How to Save Money at Zoo Atlanta

Make the most of your next visit with these savings

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Since 1889, Zoo Atlanta has been one of Atlanta’s most storied and classic attractions with more than 200 animals, including giant pandas (only three other zoos in the country can claim that). Not only is the zoo involved in conservation efforts worldwide, supporting the red pandas in Nepal, the Asian turtle crisis and gorilla habitats in Central Africa, but it’s also committed to serving the Atlanta community through summer camps, family sleepovers and countless educational activities for both children and adults, like the Keeper for a Day experience and Wild Encounters.

Although a tried and true Atlanta establishment, visiting Zoo Atlanta isn’t cheap. A family of four can expect to shell out $82 ($22.99 for adults and $17.99 for children ages 3-11) + tax. Although the cost is well worth it, the price can turn people away.

Fear not! To keep you focused on the incredible animals you’ll see rather than stressing about your bank account, here are some of the best money-saving tips for your next Zoo Atlanta visit.

Become An Annual Member

If you know you’ll visit the zoo more than once a year, consider purchasing an annual membership. There are many membership packages available based on frequency and attractions, so choose what’s right for your family. The best value is the family pass, which includes 2 adults and up to 4 children up to age 18 for $119 (which adds up to $45 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children under age 12 after two visits!). Even better, the children on the pass don’t have to be named, meaning your kids’ friends can tag along on the visit as well.

Buy a CITYPass

If you know you’ll be visiting other attractions in Atlanta, purchasing a CITYPass will give you the best savings. For just $73.25 for adults and $59.35 for children 3-12, you’ll gain access to Zoo Atlanta, Georgia Aquarium, College Football Hall of Fame and the Inside CNN Studio Tour (a $55 savings!)

Purchase a Combo Ticket

Animal lovers rejoice! If you don’t have the time to visit every Atlanta attraction, take advantage of Zoo Atlanta’s special combo ticket with the Georgia Aquarium. Adults cost $53.00 and children 3-12 are just $43.50 (a family of four will save $33 with the combo ticket).

Go With a Group

They say the more the merrier. They should say the more the cheaper. It’s true: groups of 10 or more qualify for special discounted pricing at the Zoo. Group tickets shave $4 off the cost of general admission tickets; adults cost $18.99 and children under 12 are $13.99.

Bring Your Military ID

Members of the Armed Forces receive $4 off the cost of general admission for up to 6 visitors. Remember to bring your military ID if you have one. However, this offer does not apply to online ticket purchases, so be sure to arrive early to beat the lines at the zoo’s ticket office.

Bring Your Student ID 

Take a break from studying and remember to bring your student ID when you visit the zoo. College students save $4 on the cost of admission. You cannot apply this offer to online purchases, so tickets must be redeemed at the zoo’s front ticket gate.

Use Atlanta Checker Cab Company For a Ride 

If you’re out of town and are staying at one of these participating hotels, you’ll receive a free ride to and from Zoo Atlanta and your hotel.

Simply call 404-351-1111. These rides are courtesy of Atlanta Checker Cab Company, who has partnered with the zoo to make visiting this classic Atlanta attraction easier for out-of-town visitors.

Bring Your Own Food

Skip the overpriced concessions! Zoo Atlanta allows visitors to bring their own food and drinks into their facility. They have picnic tables in the zoo’s KIDZone and Grand Patio areas available for you to use at no extra cost. They only ask that you not bring in glass containers, straws or alcohol.

Check Zoo Atlanta’s Website

Check the website regularly for special events to help you save big. Free events coming up just this summer include Asian Heritage Day and Father’s Day at the Zoo. These events are great options to help you get the most value out of your visit and save a few bucks while you’re at it.

Zoo Atlanta Information

Address: 800 Cherokee Ave. SE Atlanta, GA 30315

Website: zooatlanta.org