General Information


Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas

Current hours: 10:00am-4:30pm

Some animals go off exhibit 45 minutes before closing. Museums are locked 15 minutes before zoo is closed.


Open Daily, Year-Round (except Thanksgiving & Christmas)
Winter Hours (Dec. 1 – Mar. 31) 10:00 am to 4:00 pm                        Summer Hours (Apr. 1 – Nov. 30): 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Enter at Main Entrance (near pool), North Entrance near Bridge or Fort Montgomery Trail Gate Entrance.

The trail from the parking area at Bear Mountain to the main entrance of the zoo, along with the trail through the zoo itself, is fully paved and suitable for strollers, wheelchairs, walkers, and other mobility aids. Please note that terrain within the zoo is somewhat hilly. 

Bears & Coyotes go off exhibit at 3:45 pm
(Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Day)

Trailside Admission: $1/person suggested donation

Fieldtrips and Group Visits: Schedule School or Group Visit.

Parking: Park at Bear Mountain State Park. Daily fee $10/vehicle in summer, weekends & holidays year-round. Allow 20 minutes to walk from parking to Trailside. Allow 1 to 2 hours for your visit.

Handicap Parking: Pay parking fee at Bear Mountain State Park & display parking fee ticket on dashboard. Park in designated handicap parking spaces outside of Trailside service gate on service road off Bear Mountain bridge road.

Empire Pass: $80/year for unlimited day use at most NYS Parks, Historic Sites & recreational facilities. Purchase online at Empire Pass or at Bear Mountain State Park Office and other NYS Parks and Historic Sites.

People with Limited Mobility & Disabilities: This portion of the Appalachian Trail is fully paved. We welcome strollers, wheelchairs, walkers, and other mobility aids. Please note that terrain within the zoo is somewhat hilly. The north end of the zoo is flatter, making it more accessible to those with limited mobility.

Directions to public parking:


  • No Pets or Emotional Support or Therapy Animals (Service Animals Permitted). Here is an explanation of the differences. Take Pets on Blue Blazed By-Pass Trail
  • No feeding of animals, no banging on exhibits, no throwing things in exhibits.
  • No Smoking any device or substance
  • No Picnicking
  • No Bikes or Scooters
  • No Music or Bullhorns
  • No Collecting Plants, Animals, Rocks or other Natural Materials
  • No Abandoning of unwanted pets in Trailside or anywhere in NYS Parks
  • No Birthday Parties or other celebrations.
  • No Wedding or other professional photography
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