Groups, Discounts & Offers

Early Closing - Friday, July 26

The Zoo will close early on Friday, July 26 as we prepare for our Summer Safari fundraising event. Gates will close at 2 p.m. and the park will close at 3 p.m.

Groups, Discounts & Offers

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.

Everyday Offers & Discounts

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. AAA Member discounted tickets can only be purchased online through the AAA website.

Giant Eagle  

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.

Shop 'n Save

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. Thank you to GEICO for sponsoring this Military Admission program!


A Zoo Membership gives you unlimited visits and benefits all year. Visit our Membership page for more details.

Group Rates & Discounts

Family gatherings, nursing homes, private groups, or any other non-school group of 15 people or more are eligible for the Zoo's discounted group rate program. School groups, day cares, youth groups, or camps are not eligible for the group rates listed here. These groups should visit the field trips section of our website for more information about your educational visit.
To qualify for a discounted group rate, you must:
  • Have 15 or more paying individuals (ages 2 and over) in your group
  • Register your group at least two weeks prior to your visit
  • Make payment or payment arrangements at least two weeks in advance of your visit. Group rates are not available at the admission gates.
The discounts are:
  • Children & Adults (ages 2 & older) - $13*
  • Children under 2 years of age - free
Parking is free for both cars and buses.

Additional discounts for groups of 100 or more are available. Please contact the Group Sales department at 412-365-2544 or for more information.
TEACHERS: For school groups, please make a reservation through our School Groups page.

*Prices are subject to change.

Up the wow factor for your group's visit with:

  • Picnic packages, which include admission, food, and your facility rental in the per-person prices
  • Boxed lunch options, which do not include admission or a facility rental in the per-person prices and are only for the boxed lunches themselves
  • A pavilion rental
  • A tram rental

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*.

2. Check
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.

Please download the Group Sales Reservation Form and fax it to 412-665-3661, email it to, or mail it to:

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Group Sales & Rentals
One Wild Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

TEACHERS: For school groups, please make a reservation through our School Groups page.