Roger Williams Park Zoo
Providence, RI 02907
Roger Williams Park Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the United States and carries more than 100 species of rare animals.
The “Fabric of Africa” exhibit lets you watch giraffes and elephants. You’ll also spot zebras, wildebeests, wild dogs, and aoudads (sheep). Informative displays tell how Africa’s people and animals are interconnected.
Yankee Magazine April 2010
Roger Williams Park Zoo is the third-oldest zoo in the country, dating back to 1872. The 40-acre zoo is separated into areas that highlight some of the world’s continents, with animals such as the arctic fox from North America and the Parma wallaby from Australia. An entire exhibit is dedicated to the African island of Madagascar, with a focus on lemurs.
Yankee Magazine July 2009
Located within Roger Williams Park, the 100-plus-year-old Museum of Natural History and Planetarium (401-785-9457; Elmwood Ave.) is often an overlooked cornucopia of mostly state-related treasures. Roaming the cases feels like you’re poking around a Victorian naturalist’s attic–fascinating preserved flora and fauna as well as thousands of artifacts–with no crowds. The grand array of Native American beadwork is a dazzler. Rhode Island’s only public planetarium offers weekly stargazing shows. Open daily 10-5. Museum admission $2, ages 2-7 $1; planetarium and museum $3, ages 5-8 $2, 4 and under not admitted. Roger Williams Park Zoo, (401-785-3510; 1000 Elmwood Ave.) has been designated one of the top 10 zoos in the country.
Yankee Magazine April 2004
Rhode Island is proud of these 422 verdant acres of Victorian landscape design. Here you’ll find the Roger Williams Park Zoo (401-785-3510, 1000 Elmwood Ave.), third oldest in the country; The Roger Williams Museum of Natural History (401-785-9450, Elmwood Ave.), stockpiled with ancient mollusks and mammals; and the recently restored Cormak Planetarium (401-785-9450, Elmwood Ave.). Plus miniature golf, paddleboats, and–for gardeners–tours of the rose beds and greenhouses. Kids will like the Carousel Village and the flying horses with their heads in the air.
Yankee Magazine April 2003
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