Come take flight with us!

Join us in 2014 for a year-long celebration of flight.

2014 is the year of flight at the Toledo Zoo, with cool experiences that bring you closer to everything that flies—from butterflies and birds to reptiles (yes, reptiles!).

Join us for THREE Grand Openings this Summer!

Penguin Beach

Opening May 23, 2014

The Toledo Zoo has been hard at work building Penguin Beach so that visitors can see penguins in a whole new way! Learn more

Flamingo Key

Opening May 23, 2014

Major Sponsor::


Photo by Casey Cook, Toledo Zoo
Don’t miss out on another great exhibit as the Toledo Zoo unveils Flamingo Key.  Watch them grow from fluffy chicks to graceful adults! Learn more

‘Keet Retreat

Opening May 23, 2014

Major Sponsor:


Enter the feathered world of parakeets in this dynamic free-flight exhibit—they’ll even come right up to you for food!

Grand Opening Schedule May 23 – 25, 2014

Grand Opening Weekend is sponsored by

Friday, May 23:


Win a trip on American Airlines to anywhere in the continental U.S., Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean out of Toledo Express Airport! Join us on May 23, 2014 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  for the Grand Opening of the new Flamingo Key Exhibit for your chance to win! #FlaminGoTOL

Make sure to bring your cell phone or digital camera to participate in our photo scavenger hunt.

9:30 am
VIP reception

9:30 am
Toledo School for the Arts (TSA) Glass City Steel, along with performance puppets
(Blade Plaza)

10 am
Zoo opens

10 am - 4 pm
Kids’ sandbox play area
(Main Plaza)

10:15 am
Grand opening ceremony begins – see the penguins walk the red carpet to Penguin Beach!

11 am
Penguin feed
(Penguin Beach)

11 am - 2 pm
Flight-themed crafts & activities
(Main Plaza)

11:30 am
Science of Flight, live bird show
(Indoor Theatre, Museum of Science)

12:30 pm
Children’s animal show
(Fisher-Price Little People Discovery Stage, Nature’s Neighborhood)

1 pm
Cricket-toss bird feed
(Africa walk-thu, Aviary)

1:30 pm
Science of Flight, live bird show
(Indoor Theatre, Museum of Science)

2 pm
Vulture enrichment (vulture exhibit)

2:30 pm
Keeper Tales Animal Show
(Fisher-Price Little People Discovery Stage, Nature’s Neighborhood)

3 pm
Penguin feed
(Penguin Beach)

Spider feed
(Nature’s Neighborhood)

Saturday, May 24 & Sunday, May 25:

All day
Summer feeds and animal demos, details TBD

10 am, 11 am and 12pm
TSA Glass City Steel, along with performance puppets
(Blade Plaza)

10 am – 4 pm
Kids sandbox play area
(Main Plaza)

10:15 am
Cassowary enrichment
(near Aviary)

10:30 am
Fish toss to sea ducks
(waterfowl pond)

10:30 am
Cockatiel care & enrichment talk
(Nature’s Neighborhood Kitchen)

10:30am – 3:30pm
Flight-themed crafts & activities
(Main Plaza)

11 am
Penguin feed
(Penguin Beach)

11:30 am
Science of Flight, live bird show
(Indoor Theatre, Museum of Science)

12:30 pm
Children’s animal show
(Fisher-Price Little People Discovery Stage, Nature’s Neighborhood)

1 pm
Cricket-toss bird feed
(Africa Walk-thru, Aviary)

1:30 pm
Science of Flight, live bird show
(Indoor Theatre, Museum of Science)

2 pm
Vulture enrichment
(vulture exhibit)

2:30 pm
Keeper Tales
(Fisher-Price Little People Discovery Stage, Nature’s Neighborhood)

3 pm

Penguin feed
(Penguin Beach)

Spider feed
(Nature’s Neighborhood)

Flying Reptiles

Visit the Reptile House

See live animals whose ancestors ruled the sky – long before birds existed, and marvel at life-size replicas of the heads of those ancient animals displayed in the historic Reptile House. Learn more