Dickerson Park Zoo – Springfield, Missouri has more than 500 animals representing over 160 species. A great place to vist! Themed exhibit regions represent five geographic areas and the Diversity of Life found throughout the world.
Not only does the zoo have animals from around the world but they also have some that are native to Missouri.
The other regions of the world represented are: South America, Australia, Tropical Asia, Africa and Diversity of Life section.
The zoo was initially established in 1922 with the help of WPA labor and funds in the 1930s it was expanded. After years of little attention and support the zoo became run down and just awful. The city talked about getting rid of it. Then a group of interested, dedicated people got together and formed the Friends of the Zoo. They took the next few years to bring the zoo up to the standard that would be welcomed by the residents of the community and a joy for the city to promote.
Zoo hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, April – September
(including all summer holidays)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, October – March (except during inclement weather)
Guests may stay in the park for one hour after the admission gate closes. Dickerson Park Zoo is closed on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Pets are not allowed inside Dickerson Park Zoo. Service animals are permitted.
Admission Adults $7.00
Children (3-12) $5.00
Seniors (60 & older) $5.00 * discounted
Children age 2 and younger and FOZ members are admitted free. Group rates are $1 off each paid regular admission for groups with 15 or more paying admission. (*Group discounts do not apply to admission for seniors.)
Location Mailing address: 3043 North Fort, Springfield, MO 65803 Dickerson Park Zoo is located northeast of the intersection of Interstate 44 and Missouri Highway 13. In Springfield, the zoo is easily accessible north across the city to Norton Road via National, Grant and Glenstone Avenues, or Kansas Expressway.
Train Ride Tickets are $2 per person.
(Babies under age 1 ride free.)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, April through September.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekends in March and October.
The train ride operates weather permitting.
ZOOKEYS ZooKeys are available at the admission gate, gift shop and cafe for $3. ZooKeys play educational and entertaining messages at audio boxes located throughout the zoo grounds.
Wagon and Stroller Rentals
Strollers and wagons are available for rent near the admission gate. Wheelchairs are available upon request for our guests with disabilities.
Single Stroller $3
Double Stroller $5
The Outback Corral petting zoo features domestic and exotic animals in a protected contact setting. Feed machines are located at the petting zoo, at Hamlin Lake and on the Dickerson Lake pavilion. Feed for the animals is available for 50 cents. Change machines are available for your convenience.
Giraffe feeding on the elevated deck will continue during warm weather through September, weather permitting. Typically, feeding hours are 9:30-4. Giraffe crackers are $2 per package and are available when an attendant is present on the elevated deck.