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How to Save Money at Zoo Atlanta

Visit the Zoo for Cheap, Even Without Coupons or Discounts

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Two-year old giant panda Mei Lan at Zoo Atlanta. (2008)
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Zoo Atlanta is one of Atlanta's most beloved attractions. One of the only zoos in the United States to house giant pandas, Zoo Atlanta makes news regularly as new members of this endangered species are born. The Zoo also leads the way in gorilla conservation. Its commitment to education, from camps to sleepovers to online panda cams, makes this venue a treasure for Georgia residents.

Like many great sites, the zoo can be an expensive place to visit, especially without coupons or discounts. A family of four will pay about $74.00 for admission. However, with a little planning, your family can enjoy a trip to the zoo that doesn't empty the wallet. 

1. Buy a membership.

A Zoo Atlanta Membership makes a lot of sense if you would go at least two times per year. The cost for a family is $109 - only $35 more than one-day admission. Members get discounts on purchases and food and invitations to special events. You can name only one adult on the membership and bring a different friend or family member every time. The membership covers up to four children, so if you have fewer than four children, your friend's children can get in free. Members often receive discounts when it's time to renew. The membership is tax-deductible.

2. Bring a membership card from another zoo or aquarium.  

If you belong to a zoo or aquarium elsewhere, you can get 50% off Zoo Atlanta admission if your location is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. 

3. Check out zoo tickets from your local library.

Follow these steps to check out four free zoo tickets from the library. 

4. Buy an Atlanta City Pass. 

You only have nine days to use this pass from the first attraction you visit, but if you are planning a staycation for spring break or summer, consider a CityPass. $69 for adults and $49 for kids will get you into five of the following venues: Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Imagine It!, the CNN Studio, Fernbank Natural History Museum, the Atlanta History Center, Zoo Atlanta, and the High Museum. It's a huge savings over purchasing tickets separately.

5. Check the website for special events.

Zoo Atlanta lists upcoming events and special offers on its website, which often includes free admission on holidays like Grandparents Day, Father's Day and Mother's Day. In early August, Family Day means free admission for Fulton County residents. In March, look for free admission for educators and members of the military. 

6. Go with a group. 

Groups of 15 or more can get discounted tickets: $15.99 for adults and $11.99 for kids 3-11. A family of four will save $18.

7. Bring a college student, a member of the military, or a senior citizen.

Though they qualify as adults, these people can get $4.00 off admission. 

8. Buy a Georgia Aquarium/Zoo Atlanta Combo Pass

If you were planning to visit both the aquarium and the zoo, you can save 10% by buying a combo pass. 

9. Bring your own food. 

Though there are plenty of affordable places to eat at Zoo Atlanta, you can save money by packing your own lunch, drink, and snacks. Just don't bring in straws, plastic lids, or glass. 

10. Park for free. 

Zoo Atlanta has free parking. Sometimes the lot is full on the busiest days, but you can park on the street for free as well. 

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