There are a variety of ways to enhance your visit or save on Zoo admission. If you are an educational group, please visit our Field Trips page. Planning an outing for a non-educational group (family reunion, senior center, private group, etc.) of 15 people or more? Want to peek behind the scenes and get closer than ever to your favorite animal? Or just looking to save a few bucks on your trip to the Zoo? This page has everything you need to tailor your experience to fit your needs and your budget.
There are a variety of ways to save on Zoo admission. While educational and school groups should visit our field trips page, and groups of 15 or more can explore group tickets section below, there are several great ways individuals can save on general admission too.
AAA Members can pre-order discounted tickets valid for one year from date of purchase. Tickets are only available for Southwestern PA or Eastern Ohio residents, and can only be ordered using an IP address within these areas.
Beginning around Memorial Day, save $2 on admission tickets for adults and children by purchasing them from the customer service counters at participating Giant Eagle stores (while supplies last). These tickets are not valid during ZooBoo and expire at the end of the year.
Present your Shop n' Save Perks card at the gates for $1 off total admission (not to be combined with other offers).
All active duty, reservists, and veterans of the United States military receive free general admission with proper identification (i.e. military ID, DD-214). This discount does not apply to family members or dependents of military personnel/veterans.
A Zoo Membership gives you unlimited visits and benefits all year. Visit our Membership page for more details.
Wild Encounters are behind-the-scenes tours at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Each encounter is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience designed to foster positive, lifelong connections to the natural world. Please note that reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. Price is per group, up to six people.
Some tours are only available at certain times of the year because of animal behavior factors, including but not limited to mating, molting, or weather conditions. Although the following tours are not offered right now, they will be available in the coming months, so check back regularly.
Below is a listing of all tours, both current and off-season along with the guidelines for each tour. You can also find important guidelines, such as general information and scheduling information below.
For more information or to book a tour, please call 412-365-2545 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Education Ambassadors Wild Encounter is a one-of-a-kind experience that includes unforgettable up-close encounters with the Zoo’s most popular animal ambassadors. During this 30-minute private encounter, your group will meet with a variety of animals representing more than 30 species that are featured as part of the Zoo’s educational programs. A member of our knowledgeable education staff will guide your experience and provide opportunities to touch animals and pose for photos.
Animals that may be featured in your Education Ambassador Wild Encounter include but are not limited to an owl, a kinkajou, a fennec fox, and a ball python. Specific animals will vary for each tour and are dependent on a variety of factors.
The Education Ambassadors Wild Encounter is open to guests ages 6 and older only. A ratio of one adult for every three children is required. Only one group is permitted to reserve each booking time. Please be sure to include your entire group at the time of booking, as each time slot is reserved and closed once it has been filled by a group. This tour can accommodate a maximum of six people per group.
Education Ambassadors Encounter tours are available select Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. with an advanced reservation. The cost is $350 for non-members and $250 for members. The price is per group (up to six people).
Discover the unique characteristics that make California sea lions a visitor favorite during this 30-minute behind-the-scenes tour. Begin your visit admiring the underwater acrobatics of these graceful sea dwellers. Then witness first-hand the challenges and successes of the Zoo’s world-class sea lion training program. The tour is approximately 30 minutes. Tour participants will meet the keeper who will be their guide at the sea lion pool underwater viewing window in the Kids Kingdom.
The Sea Lion Encounter is open to guests ages 8 and older only. A ratio of one adult for every two children is required. Only one group is permitted to reserve each booking time. Please be sure to include your entire group at the time of booking, as each time slot is reserved and closed once it has been filled by a group. This tour can accommodate a maximum of six people per group.
Sea Lion Encounter tours are available Sundays and Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. (with an advanced reservation). The cost is $350 for non-members and $250 for members. The price is per group (up to six people).
Only available October through March.
Not available April-September.
Discover the birds of the Antarctic without leaving Pittsburgh. Be sure to bring your camera for once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities when you meet with our penguins and their keepers at the PPG Aquarium. The tour is approximately 30 minutes in duration. Tour participants will meet the keeper who will be their guide at the entrance of the PPG Aquarium.
This tour can accommodate a maximum of six people per group. The Penguin Encounter is open to guests ages 6 and older only. A ratio of one adult for every two children is required. Only one group is permitted to reserve each booking time. Please be sure to include your entire group at the time of booking.
Penguin Encounter tours are available Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. with an advanced reservation. The cost is $350 for non-members and $250 for members. The price is per group (up to six people).
Up the wow factor for your group's visit with:
There are two payment options available:
1. Credit Card to Hold
If you are unsure of the exact number of attendees you will have, or you are having trouble meeting the two-week deadline, you may take advantage of our Credit Card to Hold option. After providing our office with credit card information, wristbands will be mailed. The card will not be charged, and you will be able to return unused wristbands to the Group Sales & Rentals Department located on the second floor of the Education Complex. If visiting on a weekend or holiday when the office is closed, you can keep the extra wristbands and contact the Group Sales & Rentals Department on the next business day to return them. It is best to overestimate the number of wristbands you think you will need, as extra bands can be returned without penalty. Once your order has been processed, you cannot order additional admissions. Any person without a wristband will not be permitted to enter through the group gate, and will have to pay the general admission rate*.
If paying by check, your check must be received by the date it is due, which is two weeks before the date of your visit. Refunds will not be issued for absent people. Zoo wristbands will be valid until December 31 of the year you ordered the wristbands.
Please note, if payment or payment arrangements are made less than two weeks prior to the trip, a fee of $30 will be added to your order for expedited/overnight shipping of your admission wristbands. This policy is non-negotiable.
*Prices are subject to change.