Camel Rides at the Louisville Zoo - adult, children riding one of the camels, who is being guided by a zoo keeper, everyone is smiling

Camel Rides and Feedings

Camel Rides open daily from 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Camel Feeding open daily from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Hours may vary depending on staffing and attendance. All activities are seasonal and subject to regular Zoo maintenance and the cooperation of weather and animals.

Take a sail on the “ship of the desert.” Ramp up your Zoo adventure with a camel ride – a ride of a lifetime. The Zoo’s dromedary camels will offer you a memorable ride and photo opportunity. Purchase tickets at camel area. Subject to the cooperation of animals and weather.

Camel Ride Prices


Camel Feeding Prices

Non-Members (per person)$5
Members (per person)$4

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Did you know…

Like horses, camels are domesticated animals.

Camel Ride Guidelines:

For specific ride questions, please check with the camel ride operators before purchasing tickets.

We will do all we can to accommodate riders, however, safety is our first priority. Below are general restrictions for safety and compliance  with USDA regulations:

  • A single rider may be paired with another single rider in line at the operators discretion.
  • Pregnant women are not permitted to ride the camels.
  • People with back or hip injuries should not ride the camels.
  • Riders may not choose which camel they ride.
  • Two adults are not permitted to ride together on any of the camels.
  • Children who ride alone must be able to sit up and fully support themselves or will require and adult ride along.
  • Price is per rider per lap.
  • No membership includes free camel rides.

Due to safety standards and USDA regulations, some guests may not be able to ride the camels. Ride operators will be responsible for making the final decision.

We appreciate your understanding.

Disabled Access

Must be able to exit wheelchair, and maintain an upright, seated position while riding.

 Learn about Dromedary camels.