Hours, Admission & Location

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CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

Our opening date for 2020 is undetermined.  

Updated information will be announced here and on all of Columbian Park Zoo's social media platforms.  We appreciate your patience and understanding in the midst of the current public health crisis, and look forward to welcoming you back to the Zoo as soon as possible!

Columbian Park Zoo 2020 Hours of Operation

Spring Hours: Opening Day TBD  10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Summer Hours: Opening Day TBD to August 9 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Fall Hours: August 10 to October 10 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Winter Hours: CLOSED October 11, 2020 to mid-April 2021 CLOSED
OPENING DAY 2021: TBA  

Columbian Park Zoo is open daily from mid-April to mid-October each year, including holidays.

The Butterfly Garden Party Exhibit  is 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.  The Wild Tykes Play Zone kiddie rides are open daily (weather-permitting), from Memorial Day weekend through Summer Hours season. During Fall Hours, The Wild Tykes Play Zone kiddie rides will only be open on the weekends through Labor Day. 

The Zoo is CLOSED for the winter each year from mid-October through mid-April (except for a limited reopening for the ticketed event, Boo at the Zoo). 

*Please check the Construction Updates section to see if park improvement projects impact these services.


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.