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1045 W 25th St
Merced, CA, 95340
United States

(209) 725 3337

The Applegate Park Zoo website is operated by the Merced Zoological Society.

Plan Your Visit


The Applegate Park Zoo is located at 1045 W. 25th Street, Merced, CA 95340

Hours of operation

The zoo is open seven days per week, except in very inclement weather.
Spring-Fall Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 10 - Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019  

Winter Hours: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019 - Saturday, March 7, 2020. 

The zoo will be CLOSED FOR CONSTRUCTION the following dates in July, 2019, as the low barrier fence is replaced:

  • from noon to 5pm on Monday, July 1

  • all day Friday, July 5

  • all day Saturday, July 6

  • (The Rossotti will be open 10-12 on July 6 for the Natureplay: Animals up Close event.)

Other than closing briefly for new construction, the zoo is closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day!


Under 5              Free
Ages 5-15           $2.00
Ages 16-61         $3.00
Ages 62+            $1.50

Gift Shop Number: 
(209) 725-3337
Zookeeper Office Number:
(209) 385-6840


Zoo Activities


Docent Tours

 These are on hiatus until the next set of student docents can be trained in the fall.


Gift shop

The Merced Zoological Society operates a gift shop that specializes in inexpensive, animal-themed items for the whole family, educational toys, books, and gifts.  All proceeds help support the zoo’s operations.

kiddie corral

The Petting Zoo dedicated for our younger crowd. For an additional $1.00, guests can have a hands-on, close encounter with our smaller, kid-friendly animals, most weekends. Kiddie Corral is volunteer run, and is only open when volunteers are available. If you would like to volunteer, please stop by the zoo office and contact a zookeeper.


Zoo Membership

Zoo memberships can be purchased for a yearly fee of $35 at the gift shop.

Memberships include:

  • Free entry to zoo

  • 10% off all items in gift shop

  • *May allow you free or discounted admission to other zoos around the country.




The Rossotti Ed-Zoo-Cation Center is available for rent for birthday parties! for more information please contact the gift shop at (209) 725-3337.