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Free Zoo Admission with EBT for 2024 (20+ Locations)

Did you know that your EBT Card can qualify you for some amazing discounts, including discounted and free admission to zoos near you?

EBT Cardholders get ready to embark on a wild adventure without breaking the bank with Free Zoo Admission with your EBT Card.

Experience all that zoos have to offer – lush landscapes and exotic creatures at discounted rate exclusively for EBT Cardholders.

The Museums for All Program offers reduced-price admission ranging from free to $3.00 at several zoos with your EBT Card, WIC Card, P-EBT Card and more.

Discover the magic and opportunity to connect with nature and its inhabitants, courtesy of your EBT Card.

Get a complete list of the 20+ locations offering discounted and free zoo admission with your EBT Card for 2024 below.

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Free Zoo Admission with EBT for 2024

Museums for All Program

If you currently have a EBT card, you are eligible for free or discounted admission to over 1,200 museums nationwide through the Museums for All Program.

Museums for All removes the financial barrier for low-income families and encourages individuals of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits.

The program includes a variety museums — including art, history, natural history/anthropology, and general museums, children’s museums, science centers, planetariums, nature centers, historic houses/sites, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, and arboretums.

Although the program is targeted at Food Stamps and EBT Cardholders, many locations allow EBT cards from other programs, including:

  • WIC EBT Card
  • EBT Card from TANF
  • EBT Card from Cash Assistance
  • P-EBT Card

Participating locations provide reduced-price admission, ranging from free to $3.00, for visitors with an eligible SNAP EBT Card.

The discounted rate is available during all normal operating hours to up to four individuals per EBT card.

Free Zoo Admission with EBT for 2024

Get the complete list of 20+ locations that offer free or discounted zoo admission through the Museums for All Program below.

Oakland Zoo – Oakland, CA

Address: 9777 Golf Links Rd Oakland, CA 94605

Phone Number: (510) 632-9525

Website: www.oaklandzoo.org

Admission for EBT Cardholders: FREE

SNAP EBT Cardholders are eligible to purchase up to 2 adult, 2 senior, and 4 child daytime admission tickets for free.

Qualifications: At entry, you will be asked to present your SNAP EBT and matching Photo ID. This applies to all reservations.

Discounted Admission to Living Desert Zoo with EBT

The Living Desert Zoos & Gardens – Palm Desert, CA

Address: 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260

Phone Number: (760) 346-5694

Website: www.livingdesert.org

Admission for EBT Cardholders: $3.00 per person

Valid for up to 4 tickets per EBT Cardholder per day, per visit for daytime admission only.

Qualifications: You must show a valid SNAP EBT card and a current photo ID at the gate entrance.

Additionally, the SNAP EBT Cardholder must be one of the ticketed guests.

 

San Francisco Zoo & Gardens – San Francisco, CA

Address: Sloat Blvd San Francisco, CA 94132

Phone Number: (415) 753-7080

Website: www.sfzoo.org

Admission for EBT Cardholders: $3.00 per person

Valid for up to 4 tickets per EBT Cardholder per visit and is not available during special events.

Qualifications: You must show a valid SNAP EBT/WIC Card and a current photo ID.

The cardholder must be present at the time of ticket purchase.

 

Santa Barbara Zoo – Santa Barbara, CA

Address: 500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Phone Number: (805) 962-5339

Website: www.sbzoo.org

Admission for EBT Cardholders: $3.00 per person

Valid for up to 4 tickets per EBT Cardholder per visit for daytime admission only.

Qualifications: You must show a valid SNAP EBT card and a current photo ID.

Discounted Admission to the Sequoia Park Zoo with EBT

Sequoia Park Zoo – Eureka, CA

Address: 3414 W Street, Eureka, CA 95503

Phone Number: (707) 441-4263

Website: ca-sequoiazoo.civicplus.com

Admission for EBT Cardholders: $4.00 per person

Valid for up to 5 tickets per cardholder per visit for daytime admission only.

The discount is available to SNAP EBT, P-EBT Card, BIC Card (MediCal or Partnership), and WIC.

Qualifications: You must show a valid SNAP EBT card and a current photo ID at the gate entrance.

Parking for the Santa Barbara Zoo is not included with the ticket – the price is $11.00 per vehicle.

