Admissions & Directions


Potter Park Zoo is temporarily closed to the public until further notice. Read the most recent updates on our blog.



Potter Park Zoo is located along the Red Cedar River in Lansing, Michigan. The entrance to the Zoo is located ½ mile south of the I-496 Freeway. Take the Pennsylvania Avenue Exit #7, south to the Zoo entrance, on the east side of the road.

Please Note: Expect construction and closures on 1-496 from April through November 2020. Click here to see the recommended detour route. 


Address: 1301 S Pennsylvania Ave, Lansing, MI 48912

To view customized direction click the marker and enter your starting address.

Current Rates & Hours

Open 364 Days of the Year

Hours: November 1 through March 31

10 a.m to 4 p.m.


Admission: November – March

  • All Adults – $4.00

  • All Children (ages 3-12) – $3.00

  • All Children Under 3 – FREE

*City of Lansing and Ingham County Residents are admitted on non-holiday Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon for FREE.



*Resident – $3.00
Non-Resident – $5.00
Resident Annual Pass – $32.00
Non-Resident Annual Pass – $42.00
School Bus – FREE

Resident and Non-Resident Annual Parking Passes cover vehicle entrance for Ingham County Parks such as Potter Park, Burchfield Park, Hawk Island, Lake Lansing Park-North, and Lake Lansing Park-Sout through December 31 of the year purchased. Please visit the Ingham County website for more information on Ingham County parks.

* Resident refers to anyone living in Ingham County
* Oversize vehicle rates same as all other vehicles

Today’s Attractions

Are Train Rides, Pony Rides, Bungee Jump and Farmyard Edventures contact area open? Visit our Today’s Attraction page for up to date information on what’s happening at the zoo during your visit!

Getting Around – Rentals*

  • Strollers – $5 per day
  • Double Strollers – $10 per day
  • Electric Cart** – First Hour $4 / Additional Hours $2 (Not available Nov. 1 – March 31)
  • Wheelchairs – FREE


* Please bring valid identification because it is required for all rentals
* A refundable $20 deposit is required for electric cart rentals
** Weather permitting (limited use in cold and wet weather) 

Please call to reserve an electric cart and check on wheelchair availability – 517-342-2765

What Can You Bring into the Zoo?

We allow zoo visitors to bring their own strollers, wagons, and coolers into the zoo. We ask that anything you bring in leaves with you or goes in a trash or recycling can.

Please remember that we do not allow plastic straws or balloons on zoo grounds for the safety of our animals. Trollies, scooters, roller blades, skateboards and bikes are not allowed on zoo grounds for the safety of all our guests.

*Only service animals are allowed on zoo grounds.

Visiting from an AZA Reciprocal Zoo or Aquarium?

AZA Reciprocal Admission to Potter Park Zoo includes discounted admission for up to two adults (as named on the visiting member(s) card), and, if it is a Family Membership, up to two children under 18.  Children under 3 are free. Reciprocal benefits apply to admission only and do not include additional guest or caregiver privileges, extra discounts, benefits, parking, special events, etc. that may be offered at your home zoo.

****Reciprocal zoo memberships do not allow access to special events

2020 AZA Reciprocal List

Accommodations for Nursing Mothers 

Potter Park Zoo cares about nursing/breastfeeding mothers and we will ensure clean, comfortable, private accommodations are provided. Those needing a secure space for nursing or pumping can do so in the Discovery Center. The Discovery Center is the building on the right once you enter the zoo. Inside the building is a quiet area/ nursing room that can be used. The room is located to the right of our Safari Room.