7 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?

Real coupons for the Minnesota Zoo are rare, and as far as I can find, there is no Secret Minnesota Zoo Promo Code. I’d beware of any site offering one. Also, before clicking “coupons” from shady sites, know the real prices (listed in this article). I’ve seen sites offering “discounts” but asking full price for things like parking. However, there are ways to get legitimate 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.

During Covid-19 Restrictions, pre-ordered tickets are required, and many of our favorite ways to get discounts are not currently being offered as capacity has been reduced for health and safety reasons. See below.

5+ Ways to Get Minnesota Zoo Discounts

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2 Currently Legitimate Minnesota Zoo Discounts

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. If you like to bring guests when you visit, go for the “plus” memberships.

Membership is another place where you will want to know regular prices before clicking on shady “coupon” sites:

  • Individual: $59.00
  • Individual Plus: $109.00
  • Dual: $109.00
  • Household: $139.00
  • Household Plus: $159.00
  • Grandparents: $139.00
  • Grandparents Plus: $159.00

During Covid-19 Restrictions, members will need to Login to their account before pre-ordering tickets.  

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.

During Covid-19 Restrictions, you can either complete the form on this page to reserve your Free to Explore tickets or call 952.431.9200 for assistance.

5 Discount Options Currently on Hold:

The zoo is not currently accepting any coupons, group discounts or general discounts presented to companies or other organizations, including reciprocal zoos. If you have a complimentary ticket and would like to use to reserve your visit, please follow the instructions here. These currently include the following standbys:

Military Discounts – Military personnel receive $2.00 off admission any time, while their accompanying family members receive $1.00 off admission. The zoo also offers military specials at various times during the year. Next Special has not been announced..

Take Public Transportation: Present 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, it’s worth a quick check of your membership benefits before heading out (AAA often offers discounts, as do museums, public television, etc.)

Make it A Gathering: Groups of 15 or more can get MN Zoo discount tickets. Adults will save $3 on their tickets and kids tickets are only $10.25 with group pricing. So, gather the cousins, grandparents, or even your play group and go together. Outings are sometimes more fun in groups. 

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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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Family Fun Twin Cities is not associated with the Minnesota Zoo. We are only sharing information. For more information regarding tickets, prices and visiting, please contact the MNZoo.

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    1. This doesn’t sound like the easiest way to take your family to the zoo, Walter. However, if you are dealing in these numbers, you probably don’t need to look for discounts.

    2. Average Citizen

      Walter sounds great. Can I borrow 136.00 to take my family to the zoo? Oh wait parking,make it 143.00. Thanks man. You’re the best.

      1. Haha, Walter. You are funny. I hope you found some ways to get to the Minnesota zoo cheaply. Otherwise, don’t forget Como Zoo!

  3. When I am on the website there is no area to enter in your membership number therefore they’re asking for full payment. Where is it that I can reserve tickets Under my membership number so I am not charged. We are also on medical assistance so that would be applicable as well but again there is no area when you check out enter this information to get the tickets ???

    1. Hi Kristen: When you are on the first page of the ticketing, there is a place to login. You will see that it says “Login · Don’t Have An Account? · Continue Shopping · Promo Code” across the top. Login or create an account with your membership number there. If you are using the FREE to Explore program, you will need to call ahead 952.431.9200 one week in advance.

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