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The Louisville Zoo is proud to participate in the new Cultural Pass Challenge, part of the Vision Louisville Initiative. Children and students can visit the Louisville Zoo, as well as other regional cultural organizations for free this summer, thanks to the creation of this new program. 

Children and parents can pick up a pass (a punch card) from their local Louisville Free Public Library branch or Metro Parks Community Center starting June 9. The pass is good through August 13. Each pass will be hole-punched upon admittance and can only be used once at each cultural organization.

The pass allows general admission access to one child and chaperon (if the child is under 16). Only one visit per pass per institution will be allowed. Special exhibits and programs are not included with the pass.

The Cultural Pass is only good on Mondays at the Louisville Zoo and doesn’t include parking ($5 per car) and is not good for groups or camps.

Zoo Pass Rules

  • The Cultural Pass is only valid at Louisville Zoo on Mondays through August 13, 2014.
  • Children ages 0 through College* are eligible to participate in the program provided they are residents of Louisville/Jefferson County, KY.  *“Traditional college” students (approx. age 22) are able to gain entry with their student ID and Cultural Pass.
  • Cultural pass is valid for admission only. It is NOT valid for:
    • Parking ($5 per car)
    • Rides and Attractions (carousel, train, tram, ropes, etc.)
    • Classes and camps
    • Food and gift shops
    • Group sales
    • School groups or day care centers
  • Passes can be obtained at Louisville Free Public Library Branches or Louisville Metro Parks Community Centers. Parents must complete a brief registration form.  (Children do not have to be present when picking up passes.)


Additional FAQs:

How do people get a pass?

Passes may be picked up at Louisville Free Public Library branches or Louisville Metro Parks Community Centers.

Are people from other counties/states eligible to participate? (Oldham, Bullitt, Southern Indiana, etc.)

Only residents of Louisville/Jefferson County, KY are eligible for the pass. Some organizations indicated they will check IDs.

What ages are eligible to participate?

All children from 0-College provided they are residents of Louisville/Jefferson County, KY.

What does “College” mean?

The pass is meant for children. “Traditional college” students (approx. age 22) are able to gain entry with their student ID and Cultural Pass.

Is there any sort of registration done on the front-end when people pick up the pass?

We have a small form with basic information that we are asking participants to fill out. We will collect and enter data. Library/Community Center staff need to hand out the registration sheet, collect it and hand out the pass.

Is there a limited number of passes available?

There are not a limited number of passes.

Do children need to be present for a parent to get the pass?

No, parents can pick the passes up without the child(ren) present. The registration form for all children must be completed upon pass pick-up.

Are daycares/summer camps able to pick up passes for all the children at their site?

No, individual children and parents need to complete the registration form and obtain individual passes.

Does the pass include special exhibits?

No, the pass is only eligible for general admission. Special exhibits, concessions, rides, movies and other features are not included.

Do all institutions have the same rules?

No certain institutions have put restrictions on their free access. See the official rules and
restrictions for the list of restriction.


For more information on the Cultural Pass program, visit VisionLouisville.com