Tours

Let Us Take You on a Walk through the Zoo!

We offer many tour experiences with either staff or trained volunteer guides. All tours include elements of behind-the-scenes animal encounters, combined with natural history and conservation information provided by the guide.

Special Adult Tour Event: Learn about our Birds, Bee & Wine! adult tour on Saturday, August 9th from 8pm to 10pm. This is a 21 and over tour, advance ticket purchase required. The zoo will close early on this day and the shuttle will stop early, so please visit the event page for additional details.

Tour Options

Age categories for all tours: Children and students are considered ages 3 to 17. Adults are considered age 18 and older.

Please note that annual passes cannot be applied to tour rates as they are necessary to cover staff time, volunteer training and tour preparation.

Guided Encounters (students and education groups only)

  • Note: The price for this tour option increased effective on May 23, 2014. If you scheduled a Guided Encounter with us before May 23, your original price applies.
  • Audience:  Students and education groups, grade 3 and older
  • Tour package:  1.5 hours, with one behind-the-scenes encounter at our polar bear habitat
  • Tour fee:  $12 per student, $15 per adult (includes zoo admission and tour)
  • Payment:  At admissions on the day of the tour
  • Schedule:  Must schedule in advance with education staff
  • Contact:  Education Office, outreach@alaskazoo.org

Alaska Zoo Tours (families and visitor groups only)

  • Audience:  Visitor groups, families, mixed ages
  • Tour package:  1.5 hours, with one behind-the-scenes encounter at our polar bear habitat.
  • Tour fee:  $15 per child, $20 per adult (includes zoo admission and tour)
  • Payment:  At admissions on the day of the tour
  • Schedule:  Must schedule in advance with education staff
  • Contact:  Education Office, outreach@alaskazoo.org

Discovery Tours (summer only, daily and open to all, no reservations, pay on tour day at admissions)

  • Audience:  Walk-in visitors, tourists, local residents, mixed ages
  • Tour package:  2 hours, with behind-the-scenes encounters at our polar bear and Amur tiger habitats.
  • Tour fee:  $20 per child, $28 per adult (includes zoo admission and tour)
  • Payment:  At admissions on the day of the tour
  • Schedule:  12:15pm to 2:15pm daily, no advance scheduling, open to all visitors 7 days a week during summer season, available daily from May 26, 2014 through Labor Day

Private Tours

  • Audience:  Small groups, mixed age, limited to 6 participants or fewer
  • Tour package:  2+ hours, multiple behind-the-scenes encounters throughout the zoo, may be conducted outside of open zoo hours, guide is Zoo Director Patrick Lampi who will share personal stories and animal information.
  • Tour fee:  Minimum $250 donation per group (includes zoo admission and tour)
  • Payment:  Payment should be arranged with guide before the day of the tour
  • Schedule:  Must schedule in advance with Zoo Director
  • Contact:  Zoo Director (Pat Lampi), Main Office, (907) 346-2133, plampi@alaskazoo.org

If you have questions about the different tour packages listed above, please contact Stephanie Hartman (Education Director) at slhartman@alaskazoo.org for more information.