TOPEKA -- The Topeka Zoo is extending its winter hours beginning this Saturday, January 7th. If the weather's permitting; the zoo will stay open late from 5:30 till 8:00pm on Saturday evenings through the end of February. If the weekly weather forecast calls for severe cold temperatures and/or precipitation, the zoo will not stay open late, and close at its usual time. "We have to keep the safety of our animals in mind during these late night hours," Brendan Wiley, zoo director said. "When the temperature is too cold, the animals do not have access to the outdoor area of their exhibits."
On Saturday evenings, guests can enjoy self-guided flashlight tours, warming fires, s'mores and ice skating. "The zoo is an exciting place to visit at night," said zoo director, Brendan Wiley. "The flashlight tours have become very popular and we want to continue this activity so visitors can enjoy their zoo at night," Wiley said.
In addition to ice skating and flashlight tours, giraffe feeding will be offered every Saturday evening from 6:30 to 7pm. For $1 guests can get up close and personal, while feeding the giraffes.
The Polar Ice Cap skating rink, which is open during normal zoo hours, is also open Saturday evenings. The synthetic ice rink is located inside the zoo under the outdoor Security Benefit Picnic Pavilion. Skate rental is available for $2/pair. The Polar Ice Cap skating rink provides the community with a fun and safe family activity and continues to grow in popularity.
The Topeka Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the last gate entry at 4:30 p.m. As we mentioned in this story, the evening hours are 5:30 to 8p.m. on Saturday evenings through February (weather permitting). Daytime admission is $5.75 for adults, $4.25 for children ages 3-12 and $4.75 for seniors. Evening admission is $3 for adults and seniors and $2 for children ages 3-12. Friends of the Zoo members and children under 3 are admitted free.