2018 Jackson Zoo Map

Daily Keeper Chats

Free with admission and membership

The JZ Keepers LOVE to talk about their animals, and love answering questions about their educational journeys, daily schedules, and conservation efforts.

Check in at any one of the following chats to share their passion:
10:15 am Spider Monkeys
11:00 am Chimp Island
 1:00 pm Discovery Animal Encounter at the Gertrude C Ford Education Center Display Hall
 1:45 pm Red-ruffed Lemurs
 2:15 pm Cougars
 3:00 pm Giraffes


Free with admission and membership

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.- 4 p.m. Footwear MUST be worn by all children at all times, and swim diapers a required for all children under 2 years of age.
*Please note that NO GLASS OR FOOD are allowed in the Splash Pad or lounge area. Livingston Park (City of Jackson) has picnic tables and pavilion for public use on a first come, first served basis.


Runs 10 am to 3 pm daily

$2.00 per ride

Visitors to the Jackson Zoo not only can see some exotic animals during their visit, but they can ride them as well, or at least their inanimate counterparts! Read more about our unique attraction courtesy of The New Southern View!


Runs every 15 minutes from 10 am to 4 pm, Thursdays through Sundays

$2.00 per ride, purchase tickets at Admissions

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, the only gas powered miniature tracked train in Mississippi. The train has 3 cars that hold up to 15 passengers each and has one wheel chair accessible cart available on request. 


Want a fun souvenir of your trip to the zoo? An educational, animal-inspired game or book for the kids?  The Trading Company carries a wide range of items to commemorate your trip and also stocks practical items to make your visit more enjoyable. Plus, Jackson Zoo and other reciprocating members receive a 10% discount on most items.


There are Pepsi vending machines throughout the park, and a snack vending machine in our Gift Shop. On Saturdays and Sundays, from noon until 4 pm, Dippin Dots, Brick Street Pops, and Twisted Pretzel can be found in the Cool Cats Concession stand in our Mississippi Area.