Both zoos will have measures in place for safety and crowd control, like timed tickets and closed indoor areas.
The Dallas Zoo will reopen to the public starting May 29 with safety modifications that aim to keep attendance at safe numbers. New guidelines, outlined in a Dallas Zoo press release distributed on Tuesday, include advance purchase only of timed tickets and parking. Protective face coverings will be required for any visitor 2 years old and older.
Indoor areas, except for restrooms, will be closed, and some walkways will become one-way. The carousel, mini train and monorail are among the attractions that will not be in operation. Snack bars and walk-up food stalls will be open, and hand-sanitizing stations will be scattered throughout the park.
Designated seniors-only hours will be offered to visitors ages 65 and older on Tuesdays from 8 to 10 a.m.
To purchase tickets to the Dallas Zoo, up to one week in advance, go to dallaszoo.com.
The Fort Worth Zoo will also reopen to the public on May 29 with new measures.
“We’re excited to welcome families back to the zoo, to give them the opportunity to get outside and reconnect with wildlife,” said Michael Fouraker, the zoo’s executive director.
To help control the flow of people in the park, patrons must make a reservation online before visiting. Ticket purchases can be made online up to 72 hours in advance. Customers can print their reservations or have them scanned on mobile devices. Early or late arrivals will not be allowed in.
The zoo is also taking other measures to keep everyone safe. Indoor exhibits are temporarily closed, and restaurant and merchandise locations are operating at 25% capacity. Water fountains are closed. There are more hand-washing stations throughout the park, and a designated “Clean Team” is constantly cleaning hard and frequently-touched surfaces. Social distancing will be in effect at the park, and the zoo strongly encourages guests to wear masks while visiting.
Interactive experiences like giraffe feeding and the Toyota Children’s Ranch are all open. Staff will monitor crowds and limit attendance if necessary.
The zoo will be open with extended summer hours on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Reservations can be made starting May 23 at fortworthzoo.org/safe-start.