5+ Ways to Get Minnesota Zoo Discounts


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?

Coupons 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.

Verified and updated 1/2/2019.

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. Special: June 29-July 7, 2019: Military personnel receive free admission, free parking, and half-price admission for family members. 

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: While reciprocal deals change regularly, its worth a quick check of your membership benefits before heading out (AAA often offers discounts, museums, public television, etc.)

Make it A Gathering: Groups of 15 or more can get discounted tickets. Gather the cousins, grandparents, or even your play group and go together. Outings are sometimes more fun in groups. 


Volunteer? This isn’t really an option for families with small children, but adults and teens aged 13+, can apply for volunteer positions. 

One last note: These discounts are not stackable.  For instance, you can’t take a military discount on top of a AAA discount.

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