Visitor Experiences

Visitor Experiences

Backstage Experiences

Now is your chance to join us backstage and see what it takes to run one of the best zoos in the world! All participants must sign a waiver prior to program. Guests 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a participating adult. Please wear non-slip shoes. Tickets are non-refundable. All Backstage Experience fees include Zoo admission.
 
 

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Contact the Education Department at (402) 738-2092 for more information.

Golf Cart Tour

If you can’t make it around the entire zoo in one day, you’re not alone! Let us take you to some of our most popular exhibits on the far side of the zoo in the comforts of a golf cart. (This tour will include some walking.)

Offered daily May - October.

8:30 – 10:30 a.m. and 1 - 3 p.m.
$50 per person, $35 per member (limit five guests, includes Zoo admission)

 

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Backstage Passes

$50 per person, $35 per member (Limit 15 guests, includes admission)
Ages 8 and up

Aquarium Backstage Pass

Come see and smell our aquarium from the other side of the glass. Witness what it takes to feed the sharks in Shark Reef.
  • 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Wednesday and Saturday

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Kingdom of the Night Backstage Pass

Ever wonder what the swamp exhibit looks like with the lights on? Here’s your chance to face the night with the lights on.
  • 8 – 9 a.m., Tuesday and Thursday

Lied Jungle Backstage Pass

Discover what it takes to care for America's largest indoor rainforest. We will explore behind the scenes and have front row seats to feeding time for more than 300 free-flying bats during this amazing experience.
  • 3 - 4 p.m., Thursday and Saturday

Keeper Experiences

Cost: $125 per person, $110 members (Limit 2 guests, includes admission)
For ages 8 and up
 

Animal Programs Keeper

Experience what it takes to care for the animals who are ambassadors for their species while working side-by-side with the Wild Kingdom Pavilion's keepers.
  • 1 – 4 p.m., 1st and 3rd  Sunday of each month

Interactive Animal Keeper 

The Red Barn Park is the perfect place to do it all! We’ll help prepare diets, clean enclosures and feed the animals as well as assist in creating enrichment items.
  • 1 – 4 p.m., 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month
     

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Animal Encounters

All animal encounters are weather and staff-dependent and their hours change seasonally.

Stingray Beach

Come hand to fin with cownose, Southern and Atlantic stingrays at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium's interactive exhibit Stingray Beach, located up the hill from the Omaha Zoo Railroad's Omaha Depot. Touch, feed and interact with these aquatic creatures as they glide through an 80-foot-long pool. Interpreters will be nearby to answer all of your questions and more.

Hours

Closed for the season

Pricing

  • $4 for non-members
  • $3.16 for Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members (must have membership card and valid photo I.D. present)
  • $2 for school groups
  • Feeding cups are available for $1.50 (limited quantities daily)

All-Day Attractions: $18.95
Offered seasonally. Includes Skyfari, Omaha Zoo Railroad, Tram, Sue's Wildlife Carousel and Stingray Beach. Budgie Encounter and Bird Show not included. All rides operate weather-permitting.

Giraffe Encounter

The Giraffe Encounter is a dedicated area that provides visitors with eye-to-eye viewing and an opportunity to feed the giraffes.

Hours

Closed for the season.

Pricing

$3 to feed

Birds of Flight Show

The Dick and Mary Holland Meadowlark Theater features a Birds of Flight Program highlighting 15 of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s bird species, including Harris hawks, Guinea fowl, red front macaws and blue and gold macaws. All 35 birds participating in the program are fully flighted birds that fly specific paths or demonstrate specific behaviors for the audience.

Hours

Closed for the season

Pricing

$3 for Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members

$4 for non-members

Budgie Encounter

Experience small birds flying overhead or from the palm of your hand at the Budgie Encounter, located inside of Children's Adventure Trails near the North Entrance of the Zoo.

Hours

Closed for the season.

Pricing

$1 per feeding stick

Lemur Walkway

Cross the boardwalk to walk among red ruffed lemurs on Lemur Island, located in front of Expedition Madagascar.

Hours

Closed for the season.

Pricing

Free with an Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium membership or general Zoo admission

African Goat Kraal

Brush and play among African pygmy goats in the African Grasslands. This area also provides viewing of the giraffe and rhino exhibit.

Hours

Closed for the season

Pricing

Free for Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with general Zoo admission

Other Encounters

  • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Touch Tank Opens, Scott Aquarium
  • 10:30 a.m.: Antarctic Penguin Feeding, Scott Aquarium
  • 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Butterfly Guided Tour (Monday - Friday)
  • 11 a.m.: Sea Lion Training (Excluding Wednesdays), Sea Lion Pool
  • 11 a.m.: Shark Feeding (Wednesdays and Saturdays), Scott Aquarium
  • 11:30 a.m.: Animal Discoveries, Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom Pavilion
  • 11:30 a.m.:  Meet a Reptile Keeper (Saturday - Sunday)
  • 1:30 p.m.: Animal Discoveries, Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom Pavilion
  • 2:30 p.m.: Sea Lion Training (Excluding Wednesdays), Sea Lion Pool
  • 3 p.m.: Antarctic Penguin Feeding, Scott Aquarium

All animal encounters are weather and staff-dependent.