Sacramento Zoo

Planning a Trip to the Sacramento Zoo, a Travel Guide

Take a trip to the Sacramento Zoo! It’s the perfect day trip for the family. The Sacramento Zoo is located approximately 2 hours from Reno and if you’re not from Northern Nevada, but you’re visiting the area, it’s the perfect stop for family fun.

We are sharing everything you need to know about the Sacramento Zoo and some tips along the way!

Zoo map

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Sacramento Zoo

Just a short 2-hour drive from Reno and an 8 hour trip from Las Vegas. If you are using an online map, please search Land Park Drive & 16th Ave, Sacramento, CA 95822.


3930 W Land Park Dr, Sacramento, CA 95822

The Sacramento Zoo is just south of downtown Sacramento on the corner of Sutterville Road and Land Park Drive, just off the I-5 freeway, inside of William Land Park.


The zoo is open daily from 9:00am – 4:00pm


  • General admission: $19
  • Senior admission 65+: $18
  • Children ages 2-11: $14
  • Children ages 0-1: Free

You can also become a member of the Sacramento Zoo and get exclusive invitations to member-only events with your membership. Your membership allows free general admission for a whole year. Learn more about that here.

Parking is free and on-street throughout Land Park.

animals at the zoo

Animals and Exhibits

The zoo has a wide variety of animals! Animals include chimpanzees, lions, giraffes, flamingos, tortoises, and more! Almost 500 native, rare and endangered animals call the Sacramento Zoo home.


The Sacramento Zoo has some fun activities for you to enjoy! They also offer a playground for the youngest visitors. Sharing details for some of them below.

Giraffe Encounter

  • Daily at 10:00am and 2:00pm

Tickets are $5/person. Credit cards only are accepted at the giraffe deck. Tickets may be purchased in advance with cash at the Member & Visitor Services office.

Conservation Carousel

Find your favorite animal and get ready to ride! Each of the 32 animals on the Conservation Carousel is carved from wood and painted by hand with incredible detail to create a truly unique piece. Carousel animals include an anteater, flamingo, jaguar, ladybug, dung beetle and many more.

Each ride is $3.

Zoo Train

Who doesn’t love trains? Jump on board the zoo train for a guided tour up Big Cat Row.

Train rides are $4.

Serengeti Cyclone

Step into the wilds of the Serengeti and experience the rush of the wind while your friends watch your hair stand on end!

The cyclone is $3.

food at the zoo


Both food and treats are available for purchase at the Kampala Café and the Cones booth inside along with snack stands around the zoo.

You can also pack yourself a picnic to enjoy. They have a large grassy area that is the perfect spot for a picnic! Don’t forget to bring water.

Resources and Accommodations

They have some great resources and accommodations available for guests with sensory needs.

They offer sensory bags, weighted lap pads, and more. Just head to guest services upon arrival.


Tips From One Parent To Another

Here are some tips that helped make our day run smooth for the family. Don’t forget sweaters, comfy walking shoes, water, sunscreen, lunch, and snacks!

Purchase Tickets In Advance

We definitely recommend purchasing tickets in advance, especially since you will be making the drive from Reno!

Bring a Stroller

The zoo is stroller and wheelchair accessible. Bring a stroller for young kids, not only is it nice for tired legs but it is also nice to store snacks and water in!

Wheelchairs and wagons are available for rent outside of the Zoofari Market gift store.

Bring Snacks

I never travel without snacks for the kiddos. They will inevitably get hungry, so we like to pack snacks for them. If you’re looking for snacks beyond the granola bar click here.

What’s Your Favorite Zoo?

What’s your favorite zoo to visit? We had so much fun at the Sacramento Zoo and we cannot wait to go back. It’s nice to have a change of scenery especially during the colder months here in Northern Nevada when we start to get snow.

See you out there, Nevada Moms!


Kacey Queen is a co-founder of Nevada Moms

Kacey received her bachelor's in Psychology while cheering for the University of Oregon. They moved to Reno in 2014 and have loved it ever since. She is a dedicated homeschooling mother to her three children.

She serves on the board for Northern Nevada Health Systems, and Northern Nevada Sports and Recreation, and she is passionate about her community.

Kacey loves exploring with her family and finding family-friendly events and activities! A few of her favorite things include family adventures, exploring the outdoors, working out, local coffee shops, and dessert!