Hot Weather Tips

1. Be Prepared

When visiting the Zoo on hot days, we recommend bringing the following items with you to ensure the best visit possible. Forgot something? All of the items below may all be purchased in Kibongi Market Gift Shop, located at the Zoo’s main gate.

  • Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Wide-Brim Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Light-Colored, Loose-Fitting Clothing
  • Light Rain Jacket (for the occasional afternoon thunderstorm)

2. Stay Hydrated

*Drinking fountain includes water bottle filling station.

3. Cool Down

Misting Stations
Memorial Day to Labor Day, self-activated misting stations are available at the following locations:

Sheep Mountain
The Edge

Go Inside
During hot days, some of the Zoo’s animal residents may go inside to cool down and find additional shade—and you should do the same! Visit our indoor spaces for animal viewing, shade and AC, including Pahali ya Simba, Emerald Forest, Great Ape Building, Village Hall and Tropical Discovery.

Grab a Cool Treat
Stop by restaurants and kiosks throughout the Zoo to enjoy your favorite frozen treat or ice-cold beverage. Guest favorites include Dippin’ Dots at Kamala Café or Primate Panorama, Dole Whip at Gidget’s Ice Cream Shop, Soft Serve Ice Cream at Cup and Cone or Hand Dipped Ice Cream at Brown Bear Restaurant. View all Food + Beverage.

4. Experience Stingray Cove™

When we’re hot, they’re hot! On days with extreme heat, some animal viewing and activities may be limited. Stop by this shaded open-air interactive experience to dip your hands and arms in a 15,000 gallon pool—touching and feeding gentle stingrays as they swoop and glide freely around their watery habitat.