Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

We are NOW OPEN all days for normal hours however we recommend that your visit and review our Visitor Guidelines Page  to protect yourself and other visitors from the possible spread of illness while visiting. Visitors who are not feeling well, have an elevated temperature or have any possible symptoms of COVID19 are asked to postpone their visit until they are no longer feeling those symptoms. Although face coverings are no longer required, they are recommended for those who are more vulnerable to COVID. All are still encouraged to exercise a 6+ft. social distance from anyone not in their family or group. Frequent hand-washing and sanitizing is still recommended and requested. Stations for such have been installed throughout the zoo. (Please consider bringing your own hand sanitizer to help us budget the zoo’s limited supply.) Parents will be asked to keep all children within arms’ reach at all times to help them respect the space and comfort of other visitors. No food or eating is allowed yet at the zoo, we are working diligently to one day be able to provide food service to our visitors. Beverages are both available and allowed. Visitors are able to return to their vehicles to enjoy a snack then reenter the zoo after doing so. Select items are still available on our  On-line gift shop page for those with concerns about sharing space with others indoors.  
Daily entrance tickets as well as annual passes are available for sale in our gift shop during open zoo hours. They will not sell out. Feel free to call prior to arriving to check availability for all private tours and/or tours requiring reservations.  
We offer a variety of tour packages that can be catered to your specific needs. Check below for details on our Hours, Pachyderm tours, V.I.A.P. tours, Crunchtime, Butch’s Bedtime, and Walk with the Animals.
Please note that Monterey Zoo makes no guarantees that any animal and/or animal species will be on display on any given day. On some occasions, animals are kept off public display for reasons of habitat maintenance, medical concerns, public safety or zoological protocols.

Another very fun way to enhance your zoo experience is to bring your mobile device with headphones to scan the many QR-Codes we’ve placed throughout the zoo so you can watch a fun, educational and entertaining 3-5 minute video about the animals you are seeing that day.
Use the map below to plan your visit!  Zoom in on your mobile device to see the full details.  If you would like to print a larger version, just click on the map. Make sure to print it out in landscape mode for best results.

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While providing exemplary animal care, Monterey Zoological Society is dedicated to providing an entertaining yet educational and conservation minded experience which fosters public awareness and respect for all wildlife.

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400 River Road, Salinas, CA 93908 Phone: 831-455-1901