Guests with Disabilities
Southwick’s Zoo is ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant, and currently meets all state and federal standards. However, the zoo property is located on very hilly terrain and not all pathways are paved, which may make it difficult for some visitors to get around the zoo. Therefore, we advise ALL visitors to use caution while moving throughout the zoo. To help guide our visitors who may find it difficult to navigate the hilly terrain, we are currently working on updating our zoo maps to highlight the easiest route to take; please check back soon for this map. For now, please refer to the following information:
-The zoo map looks flat, but the zoo is on a hill with 3 levels – 1) Upper Level where you begin at the main entrance, 2) Middle Level where Zebra Café and EARTH Discovery Center are located, and 3) Lower Level where lions, tigers, show arena, and train station are located.
-It is easier to navigate by STARTING WITH THE LOWER LEVEL (this way guests will not get “stranded” on the lower level after a full day of activity) by leaving the main entrance and slowly making your way straight down the hill past Zebra Café towards the show arena and rhino habitat.
-To reach the middle level from the lower level, we suggest going by way of the train station and chimpanzees to access the middle level. This is an easier incline to manage.
-To reach the upper level, we suggest going through Deer Forest from the chimpanzees towards the giraffe habitat. We do NOT recommend going up the Playground Hill or the Camel/Rainforest Maze Hill, as these are steep and difficult to manage.
-Please go SLOW and use extra caution if in a wheelchair.
-Please watch for uneven pavement and use caution on the transition from pavement to hard dirt.