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.

Some play areas may be closed during the winter for your safety. 

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.

Prairie Wagon

This play area is temporarily unavailable due to construction.

Located in Wild Prairie, the Prairie Wagon playground is perfect to let out some energy. Children can climb up the wagon and slide down the slide while parents enjoy a refreshment from the nearby Grasslands Café.



Misting Station

Misting Station - water spray play areaCool down in the misting station in Pride of Africa, located in between the lion and Speke's gazelle habitats! 

Learn more about the clean water crisis in Africa through play interactives. Can you pump the water pump and lift the bucket of water? Women in Kenya and other countries walk several miles one way to fill buckets with clean water.

Please note: For your safety, keep shoes on while playing in the misters.


In the rainforest, animals travel through corridors of trees for safe passage in high population areas. Here at the Akron Zoo, children can climb through the corridors of tube and run across the popular rope bridge.

The corridors play area is located in Legends of the Wild, next to the jaguar habitat.


Frontier Town

Frontier Town Akron Zoo

It’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.