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08-03-2009, 05:47 PM   #1
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How much does it cost to get into your local zoo?

How much does it cost to get into your nearest zoo?

I live just 3 minutes away from the Minnesota zoo and it costs 15 bucks to get in! It's quite expensive but I haven't been there since elementary school on a field trip. I might have to go back there some day when I actually want to spend that money to see those animals. There is also another zoo about 30 minutes away and it's free! But it's so far and there will probably be less.

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Zoos are an expensive proposition to run and the animals have to eat and receive medical attention. Then factor in upkeep and maintenance on the facilities.
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Our zoo is free (Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington D.C, part of the Smithsonian Museum complex). However, if you want to park your car there it's $8. The alternative for me is to drive to the nearest metro station and park ($4), then metro in. With the family in tow that train ride could cost about $20. So parking is definitely the better deal.

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QuoteOriginally posted by mel Quote
Our zoo is free (Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington D.C, part of the Smithsonian Museum complex). However, if you want to park your car there it's $8. The alternative for me is to drive to the nearest metro station and park ($4), then metro in. With the family in tow that train ride could cost about $20. So parking is definitely the better deal.
Very few of the Zoos in the U.S. are federal operated though. Most are locally ran sometimes by a state but most often by local government or nonprofit organization. However, if you get a season pass, it is often reciprocally honored at many other zoos. Hence, a season pass is usually the best way to go unless you are going to visit once.

Edit: The other option is to become a docent or volunteer. That will net some amazing photo ops. Many moons ago I was a docent and volunteer at the Louisville Zoo. It was awesome. That is one of the biggest things I miss.
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The Atlanta zoo is $19 for adults and $14 for kids 3-11 years old. We were going to go this past weekend, but the weather was too sketchy. Bank of America has the Museums on Us program where, by showing your BOA card, you get free admission the first weekend of every month. My wife and I would have had free admission and our daughter is 17 months -- she would have been free as well.
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Cheapest way to do it is get an annual membership and go... a lot.
Good idea for families.
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.. less than one US dollar in jakarta city....

and about three US dollar for the nearest safari-like zoo..

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Closest to me is $9 adults and $5 kids/seniors.

Second closest is $13.50 adults, $12.50 seniors and $9/kids.

I seldom go - last time was about 5 years ago - but compare the price of zoo admission to say, a movie ticket, and a zoo's a bargain.
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Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo is $73 for a family pass annual membership. I don't know what a single entry runs, we've had a pass for the last 25 years I have made a lot more trips to the zoo since joining their photo club this year

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I believe ours is $8 for adults, but we bought the "Zoo Friends" membership which was around $60 for the year.

Speaking of which - need to make a day trip again there soon.
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If you want to take pictures of animals the Minnesota Zoo is a better option. It has more animal exhibits compared to the Como Zoo. If you like to take pictures of plants and flowers Como is the better option as the observatory has a large garden exhibit. Alternatively and probably just a little closer would be the U of M Landscape Arboretum. The aquarium at MOA is the only option for aquatic life that I know of in the cities. Out of all of them Como is the only free option, however you are encouraged to donate to the facility when you visit. I was just at the Minnesota zoo a couple weeks ago and I enjoyed the visit quite a bit. Well worth the price of admission in my opinion.
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The one in Chicago was free when I lived there. The one in West Palm Beach (Drehrer Park) was $12 iirc. Don't have one in Santa Fe. Lots of nature sitting around outside, here.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Damn Brit Quote
Cheapest way to do it is get an annual membership and go... a lot.
Good idea for families.
When my kids were younger, I obtained an annual family pass every year..... about $50 - $70 (between 15 & 25 years ago), if memory serves correctly. This included all zoos in each of the city's boroughs & the aquarium at Coney Island, including parking. Since then, of course, prices have gone up substantially & benefits have receded.
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Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City is $9 adults/$7 seniors or kids/ free under 2.
We purchase an annual pass.

There's a new baby giraffe!
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