How to Get into the Zoo for FREE...or at a Discount

Oakland Zoo
August 28, 2018

What's better than going to Oakland Zoo? Going to the Oakland Zoo for free....or at a discount! Here's how.

Discover & Go

Discover & Go is a nationally recognized museum pass program that provides California library cardholders with free and discounted tickets to local museums and cultural institutions. Learn more »

Oakland Zoo Membership

Depending on your membership package, your plan can pay for itself in as little as two visits. Membership is good for a whole year from when you purchase. Members get free parking, 10% off at the gift shop, discounts on ZooCamp, birthday parties, and members get discounted admission to over 125 other zoos and aquariums around the country! Learn more »

Senior Summer Free Days

Oakland residents 65+ receive free admission to Oakland Zoo on the third Monday of each month during the summer (July-September). Seniors must be 65+ with valid identification and must be residents of Oakland. Oakland Zoo's Senior Summer Free Days are in partnership with the City of Oakland. Advanced reservation is not required. Learn more »

Group Reservations

When you bring a group of 12 or more and let us know beforehand, you get $5 off admission per person. That makes a big difference when booking large groups! Learn more »

Military Discount

In support of our troops and those that have served, you can save $5-6 per person with valid Military ID, not just for those in service, but for their whole party! Learn more »

Education Birthday Party

An Education Birthday Party is quite the value for 20 people at $400 for members / $450 for non-members (up to 20 additional guests can be added for $15 each.) The program also includes animal close-ups, a special enrichment gift-making activity for one of our zoo animals, and party favor bags. When you crunch the numbers, the savings and perks make this one of the best zoo values! Learn more »

Arroyo Viejo Creek Clean-Up Day

Here's how to get in FREE to the zoo! Every third Saturday of the month (except June and December) from 9am to Noon, come volunteer at Oakland Zoo's Arroyo Viejo Creek. Volunteers work on a variety of outdoor tasks including litter pick up, pulling invasive species, spreading mulch, or planting native plants. After your assignment is finished, you receive FREE admission to the zoo....It’s a win-win! Learn more »