Scouts, Day Cares & Camps
Rates - $7 .00 per person admission
Important: In order to receive a group rate, the entire group must enter at the same time and pay in one transaction. Please be sure to collect all funds if a credit card, single school check or purchase order is not used. Reservations are required if you plan a Field Trip to the Zoo.
The Zoo requires a minimum of one adult chaperone for every ten (10) children. Those chaperones receive free admission/parking. Additional parents/chaperones receive $7 admission and free parking ONLY if they are included on the ADMISSION TICKET and payment is part of the single transaction by the Group Coordinator.
(NEW) Non-member parents/chaperones arriving and paying separately will be assessed regular Zoo admission plus $5 per vehicle for parking.
Students must be accompanied by adults at all times.
For public and private school groups on field trips, school buses will not be charged parking. All teachers and chaperones must be included on the school's Admission Ticket and pay as a group and enter together as one group to get free parking. Those arriving separately will be charged full admission cost and a $5 parking fee per vehicle.
Scout groups, daycares, YMCAs and other groups will be assessed a $5 parking fee per vehicle.
ONLY the GROUP COORDINATOR for school groups arriving in a bus should exit at the crosswalk and proceed to the (NEW) Admission Windows labeled "School Check In" to make payment for the entire group. Please direct buses to the bus parking lot where students disembark. DO NOT have students or chaperones disembark in the Zoo's crosswalk area which must be left clear at all times.
Louisville Zoo Members
Reminder: Zoo membership cards are not valid for group visits (admission or parking). Memberships were designed for an individual, couple or family experience and not built for group usage. Because we serve a large volume of groups each year, it is necessary to serve groups efficiently in order to provide good customer service for all of our visitors. (Contact the Membership Office at 502-459-2287 for more information on Daycare memberships).
Scheduling Your Field Trip:
The month of May is crowded and busy at the Zoo. Make your trip less hectic and more educational by scheduling a fall, winter or early spring trip. Please avoid local Spring breaks as they are often extremely crowded.
- Field Trip with an Education Program added - Enhance your field trip by adding a specially designed programs taught by Zoo educators and docents (trained volunteers). Programs last 30 to 60 minutes and can be designed to fit curriculum needs. Click here for available programs and prices and scheduling instructions and DO NOT download the form below for a Basic Field Trip.
- Basic Field Trip - Schools and groups may schedule a Field Trip by completing a
Complete and fax to 502-459-2196 or scan and email to ZooReceptionist@louisvilleky.gov. We encourage you to register several weeks in advance of your trip.
Schools completing advanced registration will be mailed a Confirmation Packet containing an Admission Ticket to complete and bring to the Zoo ticket window with the single payment (required). Plus, you receive copies of Zoo rules, tips on planning meals and activities and more to help you prepare for your visit.
The Zoo’s in-house caterer offers a variety of convenient and inexpensive lunch options for your school group. Click here for details and prices.
If you would like to rent a picnic facility for your group, please make reservations with the Group Sales Department at least two weeks in advance (space is limited). Contact 502-238-5348.
Discover all the fun activities to do inside the Zoo from carousel rides to train rides and lorikeet feedings to the 4-D Theater featuring the NEW Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaur TM - The 4-D Experience and Planet Earth: Ice Worlds 4-D Experience! For descriptions of 4-D Experiences, to see trailers and to download pre and post visit activity sheets, click here.
Once you reserve your Field Trip, your Confirmation Packet will provide details on how to purchase special tickets for select attractions for your school group. To get discounted rates, school groups must purchase rides and attractions as a group on the Admission Ticket, not individually. School group rates per person: 4-D Theater ($3), Carousel ($1), Train ($2), Tram ($1), Lorikeets ($1).
Worksheets and other general curriculum materials are available to make your visit a more meaningful one. Click here for details. Contact the Education Department for more information.