Please visit our reopen page for exhibit closure updates and guidelines for reopening. 


Cameron Park Zoo is located at 1701 North 4th Street, Waco, Texas, 76707, it may also be reached from University Parks Drive and is fully accessible.

The Zoo’s main phone number is (254)750-8400.


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Zoo Hours

Monday through Saturday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Last entrance at 4:30 p.m. 

Admission fees:

  • Adults(13+) – $12.50
  • Children 3-12 yrs – $9.50
  • Sr. Citizens (60+) – $11.50
  • Children 2 years old and under – free

Military discount available.

Cameron Park Zoo is fully accessible.
Phone 254-750-8400 for general information.


Purchase Your Tickets Online and check in at the shortest line!

By entering Cameron Park Zoo, visitors agree not to commercially use any photography or reproduction in any form taken during any visits to the Cameron Park Zoo, and the visitor grants permission to the Cameron Park Zoo and its agents to utilize Visitor’s image, likeness and/or sound recordings for the purpose whatsoever in perpetuity. For detailed information regarding the Zoo’s photography policy or to request photo/film/video for commercial purposes, please contact Duane McGregor, Marketing Manager, at .

Group Rates:

Groups of 21-100: Adults (13+)- $11.50, Children 3-12 yrs- $8.50, Children 2 & under free
Groups of 101-500: Adults $10.50, Children 3-12 yrs- $7.50, Children 2 & under free
Groups of 501+: Adults $9.50, Children 3-12 yrs- $6.50, Children 2 & under free

In order to receive the group discount, groups must be scheduled in advance and one person will need to pay for the entire group. For tour groups (senior citizens, church, motorcoach, etc.) & school groups, please visit our Group Trips Information page for information about registering your group.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bring food and beverages into the zoo?
We do allow outside food and drinks into the Zoo. No alcohol, glass containers, or plastic lids & straws (to go cups) are allowed. Bags and Coolers are subject to inspection by Zoo Staff. Please do not share your food with the animals, your food can be harmful to them.

Are there any items not permitted in the Zoo? 
Yes, we do not allow balloons for the safety of the animals. We also do not permit wheel based recreational items like: bicycles, tricycles, scooters, skates, power wheels, ride on toys, etc.

Is the zoo open year round?
The zoo is open year-round. We are closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. When planning a visit to the Zoo, be sure to check our weather factors page to see what animals may remain off exhibit.

Does the zoo have wheelchairs or electric carts available?
The zoo has a limited number of manual wheelchairs available for rental through admissions for a $10.00 fee. We have a limited inventory and provide these items on a first come, first served basis. We also have a limited number of Scooterbug (ECV’s) available for rent through our admissions booth. The fee is $27.06 to rent for the duration of your Zoo visit.

Does the zoo have wagon rentals?
The Zoo has 2-seater push safari wagons available for rent at admissions for a $10.00 fee. We have a limited inventory and provide these items on a first come, first served basis. We recommend arriving early to secure one.

I am a member of another zoo, can I use my membership to enter Cameron Park Zoo for free?
If your current membership is held with a Zoo that participates in a reciprocal program with Cameron Park Zoo, you will receive a discounted general admission ticket. You must bring your membership card with you to receive discounted admission. You can check our list of reciprocal institutions. Click here for a list of the zoos we are reciprocal with.

Does the zoo have a Lost and Found?
Yes, our Lost and Found is located in the center admissions booth.

Do you allow pets into the zoo?
No, for the health and safety reasons for the animals in our collection, pets are not allowed on Zoo grounds. The only exception to this policy is service dogs.
For the safety of your animals, no animals should be left in your vehicle while you tour the Zoo. (City of Waco ordinance Sec. 5-121)

“Sec. 5-121. – Animals in motor vehicles.

No person shall leave any animal in any standing or parked vehicle in such a way as to intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence endanger the animal’s health, safety or welfare. An animal control officer, police officer or park ranger is authorized to use reasonable force to remove the animal from the vehicle whenever it appears that the animal’s health, safety or welfare is or will be endangered if the owner of the vehicle cannot be located after reasonable attempts. The animal shall be taken to the animal shelter or to a veterinarian if the animal is in distress. A written notice bearing the name of the officer removing the animal, a telephone number where he can be contacted and the location where the animal may be claimed by the owner shall be attached to the vehicle. Any person violating this section shall bear the full cost and expense incurred by the city in the care, medical treatment, impoundment cost and disposal of the animal, including the removal from a vehicle.”

Do you charge for parking?
There is no charge for parking.

When are the best times to visit the zoo?
The busiest days at the Zoo are generally Saturday, Sunday and days when large groups are scheduled. The months of April and May are busiest with field trips from open until lunch time. Call 254-750-8400 to check the number of groups scheduled.

Do you offer a military discount?
Yes,  adults are $11.50 and children 3-12 are $8.50. Please show your military ID.

Additional Information:

  • Please bring all necessary medications required for anyone in your party. Zoo personnel are not allowed to administer medication.
  • The zoo is the animals’ home. Please treat the zoo and the animals with respect.
  • Glass fronts are for your protection as well as the animals’. Please look through only.
  • Flowers and trees make our zoo beautiful. Please respect nature and our staffs’ efforts.
  • For their safety, please supervise children in the restroom.