What to Expect
Buses & Bus Parking
Buses: Drop off and pick up students in designated areas.
Zoo: Enter the main lot through the first entrance (designated with "Bus Entry" signs) and drop off passengers at the loading/unloading area north of the Group Entry. Park across the street at Tingley Park or at the north end of the Zoo lot, near 10th and Stover SW. Download a map of bus routes and parking.
Aquarium & Botanic Garden: Drop off passengers at Aquarium/Botanic Garden west parking lot at Central and Tingley Drive. Bus parking is on the south side of the west parking lot.
Arrival & Chaperones
Wristbands are distributed to visiting students and chaperones. These serve as tickets for entry and re-entry.
Chaperones are responsible for their group at all times and should remain with students.
School field trips are self-guided. For your visit, we suggest Educational Activity Packets.
Food & Drink
Lunches and other food items may be brought into the BioPark. Glass items are prohibited.
Zoo: Food can be eaten on Cottonwood Park, in front of the band shell.
Aquarium & Botanic Garden: Food can be eaten on the Plaza or on the Festival Green in the Botanic Garden.
Food and drinks are prohibited inside the Aquarium.
Thunderbird Express train rides around the Zoo are not included in your school group admission. Group tickets for the train are $2 for children and $3 for adults and must be purchased at the Africa Train Station.
Groups cannot use the Rio Line train connecting the Zoo and Botanic Garden as transportation between the two locations.