Sensory-Friendly

Sensory-Friendly

Roger Williams Park Zoo offers many accomodations for visitors with cognitive disabilities to help guests fully enjoy their Zoo experience. The Zoo has recently partnered with Kulture City to allow guests with autism and other sensory-processing disorders get better resources and support as they experience all the zoo has to offer.  

If you have any questions about other accommodations you may need for your visit, please contact our admissions department at 401-941-4998.

Services for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities
Advance Ticket Purchase

To avoid the possibility of waiting in line at the Zoo's front entrance, we recommend obtaining your tickets in advance. Tickets —including Memberships —can be purchased online or by calling (407) 785-3510.

Stoller and Wheelchair Rental

Wheelchairs and strollers are available at the rental kiosk located at the main entrance. One and two seat strollers are available on a first-come, first-served basis for $5 (single stroller) and $7 (double stroller). Manual wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis for $5.

An EZ Cart automated wheelchair is also available for rental by reservation. Please contact the Admissions Department at (401) 785-3510 x316 at least 48 hours in advance of your visit to reserve the EZ Cart. The rental fee is $25.The Zoo covers 40 acres, and the path through Zoo grounds is a bit over one mile long. The average length of stay is three hours. Should you require a wheelchair to enjoy the Zoo, they are available at the rental kiosk located at the main entrance on a first-come, first-served basis.

Quiet Zones

Quiet zones are designated areas where guests can sit and regroup away from bustling crowds or stimulants.  Quiet zones are located at the entrance of the Wetlands Trail (across from the Muntjac exhibit; along the Marco Polo Trail Trek (steps away from the moon bear exhibit); and indoors at the EMT room of the Sophie Danforth Administrative Building (across from the Alex & Ani Farmyard).

Sensory-Friendly Bags

Sensory bags are available and lended to visitors free of charge - simply ask front gate admissions staff when you arrive. Each bag is filled with fidget toys, emotional cue cards, noise-cancelling headphones and other useful toys. These bags are available at both Roger Williams Park Zoo and Carousel Village. 

Sensory-Friendly Days
Rise & Play: Sensory-Friendly Mornings in our Big Backyard

Join us for an hour of nature play before the zoo opens: designed for families who have a child with sensory sensitivities, come and play in Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard from 9 to 10 a.m. Build mud pies, watch boats float downstream and climb high in a tree-house. Limited to 70 participants, this hour will allow you and your family to spend time playing in nature, in a smaller group of guests.

Try something new:Imagination playground, a large-scale building toy, will be available for guests to use during this time. This amazing play material allows you to create tall towers, build ramps and create cities, all at your own pace.

The Nature Swap room will be available with books and carpet squares for families who need a quiet space during the event.

Dates: 

  • Tuesday, May 7, 2019
  • Saturday, May 18, 2019
  • Tuesday, June 4, 2019
  • Saturday, June 15. 2019

Time: 9:00 - 10:00 am

Pricing: Regular Zoo admission ($12.95/child; $15.95/senior; $17.95/adult); Free for RWPZoo members

Please note: Rise & Play is free for Roger Williams Park Zoo members, but you must log into your account and pre-register!

Click HERE to Register NOW

Sensory Friendly Days at Carousel Village

Carousel Village offers Sensory-Friendly Days. We invite those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences to explore and enjoy Carousel Village.

For maximum comfort, there will be no music or indoor lights. The Carousel, bounce house and playground will be open to the public, as well as train and pony rides (weather permitting).

Dates: TBD

Time: 12:00 - 6:00 pm

Please Note: Standard activity pricing applies.