Hours, Admission & Location

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Hours


The Columbian Park Zoo is open daily from mid-April to mid-October each year. 


2017 Spring Hours:

April 22nd – May 26th 
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

2017 Summer Hours:

May 27th – mid-August
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

2017 Fall Hours:

mid-August – October 14th
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Zoo is CLOSED for the winter each year from mid-October through mid-April (except for Boo at the Zoo). 

The Butterfly Garden Party Exhibit and The Wild Tykes Play Zone are open (weather-permitting) Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. The Columbian Park Zoo Express is in operation (weather-permitting) during the Zoo's open season mid-April through mid-October. During its operating season, the Express runs during Zoo open hours, with the last train leaving the station 30 minutes before zoo closing.

Admission

The Columbian Park Zoo is free to the public.

We love being able to provide a free zoo to the public and rely on our different sponsorship programs to do so. We encourage donations at our donation box at the zoo entrance and also have membership programs, fundraising events and sponsorship opportunities for companies, families and individuals to make a difference by supporting our organization.
 
 Learn more about supporting the zoo!
 

Directions and Parking

From Interstate 65


Take exit 172 (Lafayette/Rossville) and head west on SR 26. The road will narrow and become South Street. Turn left onto Park Avenue. Parking is available along the street on Park Avenue, Wallace Avenue, or in the lot on Scott Street. The Zoo entrance is located in the middle of Columbian Park (no car access).

From Downtown Lafayette


Take South Street (SR 26) east, away from the river. Turn right onto Main Street. After passing Tropicanoe Cove Family Aquatic Center and Loeb Stadium on your left, turn left onto Wallace Avenue. Parking is available along the street on Park Avenue, Wallace Avenue, or in the lot on Scott Street. The Zoo entrance is located in the middle of Columbian Park (no car access).


Using a GPS device?

  Enter 2404 Wallace Avenue, Lafayette, IN as a destination.