Zoo Map

Play Areas


Room to Play

Play is an important part of learning and we take learning seriously here at the Akron Zoo. Check out these play spaces during your visit.

Otter Slide

Akron Zoo Otter SlideLocated in the Mike & Mary Stark Grizzly Ridge at the North American river otter exhibit, this slide gives everyone the opportunity to slide through the water with a river otter without ever getting wet. Climb 33 steps up to find a breathtaking view of downtown Akron. Then enter into the clear acrylic tube as you slide 24 feet through the river otter exhibit.

  • For your safety, please follow all of the posted slide rules.
  • The otter slide will be closed during snow season, call to find out if the slide will be open on the day of your visit.

Nature Play

Nature's PlayPrimates learn through play! What will you learn today? This Nature Play space encourages children of all ages to play with natural objects and test their ability against that of other primates.

On the rope walk, you can test your balance and agility. Then move to the rope swing, can you travel from one side to the other? Next, try the hammock, as you are probably tired and need a rest. When you are ready try the rope climb and see if you can balance your way across without falling through the cracks. Finish up in this area by trying to build a nest, just like a gorilla might build.

Frontier Town

Frontier Town Akron ZooIt’s fun to pretend. In this area, children can pretend to be a shop keeper or a pioneer in a prairie cabin. This area is “right-sized” for children and is a great place for adults to rest while children use their imagination in our little Frontier Town.