Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

October 5th - November 5th, 2017

An Annual Tradition with Thousands of Locally Grown Pumpkins!

The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular runs Thursday, October 5th - Sunday, November 5, 2017. 

It is never too early to buy tickets for this amazing event!

This year we will travel through time and visit with dinosaurs, explore the ice age, and peek into the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Rome. As guests wander the Wetlands trail they will discover the history of the Middle Ages and the New World, and amaze at inventions like cars, planes, space travel, and the computer all on 5,000 intricately carved pumpkins. Infused throughout will be the art and music associated with each era.

NEW IN 2017 - Soaring Eagle Zip Ride
Experience the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride and see the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular from 115 feet above the earth. Riders will see out over Providence and into the bay in comfortable side-by-side seats.  The Soaring Eagle Zip Ride is open every night during the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular weather permitting. 

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Admission and Hours 

Prime Nights (Friday, Saturday, Sunday):
Timed ticket entry requires pre-registration. Online sales ONLY.
Adult $18; Child $15 (ages 2-12). Children 1 year and under are always admitted free
Trail open 6:00pm-11:00pm. LAST TICKET SOLD AT 10:30pm. 

Value Nights (Monday through Thursday):
Sold online and at Zoo admissions.
Adult $15; Child $12 (ages 2-12). Children 1 year and under are always admitted free
Trail open 6:00pm-10:30pm LAST TICKET SOLD AT 10:00pm

Purchase Tickets

Group Savings 
Host a private event: We offer the opportunity for organizations to host private events any night during our Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. No matter how big or small the event, we can provide you with an exciting evening. For more information, please contact: gsales@rwpzoo.org. 

Purchase discounted tickets: We offer special group discounts on Value Night tickets. For more information, please contact gsales@rwpzoo.org.


Soaring Eagle Zip Ride

This ride is open weather permitting - will not open in heavy rain and/or high winds.
To take part in the evening Soaring Eagle Zip Ride experience, all riders must also purchase a same-night Jack-O-Lantern ticket. Tickets for the Soaring Eagle are only available at the admissions gate. If Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular tickets were purchased online – the ticket must be shown at admissions window in order to purchase Soaring Eagle tickets. Guests will enter the ride at the end of the pumpkin trail.

Pricing: $15 per rider | $13 for current RWP Zoo members

  • Tickets are on a first come first served basis. No advanced reservations accepted.
  • Between 6 – 10:30 pm, only 40 tickets sold each hour for this exciting new ride. Soar over the Zoo with a beautiful nighttime view of the area! 
  • Open all seven nights of the week.

Special Events

Spooky Zoo - Saturday and Sunday, October 28th & 29th, 2017 Event details

Spooky Zoo is back, offering daytime outdoor autumn activities for the whole family! Come trick-or-treat (while supplies last) with us beginning at 10:30 am on the Treat Trail by the red wolf exhibit. Kids and adults will enjoy a packed schedule of seasonal activities. Activities are free with Zoo admission and all children 12 and under dressed in costume get in for half price. All activities are weather permitting and while supplies last.

Boo at the Zoo Family Overnight - Saturday, October 21st and Saturday, October 28th, 2017 Event details

Snooze at the Zoo for the wildest family overnight adventure in town! The night begins with pizza and ice cream before educators engage you and your child(ren) in an owl pellet dissection, program animal encounters, and give you VIP access to the world famous Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. Set up your sleeping bags in the Meller-Danforth Education Center with popcorn and a movie to snooze to. You’ll need your zzzzs before waking up with the animals! A light breakfast will be provided before a morning Zoo tour. Click for schedule of events. This program is not designed for adults without children.

WEATHER POLICY – Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is open rain or shine. In the case of light to moderate rain, the show will be open. There will be no refunds or rescheduling. Please check the website or visit Facebook for updates.

Membership Policy
Active Roger Williams Park Zoo members save $2 off adult and $1 off child tickets nightly for the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular.
• To receive the member discount for online tickets, all members must log into their online member account and the discount will automatically apply at checkout.
• Value Night ticket attendees may also purchase discounted member tickets in-person with a valid RWPZ membership card and matching photo I.D.
• Reciprocal memberships do not apply.


Map To Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

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