Are you looking for something fun to do during a downpour, or did a Florida rain shower surprise you during your visit to the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society? No problem, the Zoo is a great place to explore, rain or shine. Many of our animals are at their most active when it's wet and rainy, plus we offer many locations where you can stay dry. Jump into our interactive fountain and join the fun, or escape the weather in the covered areas listed below to dry off, cool down, and visit the animals!
The Florida Pioneer House captures a great deal of history, as it is modeled after an elongated single-pen house much like ones the early pioneers would have lived in. Many years ago, Florida was an inhospitable environment full of hazards such as swamps, snakes, and mosquitos. The early pioneers had to create homes to protect themselves from these hazards, and sometimes they even lived among bears, panthers, and alligators. If you visit the Pioneer House at the Zoo now, you will be able to experience a little bit of how the pioneers lived, and even observe the Florida panther and other common Florida wildlife from the protection of the Pioneer House.
Our closed-in Reptile House provides the perfect place to observe lizards, geckos, and turtles! The habitats replicate some of the various swamp environments that these reptiles naturally live in. Inside the Reptile House, you will learn many interesting facts about both the animals and their habitats.
Amazon Marketplace & Wild Things Gift Shop
If you are looking for a new umbrella during your rainy day Zoo adventures, the Amazon Marketplace or the Wild Things Shop are the perfect places to stay dry as you decide which animal shape is your favorite! Both gift shops are also filled with unique animal-themed toys, clothing, books, and more. Exploring all of the “zoo-venirs” that we offer will give you plenty of time to dry off or cool off during your visit!
Tropics Café & Deck Overlooking Baker Lake
The Tropics Café offers the perfect place to sit and relax indoors while enjoying a full-service dining experience. The Amazon Basin theme fits in perfectly with the rest of your Zoo experience! If you’re looking for a lighter snack, then the Tropics concession right outside on the covered patio is the place to be. Enjoy cold drinks, ice-cream treats, hot dogs and more! The fully-covered seating deck provides beautiful scenery as you overlook Baker Lake.
The enclosed habitat of the Zoo’s Burmese python, Mahatma, allows you to observe the giant python while staying dry! Burmese pythons can be found in northeastern India and throughout China. They grow to be very large and the size of the mammals they eat must grow along with them.
The North American black bear brothers at the Zoo appear very black, but in other parts of the country, black bears can appear brown and even whitish grey! Black bears have a keen sense of smell and often stand on their hind legs to sniff the air in order to detect food or danger. Lewis and Clark are also good swimmers and enjoy wading in the water. You can watch their playful antics from the protection of a covered exhibit.
Our adorable Queensland koala, Oz, is specialized for living in the trees, where you will normally find him hanging out and snoozing during the day. Koalas are nocturnal, which means most of their day is spent sleeping. You can watch Oz move around, or observe him sleeping during rain showers from underneath an overhang.
Inside of this dark cave, you will find a couple of unique animals that you may have never heard of before. These animals make their homes in dark, cave-like environments. You will see an axolotl, which is a type of salamander characterized by the presence of larval features throughout the whole lifetime. You can also see blind cave fish, which live in very dark places since they have no eyes and rely on vibrations and smell.
The Tulé Tree in the Harriet W. & George D. Cornell Tropics of the Americas section of the Zoo allows you to walk through a Montezuma cypress tree. It provides a covered area to view the jaguars while replicating one of the widest trees in the world located in Oaxaca, Mexico. The original tree is between 2,500-3,000 years old and reaches 135’ high and 139’ wide!
The Marilyn and Donald Beuttenmuller Asian Aviary provides a place for you to observe birds close up and watch as the birds create nests! Under the covered roof, you can even find and identify many different types of birds by looking at pictures on the signs.
Jump out of the rain and onto your favorite animal for a ride around the Wildlife Carousel, located in our Conservation Station! The Carousel runs every day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You can ride one time for $3 or double the fun for $5.
This enclosed Mayan structure is home to a remarkable collection of species, including snakes and tree frogs, as well as the only mammal capable of sustained flight: bats! Insect-eating bats help us reduce the number of insects in the environment, lowering the number of mosquito bites we get.
Come inside the Komodo dragon exhibit and visit Hanna and Satu! The Komodo dragon is the world’s largest lizard. They can grow up to be 10’ long and 200 pounds.
White American Alligator
Party with Mardi, the Zoo’s white American Alligator! Mardi is just like the other American alligators, but a genetic mutation called leucism makes him very unique. He has white skin and blue eyes, and he has to remain under a shade to protect his delicate skin. That shade will keep you dry during rain showers!
The ancient Mayans were great builders and agriculturists. They built most of their buildings without tools, just with water, rock, and sand! The Mayan hut displays a thatched hut much like the homes of many Mayans.
The Malayan tiger exhibit provides partial covering to help keep you dry as you observe the tigers, Berapi and Mata. Stop by at 3 p.m. any day of the week for a special Tiger Talk with one of the zookeepers!