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8 Tips on Saving Money at the Zoo

A family outing to the zoo is a wonderful way to spend a day making memories together. Visit a zoo near me on a budget with these eight money-saving tips.

8 Tips on Saving Money at the Zoo

A trip to the zoo is a fun (and educational) way to spend a day making summer holiday memories with your family. However, if you don’t have a free zoo close by, a zoo excursion can get expensive. Here are 8 practical tips and tricks on how to save on an outing to the zoo!

1. Sign up for a membership

If you live near a zoo and plan to visit frequently, it will be worthwhile to invest in a zoo membership. While it may be a big expense upfront, it will certainly pay for itself over time. With a zoo membership, you may also benefit from discounts or free tickets to other events or programs held at the zoo.

2. Check for a group discount

Some zoos offer a discount for groups or advance bookings. Check out your zoo’s website to see if you can save by pre-booking your tickets or gathering some friends or neighbors to go with you.

3. The early bird gets the worm

Find out if the zoo offers a discount for early arrivals. Even if they don’t, there are loads of benefits to getting to the zoo early.

  • You can find parking more easily.
  • Get more value from the price that you spent on your zoo tickets by spending more time at the zoo.
  • In the summertime, it can get quite hot later in the day, so it is more enjoyable to get to the zoo earlier in the morning when it is cooler.

On the other hand, some zoos may offer discount tickets if you come in the last hour or two of the day. If you don’t feel like trekking around the zoo all day, this might be the perfect way to get a zoo experience at a discount.

4. Visit the zoo on free days

Some zoos may occasionally offer free days. On the first Thursday of each month, for example, or to showcase an awareness campaign.

5. Virtual zoo experience

Forego the cost of zoo tickets and check online for a zoo with live cameras. You can get your animal experience in the comfort of your own home.

6. Pack snacks and drinks

Most zoos allow visitors to bring their own drinks and food. For an affordable, healthy, and convenient drink, pack your water bottles and refill them at the drinking fountains.

If you may not eat your own food inside the zoo, find out if you can go to your car to enjoy a packed picnic lunch and re-enter the zoo after you’ve eaten.

7. Volunteer for free admission

Your zoo near me may offer a volunteer program where you can volunteer to help with the animals or present educational programs. Receive ticket discounts or free tickets in exchange for giving your time.

If your kids are a bit older, getting involved by volunteering at the zoo is a super way to while away some of the summer holidays and spend less time watching screens. In addition, it can be a valuable educational experience.

8. Don’t forget the sunscreen

To avoid paying inflated prices for items like hats and sunscreen, be sure to pack in a few day trip essentials.

Spend family time happy 

With a little planning and preparation, you and your family can have a wonderful day at the zoo without spending a fortune. If you love saving as much as we do, check out the Save mailer for coupons and discounts on summer holiday essentials.