Naples Zoo announces Collier County Resident Appreciation Days in place of the typical Collier County Resident Free Saturday. Naples Zoo will welcome Collier County residents to the Zoo with free timed admission tickets Sunday, Aug. 9 and Monday, Aug. 10. These free admission days are an effort to make up for the previously scheduled Collier County Resident Free Saturdays for Aug. 1, 2020 and Sept. 5, 2020. Free timed admission tickets can be reserved starting Monday, Aug. 3 at 8 a.m. at www.napleszoo.org/collier.
Please note: In compliance with Collier County Emergency/Executive Order 2020-5, Naples Zoo will be requiring guests to wear masks inside the following locations: Giftshop/restrooms, Safari Canyon, and the Black Bear Hammock Bathroom.
Under normal circumstances, Naples Zoo offers all Collier County residents free admission on the first Saturday of every month as a tangible thank you for voting to save the Zoo in 2004. Due to federal government and CDC restrictions for safe social distancing, the Free Saturday program has been suspended until further notice. Naples Zoo typically sees anywhere from 3,000 to 6,000 guests in a single day on Free Saturday. In order to continue to show gratitude, Naples Zoo is offering two full days of free timed admission tickets for Collier County residents.
Naples Zoo also has new hours of operation from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Tickets can only be purchased or reserved online at napleszoo.org.
The Zoo experience has been modified to fully provide for the safety of guests, Zoo staff and the animal collection and comply with all federal, state and local requirements and recommendations for strict social distancing. The experience will be different, but it is still the same nationally accredited Zoo and garden offering a safe, outdoor experience for children and families in the Southwest Florida community.
Naples Zoo will manage admissions so that no more than 300-400 visitors are inside the Zoo at any one time.
During Phase Two, Naples Zoo will not be able to honor pre-paid tickets, rain checks or complimentary tickets. This is a necessary step to ensure we maintain capacity limits for the safety of our guests, staff, and animals.
For more information, visit napleszoo.org or call 239-262-5409.
Naples Zoo is providing the following suggestions for Zoo visitors regarding their arrival and visit.
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• Please try to arrive 5-10 minutes prior to your timed entry. Being prompt to your timed entry allows Naples Zoo staff to best provide guests with the safest Zoo visit possible.
• If you are late for your selected timed entry, the Zoo will do their best to accommodate you. But, if you are late, they cannot guarantee that your access to the Zoo will be immediate.
• In compliance with Collier County Emergency/Executive Order 2020-5, Naples Zoo will be requiring guests to wear masks inside the following locations: Giftshop/restrooms, Safari Canyon, and the Black Bear Hammock Bathroom.
• Please remember the CDC social distancing guidelines to stay a minimum of 6 feet away from other Zoo guests who are not in your immediate household, especially around animal exhibits.
• The Zoo has installed hand sanitizing stations. But still encourages guests to bring their own hand sanitizer for their visit for convenience and safety reasons.
• Please consider bringing your own water and food. Wynn’s Café (near the main entrance) will be open for cold beverages only. Water fountains will not be available. But guests will have access to and be able to use the Zoo’s water bottle fill-up stations.
• If you are sick or running a fever on the day of your scheduled visit, the Zoo asks that you postpone your visit for another day. Simply contact the Zoo to re-schedule to another date and time.