Roger Williams Park Zoo#2 in Best Things To Do in Providence
Located about 4 miles south of downtown Providence, Roger Williams Park Zoo is only 40 acres – not the largest zoo by far. But it still houses more than 100 species of animals including giraffes, moon bears and some adorable snow leopards. And you wouldn't know it by the freshly updated – and still updating – enclosures, but Roger Williams is one of the oldest zoos in the country, opening its gates to the public in 1872.
Recent visitors didn't seem to mind the zoo's small size; in fact, many felt it was easier to navigate than larger zoos, especially with young kids. Reviewers also appreciated that the facility's admission costs were reasonable (when compared to other zoos around the country). If you need a break from the zoo, you can always venture out into Roger Williams Park, which spans 435 acres and offers a plethora of other kid-friendly attractions, including a carousel and a playground.
The zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. October through March and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April to September. Admission costs $14.95 for adults and $9.95 for children ages 2 to 12 years old. Parking is free. If you don't have a car, you can also take the trolley; RIPTA's route No. 6 services the zoo. Fares costs $2 per person. Check out the zoo's website for more information.
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