5 Ways to Get Minnesota Zoo Discounts

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Visiting the Minnesota Zoo is not cheap, especially if you have a large family. Currently tickets for children over 2 years old cost $12.00 and adults cost $18.00. Plus, you will need to add on $7.00 to park, unless you bus or are lucky enough to live close enough to walk. A family of four will spend $67.00 even if you pack a lunch and avoid the gift shop. How does a family find Minnesota Zoo Discounts?

Minnesota Zoo DiscountsCoupons for the Minnesota Zoo are rare, but there are ways to get discounts. These are the best evergreen offers we have found. If you know of any others, drop us a line, we’ll share your suggestions with the community.

Membership – A basic household membership is $139.00 and includes two adults and all the children living under the same roof. For a family of four, this will be paid for in just over two visits. 

Military Discounts – Military personnel receive $2.00 off admission any time, while their accompanying family members receive $1.00 off admission. During the week of Independence day (July 1 -9, 2017), Military personnel get free admission and their families are half off.

Free to Explore Program – This program (formerly the Zoo Access Program) gives free admission to families enrolled in a government assistance program — that includes Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare and WIC. All you need to pay is the $7.00 parking fee. Bring documentation with you.

Take Public TransportationPresent your bus transfer ticket at the Zoo’s ticket desk and receive $2.00 off adult/ $1.00 off child on admission. I assume you wouldn’t be paying parking then either.

Check Your Benefits From Other Memberships: My Science Museum Membership currently scores me $2.00 off adult and $1.00 off child admission. For a family of four, this is a modest $6 savings, but it’s definitely worth a minute to check reciprocals on any memberships you may have. These discounts can come and go, so double check before heading out.  


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Joy Peters

Joy Peters - co-creator and writer for FamilyFunTwinCities.com.

Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.

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