Ride and guide

Ride-and-a-Guide: Learn and Enjoy in a Golf Cart Ride Family Activity

Tour the Zoo with a professional guide! The North Carolina Zoo Society now offers "Ride-and-a-Guide" programs for small groups wishing to visit the Zoo in the company of a Society professional. These ride and guide programs allow guests to make the most of their Zoo experiences. Zoo Society members receive a $50 discount on all tours. Ride-and-a-Guide tours must be booked in advance.

Available year-round from Monday through Friday, our Ride-and-a-Guide features a golf-cart ride led by a professional guide. If you’re interested in booking family activities and adventures, while also learning about exotic animals, our Ride-and-a-Guide Tours are perfect for you.

1.5-Hour Tour 2-Hour Tour 3-Hour Tour Meet & Greet Tour Horticulture Tour
Our experienced guide will take
you to see as many animal habitats
as possible during one and a half hours.
And once the tour is over, you can roam
the Zoo on your own.
During this 2-hour tour, you will see
a wide range of animal habitats with
a guide who is knowledgeable about
all species at our Zoo.
Enjoy a 3-hour long visit to our Zoo
where you’ll get to see all of our iconic
animals as well as your personal favorites.
In this 4-hour long tour, you’ll get to meet
one of the stars featured on Nat Geo Wild –
Secrets of the Zoo, North Carolina.
This tour is truly one of the most enjoyable
family activities around town.
Experience all things free in the Zoo in our
*NEW* 2-hour long Horticulture Tour. As part
of our selection of family activities, in this tour
you’ll learn gardening tips from a Horticulture
Cost Cost Cost Cost Cost
Members: $150

Non-members: $165
Members: $200

Non-members: $225
Members: $300

Non-members: $350
Members: $750

Non-members: $800
Members: $200

Non-members: $225

Book a Ride-and-a-Guide Tour

Behind the scenes meet Stan the rhino

VIP Tours: Exclusive Family Activity Experience

Nearly every Saturday, from late March to late October, the North Carolina Zoo Society schedules a few VIP tours that take guests behind-the-scenes and up close and personal with some of the Zoo's most popular animals. We keep these tours small to allow everyone time to talk to the keepers and, in some cases, to feed the animals.

Our VIP tours are one of the most enjoyable family activities available at the Zoo. Discover some of the Zoo's most exotic species as you learn about them.

Book a VIP Tour