Roger Williams Park Zoo, Providence

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Open since 1872, Roger Williams Park Zoo is home to more than 100 species of rare animals. In the North American section, admire bald eagles, red wolves, American bison, and otters. Watch the harbor seals swim through an underwater viewing window. Other exhibits include the Marco Polo adventure trek, where you can see snow leopards, moon bears, and red pandas, and the Fabric of Africa, featuring zebras, elephants, and giraffes. Observe native wildlife, such as blue herons and turtles, as you walk the trail through the wetlands, Rhode Island's most endangered habitat. The park is accessible via trolley, or drive and park for free. To find out how to plan a trip to Providence, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • Excellent Zoo , great staff ,clan,fantastic exhibits have been multiple times over 20 years one of our favorite zoos  more »
  • We bought tickets on line for the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular timed for 6P on a Wednesday night. We arrived at 5:40P parked and found the gate was still closed. We were informed it would be opening at ...  more »
  • Being from the NYC area, we are used to the Bronx Zoo, but the Roger Williams Park Zoo was adorable. The exhibits are well maintained, the animals are visible from several vantage points, and it was s...  more »
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  • It was a great place to spend time with my daughter and pass the time. No lines, we found a close parking spot. Tons of shady places. Great exercise. Animals were good too. Sad no gorillas. Tree house and backyard was awesome. Great spot to cool down.
  • There are so many things to do here! You have tons of spots to walk to or visit. There is even a Del's vendor to get a cool lemonade from! The dogs will love the quantity of squirrels and chipmunks to watch. We spotted a crane near the water. This park is well maintained. It was quiet in some areas and noisy in others. It really does have something for everyone.
  • Always clean. Docents and animal staff share knowledge generously. Many new/refurbished exhibits. New benches in abundance. Rentals now include electric "E-Z Scooters." Construction underway promises continuing new surprises! Great experience for the whole family or any part thereof!!
  • Cute zoo. Small but enough to keep two toddlers entertained. Parking easy and free. Not very expensive. Splash pad was nice. Seal tank was fun, my 2 year old stood there for a good half hour just watching two seals going up and down!
  • Nice zoo for a family day. Good layout and great enclosures that offer nice views of all the animals. The elephant area is very open and you can watch them eat from hanging hay bunches. They also have a fun goat corale where you can go in and interact with them (pet and brush them).

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Where to stay in Providence

Most of the guest beds in Providence lie in and around downtown; this is the most convenient area to stay in during your visit. Right downtown you'll find a handful of large hotels from national chains. Rooms here can be pricey, but many offer sweeping views of Providence Harbor. Federal Hill features a few locally owned inns, bed and breakfasts, and small hotels in historical buildings. You'll find additional homey establishments around the State House just north of downtown and the College Hill area across the Providence River to the east. Avoid the South Providence area and East Providence across the Seekonk River.
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