The Denver Zoo is the best place in town for a wild day of family fun and adventure. With so many wonderful exhibits and creatures, there is much to do, see and learn for all ages. However, the popular attraction is not known for offering many discounts.
As a result, it can be an expensive journey for many. For a family of four, the cost can be as high as $80 for daytime admission, during the summer months. Our cheap “safari guides” tracked down a few wild ways to save money at the ticket booth.
The regular admission prices for summer (March 1 to October 31) are as follows: $20 for adults (ages 12 to 64); $17 for seniors (age 65+); $14 for children (ages 3 to 11); and FREE for kids (2 and under.) Admission gates open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Grounds close at 5 p.m.
The regular admission prices for winter (November 1 to February 28) are as follows: $15 for adults (ages 12 to 64); $13 for seniors (age 65+); $10 for children (ages 3 to 11); and FREE for kids (2 and under.) Admission gates open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Grounds close at 5 p.m.
FREE Days — Thanks to our tax dollars, the Zoo offers several days with FREE admission every year. However, you will need to bundle up because they’re typically only offered in January, February and/or November.
Birthday Gift — Get FREE admission on your birthday, as well as some extra goodies, for an extra exotic day of celebration.
Annual Membership — If you’re family really enjoys the Zoo, get an annual membership for lots of perks, including complimentary admission, guest passes and park discounts. Membership can pay for itself in just a few visits, so the savings are worth roaring about for animal lovers.
CityPASS — Denver is now part of the CityPASS program. One of eight attractions, the Zoo participates in the ticket bundle discount — perfect for tourists and locals alike.
Military Discount — They offer $2 off for adults/seniors and $1 off children in the group, with one valid military ID.
(Discount only valid for daytime admission.)
Public Transportation Discount — They offer a $2 discount for visitors with a B-cycle membership, a current RTD transfer slip or an EcoPass. Because parking can be a stampede (especially during the summer), it’s wise to consider using public transportation to get to the Zoo. (Discount only valid for daytime admission.)
Winter Getaway — From November 1 to February 28, admission prices are lower — about $5 less. Given Colorado’s crazy weather, there are sure to be plenty of warm, sunny days with no need for a coat and scarf.