Hometown Heroes NOTICE: We have limited walk-up reservations available per half-hour time slot for in person discounts (Hometown Heroes, Reciprocal Zoo Members, SNAP/EBT, military, etc.). Walk-up reservations are first-come/first-served and not guaranteed. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is honoring those who protect our community by offering free admission to all active fire and police personnel, active and retired members of the military and front line healthcare workers during the month of September. Personnel who qualify for free admission include police officers, firefighters, EMTs, state troopers, correction officers, 911 dispatchers, and other professionals involved in law enforcement, investigations and emergency response. The Zoo is also extending this offer to active and retired members of the military and the healthcare workers who have been working so hard to keep our community healthy and safe. Heroes may purchase up to 6 additional tickets at half price at the Zoo’s ticketing window. Professional credentials, along with a valid government-issued photo ID must be presented at the Cincinnati Zoo to take advantage of this offer, therefore tickets must be picked up at the Zoo and advance reservations are not required. Badges and identification cards are accepted only if accompanied by photo ID. All ID must reference specific fire, police, military, or healthcare duty. Regular discount: First responders and military receive $3 off adult tickets and $2 off child/senior tickets year-round.