 

Pueblo Zoo – Pueblo, CA

Address: 3455 Nuckolls Ave, Pueblo, CO, 81005

Phone Number: (719) 561-1452

Website: www.pueblozoo.org

Admission for EBT Cardholders: $3.00 per person

Valid for up to 4 tickets per EBT Cardholder per day.

Qualifications: You must show a valid SNAP EBT card and a current photo ID at the zoo entrance.

Additionally, the SNAP EBT Cardholder must be one of the ticketed guests.

Even if you don’t live in a state with an eligible free or discounted zoo, ANY EBT Cardholder can claim the discounted-rate to the 20+ zoos listed above.

Discounted Admission to the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo – Gainesville, FL

Address: 3000 NW 83rd St, Gainesville, FL 32606

Phone Number: (352) 395-5000

Website: www.sfcollege.edu/zoo

Admission for EBT Cardholders: $3.00 per person

Valid for up to 4 tickets per EBT Cardholder for any combination of adults and children.

Qualifications: You must show a valid SNAP EBT card and a current photo ID at the gate entrance.

This discount is eligible for year round use at the Santa Fe Collage Teaching Zoo.

 

Lincoln Park Zoo – Chicago, IL

Address: 2001 N. Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614

Phone Number: (312) 742-2000

Website: www.lpzoo.org

Admission for EBT Cardholders: FREE

Valid for unlimited tickets as the Lincoln Park Zoo is a completely free zoo.

Qualifications: There are no specific qualifications to gain free admission to the zoo.

 

Miller Park Zoo – Bloomington, IL

Address: 1020 S. Morris Ave, Bloomington, IL 61701

Phone Number: (309) 434-2816

Website: www.mpzs.org

Admission for EBT Cardholders: $3.00 per person

Valid for up to 4 tickets per EBT Cardholder per day, per visit.

Qualifications: You must show a valid SNAP EBT card and a current photo ID at the entrance.

Additionally, the SNAP EBT Cardholder must be one of the ticketed guests.

Discounted Admission to the Topeka Zoo & Conservation Center

Topeka Zoo & Conservation Center – Topeka, KS

Address: 635 SW Gage Blvd, Topeka, KS 66606

Phone Number: (785) 368-9180

Website: www.topekazoo.org

Admission for EBT Cardholders: $3.00 per person or $40 a Museums for All Family Basic Membership.

Valid for up to 4 tickets per EBT Cardholder per day.

There must be at least (1) adult and (1) child 15 years old or younger to qualify for the discounted rate.

Qualifications: You must show a valid SNAP EBT card and a current photo ID at the gate entrance.

 

Air Zoo – Portage, MI

Address: 6151 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002

Phone Number: (269) 382-6555

Website: www.airzoo.org

Admission for EBT Cardholders: $3.00 per person

Valid for up to 4 tickets per EBT Cardholder per day, per visit.

Qualifications: You must show a valid SNAP EBT card and a current photo ID at admission.

Additionally, the SNAP EBT Cardholder must be one of the ticketed guests.

Discounted Admission to the Lake Superior Zoo

Lake Superior Zoo – Duluth, MN

Address: 7210 Fremont St, Duluth, MN 55807

Phone Number: (218) 730-4500

Website: www.lszoo.org

Admission for EBT Cardholders: FREE

Valid for admission for two adults and their children.

Qualifications: You must apply for their Zoo for All membership to receive free admission year-round.

Plus, you’ll get reduced-price admission to 150+ AZA zoos and aquariums and 250+ science centers around the world.

 

Ross Park Zoo – Binghamton, NY

Address: 60 Morgan Road, Binghamton, NY 13903

Phone Number: (607) 724-5461

Website: www.rossparkzoo.org

Admission for EBT Cardholders: $3.00 per person

Valid for up to 4 tickets per EBT Cardholder per day, per visit.

Qualifications: You must show a valid SNAP EBT card and a current photo ID at the entrance.

Additionally, the SNAP EBT Cardholder must be one of the ticketed guests.

Discounted Admission to the Seneca Park Zoo

Seneca Park Zoo – Rochester, NY

Address: 2222 St. Paul Street, Rochester, NY 14621

Phone Number: (585) 336-7200

Website: www.senecaparkzoo.org

Admission for EBT Cardholders: $1.00 per person

Valid for up to 4 tickets per EBT Cardholder per day, for general admission only.

Qualifications: You must show a valid SNAP EBT card and a current photo ID at the gate entrance.

