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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  • We went to the zoo with very low expectations. We were received with open arms by the staff and the animals were absolutely awesome!  more »
  • This place is great. Giraffes, elephants, bears... oh my! Plenty of parking. Easy to get to. Lots of animals to experience, including camels and a red panda! Food is decent but a bit pricey so I recom...  more »
  • Has just made the trip in mid-October. Took me to the Jack Lantern Spectacular every year doing Halloween events in October. Decorated pumpkins Halloween specifications on display, was cut in and lit up, is beautiful. Views the landscape reminiscent of scenes from movies, celebrities, international etc., children to adults. This hand engraving so that high-quality; Fit is a once a year event, so please try to go.
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  • Love the zoo! Lots of events and well cared for Animals. It is worth getting the membership when they give you $10 off at the beginning of the year. They have a water park for toddlers in the summer, rides and more. The train is cute but a rip off for a family of four at $12 where they just drive in a small circle. They have multiple food courts. Straws are not allowed at the zoo as they have some free roaming animals. They have a petting zoo area and a fun farmyard activity center.
  • Great zoo! Kids had a blast. On My downfall is good n drink choices very limited n no covers on sodas n all bottle vending machines all out of order so you had to buy from them waste of $ buying a soda cause you had to finish quick or hold it with no cover the whole time.
  • The Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular is a lot of fun each year and themed very well. It is a unique experience with intricately carved pumpkin art, music and lights and is worth visiting if you are nearby. Parking is also free. I have recently moved to New England from the Delaware Valley/Philadelphia region and the autumn & Halloween festivities here are special, the native people of Rhode Island & Massachusetts know how to celebrate autumn.
  • I can definitely spend all day there. Very clean area and friendly staff. Tons of animals and usually pretty active. Unfortunately the giraffe feeding was closed when we went.
  • Great place to walk your dog. There is a path that goes around the entire lake. The path is away from the road and now that runner's a d walkers have their own lane on the main road, the path is never busy.

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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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