Accessibility and Tips

Zoo Boo is a long-standing family tradition at the Detroit Zoo and we want to do what we can to ensure an enjoyable experience for all. Below are a few tips to help you prepare for your Zoo Boo experience.



  • Drop-off and Pick-up: If a member of your party has mobility limitations, there is a drop-off and pick-up up area in front of the main admission gates. Please follow the signs.
  • Wheelchairs and Electric Convenience Vehicles (ECV’s): We recommend that guests bring their own wheelchairs and electric scooters. A limited number of wheelchairs and electric scooters are available for rent at the Chrysler Main Train Station while quantities last. Wheelchairs are $10 and ECV’s are $28.

Mask Policy

  • Face masks are encouraged indoors for the well-being of each other, staff and the animals who call the Detroit Zoo home.

Outdoor Conditions

  • Please come dressed for the weather. Zoo Boo is held in rain or shine.
  • Even though the event is primarily outdoors, masks are required in all indoor locations. We strongly encourage that all guests ages 5 and older were masks in areas where it may be difficult to maintain 6’ distancing or more from other groups.
  • The Zoo Boo trail has been expanded to allow for you to enjoy all 125 acers of the Detroit Zoo
  • Printed maps will not be available. Please download/view the event map below.
  • The Zoo is 125 acres. If you walk all the primary pathways on the main route, it is a 1.7-mile trip. Adding in smaller paths increases your distance.

**Map will be provided soon.

Wagons, Strollers, Segways and Bicycles

  • Guests are welcome to bring their own wagons and strollers.
  • Single and double strollers, wagons, wheelchairs, and Electronic Convenience Vehicles (ECV) are available for rent at the Main Train Station (near the front of the park) and at the Africa Train Station (in the far corner of the park when the train is operating). Rented items cannot be taken on the Tauber Family Railroad.[ Convenience Rental Pricing ]
  • Segways, bicycles, and other self-propelled vehicles are not permitted at the Detroit Zoo.

Special Needs

  • The Detroit Zoological Society is committed to accommodating individuals with diverse backgrounds and learning abilities. We have a strong desire to be autism- and special needs-friendly, and hope all families have an enjoyable experience!
  • Sensory Support:  Zoo Boo contains interaction with sound and live entertainment. You may want to consider bringing these items to support a sensory-friendly experience:
    • Noise-reducing headphones or ear plugs
    • Fidget tools
    • Weighted lap pad


  • All restrooms at the Detroit Zoo are equipped with an accessible stall and baby changing stations.
  • Family restrooms and our Mommy & Me nursing station will be accessible for the entire event.
  • Please download/view our sensory-friendly map of the Zoo Boo trail.

Flu Vaccination Clinic – Onsite During Zoo Boo

Alana’s Foundation

Alana’s Foundation provides influenza education and awareness with a focus on offering convenient and affordable flu vaccination options. In addition, they serve as a resource for families that have experienced the death of a child due to any cause


Alana’s Foundation will be onsite each day at Zoo Boo from 2 pm – 6 pm providing flu shots to guests located in the Tapestry Room in the Wildlife Interpretive Gallery (WIG).

Click the link to register in advance – while it is not necessary, it is recommended.

For questions, please email