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.
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.
Simply Down South Cafe
Located in the Mississippi Wilderness Area, Simply Down South brings a soulful menu full of southern cuisine options. Enjoy fried chicken, red beans and rice, iced tea, blue plate specials, chicken on a stick, and more!
Simply Down South Cafe is open seasonally, March-October.
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).