Zoo Enterance

Reciprocal Zoo Discounts


One of the benefits of becoming a member of a local zoo or aquarium is free or discounted admission to the other AZA member zoos and aquariums that participate in the Reciprocal Admissions Program. These guidelines will help you understand how the reciprocal program works. 

Click here for the current AZA Reciprocal Zoo List and Rules.

Not all AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums participate in the Reciprocal Admissions Program. Please visit the AZA’s Reciprocity Page to see if a particular AZA-accredited zoo or aquarium is participating. Be sure check with the institution before you visit to verify the details of program participation.

Zoos and aquariums listed on the 2022 Reciprocal Admissions List have agreed to participate from March 2022 to March 2023. Occasionally, zoos and aquarium are added to this list during the year. Please check the AZA Web site for the most current list.

How to Interpret the Reciprocal Admissions List

  • Zoos and aquariums designated 50% offer a 50% discount to all the zoos and aquariums on this list.
  • Zoos and aquariums designated both 100% and 50%:
    • offer free admission to all zoos and aquariums designated 100% and 50% as well as those that are Free to the Public;
    • offer a 50% discount to zoos and aquariums designated 50%.
  • The zoos and aquariums designated Free to the Public offer other benefits such as gift shop discounts.

Geographic Restrictions May Apply

The zoos and aquariums on the Reciprocal Admissions List that are located in close geographic proximity to each other are not required to offer free or discounted admission to each other’s members, although they may offer an alternative discount. “Close geographic proximity” is determined by each institution.

Should you have any questions about an institution’s participation due to geographic proximity, please contact the zoo or aquarium directly.

Planning Your Visit

  • Reciprocity tickets may only be purchased on the day of and at the Louisville Zoo ticket windows.  Online reciprocal ticket sales are not available.
  • Members will be required to show proof of zoo or aquarium membership.
  • Reciprocity applies to admission to the main facility during normal operating days and hours. Reciprocity may exclude special exhibits or events requiring an additional fee.
  • Reciprocity does not limit the number of visits to any particular zoo or aquarium.
  • The number of visitors admitted with a family membership may vary depending on the zoo or aquarium visited.

Please call each individual zoo or aquarium BEFORE you visit to confirm details and restrictions.

Things to Note

  • Parking at the Louisville Zoo is not included with a reciprocal membership. Visitors will have to pay a $7 per vehicle parking fee.
  • The number of visitors admitted with a family membership may vary depending on the zoo or aquarium visited.
  • The AZA Reciprocal Admissions Program is not the same as the AZA Free and Discounted Admissions Program for AZA Members, which applies ONLY to members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is intended to facilitate professional exchange among zoo and aquarium employees.
  • AZA cannot mediate reciprocity disputes between participating zoos and aquariums.