It’s that time of year again…..Time for the Jack O’Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo that is. The Jack O’Lantern Spectacular is a nighttime display of 5,000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns all along the zoo’s beautiful Wetlands Trail. There’s something magical about so many illuminated Jack O’Lanterns on display as you walk along the trail and it is running from October 5th through November 5th this year.
The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, presented by Citizens Bank has been delighting audiences of all ages for years and each year has a fun theme. This year you will travel through time and visit with dinosaurs, explore the ice age, and peek into the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Rome. Wander the Feinstein Junior Scholar Wetlands Trail and delight in the history of the Middle Ages, discover the New World, and be fascinated by major inventions like cars, planes, space travel, and the computer. Infused throughout will be the art and music associated with each era. Imagine our planet’s history reflected on more than 5,000 intricately carved pumpkins.
Jack O’Lantern Spectacular Event Information:
Value Nights (Monday -Thursday): $15 adults; $12 children (ages 2-12) – Sold at Zoo Admissions and Online. Enter any time between 6 -10:30 pm, but the last ticket of the night is sold at 10 pm.
Prime Nights (Friday, Saturday and Sunday): $18 adults; $15 children (ages 2-12) – Sold Online Only. The trail is open from 6-11 pm and the last ticket of the night is sold at 10:30 pm.
Note: Weekend timed-entry tickets are only sold online! It’s part of an effort to improve the visitor experience on weekends and if you’e ever been there on a weekend, you’re really going to appreciate this change! Timed Entry tickets are non-refundable, and cannot be rescheduled.
Please be aware that, while entry to the Zoo begins at 5:30pm, the pumpkin trail will not open until dusk to allow for optimal viewing of the jack-o-lanterns.
Please note: The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is open rain or shine, however, in cases of severe weather or weather-related technical difficulties they might close the event or end admission early. Please check their website, Facebook and Twitter pages for frequent updates. Don’t worry, they will offer you admission on another night (a value night) if that happens.
Parking at the zoo is free, but they are offering OPTIONAL premium parking for $10 per car nightly in the lot next to the show entrance and exit gates. This is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Guests may use strollers, wheelchairs, and wagons on the exhibit trail. The trail is fully accessible.
New in 2017: The Soaring Eagle Zip Ride!
Experience the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride and see the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular from 115 feet above the earth. Riders will see out over Providence and into Narragansett Bay in comfortable side-by-side seats. The Soaring Eagle Zip Ride is open every night during the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. Even though the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride is open all seven nights of the week, it is weather permitting and will not open in heavy rain and/or high winds. Tickets are $15 per rider | $13 for current RWP Zoo members and they are sold on a first come/first serve basis. Between 6 -10:30 pm, only 40 tickets are being sold per hour for this exciting new ride.
To take part in the evening Soaring Eagle Zip Ride experience, all riders must also purchase a same-night Jack-O-Lantern ticket. Tickets for the Soaring Eagle are ONLY available at the admissions gate. If Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular tickets were purchased online – the ticket must be shown at admissions window in order to purchase Soaring Eagle tickets. Guests enter the ride at the end of the pumpkin trail.
Note: There is a minimum height of 42 inches (3.5 feet) and a maximum combined weight of 450 lbs to ride. RWP Zoo strongly recommends that anyone with a heart condition, prosthetics, neck or back injuries or pregnant NOT ride the Soaring Eagle.
Just for fun, the carvers go through about 20,000 pumpkins during the course of the 32-night run of the Jack O’Lantern Spectacular. They are out back carving every day to make sure the pumpkins on display amaze everyone who comes to see them. The Jack O’Lantern Spectacular is a great way for families to kick off the Halloween season and if you’ve never been before – what are you waiting for?