Plan A Field Trip

Ballyhoo is a Place to Learn!

School-age groups of 10 or more can experience hands-on learning with a field trip at Ballyhoo Zoo! We book field trips Tuesday-Friday. We ask that you book your field trip at least two weeks in advance. Please check out the reservation form or contact us with additional questions.

Please note: We require at least one chaperon per five children. There are no exceptions.


Adults (16+): $10
Seniors (65+)/Students: $9
Children (3-15): $12
Participating Toddlers: $2
Infants: Free


2 Hour Pavilion Rental
Farm Tour
Feed Cup for Each Guest
7 Paid Encounters for All Guests

What to expect

When Booking Your Trip

We ask for two weeks’ notice for field trip reservations to allow us to plan for your group adequately. Please note that we book up months in advance for our busy months of June/July. Please check if your date is available below.

We do not need an exact headcount for your field trip to make your reservation. We only need a rough estimate of the number of guests attending. We require a non-refundable deposit of 1/2 the total amount within one week of booking to hold the date for your field trip.

Please note: We require at least one chaperon per five children. There are no exceptions.

We will call three days before your event to confirm your headcount and send your final payment invoice. We will adjust your final payment based on your updated headcount, and your deposit will be applied to this amount. Field must be paid for in full upon arrival.

The Day Of Your Trip

Our Pavilion is conveniently located by the zoo’s entrance so guests can quickly unload their vehicle. We ask all guests to check in at the front desk, where they will receive a field trip wristband and feed cup. 

We allow guests to bring their own snacks/lunches with them. We have a refrigerator for perishable items for guests to use.

Our pavilion area is 12×30 and has three picnic tables underneath. In addition, we have another seven picnic tables for guests to use if needed with umbrellas. 

Once everyone has arrived, we will have a guided tour of the zoo followed with seven animal encounters. Typically, this takes about 2 hours. 

We do not allow outside treats for the animals, pinatas, noisemakers, confetti cannons, air horns, or alcohol.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of a field trip?

Base Pricing:

Adults (16+): $10
Seniors (65+)/Students: $9
Children: $12

 Toddlers (-2): $2
Infants (-2): Free

Includes admission, feed cup, and 7 paid encounters each.


Feed Cups: $1/Cup

How long are field trips?

We book birthday parties on Tuesday-Friday in 2-hour time slots.

Times: 9 AM – 11 AM | 12 AM – 2 PM

Can I bring my own food?

Yes, you can bring a snack or lunch. We allow our guests an additional 1 hour after their trip to use our picnic area. We have a refrigerator for perishable items for guests to use.

Do I have to make a reservation?

Yes. We have to have a reservations for field trips

What if it rains?

We do close the zoo if it there is a 80% chance or higher to rain. If your trip looks like it is going to get rained out, we will communicate this when we call 3 days prior to your trip. If needed, we can move the date or time to a day it will not rain or still have the trip while the farm is closed. If this does not work for you, you will receive a full refund for the deposit. 

How many adults have to come?

We require 1 adult per 5 children.

Do all the guests have to do the encounters?

No, guests do not have to participate in the encounters if they do not want to. However, you cannot exchange encounter passes to other encounters or other guests. 


Booking Time-Slots

We only allow one group admission, field trip, or birthday party per 2-hour time slot. Please check the calendar here for availability. If the time slot says “busy,” it has already been reserved for that day.

Tuesday – Friday

9 AM – 11 AM
12 PM – 2 PM