Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo

1405 Bernstein Park Drive Monroe, LA 71202
Phone: (318)329-2400
Business Hours: OPEN EVERY DAY 10:00am until 5:00pm (except Christmas, New Year and Thanksgiving)Email: Visit Website Google Map

Who We Are

We are a full zoo with lions, tigers, and bears as well as many other animals from around the world. We have zebra, bison, elk, baboons, gibbons, and many other animals from around the world. We have a large number of birds and a reptile house too! We have about 400 animals of about 200 species. We also have 27 acres of landscaped grounds with many interesting plants, a walk-through greenhouse, and lots for the kids to do including our Zoo Oasis Splash Pad.

Our Mission 

The mission of the Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo is to help people develop a sustainable relationship with nature. In so doing, the Zoo shall provide for the recreation and education of the people, the conservation of wildlife, and the discovery of biological knowledge.

Regular Admission

Children (2 years and under): Free

Children (Ages 3 – 12): $4.50

Adults (Ages 13 – 64): $6.00

Seniors (Ages 65 and up): $4.50

Group Rates - Applies to 10 or more paying customers.

Children (ages 2 – 12): $3.00

Adults (ages 13 – 65): $4.50

Seniors (ages 65 and up): $3.00

Our Hours

Open 7 days a Week from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

(Closed Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and Thanksgiving Day)

Summer Zoo Camp

Come spend a week or more exploring the world and its wildlife at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo.

The adventure begins each day with a light breakfast. We’ll feature daily animal encounters and walks through the zoo. Express yourself with animal-related arts and crafts. Hop on a train and board a boat for a ride among exotic creatures. We’ll have lunch provided by our concessions stand, and we’ll cool off in the ZOOasis splash pad at least twice during the week.

We will be offering age-specific camps from June 3 to Aug. 2 for kiddos 5-13. Each camp will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Early drop-off (after 8 a.m.) and late pickup (until 5 p.m.) are available at an additional cost. T-shirts are included.

Who's Who at the Zoo, June 3rd-7th, Ages 5-7 

Where the Wild Things Are, June 10th-14th, Ages 8-10

Biodiversity, and Our Role, June 17th-21st, Ages 11-13

Love the Boot, June 24th-28th, Ages 5-7

 Mythbusters: July 8th-12th, Ages 8-10

The Hard Work of Fun, July 15th-19st, Ages 11-13

Survival Secrets, July 22nd-26th, Ages 5-7

Medieval Madness, July 29th-August 2nd, Ages 8-10

Cost for camp:  Non-members $200, Members $150

To register please call (318)331-0655 or Register NOW!

Train Ride

Our train runs daily year-round. During the summer months, it begins running at 10:30 a.m. and runs at the top and bottom of the hour. The last ride is at 4 p.m.

During the winter months, it begins running at 11:00 a.m. and runs at the top of the hour. The last ride is at 3 p.m.

Children and Adults (3 and up): $3.00

Children 2 and under Free

Safari Boat Ride

Open Year Round. May run on a limited schedule in the winter months.  Call in advance for the schedule.  

Children and Adults (3 and up): $3.00

Children 2 and under Free

Zoo Oasis

The Zoo Oasis, also known as the Splash Pad, is open during the warmer months of the year. You can cool off with a walk-through or spend the afternoon playing in cool water! The Splash Pad is FREE with a zoo admission fee.

Updated Splash Pad Schedule:

*May 1 through September 30- open every day!

*April & October- open on weekends only!

*November 1 through March 30- CLOSED!

Check out our freshly painted Splash Pad courtesy of the LA Purchase Zoological Society! 

Birthday Party Fun!

Make plans to celebrate your child’s next birthday at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo. It’s the wildest party in town!

Price: Cost for up to 20 people plus a train ride: $150 (Member Price – $135)/$75 Deposit Fee (Member Deposit Fee – $68) There is an additional charge per person fee for any guests over the 20 maximum.

Party Times/Sizes: Birthday parties are available on Saturdays and Sundays ONLY at 10:30-12:00 or 2:00-3:30.


Annual Events

Eggstravaganza | Boo at the Zoo | Jungle Bells | Zoo Summer Camp

For information on how to become involved in raising funds for the upkeep and continued growth of the zoo: Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo.