The Valley Zoo combined with the big parking lot is about 20 ha in size. It is open all year from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm (until 6:00 pm on weekends), houses about 350 native and endangered animals and offers many special programs. This fascinating facility includes a children’s zoo, pony rides, a carousel, a miniature train on wheels and paddleboats. Winter rates are in effect from October 11 to May 7.
The new large Arctic Shores exhibit at the zoo, opened in 2012, features a new interpretive trail system that will invite visitors to wander from a mountain habitat to boreal and parkland and prairie areas. Further renovation will also provide a new ticket-less entryway and cafeteria.
In 2012 several public meetings were held to consider a 10-year master plan for this park and Buena Vista Park.