Additionally, the SNAP EBT Cardholder must be one of the ticketed guests.

 

Akron Zoo – Akron, OH

Address: 505 Euclid Ave, Akron, Ohio 44307

Phone Number: (330) 375-2550

Website: www.akronzoo.org

Admission for EBT Cardholders: $3.00 per person

Valid for up to 4 tickets per EBT Card per day, during regular hours – excluding evenings and events.

Qualifications: You must show a valid SNAP EBT card and a current photo ID at the gate entrance.

Additionally, there is a parking fee of $5 per vehicle.

 

Oklahoma City Zoological Park & Botanical Garden – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Address: 2101 NE 50th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73111

Phone Number: (405) 424-3344

Website: www.okczoo.org

Admission for EBT Cardholders: $3.00 per person

Valid for up to 4 tickets per EBT Cardholder per day, per visit.

Qualifications: You must show a valid SNAP EBT card and a current photo ID at the ticket window.

Additionally, the SNAP EBT Cardholder must be one of the ticketed guests.

Discounted Admission to the Tulsa Zoo

Tulsa Zoo – Tulsa, Oklahoma

Address: 6421 E 36th St N., Tulsa, OK 74115

Phone Number: (918) 669-6600

Website: www.tulsazoo.org

Admission for EBT Cardholders: $3.00 per person

Valid for up to 6 tickets per EBT Cardholder per day, per visit for. Does not apply to special events.

Qualifications: You must show a valid SNAP EBT card and a current photo ID at the gate.

Additionally, the SNAP EBT Cardholder must be one of the ticketed guests.

 

Lehigh Valley Zoo – Schnecksville, Pennsylvania

Address: 5150 Game Preserve Rd, Schnecksville, PA

Phone Number: (610) 799-4171

Website: www.lvzoo.org

Admission for EBT Cardholders: $3.00 per person

Valid for up to 4 tickets per EBT Cardholder per day, per visit for daytime admission & not events.

Qualifications: You must show a valid SNAP EBT card and a current photo ID at the gate entrance.

Additionally, the SNAP EBT Cardholder must be one of the ticketed guests.

Discounted Admission to Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium

Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Address: 7370 Baker Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Phone Number: (412) 665-3640

Website: www.pittsburghzoo.org

Admission for EBT Cardholders: $3.00 per person

Valid for up to 4 tickets per EBT Cardholder per day, per visit for daytime admission only.

Qualifications: You must show a valid SNAP EBT card and a current photo ID at the gate entrance.

Additionally, the SNAP EBT Cardholder must be one of the ticketed guests.

 

Otters & Others Zoo & Conservation – Stockton, Utah

Address: 350 W Silver Ave, Stockton, UT 84071

Phone Number: (385) 216-0024

Website: www.ottersandothers.com

Admission for EBT Cardholders: $3.00 per person

Valid for up to 4 tickets per EBT Cardholder per day, per visit for daytime admission only.

Qualifications: You must show a valid SNAP EBT card and a current photo ID at the entrance.

Additionally, the SNAP EBT Cardholder must be one of the ticketed guests.

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States with eligible Museum for All Zoos

Currently, the following 12 states have zoo locations that qualify for free or discounted admission with your EBT Card.

Here is a list of the states with eligible discounted and free zoo admission locations:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Utah

Please note, all EBT Cardholders from any state can use their EBT Card to gain discounted or free admission to the zoos listed in this article.

For example, you do not have to be a California EBT Cardholder to visit a California zoo at a free or discounted rate. This applies to ALL EBT Cardholders.

Free Aquarium Admission with EBT

Did you know that your EBT Card also qualifies you for free or discounted admission to over 9 aquarium locations around the United States?

It’s true! The Museums for All Program also allows SNAP EBT and WIC Cardholders to gain discounted or free admission to several popular aquariums.

This includes, the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Cox Science Center and Aquarium, Shedd Aquarium and many more!

To learn more and get a complete list of eligible zoos, read our article on the Free Aquarium Admission with EBT.

Free Zoo Admission with EBT Summary

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Carrie Brenner

Carrie is a lead writer and editor for Food Stamps Now. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Salisbury University. Carrie specializes in content creation, website development, graphic design, SEO and content strategy for Food Stamps Now. She is passionate about helping low income Americans access the resources and information to improve their quality of life.

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