Mining Expedition

Mine for gems like a pro at our Parris Jeweler’s Mining Expedition!  Located in the shade of the High Ropes Adventure Course, the Mining Expedition lets you mine for your own gems and stones.


Purchase bags of mining rough at the High Ropes Adventure Course ticket booth.

  • Prospector: $5
    bag contains: a piece of pyrite and gems
  • Archaeologist: $8
    bag contains: shark teeth and 9 different fossils from across the globe
  • Lucky Strike: $10 
    bag contains: a piece of pyrite, arrowhead, crystal and gem
  • Mother Lode: $20
    bag contains: everything from Lucky Strike, fossils, whale/dinosaur bones and a surprise!

High Ropes Adventure Course

The High Ropes Adventure Course offers a new and exciting experience like no other in Hattiesburg. The four-story ropes course is designed for kids and adults alike to enjoy a fun and challenging experience.

General Information:

  • Open Friday – Sunday during open Zoo hours.
  • Tickets are for 30-minute increments.
  • Patrons must pay regular Zoo admission to access the ropes course.


  • Sky Trails: $13 ( patrons 48″ and up)
  • Sky Tykes: $6 (patrons up to 48”)
  • Groups: 20 or more, $10 each/ $5 each for Sky Tykes
    *On Tuesdays, groups must reserve the High Ropes Course in advance. Groups of 35+ only.

Safety Requirements:

  • Height: 48″ tall to do Sky Trail without a chaperone (42” is allowed with a chaperone)
  • Maximum Weight: 300 lbs.
  • Attire: Full coverage shoes required; athletic shoes and comfortable attire is recommended.
  • Shoe rental available.


ALL ABOARD! Take the scenic route around the Zoo on our iconic red and blue train. Kids and parents alike will enjoy riding and seeing the Zoo from a different vantage point.

Tickets: $3
The train runs every 30 minutes starting at 10:00 am each day. Last ride is at 4:00 pm.


Give it a whirl! Hop on the carousel and choose your favorite critter to ride.

Tickets: $2
The carousel runs every 30 minutes starting at 10:45 am. Last ride is at 3:45 pm.

Splash Pad

What’s cooler than being cool? On hot Summer days, the Splash Pad is the place to be! Pack your towels and sunscreen and beat the heat with us. Cabanas by the Splash Pad are available to rent, complete with shade and free WiFi.

Cabana rentals: $15 for the first hour.
$10 each additional hour.

Reserve your rental at the Safari Grill.

Bug Hub

A bug’s life for me! Kids will love this playground featuring a giant anthill to slide down, a spider’s rope web made for climbing, and an oversized snail shell for the perfect photo opportunity!

Australian Wallaby Walkabout

G’day, Mate. Transport yourself to the Australian Outback and take a stroll with our pals from down under. This petting zoo style attraction features furry friends such as wallabies, a KuneKune pig, and emus. The Australian Wallaby Walkabout is located just a stone’s throw away from the High Adventure Ropes Course.

Experience hands on interactions with animals

Touch Africa Petting Zoo

Go wild! Touch Africa offers guests the unforgettable opportunity to hang out with native African animals such as Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Miniature Zebu, and Tunisian Sheep. Kids will love the chance to pet and feed our docile African pals.