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Member Benefits


Spend the year with your family venturing through the jungles of Asia, swinging through the trees of Africa, going down-under in Australia and more! Plus, as a member your support helps fund the valuable education and conservation programs we provide both locally and globally.  CLICK HERE to view membership levels and information about how to become a member.


Zoo Membership Benefits

  • FREE admission to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 363 days a year
  • FREE or REDUCED admission to more than 100 AZA accredited zoos across the country, including Ohio zoos (please note, participation in the reciprocity program does not guarantee free admission. Each participating zoo is responsible for determining their reciprocal admission policies. The Columbus Zoo strongly recommends calling ahead before visiting a reciprocal zoo, as many zoos offer a discount on admission.)
  • FREE parking (please note, a current membership card must be shown for free parking. No parking refunds will be issued.)
  • FREE members’ magazine and e-newsletter
  • EXCLUSIVE INVITATION to members-only events
  • PRIORITY REGISTRATION and DISCOUNTS for education programs
  • 10 percent DISCOUNT at gift shops
  • Discounted admission to Stingray Bay and Dinosaur Island* (FREE admission for Gold Members)  * While operating 
  • DISCOUNTS on Zoombezi Bay Season Passes
  • Add the Wilds to any Zoo membership for only $75

Gold Membership Benefits

All the benefits listed above plus:
  • FREE admission to Zoombezi Bay*
  • FREE rides*, including Jungle Jack’s Landing
  • FREE admission to Stingray Bay and Dinosaur Island    * some restrictions apply
CLICK HERE for the 2014 Member Advantage Coupons!
CLICK HERE for the 2014 August Member Coupon!
CLICK HERE to learn how you can save with a special Zoo member discount from Nationwide Insurance!

Increase your member benefits by joining a donor club. For more information on Zoo memberships please contact us via e-mail at or by calling (614) 724-3489.

* Named guests on the Family Plus membership can attend the Zoo without a primary member present. All unnamed guests on the Zoo Family Plus or Individual Plus memberships must attend with a primary member to be admitted.
**prices and information subject to change. Dependent defined as up to age 21. All membership cards will be mailed directly to the member address supplied at purchasing. Member cards cannot be mailed to the purchaser.