Cincinnati Zoo’s Hometown Heroes Celebration Extended to Run Entire Month of September

Posted August 26, 2020

Hometown heroes get free Zoo admission 9/1 – 9/30

CINCINNATI, OH (August 26, 2020) – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is honoring those who protect our community by offering free admission to all front line healthcare workers, active fire and police personnel, active and retired members of the military during the month of September.

“We decided to extend our Hometown Heroes celebration from a week to a whole month so we could include more heroes,” said Cincinnati Zoo director Thane Maynard. “There are so many people out there working hard to keep us safe and healthy, and we want to show them our appreciation.  For obvious reasons, we added front line healthcare workers to the heroes list this year!”

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 reservations are not required for heroes. Heroes may purchase up to 6 additional tickets at half price.

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 front line healthcare workers (doctors, nurses, care aides and paramedics to name a few) who have been working so hard to keep our community healthy and safe. Badges and identification cards are accepted only if accompanied by photo ID. All ID must reference specific fire, police, military, or healthcare duty.

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