Cincinnati Zoo Offers Free Admission for First Responders and Military 9/8 – 9/11

Posted September 6, 2023

firewomen giving elephant a bath with fire hoseCINCINNATI, OH (September 6, 2023) — The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is honoring those who protect our community by offering free admission to all active fire, police, and safety personnel September 8-11. The offer will also be extended to active and retired military. 

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       “We appreciate the work that all first responders do to keep our community safe, and especially the police and firefighters who are always quick to respond when we need them at the Zoo” said Cincinnati Zoo director Thane Maynard.  

During First Responders Weekend, qualified personnel* may also purchase admission tickets at 50% off for up to six family members.  These tickets can be purchased online in advance.   

“This is one of the last weekends this year that visitors can enjoy Wings of Wonder and Blakely’s Barnyard Bonanza,” said Maynard.  “It’s also a great opportunity to say farewell to the three manatees that will be leaving to be released in Florida later this month.” 

Check Zoo Today for more information about what’s happening this weekend.  

*Individuals who qualify for free admission include firefighters, EMTs, uniformed police officers, state troopers, border patrol agents, investigators, evidence technicians, firearms examiners, crime lab technicians, 911 dispatchers, correction officers, handwriting examiners, intelligence analysts, investigative assistants, and all members of the military (active and retired). 

A valid photo ID must be presented at the Cincinnati Zoo to take advantage of this offer. Fire and police badges and identification cards are accepted only if accompanied by photo ID. As all ID must reference specific fire or police duty, government-only IDs will not be accepted. 

The Zoo opens daily at 10 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. Cincinnati Zoo members enjoy early entry at 9 a.m.  For more information visit