Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary

The Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary is now open to the public; advance ticket purchase is required for admission.

The Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary reopened to the public January 22. Our hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Admission is only available through online ticket purchase in advance; tickets are not available at the gate. Online tickets are $5 per person for ages 2 and older; ages under 2 years are free (no ticket required).

Online ticket sales open at noon each Monday for that week’s block of tickets. Friends members need to reserve their admission tickets online as well. The number of available tickets is limited each day to allow visitors to maintain social distancing. A mask or cloth face covering is strongly encouraged while visiting the zoo sanctuary and is mandatory when you are not able to maintain a 6-foot distance between yourself and anyone who is not a member of your immediate household. Masks are required while waiting in line to enter the zoo sanctuary. Read more about our online tickets and safety protocol.

All aboard! The Folsom Valley Railway miniature steam train has also reopened. The train operates from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting. Tickets are $3 per person and available for purchase onsite directly from the train operator. Train seating is reduced to provide space for social distancing and masks must be worn at all times while waiting in line for the train and while riding the train.

Please rest assured that even on the days the zoo sanctuary is closed, our zookeepers remain on the job to continue the daily care of the zoo sanctuary's animal residents. We will continue to share photos and videos that provide a behind-the-scenes view of daily life at the zoo sanctuary.

Our new online gift shop is always open! Did you know that many of our zoo sanctuary animals are artists? Paintings created by Bernie the raccoon, Buttercup the gecko, Kayli the macaque, and other animals are available for purchase in our online gift shop. Logo wear and other small gift items are also for sale, and all proceeds benefit the animals. Learn more about how the paintings are created and visit our online gift shop today.

You can also find many ways to support the animals through the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary Friends, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of the animals.

 
Winter 2021 Hours and Admission:

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; online tickets must be purchased in advance; tickets will not be sold at the gate.

Online ticket cost will be $5 per person for ages 2 and older; ages under 2 years are free (no ticket required).

Please note: the zoo sanctuary gift shop and Fisher's Beastro are closed until further notice.

Location and Directions

The Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary is located at 403 Stafford Street, Folsom, CA 95630 (in Folsom City Lions Park, at Natoma and Stafford streets).

  • From Highway 50 take the Folsom Blvd exit and turn left onto Folsom Blvd. Follow approximately three miles and turn right onto Natoma Street. Follow for a half mile and turn left onto Stafford Street. Take the first right into the parking lot; the Zoo Sanctuary is located adjacent to the parking lot.
  • From I-80 take the Eureka exit; follow for one mile and turn left onto Douglas Blvd. Follow for approximately three miles and turn right onto Folsom/Auburn Road. Follow for approximately four miles and turn left at the traffic light onto Natoma Street. Follow for a half mile and turn left onto Stafford Street. Take the first right into the parking lot; the Zoo Sanctuary is located adjacent to the parking lot.

For additional information, call 916-461-6629 and leave a message. We will respond as quickly as we can.

  • All hours/days are weather permitting; schedule is subject to change.
  • No pets are allowed in the City of Folsom facilities. Service animals are welcomed and permitted in accordance with the Americans for Disabilities Act (ADA). The full text of the ADA Service Animal Policy is available upon request by contacting City of Folsom Animal Services at 916-461-6040.

 

Folsom Valley Railway

The Folsom Valley Railway miniature steam train will reopen Friday, January 22. The train will operate from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting. Tickets are $3 per person and available for purchase onsite directly from the train operator. Train seating is reduced to provide space for social distancing and masks must be worn at all times while waiting in line for the train and while riding the train.

The Folsom Valley Railway operates a miniature scale live steam train on a track that circles through City Lions Park. The open car round-trip ride lasts approximately 10 minutes. Purchase ride tickets and board the train at the depot outside the zoo sanctuary main front gate; tickets are $3/person.

Special hours are offered on some holidays. Find a complete schedule and learn more about the Folsom Valley Railway here.