1-Feb. 28)**


The Trading Company

Want a fun souvenir of your trip to the zoo? An educational, animal-inspired game or book for the kids? Forgot your sunscreen or towel for while you play on the Splash Pad? The Trading Company carries a wide range of items to commemorate your trip and also stocks practical items to make your visit more enjoyable.


The Elephant Cafe

If you have a hankering for some great carnival fare, want to cool down with an icee, or need a sweet treat, the Elephant Cafe has what you need.

The Elephant Cafe is open daily 10a-3p, March-November.
The Cafe is open weekends only in December.

Elephant Cafe Menu


Kona Ice

Kona Ice of the Bayou will be on-site seasonally to offer zoo guests a unique shaved ice experience! Visit with Kona and experience a variety of flavors, mix-n-match, or create a flavor of your own!

Kona Ice will be on-site seasonally (weekends and special events TBD).

Kona Ice Menu


The Popcorn Place

Theater style, caramel, or sweet-flavored, keep an eye out for the yellow tent near the JSU Sumatran tigers on weekends and special events this summer!