With beautiful weather and many schools in the region closed for spring break, there will be extra traffic around the Zoo and possible delays getting in to start your amazing day! Here are some tips to help minimize frustration and maximize enjoyment…Best Times to ArriveGet here early (we open at 9am)Come in the late afternoon. We close at 5pm. (Stay for Tunes & Blooms every Thursday in April.)ParkingView Parking MapThe Vine St. parking lot, located on the corner of Vine & Erchenbrecher, is the main lot and has almost 1,000 spaces, most of them covered by our giant solar canopy! BONUS – You get to park in the shade.Our Safari lot is also open during spring break to accommodate school groups and general public. If you see a line forming on Vine St., head to the Safari lot entrance on Forest Ave.Dury & additional lots will open when these lots are full. Signs around the Zoo will indicate when these lots are open.Alternate Driving RoutesClick here to get driving directions from your location.Most vehicular traffic flows from Mitchell onto Vine St. That’s the best way to get here if you’re coming from the North via I-75S. If you’re approaching from the South via I-75N, try this route:Approaching from the SouthTurn right to merge onto I-71 N/I-75 NContinue to follow I-71 NEntering Ohio Slight right to stay on I-71 N (signs for US-50 E/Columbus) Take exit 2 on the left to merge onto US-42 N/Reading Rd Turn left onto Martin Luther King Dr E Turn right onto Vine StDestination will be on the rightSave Gas & Make the Line ShorterCarpool. Split the parking fee!Take the Metro. No parking fee. No line to get into parking lots.At the GatesMembers should be able to breeze through the admission gates with passes ready!We advise non-members to purchase tickets online before arriving at the Zoo. Pssst! I’m here because my mom checked the animal encounters schedule! The Fun StuffOnce you are inside the Zoo, stop by our new welcome center to get information about specific things happening around the Zoo on the day you visit.Plan your day so you are in the right place at the right time. We have animal encounters scheduled throughout the day.