The Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium just announced that they will open back up on June 1st!
Special accommodations have been put into place including a one-way ‘walking safari’, required reservations (including a special Members Only hour June 1-7), and only outdoor exhibits open.
Omaha Zoo Reopening Plans – One Way “Walking Safari”
The opening of the Zoo is planned as a one-way “walking safari.” About 1.8 miles long, the designated one-way path begins at the Main Entrance of the Zoo and ends at the North Entrance.
Restrooms, concessions, and retail items will be available at outside venues only. Drinking fountains and water refill stations will not be available. There will be no public access to indoor buildings including exhibits, restaurants, ATMs, and the gift shop.
Rides are limited to Sue’s Carousel, with appropriate spacing and sanitizing. The tram service will not be operational, but a limited supply of stroller, wagon, ECVs and wheelchair rentals will be available.
There will also be no access to the Bay Family Children’s Adventure Trails, Scott Alaskan Adventure Splash Park, or other children activity areas, including the Lion’s Pride statues. These areas are clearly marked as no public access with signage and barriers.
Guests will Make a Reservation
To limit contact and adhere to social distancing guidelines, guests must make a reservation for a time to enter the Zoo in advance of their visit at OmahaZoo.com/Hours-and-Admission. This process will also allow capacity guidelines to be managed throughout the day, keeping attendance to approximately 2700 visitors at any time.
Reservations can be made up to 2 days in advance of the visit. Timeslots are available every half hour between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. There will be a Members Only hour from 8 to 9 a.m. on Monday, June 1 through Sunday, June 7.
Guests are strongly encouraged to wear face masks while on Zoo property. To ensure proper social distancing, guests are encouraged not to meet others or stand in the Main Entrance Plaza until their reservation time to enter the Zoo. Visitors are also strongly encouraged to remain in their vehicles until their reservation time. IDs and online registration receipts will be checked at the entrance by Zoo staff.
Tickets are discounted at $20.95 for guests ages 12 and over, $13.95 for children ages 3 to 11, and $19.95 for seniors ages 65 and over. Children under the age of 16-years-old must be accompanied by an adult.
The Zoo is committed to the safety and well-being of guests, animals, and employees, and will make changes as needed based on actual operating conditions and guidance from public health experts and elected officials.
For further details and the most up-to-date information, please visit the Omaha Zoo’s website.
This is exciting news for families who have been patiently waiting to visit one of their favorite places in Omaha!