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NEW! Penguin Pass best_value


  • Half-price Admission for Penguin Days
  • $5 Zoo Bucks to spend in the Zoo
  • Winter 4-D Experience (choices below)

(Available Weekends only during Penguin Days)

(ages 13-61)
Online Price

Gate Price
(at the Zoo)
(2-12; and 62+)
Online Price

Gate Price
(at the Zoo)
Purchase Tickets

*Parking is $9.00 and is purchased at the Zoo.


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General Penguin Days Admission

(ages 13-61)
Online Price

Gate Price (at the Zoo)
(2-12; and 62+)
Online Price

Gate Price (at the Zoo)
Purchase Tickets

*Parking is $9.00 and is purchased at the Zoo.

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Groups of 15 or More

Group discounts are available!
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School Groups

Bring your school group to the Zoo or invite us to come to you!
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Ticket Disclaimer

Full Ticket Disclaimer

No Rainchecks / No Refunds

Use of this ticket constitutes acceptance of the terms and conditions set forth on this ticket. The person using this ticket grants the Zoological Society of Cincinnati (the “Zoo”) permission to use his or her image, or that of his/her children, in advertising, publicity and other promotions without payment or compensation to holder. By using this ticket, the person using it voluntarily assumes all risk of personal injury (including but not limited to death) and loss of property, by accident or otherwise, incidental to attending the Zoo and using its rides, attractions and facilities, and agrees that the Zoo, its directors, officers, employees, and agents are not responsible for and shall not be liable for any such injuries or losses, no matter how caused. This ticket evidences a revocable license to enter the Zoo’s property, and this license may be revoked (and the holder ejected from the Zoo’s property) at the sole discretion of the Zoo, without refund, if misused or if the holder fails to abide by the policies, rules or regulations of the Zoo. Such policies, among other things, prohibit the possession and/or use of controlled substances and intoxicants on Zoo property. Park hours, prices, policies, and programs are all subject to change without notice. This ticket is non-refundable, non-exchangeable, and non-replaceable if lost or stolen. Unauthorized resale of this ticket is prohibited. Fees for parking, food, merchandise, pay-per-ride attractions, and special concerts and events are not included. Buy tickets…

Zoo Tickets FAQ (See the full Visitor FAQ here)

Is it better to buy my tickets online, ahead of time?

As a bonus to our visitors who purchase tickets online, we have discounted admission for every ticket on our website. Not only will buying online save time, but it will save you money as well! As an added bonus, don’t waste paper and ink- bring your tickets to the gate on your smartphone and we’ll scan them from there!

What is the Penguin Pass?

The Penguin Pass is the ultimate, winter adventure for Zoo visitors! Come see the Penguins march, take in a short, winter 4-D Experience in our warm theater, and have $5 worth of Zoo Bucks on your ticket to spend where you please inside the Zoo! This ticket is by far the best value and a great way to have a WILD time… and a great way to save some money too!

I want to buy tickets for the Spring or Summer. Can I do that online?

Full-price General Admission tickets are valid for a year from the date of purchase.

I have a Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Membership. Is there a charge for my admission during PNC Festival of Lights?

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Memberships ARE valid for PNC Festival of Lights with no additional charge!

I am a member of another Zoo, can I use my membership to enter the Cincinnati Zoo for free or at a discount?

If your current membership is held with a Zoo that participates in the reciprocal program with the Cincinnati Zoo, you are entitled to a discount on admission. You can check our list of participating reciprocal institutions here. (This discount cannot be combined with other discounts.)

Please note: this discount may only be applied at the Cincinnati Zoo ticketing windows and is NOT available online.

Do you charge for parking?

The current parking fee is $9.00 and can be purchased at the Zoo via the Ticketing window when you enter. Both cash and credit cards are accepted to pay for parking.

Do you offer a military discount?

We offer a military discount for all military personnel and their families. This discount is for $3 off adults and $2 off children. Military ID is required to receive discount and may only be obtained at the Cincinnati Zoo ticketing windows and is NOT available online. A full list of our discounts can be viewed here. (Please note: Discounts may not be combined.)

Is the Zoo closed if it's raining or cold?

The Zoo is open daily, rain or shine, cold or hot! If there is a threat of inclement weather or conditions aren’t ideal (rainy, very cold, very hot), some animals may be pulled off exhibit or given access to their indoor area for their comfort. Ask us on your way in to best plan your visit!

I was given a code from my company to obtain tickets. Where do I purchase these?

Corporate Discount Tickets can be purchased here. Please create a new account to proceed. Corporate discounts are not accepted at the Cincinnati Zoo ticketing windows and may only be purchased online.