Cost? $5 with Zoo admission for ages 3 and up. $4 for Zoo members. 2 and under are Free!
For three years I’ve been a Member of the Fort Worth Zoo and I’ve never once been over to Safari Splash until this week. Obviously, I’m a fan of getting out and about with kids but having two (very) active littles makes me nervous when there is water involved. So when the opportunity presented itself for me to take just one kiddo (the 18-month-old), I jumped at the chance!
What you NEED to know…
- Entrance to this exhibit is in addition to the Fort Worth Zoo entrance fee. You will have to pay regular Zoo admission and $5 parking in order to access this site. Use your Pogo Pass for admission to the Fort Worth Zoo for free*! Once you enter the Zoo, Safari Splash is to the left, by the flamingos. You pay for Safari Splash tickets at this entrance, not the Main Zoo Entrance.
2. It can get crowded and wild. Get there early if you want a spot to sit. They have picnic tables and lounge chairs (for free) if you’re lucky enough to snag a spot.
3. Within the 14,000 square foot park, there are a lot of different areas. Little legs can move fast so be prepared to get wet (soaked in my case) if your kids require heavy monitoring. Which I encourage. I saw at least two kiddos slip and get hurt on different slides. There are employees working but no lifeguards. Per the rules, all children under 12 must be monitored at all times.
4. I wasn’t wearing a bathing suit and definitely wished I was. The crowd was about 50/50 in swimsuits for the adults and 100% for the kids. Don’t forget a swim diaper, but if you do, they have them for purchase. My daughter and I were both wearing our waterproof Native shoes, and they were perfect! Check out our review of these amazing shoes and other must have summer products here.
6. You will receive a hand stamp upon arrival. The stamp will allow you to go into the Zoo and come back later if desired. You have access to Safari Splash and the Fort Worth Zoo all day.
The Safari Splash Party Cabana, which accommodates 20 guests, is available to rent for $75 for two hours and $30 for each additional hour. There are also smaller cabanas, accommodating 10 guests each, available for $40 for two hours, and $15 for each additional hour. Check with the attendant at the Safari Splash entrance for availability.
If you’ve got a summer birthday to plan, consider Safari Splash! Click here for more info on birthday parties.
Never visited the Fort Worth Zoo? I highly recommend you read our review and make it out. I personally love this Zoo and feel like this added splash of fun makes it even cooler! (See what I did there?)
Your Out and About Friend,
PS- I was so glad I was only with one kid. Taking two small children would have been a very big challenge for this helicopter Mama.
Time and day we visited? Monday 10am-Noon
Level of crowds? High
Cleanliness of Bathroom? Good
Recommended age? 2-10
Food Options? Yes
Allowed to bring in food and beverages? Lunch, Snacks, and drinks are all allowed
Stroller friendly? Yes, but it can get crowded and you’ll need to keep strollers off the main splash pad area
Safety concerns? Yes, water…slides…lots of kids…You do the math
Coupons? A Pogo Pass will get you one free entry to the Zoo annually. Safari Splash is an additional cost with Zoo admission.
*use Promo code OutandAbout for a huge discount for an annual PogoPass
Every Wednesday, tickets are half-price for the Zoo (but not Safari Splash)
Fort Worth Zoo Members receive $1 off entry but have to pay for entrance to the splash pad. It is not included with Zoo Membership.