We are now offering daytime Zoofari Drive Thru tours on Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. The zoo will not be open as a walk through on Mondays and Wednesdays during September.
We are open as a walk through on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
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Experience a whole new adventure at Southwick’s Zoo with our Zoofari Drive Thru!
Information is subject to change. Please check back for updates. Please read all information below before purchasing your drive thru ticket.
Guests can enjoy a self guided tour of our 200 acre zoo from the comfort and safety of their vehicle! This is a great option for those looking for a reduced contact way to visit our zoo this year.
Reminder: All rides, attractions, shows, retail (excluding the Purple Peacock Gift Shop), and food venues (excluding Galliford’s Restaurant & Tavern) are CLOSED on Drive Thru days.
Drive Thru Hours & Admission Information
September Drive Thru Dates:
Mondays: 9/14, 9/21, & 9/28
Wednesdays: 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, & 9/30
Drive Thru Entry Times: 11:00 am, 12:15 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:45 pm, 3:15 pm, 4:00 pm
Drive Thru admission must be purchased online in advance.
Each tour time has limited availability. We strongly recommend arriving 30 minutes BEFORE your selected tour time.
Notice: You must arrive at the zoo parking lot and check-in within 15 minutes of your selected entry time to be guaranteed entry. Last entry for the 4:00 pm tour time will be 4:30 pm. Please also note that we cannot guarantee that your tour will begin exactly at your selected entry time as it will depend on your placement in line and the volume of cars. For example, if you select 11:00 am, expect to enter the zoo and begin your drive thru between 11:00 am and 11:30 am.
Drive thru admission is only available per car and not per person.
Zoo tickets, coupons, EARTH Memberships, and discounts cannot be applied to the cost of Drive Thru admission.
Drive Thru admission must be purchased online in advance. Each tour time has limited availability.
Plan to arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled time with your ticket printed and on hand. If you plan on using the audio tour, we strongly recommend dowloading it BEFORE you leave home since we do not have public wifi in the zoo. Click here to jump to the audio tour section.
When You arrive:
All drive thru guests must enter the parking lot through the lot entrance on Vineyard Street side of the parking lot. Enter the address 46 Vineyard St, Millville, MA 01529 into your GPS to be directed to the correct entrance. Look for the ENTER HERE sign with giraffes.
Safety Rules and Guidelines
All guests entering Southwick’s Zoo are doing so at their own risk. Southwick’s Zoo will not be held responsible for injuries or damage to vehicles. Please review all rules before purchasing your ticket.
Please remember that our zoo is located on a hill, so some pathways are somewhat steep. Not all pathways along the route are paved, and some sections such as the Deer Forest and Elk Forest have natural terrain and may be bumpy.
No oversized vehicles. Large commercial vehicles, motorcycles, open side vehicles, and recreational devices (bicycles, scooters, skateboards, etc) are not permitted. Yes, minivans and pickup trucks are allowed! For safety reasons, roofs must be left on Jeeps and convertibles, and visitors cannot ride in the bed of pickup trucks.
For the safety of guests, staff, and the animals, guests must not exceed a maximum speed of 3 mph.
Keep one car length between vehicles. DO NOT try to pass other vehicles.
Guests must follow the lead car at all times. Do not leave the designated path.
Keep noise to a minimum. Do not honk or play loud music. Please be respectful of the animals and other guests.
Do not drive distracted. Stay aware of your surroundings and keep a safe distance between the you and the vehicle ahead of you.
Guests are not allowed to exit their vehicle during the duration of the tour. All tailgates, doors, and hatchbacks must remain closed at all times
Do not litter. Please do not throw any objects out of your vehicle’s window. Guests are not allowed to throw food to the animals.
Smoking and alcohol are not permitted within the zoo.
No pets in vehicles. Drive thru guest cannot bring pets for drive thru tours.
Frequently Asked Questions
What time should I arrive?
Please arrive at least 30 minutes before you selected tour time. Please be aware that you must arrive and check in within 15 minutes of your selected tour time. If you arrive and check in more than 15 minutes past your selected time, we cannot guarantee that you will be allowed entry.
How long is the Drive Thru?
Each drive thru tour will last approximately 45 minutes.
Is the zoo fully paved?
Please be aware that not all paths in the zoo are paved, so some sections may be bumpy. We are also located on a hill, so some pathways on the drive thru route are somewhat steep.
Can we stop and get out of our car?
Once the tour starts, guests cannot get out of their vehicles. Guests must remain seated and car doors must remain closed at all times when inside the zoo. You may open your windows.
Do I need to wear a face mask?
Drive thru tour visitors do not need to wear a mask since they remain in their vehicles. However, we ask that guests wear a mask during any interactions with zoo employees such as during check-in.
Will restrooms be open?
A port a john will be located next to the waiting area. However, guests are not permitted to leave their vehicle while in the zoo, and restrooms within the zoo will not be open during drive thru tours. Tours last about 45 minutes, so please plan accordingly.
Will there be food available to purchase?
Concessions (cash preferred) will be available while you wait for your tour to start selling water, snacks, ice cream novelties, popcorn, and cotton candy (prices range from $3-$5). Wait times will vary depending on volume and speed of cars in front of you.
Galliford’s Restaurant & Tavern will also be open. Drive Thru guests are welcome to place on order (online or by phone) to pick-up after their tour. Learn more at www.gallifords.com.
What animals will I see?
Please view the Drive Thru Map to see which habitats are on the route. Please remember that some animals may choose to go indoors and off exhibit. We cannot guarantee what animals will be outside and visible at any given time.
Can I bring my pets?
Pets are not allowed into the zoo, so they CANNOT be brought to Zoofari Drive Thru tours. The only exception is service animals.
What happens if it rains?
Drive thru tours are rain or shine.
Do EARTH Members get a discount?
There is not an EARTH Member discount for Zoofari Drive Thru tours.
Does the roof have to be on my Jeep or Convertible?
Yes, for safety reasons, Jeep and convertible roofs must be kept on during the tours.
Are the animals free roaming? Do they approach visitor’s vehicles?
All animals remain in their habitats. The only sections with free roaming species are the Deer Forest and Elk Forest. Please note that the deer and elk do not approach vehicles and remain a safe distance away.
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NEW: Looking for a transcript of the audio tour to print? Click here to download!
We recommend downloading the following tracks to play during your tour BEFORE you leave for the zoo.
If you plan on streaming the audio, please be aware that we do not have public wifi through the zoo, so you will need to use data. Please also keep in mind that, due to our location, we do not always have strong cell service.
If you have a SoundCloud account, you can also download the tracks HERE.