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Boo at the Zoo is cancelled for tonight with the potential threat of severe weather. Your ticket for tonight, however, is still valid for any other Boo at the Zoo evening! Simply present your Friday ticket to the staff on site!

We apologize for any inconvenience. Where our decorations are scary the potential of our valued guests and volunteers being in danger is even scarier!

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*****Important Update | Updated 9.7.2021*****

Masks are REQUIRED for all indoor spaces at the Zoo regardless of vaccination status. Thank you for your continued cooperation in keeping our Zoo safe and open! 



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About The Zoo

Connecting people with the world around them happens naturally at Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden.  Your visit to Indiana’s first zoo offers a worldwide adventure as you encounter hundreds of animals representing species from around the globe.

Located on 45-scenic acres on Evansville’s northwest side, we welcome you to our unique zoo and think you’ll enjoy being completely immersed in natural beauty.  From the South American rainforest of Amazonia to the Family Garden, Lake Victoria, and the rolling hills in between; Connecting people with the natural world is mission accomplished when you visit Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden.

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ECV Rentals

$20 per day + tax

Available for rent on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to the popularity of these rentals, we are unable to guarantee availability and these cannot be reserved in advance. Must be 18 years and older and must leave a valid driver’s license or ID. 400-pound weight limit.






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MASKS ARE REQUIRED TO ENTER OUR FACILITY EFFECTIVE 8/12/2021For the safety of our guests, staff, and animals, masks are required to enter any indoor facility on grounds, regardless of vaccination status. Thank you for your cooperation!

Before you show up - Here's what you should know!

  1. Effective 8/12/2021 masks are required to enter indoor facilities while on Zoo grounds per the City of Evansville.

  2. Boo at the Zoo Ticket sales are ONLINE ONLY this year. So be sure to reserve yours ahead of time! Click here>>
  3. Members do not require reservations at any time for general admission.
  4. Non-Zoo Members public MUST reserve tickets!
  5. Tickets are Time Slotted to regulate capacity.
  6. Rainforest Cafe seating is open weekly, 9:15a to 4:45p. Outdoor Seating Available.
  7. Certain amenities are unavailable - please click here for the most recent updates.