Tours

Guided Zoo Tour

This 90 minute guided tour will be a great complement to your visit through our Zoo. During your tour you will learn about our animals, their habitats and conservation. Behind the scene options are not included with this tour. Tours are offered at 10:30 a.m. daily.
Guided Zoo Tour $20 per person
Free for children 2 years old and younger with a paid adult 
**Minimum of $50.

To insure availability, reserving your tour now is highly recommended.

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Animal Encounter


Off season our Animal Encounter Tours are limited.
Please call 609-465-6832 or email education@cmczoo.com to inquire about available Encounters.

Did you ever wish to be toe to toe with a Giraffe? Want to be kissed by a camel, or give a treat to a parrot? Our Animal Encounters provide guests with a one of a kind experience. Come monkey around with our zookeepers and learn about our amazing animals during this up-close experience.

Choose one of the five unique types of adventures that are available.

Giraffe Encounter - Come join us behind the scenes to experience an up close interaction of one of the world’s most gentle giants. See them wrap their tongues around leafy greens while you learn about their natural behaviors and how we care for them daily. This tour is offered, with advanced reservations, every day at 2:00 pm, weather permitting.

Reptile Encounter - On this encounter you will get an up close view of one of the world’s longest living animals, the Aldabra Tortoise. After meeting with our resident tortoises. You’ll be able to visit with our American Alligator, Ike. Experiences our reptiles as your learn about their natural behaviors and how we care for them daily. This tour is offered, with advanced reservations, Wednesdays through Sundays at 11:30 am.

Howler Encounter - Come meet our troop of Howler Monkeys up-close and personal. On this encounter guests will be able to watch a training session between them and their keeper. In addition you will learn interesting information about our Howlers and be able to ask their keeper questions. On this tour you will also be able to see their new indoor habitat. This tour must be scheduled at least ten days in advance.
DUE TO CONSTRUCTION THIS TOUR IS NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.

Camel Encounter - Our camels are awaiting your arrival! Step behind the scenes with our expert camel keeper and learn about the amazing adaptions camels have to survive. You will have the opportunity to get up-close with both our Bactrian and Dromedary camels. This tour is offered, with advanced reservations, every day at 2:00 pm.

Aviary Encounter – Step off the beaten path and into our World of Birds. On this tour you’ll have the opportunity to feed some crunchy bugs to the residents of the Aviary. Your group will also be able to meet our flock of flamingos, as well as some of the colorful parrots. This tour is offered with advanced reservations, Sunday through Wednesday at 2:00 pm.

Maximum of ten people per tour
$35 per person 12 years old and older
$30 per person 5 -11 years old

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Behind the Scenes Tour

Have you ever wondered how our Zoo feeds its 500 plus animals in our care? This behind the scenes tour offers visitors a view into areas unseen by the public. During this tour you will get to visit the Diet Building, where we prepare all our animals’ daily diets. This tour will also take you behind the scenes at our Reptile House, where you will be able to see what it is like for our keepers to care for over 85 species of reptiles and amphibians. This tour has no direct interaction with any zoo animals, however, you will get to experience a whole new side of the Cape May County Park & Zoo.

(please see tour guideline below)

Behind the Scenes: Reptile House & Diet Building Tour
Maximum of ten people per tour
$30 per person 12 years old and older
$25 per person 5 -11 years old

Tour Rules and Regulations:



  • All animal encounters must be scheduled at least three days in advance, with the exception of our Howler encounter. The Howler Encounter must be scheduled ten days in advance.
  • Due to the unpredictability of animals, tour experiences may vary. All participants must abide by staff instructions at all times.
  • Each tour has a minimum of 2 people. We can not give a tour for 1 person.
  • For safety reasons, children must be accompanied by an adult. Children must be 5 years or older to join the animal encounter and behind the scene tour.
  • All tours are walking tours. No transportation is provided.
  • Tours are not guaranteed to be private, unless your group fills the maximum capacity.
  • The Cape May County Park & Zoo reserves the right to cancel any tour due to unforeseen circumstances. The Zoo will contact you to reschedule your tour.
  • Tours & Animal Encounters are non-refundable; however, if it becomes necessary to reschedule your tour for another date, you may do so by calling at least 48 hours before the tour without incurring any additional charges. Tours cancelled with less than 48 hours’ notice will have 30 days to reschedule. No refunds or rescheduling opportunities will be given for no call/no shows.
  • Other times may be available if scheduled through the Education Department in advance.
  • To insure availability, reserving your tour early is highly recommended.

School Groups

Enhance your school field trip or group visit with an action packed, education filled, guided Zoo Tour from one of our Education Staff. If you are coming to visit the Zoo with a group of 30 or more this is an economical way to have one of our experienced Zoo Education Team guide you. During your tour you will learn interesting facts about the animals under our care here and in the wild as well as fascinating stories about some of our favorite individual animals. With proper advance notice we can fine tune your visit and zoological lesson to your class needs. Interactive stops with “biofacts” will be incorporated along your tour, geared for your age group, to further improve your learning experience. There are no behind the scene options with this tour.

  • Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten
    20 students maximum with 5 adults - $150
    Additional Adult or Child $5.00 each, but may be broken up into two groups
  • 1st through 5th Grades
    25 students maximum with 5 adults - $200
    Additional Adult or Child $5.00 each, but may be broken up into two groups
  • 6th through 12th Grades
    30 students maximum with 5 adults - $250
    Additional Adult or Child $5.00 each, but may be broken up into two groups
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If you wish to book a tour in less than a week in advance you will need to call
the Education Department to see if there is staff available to give your tour. 
Please call (609) 465-6832 for more information and to check on available dates.