Trailside Museums & Zoo is OPEN

Welcome back! Trailside is pleased to announce we are reopening under the NY Forward Plan. The safety of all visitors and our staff is our utmost concern, so please read about changes to our operation below. Enjoy your visit!

New Hours: 10:30 am to 4:00 pm 

Last Entrance 3:30 pm

Restrooms open, Museums and Office closed

Access is by Main Entrance (near pool) only. Other gates closed. Most visitors will park in the Bear Mountain lots and walk thru the tunnel and past the pool to reach our Main Entrance. Hikers coming from the north by the Bear Mountain Bridge will take our By-Pass Trail (blue blazes) around the zoo to reach the Main Entrance. This hiking trail is not suitable for strollers, wheelchairs, walkers, or anyone with mobility limitations.

Visitor capacity reduced

We have reduced the number of visitors allowed in the zoo at any one time to provide for social distancing. This may result in a line near the front gate once our new capacity is reached. Staff will admit new visitors as current patrons exit. We appreciate your patience!

A safe experience for all

Please show you care about others and adopt the following measures:

  • Wear a Mask or Face Covering, except children under 2 & people with certain health conditions
  • Maintain Social Distance—6 feet/2M
  • Wait for other Visitors to Move from Congested Areas
  • Do Not Touch Common Surfaces, including rails
  • Wash Hands and Use Hand Sanitizer
  • No Picnicking
  • Bring Drinking Water (Drinking Fountain turned off for your safety.)

Please follow the one-way touring route while maintaining distance from other groups.

Please keep your group to your immediate family. Non-family group visits or field trips are strongly discouraged.

Visitors must be able to walk the full distance to and from their vehicle. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide transportation to anyone who is unable to walk the full distance, except in the case of a medical emergency.


Please remember to use a restroom before walking to our entrance, where you may need to wait to enter. Within Trailside, our restrooms are small so please limit to one person or parent with children at a time. If occupied, we ask you wait outdoors until the restroom is empty and maintain social distance from other people.


Donate to Help Trailside Feed & Care for Animals. 

Our animal food bill has increased manifold. Please consider making a donation to help us meet the critical needs for the animals’ well-being.






Wildlife Care: If you care, leave it there!

NYS DEC Cautions Residents Not to Disturb Fawns & Other Young Wildlife.

Learn more Click here.